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  • Vladivostok Mission Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

    11/19/2012 8:02:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/19/12 | Jim Graves
    The Catholic mission in Vladivostok, Russia brings the light of Christ to a poverty-stricken and highly secularized region.With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Catholic faith was officially allowed to return to Russia after more than seven decades of life under what Pope Pius XI called “atheistic communism.” Since that time, Catholics have established missions in Russia, serving Catholics living within the country’s borders and performing charitable works. Out of deference to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Vatican does not consider Russia “mission territory,” and so these communities do not receive funding from the Congregation for the...
  • Judge Rejects Nativity Displays in Santa Monica

    11/19/2012 8:01:59 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11.19.2012 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    <p>U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins rejected a motion from the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee to allow the religious display this season while their lawsuit plays out against the city.</p>
  • Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Workers

    11/19/2012 7:59:02 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | November 18, 2012 | Ben Lefebvre
    The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for two workers who have been missing since Friday's explosion on their oil and gas production platform off Louisiana's coast, the government said Saturday. Four other workers were in critical but stable condition after suffering large second- and third-degree burns.. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Saturday it has established a seven-member team to investigate the explosion and fire. "Witnesses will be interviewed, and documents containing the work procedures for the construction project will be reviewed,"
  • The Best SciFi Movies?

    11/19/2012 7:55:53 PM PST · by MNDude · 244 replies
    What are your three favorite science fiction movies?
  • Smart Power: Obama Repeatedly Botches Dignitaries' Names on Foreign Trip

    11/19/2012 7:53:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Guy Benson
    President "Smart Power" at work.  Oops:   As Obama stood next to the world's most recognized democracy icon, he mispronounced her name repeatedly. Ever gracious, Suu Kyi did not correct her American guest for calling her Aung YAN Suu Kyi multiple times during his statement to reporters after their meeting. Proper pronunciation for the Nobel laureate's name is Ahng Sahn Soo Chee. The meeting came after Obama met with Myanmar's reformist new President Thein Sein - a name he also botched. As the two addressed the media, Obama called his counterpart "President Sein," an awkward, slightly affectionate reference that would...
  • When Law and Order Break Down: “People Are Afraid Right Now. You Can See It In Their Faces.”

    11/19/2012 7:51:07 PM PST · by Kartographer · 49 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11/19/12 | Mac Salvo
    Cities from coast-to-coast are facing unprecedented budget deficits that have left government officials with no choice but to strip police forces to a bare minimum. We now regularly hear about new ‘records’ being broken in the resulting crime waves that follow. Law enforcement officials in Chicago, for example, have said that their city has deteriorated into a domestic war zone with gang violence leaving scores of people dead on a regular basis. Murder, rape, robbery and assault have skyrocketed in bankrupt Stockton, California, suggesting that local governments are quickly losing control. In New Jersey, the city of Camden may soon...
  • Two Way Radio Reviews and Buying Guide:

    11/19/2012 7:44:28 PM PST · by Kartographer · 130 replies
    You might remember growing up with walkie talkies, well today they are called two-way radios. I remember going to Radio Shack to look at their selection of walkie talkies as a kid and always dreaming of having a high powered military set that had ranges of over a mile. Today almost all two-way radios have ranges from 1 to 2 miles and they are much smaller than the ones we had a decade or so ago. Two-way radios are very useful - they are great for long road trips when taking separate cars, on the ski slopes, at amusement parks,...
  • In some cases, Romney paid four times as much for TV ads as Obama

    11/19/2012 7:42:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2012 | Matt K. Lewis
    Mitt Romney didn't just pay too much in taxes. As Politico reported last month, he paid too much for his TV ads, too.(The following graphic represents early September media buys in Columbus, Ohio. It was provided to TheDC by a national media buyer with extensive background buying in America's most competitive state, and is representative of other examples we have seen):The cost differential is attributable to the fact that Team Obama bought "preemptable" or or "lowest unit rate" ads --- while Team Romney paid for "fixed," non-preemptable rates."Obama could deliver 1,000 points for a fourth as much as Romney," said...
  • 12TH-CENTURY RABBI PREDICTED ISRAEL'S FUTURE

    11/19/2012 7:21:15 PM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 41 replies
    WND Faith ^ | nov 14, 2012 | WND EXCLUSIVE
    JERUSALEM – Judah Ben Samuel was a legendary and prolific German rabbi of the 12th century who made some astonishing and specific predictions about the future of Jerusalem and Israel that came true. Judah Ben Samuel, also known as Judah he-Hasid (Judah the Pious), lived and worked from the end of the 12th century until the beginning of the 13th century in Regensburg, authoring a number of books in the German language. snip Judah Ben Samuel also prophesied that during the 10th Jubilee Jerusalem would be under the control of the Jews and the Messianic “end times” would begin. If...
  • WW II vehicles battle for bids at auction (Biggest sale of tracked vehicles ever.)

    11/19/2012 7:11:36 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11-16-12 | Fox News
    On December 8th, Auctions America by RM is holding one of the largest ever sales of WW II-era vehicles at the National Military History Center in Auburn, Indiana. Over 80 vehicles, including this White M3A1 Armored Scout Car will be crossing the block.
  • The Looters Are in Control

    11/19/2012 7:08:33 PM PST · by Perdogg · 83 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Rick Ackerman
    And now it’s time for Mr. Obama to start paying for all those votes by reaching deep into our pockets. If you intend to avoid paying your “fair share,” however, please take note: There will be few places to hide. For a gimlet-eyed view of what may lie in store for taxpayers and citizens of all political persuasions during the next four years, ponder the guest commentary below, from Wayne Siggard, a regular in the Rick’s Picks forum. RA] The election was all about new math: 47 = 51. The foresight and genius of the Founders knew no bounds. Ben...
  • Sarah Palin In 2016? Conservative Columnist Says ‘Yes Please’

    11/19/2012 7:06:51 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 115 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | November 19 2012 | (unattributed)
    Should Sarah Palin run for president in 2016? Conservative columnist Charlotte Allen thinks so, arguing that the former Alaskan governor is just what the GOP needs to revitalize its campaign chances in 2016. Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/404803/sarah-palin-in-2016-conservative-columnist-says-yes-please/#WsxLVCVOOZTMQYGW.99
  • Obama Sends $147 Million to Hamas-Run Gaza(Flashback to April 2012)

    11/19/2012 6:59:24 PM PST · by Revel · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4-13-12 | AWR Hawkins
    Against GOP objections, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the Obama administration is sending $147 million in funding to the West Bank and Hamas-run Gaza. Despite a “hold by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.,” the administration is arguing the money needs to be sent on humanitarian grounds. They did not, however, explain how they plan to force Hamas to use the money for humanitarian purposes. And while “administrations generally do not disburse funding over the objections of lawmakers on relevant committees,” those associated with Obama have proven more than willing to sidestep Congress to place...
  • Islamic Community Forms Own Government, in the USA

    11/19/2012 6:57:06 PM PST · by gorush · 58 replies
    Vinienco.com ^ | 11/18/2012 | n/a
    In Hancock, NY an islamic community that sits on 80 acres has decided to form its own government. They call their community Islamberg. They have their own mayor, deputy mayor and five council members. None of them are elected, of course.
  • Sheriff’s Deputy [USMC Veteran], Father Of 3, In Desperate Need Of Bone Marrow Transplant

    11/19/2012 6:56:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 13, 2012 7:21 PM
    MENIFEE (CBSLA.com) — A Menifee man who has confronted challenges as both a marine and law enforcement officer is now facing the biggest battle of his life. Sal Aguirre and his wife, Kristi, have three children: teenagers Keira and Cheyene and 10-year-old Jacob. “They’re doing good. It’s hard,” Kristi says through tears. Sal has AML5 or acute monocytic leukemia. So far, chemotherapy is doing the job. He’s in remission, and he’s a fighter. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and now, he’s a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy. Heading to work last May 9, he called his wife. He said...
  • How to Stop Obama in the Electoral College

    11/19/2012 6:46:18 PM PST · by Rytwyng · 108 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | November 19th, 2012 | Judson Phillips
    ...the electors... will meet on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December. That is when the actual re-election of the president occurs. According to the 12th Amendment, for the Electoral College to be able to select the president, it must have a quorum of two-thirds of the states voting. If enough states refuse to participate, the Electoral College will not have a quorum... then the responsibility for selecting the president and vice president devolves to the Congress. The House of Representatives selects the president and the Senate selects the vice president. Since the Republicans hold a majority in the...
  • Iraq Chronicle - Book on Tour in Iraq 2004-2005

    11/19/2012 6:44:45 PM PST · by BeAllYouCanBe · 8 replies
    Author House | 2008 | Jeff Dahlin
    Freeper friends and Vets can you please distribute to others that would be interested reading a great book about a tour in Iraq? Plus help out a retired Vet who deserves credit for his service. This is written by a true hero and if you see some of the details you will agree. I served with the author in Soc Trang Republic of Vietnam he was a helicopter engine mechanic in 1967-1969. He returned to Iraq to serve a year tour 2004-2005 as he was approaching the age of 56 as a platoon sergeant of combat medics. This book deserves...
  • Rand Paul and Israel: An Exchange

    11/19/2012 6:41:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 11.18.2012 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Last week, I wrote about the potential impact that the growing influence of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will have on the ability of Republicans to portray themselves as a solidly pro-Israel party. Senator Paul has written to respond to that piece. My response follows. Jonathan S. Tobin’s Nov. 9 column, “Will Rand Paul Hijack the Pro-Israel GOP?” makes some wildly speculative assumptions about me, my positions concerning our ally, Israel, and the Republican Party’s future. Since Mr. Tobin took it upon himself to image some of my positions, I thought it best to set the record straight by stating what...
  • Report: Gaza Ceasefire 'Within Hours'

    11/19/2012 6:34:47 PM PST · by Bobalu · 31 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 11/20/2012, 4:16 AM | Elad Benari
    A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza could go into effect “within several hours”, according to a Monday night report by the Al-Arabiya network. The report said that the forum of nine senior Israeli ministers was expected to approve an initial outline for a ceasefire with Hamas. According to the outline offered by Egypt and described in the report, Israel will stop the air strikes on Gaza and stop the targeted killings of senior members of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza, in exchange for a complete cessation of the rocket fire into Israel.
  • CBO Report Takes Aim at Pay and Benefits (Military)

    11/19/2012 6:32:12 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 44 replies
    Military.com ^ | 11/19/2012 | Terry Howell
    The plan to discourage retirees and families from relying on TRICARE has some support in the Senate. CBO says restricting Prime access to retirees under 65 and their family members would save as much as $10 billion a year. The servicemembers and retirees should be aware that the deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” is likely to impact their families as much as the sequestration itself.
  • MSNBC ANCHOR TELLS ISRAELI AMBASSADOR HAMAS ROCKETS ‘RARELY DO DAMAGE

    11/19/2012 6:26:08 PM PST · by massmike · 23 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 11/19/2012 | Sharona Schwartz
    MSNBC’s Mara Schiavocampo began her interview of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren straightforwardly enough, asking “What would be the trigger for a ground operation? What’s the red line here?” Oren answered, “You have the equivalent of what would be about 170 million Americans under bomb shelters. If Hamas continues to escalate we will take the necessary and legitimate measures to defend our citizens.” Schiavocampo’s second question might be considered more controversial.She asked: “Living under the threat of rocket attack is certainly a psychological trauma. But what would you say to those who argue that the rockets are essentially very ineffective, they...
  • Dallas employers moving to high-deductible health plans

    11/19/2012 6:24:39 PM PST · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/19/12 | Jim Landers
    WASHINGTON — Companies that offer health insurance for their workers are trying to find policies that provide lots of preventive care and the best value for major medical expenses, while leaving most of what lies in between to the consumer.Health benefit managers from companies across the country described this ambition last week during the National Business Group on Health’s annual conference.“You protect against catastrophe and provide access to preventive care, while everything in the middle becomes personal responsibility,” said Christine Whipple, executive director of the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health.Policies using this approach are high-deductible plans, where employees get free...
  • Petraeus scandal puts four-star general lifestyle under scrutiny

    11/19/2012 6:19:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 17, 2012 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Greg Jaffe
    Then-defense secretary Robert M. Gates stopped bagging his leaves when he moved into a small Washington military enclave in 2007. His next-door neighbor was Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, who had a chef, a personal valet and — not lost on Gates — troops to tend his property. Gates may have been the civilian leader of the world’s largest military, but his position did not come with household staff. So, he often joked, he disposed of his leaves by blowing them onto the chairman’s lawn. “I was often jealous because he had...
  • Did White House just expose another Rice lie? Administration's explanation raises more questions

    11/19/2012 6:18:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    WND ^ | 11/19/12 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – In the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attack in Libya, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice may have deliberately misled the public when she went on television news shows and called the facility that had been targeted a “consulate.” The difference between branding the Benghazi facility a “mission” or a “consulate” may be crucial in determining what was really going on in the building. As WND was first to report, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi actually served as a meeting place to coordinate aid for the rebel-led insurgencies in the Middle East, according to Middle Eastern security...
  • 6 Ultimate Gifts for Millionaires

    11/19/2012 6:11:52 PM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Restraint is way overrated.
  • NYT Once Again Unaware of Terrorists in Gaza See no terrorists, hear no terrorists

    11/19/2012 6:09:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    free beacon ^ | 11/19/12 | staff
    The New York Times once again appears to be unaware of the presence of terrorists in the Gaza Strip. In a new report on developments in the latest round of Israel-Hamas violence, the Times says: On Sunday, Israeli forces attacked two buildings housing local broadcasters and production companies used by foreign outlets. Israeli officials denied targeting journalists, but on Monday Israeli forces again blasted the Al Sharouk block, a multiuse building where many local broadcasters, as well as Sky News of Britain and the channel Al Arabiya, had offices. That attack, which struck a computer shop on the third floor,...
  • MSNBC's Richard Wolffe Smears McCain as a Bigot: 'There's No Other Way to Look at It'

    11/19/2012 6:08:04 PM PST · by chessplayer · 38 replies
    Former top Newsweek journalist and current MSNBC.com editor Richard Wolffe on Monday smeared Senator John McCain as a racist. According to Wolffe, there's no legitimate reason for the Republican to oppose Susan Rice's confirmation for Secretary of State. Appearing on Hardball, the journalist sneered that it was "outrageous" the way McCain was acting, raging against "this witch hunt going on the right about these people of color, let's face it, around this president. Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett, now Susan Rice." Such a charge seemed to shock even Chris Matthews. He sputtered, "McCain, who had his own daughter attacked, was accused...
  • Elderly couple removed from longtime home; family, friend dispute Office of Aging findings

    11/19/2012 6:06:55 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 102 replies
    Lancaster Online | November 19, 2012 | JEFF HAWKES
    In May 1964, Nels and Irene Highberg bought their first and only home. It was a modest, brick rancher -- no garage -- on a pleasant cul-de-sac on the edge of East Petersburg. The Highbergs raised two sons there. They entertained neighbors there. They grew old there. After 48 years at 6312 Miriam Circle, the Highbergs -- Nels is 92, Irene is 89 -- figured they could manage a while longer. Family and friends agreed. But the county Office of Aging stepped in last summer, saying for safety reasons the Highbergs must move to a nursing home. "I ain't going...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota ~ 20 NOV 2012

    11/19/2012 6:01:40 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 76 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota Ellsworth Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base near Rapid City in Meade County and Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. It is home to the 28th Bomb Wing of the Air Combat Command (ACC), operating the B-1B Lancer.As host wing, the 28th Bomb Wing includes an operations group, a maintenance group, a mission support group, and a medical group. The base controls all air space 40 miles (64 km) around its area, including all landings at nearby Rapid City Regional Airport,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 11-19-12

    11/19/2012 5:54:36 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 11-19-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • MILLER: Butchering the Constitution

    11/19/2012 5:54:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Congressional leaders show lack of respect for founding documentOur Constitution is in a sorry state these days. The nation’s founding document has been weakened by President Obama’s ongoing expansion of power and further diminished by his Democratic allies on Capitol Hill who don’t even bother to cite the highest law in the land properly. Consider House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s confused response to a simple question asked at her weekly press conference on Thursday. A reporter wanted to know whether she was willing to split up the deals with Republicans over expiring tax rates and raising the debt ceiling. The...
  • Front-Page NYTimes Story Faults 'White Gentrifiers' Helping Victims of Sandy

    11/19/2012 5:48:45 PM PST · by chessplayer · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | |November 19, 2012 | Clay Waters
    No good deed goes unpunished. In her cynical front-page story Saturday, New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir wrote on what she called on her Twitter feed "race, class, and the hurricane," fishing for criticism of the wealthy whites who donated time and money and effort to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and providing some on her own. Yet it's the alleged victims of all that generosity that look thin-skinned and insensitive, in "Helping Hands Also Expose a New York Divide." After more than a week of self-sufficiency, George Ossy, an immigrant from Africa living amid the chaos of...
  • US Warships Turn Toward Israel for Possible Evacuation of Americans

    11/19/2012 5:48:39 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 11/19/2012
    he US has ordered three amphibious warships with 2,500 Marines aboard back to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby off Israel's shore in case they are needed to evacuate American citizens. The USS Iwo Jima, the USS New York and the USS Gunston Hall, were sailing west of Gibraltar on their way to back to Norfolk, Virginia, when they were turned around. debkafile: The United States have never before evacuated American citizens from Israel. The US notice does not say whether a possible evacuation would include the US forces posted in American bases in Israel. A mass evacuation would...
  • N. Korea: Security around Kim tightened, while he is on tour.

    11/19/2012 5:47:20 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 11/20/2012
    A guard in helmet carrying an assault rifle is seen in the background(circled in the photo.) Previously, an armed security guard had not been seen in the photo of his on-site tours as well as Kim Jong-il's. N. Korea recently conducted mass firing (purge) of high-ranking generals. Many top-ranking generals are either demoted or under house arrest (one-time top military man, Lee Yong-ho.) Besides, Kim Jong-eun took away military's lucrative hard currency earning enterprises. He must be mindful of backlash. His life expectancy is shrinking.
  • Does Satan Believe He Can Defeat God?

    11/19/2012 5:43:55 PM PST · by kjam22 · 146 replies
    vanity | 11-19-2012 | kjam22
    Interesting discussion yesterday with a variety of opinions. Just curious what some here might believe and why...
  • Understanding the bitter black mindset (bold plan for bringing unapologetic truth to the 'hood)

    11/19/2012 5:42:23 PM PST · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | November 19, 2012 | Mychal Massie
    Snip: The majority of whites are completely unaware of the depth of distortion and myth dispersed on a daily basis against them in neighborhoods that are predominantly black. Many blacks are still engaged in a struggle that ended decades ago. They are still fighting to overcome. This explains their attachment to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. It explains how a Neanderthal hate-group like the New Black Panther Party can arise. It also explains why they embrace the Obamas and scorn Justice Thomas and Rep. Allen West. White people are ignorant of the code language that permeates the black psyche and...
  • Lawmakers Investigate Obama’s Soviet Style Mind Control

    11/19/2012 5:37:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Western Journalism Center ^ | 11/19/12 | Kris Zane
    Georgia lawmakers sat in a seminar involving the UN’s controversial Cold War era mind control techniques used to move Agenda 21 forward. The seminar, as could be expected, was roundly mocked by the media even though the UN makes no secret of their abominable plans for the world’s future.
  • Local [Los Angeles] Food Banks In Desperate Need Of Donations Ahead Of Thanksgiving

    11/19/2012 5:33:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 67 replies
    (CBSLA.com) ^ | November 19, 2012 4:07 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With the economy taking a toll on many food banks across the Southland, donations are desperately needed before the Thanksgiving holiday. If you would like to help families in need, contact one of the following food banks: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank World Harvest Food Bank Project Angel Food San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Orange County Rescue Mission
  • 'Super-Jupiter' Discovery Dwarfs Solar System's Largest Planet

    11/19/2012 5:27:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | 19 November 2012 Time: 12:01 AM ET | SPACE.com Staff
    In a rare direct photo of a world beyond Earth, astronomers have spotted a planet 13 times more massive than Jupiter, the largest planet in our own solar system. The planet orbits a star called Kappa Andromedae that is 2.5 times the mass of the sun and is located 170 light-years away from Earth. As a gas giant larger than Jupiter, it's classified as a "super-Jupiter." Astronomers say the object's immense size places it right on the edge of the classifications for giant planets and a type of failed star known as a brown dwarf. Its official name is Kappa...
  • More Pain, Less Gain

    11/19/2012 5:27:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Carol Platt Liebau
    President Obama and the Democrats have made a cottage industry of peddling "tax hikes for the rich" as the way out of the fiscal crisis precipitated by ObamaCare and other profligate spending.   But with reports and polling showing that upper income spending has fallen since the beginning of September, the country may have a chance to see that "tax hikes for the rich" are not as costless as the administration and Democrats want Americans to believe.The "rich" are pulling back in anticipation of tax increases coming down the pike in 2013.  As a result, it looks like they will...
  • Moody's strips France of triple-A rating; a notch lower (Aa1)

    11/19/2012 5:27:01 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 19, 2012
    Moody's strips France of triple-A rating; a notch lower Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:05pm EST (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service downgraded France's sovereign rating by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa, the agency said on Monday, citing the country's uncertain fiscal outlook as a result of "deteriorating economic prospects." Moody's said it is maintaining a negative outlook on the country due to structural challenges and a "sustained loss of competitiveness" in the country. Standard & Poor's has a AA-plus rating and negative outlook on France, which it downgraded by one notch in January from AAA. Fitch Ratings has France at...
  • U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed

    11/19/2012 5:22:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 79 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/19/12 | Barbara Starr
    Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials. The officials stressed an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the Obama administration is not currently planning for one. Americans who wish to leave the region now are able to do so using commercial airlines. But the decision to send the ships even if the event is such a remote contingency underscores the growing concern about where the Israel-Gaza conflict could be headed. "This...
  • Voters Avert Disaster by Rejecting Proposal 2

    11/19/2012 5:22:04 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/17/2012 | Michael Reitz
    Organized labor may be celebrating the presidential election, but union leaders who take the long view have good cause to be worried. Proposal 2’s failure indicates the unions miscalculated the mood of Michigan voters and that a national trend of confronting public union arrangements will continue. The union machine has been showing signs of rot in the past few years. Union membership itself has been dropping for decades. State government leaders, including Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, have recently championed reforms to stabilize budgets and rein in the oversized influence of government unions. Voters...
  • Judge Denies Hobby Lobby's Morning-After Case

    11/19/2012 5:17:44 PM PST · by mikrofon · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/19/2012 | AP
    By TIM TALLEY Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY November 20, 2012 (AP) A federal judge Monday rejected a request by Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. to block part of the new federal health care law that requires it to provide the morning-after and week-after birth control pills. In a 28-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request by Hobby Lobby to prevent the government from enforcing portions of the health care law that will require it to include contraceptives the company considers objectionable in its health insurance plan. The Oklahoma City-based arts and craft supply company and a sister...
  • CNN Gets 'Fooled' by a Palestinian Child's Death; Real Story Is Hamas Barbarity Against Own People

    11/19/2012 5:14:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    News Busters ^ | 11/19/2012 | Tom Blumer
    A video at CNN with reporting by Sara Sidner from Gaza tells us "how a small child became a symbol of civilian casualties." Some of her narrative: A scene no parent should ever have to endure" "Four year-old Mahmoud Sadallah lies dead in the arms of a neighbor, a child of Gaza, another victim of an airstrike" "we saw no evidence here of military activity." There's even a scene where Ms. Sidner reports having to flee where she is currently reporting because "there are airstrikes" and "rockets" Since Hamas doesn't have an air force, we're supposed to assume that Israel's...
  • Israel's Iron Dome A Missile Defense Success

    11/19/2012 5:03:52 PM PST · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 19, 2012
    Security: As Hamas launches rockets toward Israeli population centers, Tel Aviv's investment in missile defense passes its acid test, destroying the vast majority. The U.S., meanwhile, is moving in just the opposite direction. On Sunday, Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system successfully shot down two Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets aimed at the heart of Tel-Aviv by Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. It was just one of many such interceptions by what is now the world's only battle-tested missile defense system. The "Fajr" (Dawn) series are mobile-launched, unguided, solid-fuel artillery rockets developed by Iran during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war with...
  • Leaders with Ginni Thomas: Russian historian Pavel Stroilov

    11/19/2012 5:03:30 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 2 replies
    Russia continues to tighten restrictions on political opponents of President Vladimir Putin, who approved a law last week allowing treason charges against anyone who possesses state secrets. One such dissident, Pavel Stroilov, is a Russian historian living in London after he stole more than 50,000 secret Kremlin documents from the Gorbachev Foundation in 2003. He edited a book with Alexander Litvinenko, a critic of Putin who was poisoned in London in 2006. One of the documents he obtained showed that a 1979 U.S. Senate delegation, led by Joe Biden, assured Soviet Union negotiators that the United States was bluffing when...
  • A Lack of Conservative Leadership

    11/19/2012 5:00:28 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 19 November 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mark in Chicago, you're next. Welcome, sir, nice to have you here. CALLER: Hey, Rush, thanks for taking my call, and happy Thanksgiving to you. RUSH: Same to you, sir, same to you. CALLER: Hey, Rush, I just want to know -- RUSH: By the way, you know what would be an interesting question, serious question, just randomly ask Americans on the street, "What is Thanksgiving?" Just a thought off the top of my head. Go ahead. What was it you called about? CALLER: Okay, Rush, thanks. Hey, with all due respect to John, just the flip...
  • Feds probe Gulf Coast dolphin killings

    11/19/2012 4:59:51 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 12 replies
    cnn.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | John Fricke
    <p>Conservation experts and federal agents say they're looking into the violent deaths of several bottlenose dolphins along the northern Gulf Coast this year, including one that was shot and another that was stabbed with a screwdriver.</p> <p>"I can't explain why anyone would shoot a dolphin," Jeff Radonski, a Florida-based special agent for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told CNN. Radonski said NOAA is investigating four of the six deaths reported since June.</p>
  • HAMAS WARNS ISRAEL: ‘WE LOVE DEATH MORE THAN YOU LOVE LIFE’

    11/19/2012 4:58:32 PM PST · by grimalkin · 75 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/19/2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    The videos were created to frighten Israelis and fuel the vitriol already raging in Gaza among members Hamas and its military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. Palestinian Media Watch brings us the videos and translations. The first video is addressed Israeli soldiers and states: “From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: The Al-Qassam Brigades love death more than you love life.” The message of this video is even more heinous than the first, as Hamas vows to cut off the arms and “gouge out” the eyes of Israelis.