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  • Another Republican lawmaker ditches Norquist tax pledge (Sen. Saxby Chambliss - Ga.)

    11/22/2012 5:56:24 PM PST · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    http://thehill.com ^ | november 22, 2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) on Wednesday said that addressing the nation’s looming “fiscal cliff” took precedence over honoring the anti-tax pledge he signed for conservative activist Grover Norquist. “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” said Chambliss to local Georgia television station 13WMAZ. “If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.” Chambliss said he expected that Norquist and some conservatives might hold his decision against him when he is up for reelection in 2014, but said he was confident he...
  • New California Legislators Get A Warm Welcome — From Lobbyists

    11/22/2012 5:47:42 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 22, 2012 | Patrick McGreevy
    New California Legislators Get A Warm Welcome — From Lobbyists The incoming lawmakers are taken on trips to places like Hawaii, China, Brazil and New Zealand. Some Democratic freshmen enjoy a luxury suite at a basketball game in Sacramento. Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) and other veteran legislative leaders attended a Sacramento Kings game in AT&T's suite at the Sleep Train Arena with more than a dozen Democratic freshmen state lawmakers. By Patrick McGreevy November 22, 2012 SACRAMENTO — The day after being elected to the state Assembly, several incoming lawmakers were in AT&T's luxury suite at the Sacramento...
  • How to Give Adequate Thanks to God. A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

    11/22/2012 5:40:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 21, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Give Adequate Thanks to God. A Meditation on Thanksgiving DayBy: Msgr. Charles Pope On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one adequately thank God who is the giver of every good and perfect gift? Is it really enough to simply kneel and say a prayer of thanks? Perhaps we should run to Church and light a candle, or visit some distant shrine? Perhaps even doing the “Snoopy dance” as we say over and over, Thank you thank you thank you”...
  • The GOP Turnout Myth ["Modest Minority-Voter Shifts" Needed]

    11/22/2012 5:38:02 PM PST · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | November 22, 2012 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    November 22, 2012 The GOP Turnout Myth To win future elections, Republicans will need more than better get-out-the-vote software. By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL To win the next presidential race, the GOP will have to understand what went wrong in 2012. To do that, they've got to come to grips with what did, and did not, happen with turnout. Even as Republicans have engaged in some agonizing over their candidate and agenda, many have sought comfort in the notion that a big part of the loss came down to simple mechanics. President Obama had a stunning Election Day operation, which turned...
  • A Thanksgiving Reflection

    11/22/2012 5:26:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    A Thanksgiving Reflection by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. on November 19, 2012 · For Americans, the term “Thanksgiving” conjures up images of turkey and cranberry sauce, parades and bowl games.  These “traditions” have come to mark an event made a perpetual institution of American life by President Abraham Lincoln. But why did Lincoln proclaim the last Thursday in November as a national holiday?  Because it was clear to him that the blessings of food, land, family, and freedom enjoyed by Americans are all gifts from the Creator.  But Americans, he realized, had forgotten this.  A special day was needed for...
  • Happy Thanksging To All

    11/22/2012 5:24:33 PM PST · by virgil283 · 12 replies
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    I hope each of you had plenty of family, fun and food. And so I ask you to remember there are millions of young people, some still teens, scattered all over the world tonight. Thousands of miles from home, in ships, barracks, subs, planes and bunkers, in lands so different from the U.S. as they might be on another planet. They would never admit it but at certain moments they are a little bit afraid, after all just over the DMZ the enemy waits . Certain moments they are a bit lonely, oh there people all around them, but its...
  • A Passing Advantage – The Kurdish/Iraq Confrontation

    11/22/2012 4:58:27 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 11 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 22 November 2012 | DJ Elliott
    Some of my early thoughts were published in rough form earlier. My estimate of Kurdish and Iraqi Forces is that neither side is really ready for a stand-up fight. But it may happen anyway for political reasons or as deployed forces maneuver for position. If it happens, don't be surprised if it doesn't work out as planned - for either side... Of interest, the formation of the Tigris Operational Command and the claim of forming 2 Kurdish Operational Commands in response as justification for the confrontation is pure propaganda. Establishing corps-level commands has been ongoing since the Surge and both...
  • Egypt Brotherhood leader blasts peace with Israel

    11/22/2012 4:58:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2012 5:06 PM EST
    The top leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday—one day after the country's president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting. “The enemy knows nothing but the language of force,” said Mohammed Badie. “Be aware of the game of grand deception with which they depict peace accords,” he said in a statement carried on the group’s website and emailed to reporters. His statement was a sharp deviation from the role played by President Mohammed Morsi...
  • Turkey leftovers - just as delicious as Thanksgiving Day Turkey

    11/22/2012 4:55:50 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 33 replies
    Thanksgiving Day is a favorite. Not only for all the wonderful memories and experiences we have gained and shared over the years, but for such a special time to give thanks for all our blessings. Families will be reunited; friends will gather. The joy of being together is evident. The house will be filled with conversations catching up on the latest of events and activities. The flow in the kitchen will be filled with laughter and smiles as family members begin preparing and serving their specialties. And the feast begins. But when the holiday feast is over, there’s still something...
  • Just How Deadly Is Assad's Arsenal? (Much Worse Than You Can Imagine)

    11/22/2012 4:54:28 PM PST · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Foeign Policy ^ | July 16, 2012 | John Reed
    The latest estimates say that the Assad regime has hundreds of tons of mustard gas, a blister agent, and large stockpiles of sarin and possibly VX, both of which are nerve agents -- all of which can be launched by Scud missiles, artillery, or aircraft, according to Charles Blair, a specialist in chemical and biological weapons at the Federation of American Scientists. "I've heard that Syria has 100 to 200 missiles with nerve agents loaded and ready to go, but that seems extreme," said Blair, noting that the nerve agents are usually stored separately from the weapons and that exact...
  • Report: Egypt Warned Israel that a Ground Op would End Peace

    11/22/2012 4:53:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Israel decided to refrain from a ground invasion of Gaza after it was warned that such a move could spell the end of the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, Channel 2 reported Thursday. According to the report, Mossad Head Tamir Pardo, who went to Cairo as Israel's representative in the contacts that preceded the ceasefire, was told in messages from Cairo and from Washington that the peaceful relations between Israel, Jordan and Egypt were at risk. .....
  • Demonstrators: Bibi is a Coward

    11/22/2012 4:48:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12
    About 100 activists from MK Michael Ben-Ari’s newly-formed “Power to Israel” party demonstrated on Thursday evening near the Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva, against the failure of Operation Pillar of Defense. Ben-Ari was among the protesters. The demonstrators yelled “Bibi is a coward” and called to topple the Hamas regime in Gaza in order to restore the quiet to southern Israel. MK Ben-Ari said during the demonstration that “an enemy is fought with an iron fist and not an iron dome. ....
  • Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Jihad to 'Free PA'

    11/22/2012 4:42:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is calling for a jihad (“holy war”) to liberate the Palestinian Authority areas. "Jihad is obligatory” for Muslims, top Islamic cleric Mohammed Badei said, adding that peace deals with Israel are a “game of grand deception". .....
  • Susan Rice Lays All Blame on Intel Community for Her Misleading the American People

    11/22/2012 4:35:09 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 11/22/2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Ambassador Susan Rice has finally explained, in her opinion, why she misled the country about what happened during the September 11 terror attack against Americans in Benghazi, Libya. According to Rice, all the blame should be given to the intelligence community for her misleading comments made five days after the attack, since she was just repeating what they had told her. A reporter asked, the American ambassador to the United Nations, "Ambassador Rice, would you explain your view of the controversy concerning your comments about Benghazi? And have—is Senator McCain fair in what he has said?" "As a senior US...
  • Egypt's Morsi assumes sweeping powers, branded new pharaoh (0bama taking notes?)

    11/22/2012 4:32:37 PM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    CAIRO — Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi assumed sweeping powers on Thursday, drawing criticism that he is seeking to become a "new pharaoh" and raising questions about the gains of last year's uprising which ousted Hosni Mubarak. The move is a blow to the pro-democracy movement that toppled the long-time president, himself derided by many as a pharaoh, and raises concerns that Islamists will be further ensconced in power. Opposition forces denounced the declaration as a "coup" and called for nationwide protests on Friday. "The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution," according to a decree...
  • (Muslim Brotherhood) Egyptian President and Obama Forge Link in Gaza Deal

    11/22/2012 4:28:31 PM PST · by Arthurio · 11 replies
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama skipped dessert at a long summit meeting dinner in Cambodia on Monday to rush back to his hotel suite. It was after 11:30 p.m., and his mind was on rockets in Gaza rather than Asian diplomacy. He picked up the telephone to call the Egyptian leader who is the new wild card in his Middle East calculations. Over the course of the next 25 minutes, he and President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt hashed through ways to end the latest eruption of violence, a conversation that would lead Mr. Obama to send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham...
  • U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook [Most of the Rockies Dry as a Bone and Getting Worse.]

    11/22/2012 4:25:58 PM PST · by familyop · 14 replies
  • Red Dawn AAR (WARNING: SPOLIERS!)

    11/22/2012 4:25:01 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 49 replies
    Self/AMC Theaters | 22 NOV 2012 | Old Sarge
    Okay, Folks, I took The Bride to see the late screening of "Red Dawn" last night. WARNING: SPOILERS!!! The theater was barely half-full, lots of inconsiderate people who kept their cel phones on until the last possible second. During the first two minutes of the film, the story flashed many current events showing how the world was collapsing. One of the flash images was the current _Resident of the White House speaking about cyber-threats. One of the youths in the audience at the sight of Dear Leader squealed out, "Obamaaaaa!!" The graphics and the sets and effects were superb. But...
  • How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims

    11/22/2012 4:13:44 PM PST · by Founding Father · 23 replies
    Hoover Institution Stanford University ^ | January 30, 1999 | Tom Bethell
    When the Pilgrims landed in 1620, they established a system of communal property. Within three years they had scrapped it, instituting private property instead. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell tells the story. There are three configurations of property rights: state, communal, and private property. Within a family, many goods are in effect communally owned. But when the number of communal members exceeds normal family size, as happens in tribes and communes, serious and intractable problems arise. It becomes costly to police the activities of the members, all of whom are entitled to their share of the total product of the...
  • Iranian Parliament Ordered to Abandon Ahmadinejad Probe

    11/22/2012 4:05:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    The Iranian parliament has been ordered to drop its probe of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported Wednesday. The country's "Supreme Leader," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, allegedly expressed concern Iran's enemies would benefit from the interrogation. Khamenei himself initiated the probe, carried out by his own supporters in the parliament. For the first time in Iranian presidential history, Ahmadinejad was summoned for questioning by the legislative body in March of this year. However, this week Khamenei said, “We demand that the respected representatives not continue” with the probe over the economic crisis and the nosedive in the value...