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  • Both Sides Must Give Ground To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

    11/19/2012 12:21:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | Michael Barone
    In his first formal press conference in months, Barack Obama showed that getting re-elected can increase a president's confidence and combativeness. He staked out tough stands on several issues, especially on the looming budget negotiations. Looking ahead to the "fiscal cliff" on Dec. 31, when the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire and sequestration cuts government spending sharply, Obama demanded $1.6 trillion of increased revenues as part of any budget bargain. That's twice the number he and Speaker John Boehner agreed on in the grand bargain talks in the summer of 2011. Those talks fell apart when Obama telephoned Boehner...
  • McCain on Benghazi: Yeah, I Got a Pretty Good Idea Why Obama Would Mislead the American Public

    11/19/2012 12:12:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    On CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday morning Arizona Senator John McCain made an astute if obvious observation about why the Obama administration would feel inclined to mislead Americans about the deadly raid (read: terrorist attack) on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya last September: It interferes with their erroneous “al Qaeda is on the run” talking point (via Mediaite):If you look at their narrative…“I got bin laden, al Qaeda’s on the run”… al Qaeda is not on the run. Al Qaeda’s is making a strong comeback all over the Middle East. They’ve got terrorist training camps in Iraq, they’ve taken...
  • Israel Sends Hamas 36-Hour Ultimatum

    11/19/2012 12:11:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 88 replies
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | 11/19/2012 | Gil Ronen
    Diplomatic message to Egypt: Hamas terrorism must cease by Tuesday evening or we step up attack. Israel has delivered an ultimatum to Hamas through Egypt, according to which the IDF will widen its offensive in Gaza in 36 hours unless Hamas ceases firing rockets and smuggling arms into Gaza, IDF Radio reported Monday morning. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told the station that the time left before Israel steps up its attack can be measured in "hours, not days." "We are at a junction," he said. "Either we go toward a calm or toward a meaningful widening of the operation… including...
  • French Right descends into farce with bitter battle to become Sarkozy's heir

    11/19/2012 12:02:48 AM PST · by Cincinna · 12 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 11/19/2012 | Henry Samuel
    A bitter election battle to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as new leader of France’s main centre-Right party, UMP, has gone down to the wire in a contest that could decide whether or not the group swings farther Right. Jean-Francois Cope, the party’s firebrand secretary-general, was more than 3,000 votes ahead of the moderate Francois Fillon, with some 155,000 ballots counted from the election among the party’s 300,000 members. With the outcome still unclear, the surprise of the night was the higher-than-expected score of Mr Copé, 48, who was expected to finish well behind Mr Fillon, 58. Last night members of the...
  • EU: Merkel's day of reckoning as taxpayer haircut on Greece looms

    11/18/2012 11:53:03 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/18/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Germany, Holland, and the creditor states of northern Europe have not lost a single cent on eurozone rescue packages, so far. They have lent money, at a theoretical profit. They have issued a fistful of guarantees to Europe’s twin bail-out funds, covering Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and soon Cyprus. They have taken on opaque and potentially huge liabilities through the European Central Bank. Yet little has disturbed the illusion that the euro is a free lunch for the surplus powers. An assumption persists that the creditors will be spared the consequences of flooding Southern Europe with excess capital. All the...
  • Education 'Change Agent' Michelle Rhee: The Left Connection [bamboozle and infiltrate]

    11/18/2012 11:27:55 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 19, 2012 | M. Catharine Evans and Ann Kane
    Who would have thought the ubiquitous education superstar Michelle Rhee would be sitting next to Andy Stern on the board of the Broad Foundation? Yes, that's right. The Republican governors' siren and CEO of StudentsFirst works alongside the former SEIU leader, who's visited the White House more than anyone else in the past four years and who said "workers of the world, unite" back in 2007. Stern is the same guy who called the left-leaning former KB Homes executive Eli Broad his "favorite billionaire" in 2005 when the union elites and progressive business owners got together to seriously implement their...
  • Franco Harris interview w/ Bob Costas on Joe Paterno

    11/18/2012 11:18:03 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 5 replies
    nbc sports ^ | 11/18/12 | Bob Costas
    Video link to an interview w/ Costas and Franco Harris. They also did another interview at the same link on the Immaculate Reception. Franco tells it like it is. Costas has softened on Joe because he actually read the freeh report. Good interview and good representation from Franco (who is not known for his public speaking).
  • America, Israel, Gaza, the World

    11/18/2012 11:12:27 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 13 replies
    The American Interest ^ | November 18, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    As Israeli airstrikes and naval shells bombarded Gaza this weekend, the world asked the question that perennially frustrates, confuses and enrages so many people across the planet: Why aren’t the Americans hating on Israel more? As in Operation Cast Lead, the last big conflict between Israel and Hamas, and as during the operation against Hezbollah in Lebanon, much of the world screams in outrage while America yawns. If anything, many of Israel’s military operations are more popular and less controversial in the United States than they are in Israel itself. This time around, President Barack Obama and his administration have...
  • Homeland Security promotes welfare to new immigrants in government ‘welcome’ materials

    11/18/2012 10:59:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/18/12 | Caroline May
    Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your new country can do for you. “Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits. “Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page reads. “Government assistance...
  • Techies Forced into Slave Labour

    11/18/2012 10:45:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Times of India ^ | Nov 11, 2012
    On January 25, 2009 Jose Antonio Robledo Fernandez, a Mexican engineer working for ICA Flour Daniel, a construction company, was kidnapped by three armed men in the northern Mexican town of Monclava in Coahuila. Fernandez, who is still missing, is one of at least 36 engineers and technicians to have vanished in the past four years -- kidnapped, not for ransom, but as slaves who run the high-tech systems of one of Mexico's infamous, violent drug cartels, the Los Zetas. The US government has called the Zetas "the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico". In December...
  • Palestinians: Israel demands 15-year lull, Morsi guarantee

    11/18/2012 10:40:54 PM PST · by aquila48 · 14 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 11/19/12 | Elior Levy
    Some Hamas figures have declared that the ceasefire negotiations have failed, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the cessation of rocket fire on Israel is a prerequisite for starting talks, but Palestinian sources who are familiar with Cairo's efforts to broker a truce said it was too soon to announce that the talks have collapsed.... On Sunday senior Fatah official Nabil Sha'ath arrived in the Egyptian capital and met with Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal. Sha'ath said Mashaal informed him that the negotiations have entered a serious stage but expressed doubt that an agreement...
  • Mark Steyn: How the GOP earned its date with destiny

    11/18/2012 10:32:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | November 16, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    To an immigrant such as myself (not the undocumented kind, but documented up to the hilt, alas), one of the most striking features of Election Night analysis was the lightly worn racial obsession. On Fox News, Democrat Kirsten Powers argued that Republicans needed to deal with the reality that America is becoming what she called a "brown country." Her fellow Democrat Bob Beckel observed on several occasions that if the share of the "white vote" was held down below 73 percent, Mitt Romney would lose. In the end, it was 72 percent, and he did. Beckel's assertion – that if...
  • Santa Monica Forced To CANCEL Christmas After Atheist Campaigner Launches Protest...

    11/18/2012 9:31:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 18, 2012
    Santa Monica Forced To CANCEL Christmas After Atheist Campaigner Launches Protest Against Town's Holiday Decorations 18 November 2012 A California town has been forced to axe its Christmas decorations after an atheist protester objected to a 14-piece religious display in the town centre and set up his own booths mocking Christianity and preventing church groups from celebrating the holidays. Officials in Santa Monica, California have snuffed the city's holiday tradition this year rather than intervening in the religious fight - prompting churches which have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama every year for decades to sue over freedom of speech...
  • Washington Post’s Chief Falters Anew (Media Deathwatch)

    11/18/2012 9:30:07 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/18/2012 | DAVID CARR
    At 11:45 a.m. last Tuesday, the editorial staff of The Washington Post was summoned on short notice to an announcement on the fifth floor of its building to hear something they already knew — that Marcus Brauchli would be leaving after four years as executive editor. After Mr. Brauchli spoke, Katharine Weymouth, the newspaper’s publisher, told employees that he would be replaced by Marty Baron, the editor of The Boston Globe. As the meeting was concluding, Valerie Strauss, a longtime reporter, asked Ms. Weymouth why she was making the change. Ms. Weymouth, perhaps because of employment agreements that limited what...
  • Why We Should Stop Obsessing About The Federal Budget Deficit

    11/18/2012 9:29:56 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 40 replies
    http://robertreich.org/ ^ | November 18 2012 | Robert Reich
    wish President Obama and the Democrats would explain to the nation that the federal budget deficit isn’t the nation’s major economic problem and deficit reduction shouldn’t be our major goal. Our problem is lack of good jobs and sufficient growth, and our goal must be to revive both. Deficit reduction leads us in the opposite direction — away from jobs and growth. The reason the “fiscal cliff” is dangerous (and, yes, I know – it’s not really a “cliff” but more like a hill) is because it’s too much deficit reduction, too quickly. It would suck too much demand out...
  • Father Michael Pfleger: Ignoring Black Teens Is a Form of Abortion

    11/18/2012 9:27:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Your Black World ^ | November 18, 2012
    In a candid interview with Dr. Boyce Watkins about gang violence, Father Michael Pfleger of The Faith Community of St. Sabina in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, provides an explicit definition of abortion. It is his belief that anything stopping another human being from fulfilling their God-given purpose is a form of abortion. Father Pfleger also discusses the Peace Tournament he organized that included four of Chicago’s most powerful gangs, or as he references them,”organizations” that came together to play a peaceful game of basketball. He explains how he continues to assist members of the organizations by helping them acquire their...
  • Why Obama Care Is Still No Sure Thing

    11/18/2012 9:26:03 PM PST · by FreedomNotSafety · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/19/2012 | Capretta and Levin
    Link only. Can't copy with my phone.
  • What Do You Think Of The Steelers New Uniforms? (What Were They Thinking?)

    11/18/2012 9:12:27 PM PST · by TruthWillWin · 103 replies
    Vanity
    Have you seen the uniforms the Steelers wore for tonight's game?
  • Every James Bond Opening Scene — Ranked

    11/18/2012 9:06:38 PM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Time ^ | November 9, 2012 | Tim Morrison
    They've got all the guns, girls and gadgets as the rest of the movie, condensed into one handy, adrenalin-charged package. Here's every 007 opening sequence, from worst to best.
  • Deadbeat Dad with 25 Kids with 18 Women Poses on Facebook with Stack of $100 Bills

    11/18/2012 9:00:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Naturally Moi ^ | November 12, 2012
    Here’s a question to ponder: If a man has 25 kids with 18 different women and isn’t paying child support on hardly any of them, should that man be allowed to keep having kids? A conservative might say “no way,” and be accused of racist oppression. A liberal might say “absolutely not” and be accused of letting a dead beat off the hook. Terry Turnage, a man with more kids than he could afford in a million lifetimes, was back in court to be scolded by a judge who should probably be getting him tested for STDs and s*x addiction....