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  • Could you pass a US citizenship test? [Give it a try.]

    11/24/2012 7:07:34 AM PST · by upchuck · 128 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | Saturday, November 24, 2012
    In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test. American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs, and can be a way to demonstrate loyalty to the US. Applicants must get 6 answers out of 10 in an oral exam to pass the test. According to US Citizenship and Immigration services, 92 percent of applicants pass this test. You must get 58 or more of these test questions correct in order to pass. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0104/Could-you-pass-a-US-citizenship-test/Who-signs-bills?cmpid=prc:ctzn:d
  • ABC Calls Black Friday An 'Orgy Of Capitalism'

    11/24/2012 7:07:14 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's enough to make an MSMer nostalgic for the good old days of the Soviet Union, when the masses didn't stampede into stores because there was little of interest to buy and little money to buy it with, and the good stuff was reserved for the ruling elites at special shops. Here's how ABC's Dan Harris opened today's Good Morning America: "This morning, Black and Blue Friday. America's annual orgy of capitalism gets dicey." Capitalism? Really? Is that the problem? View the video here.
  • Goodnight 'Snow White': Longest Coma Patient Ever Passes Away: Mom and Sister Never Left Her Side

    11/24/2012 6:59:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/23/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Edwarda O'Bara was a popular 16-year-old when she fell into a diabetic coma after a bout with pneumonia in 1970Her last words to her mother, Kaye, were 'promise you won't leave me'The woman's father died in 1977 from a heart attack, brought on by the grueling schedule of caring for Edwarda Her mother stayed by her daughter's side until Kaye passed away at the age of 80 in 2008 O'Bara's sister, Colleen, stepped in to offer full time care for Edwarda 'She closed her eyes and joined my mom in Heaven,' Colleen said about Edward's passing on Wednesday at the...
  • They Are Going To Make It Nearly Impossible To Pass On A Farm Or A Business To Your Children

    11/24/2012 6:59:49 AM PST · by Lorianne · 80 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 20 November 2012 | Michael
    They Are Going To Make It Nearly Impossible To Pass On A Farm Or A Business To Your Children
  • Rifle-Toting Terrorists Called Major Threat to U.S. Power Grid

    11/24/2012 6:58:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 23 November, 2012 | Brian Wingfield
  • Buying into the Mural Trap

    11/24/2012 6:57:55 AM PST · by starpublisher · 4 replies
    Cactus Thorns ^ | 11/19/12 | Dan O'brian
    It starts as a couple of cute brightly painted drawings on the walls on old abandoned stores. Soon if you don’t watch it turns into, a major government project. Its great for the chosen few that are paid by the local governments as it becomes the driving patron of the arts.
  • Are Black Friday Riots A Preview Of The Civil Unrest That Is Coming When Society Breaks Down?

    11/24/2012 6:54:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    TEC ^ | 11/23/2012 | Michael Snyder
    If Americans will trample one another just to save a few dollars on a television, what will they do when society breaks down and the survival of their families is at stake? Once in a while an event comes along that gives us a peek into what life could be like when the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is stripped away. For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey there was rampant looting and within days people were digging around in supermarket dumpsters looking for food. Sadly, "Black Friday" also gives...
  • Women Bishops 'in My Lifetime', Insists Archbishop John Sentamu

    11/24/2012 6:53:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/20/12 | Richard Alleyne and John Bingham
    The Church of England will definitely have women bishops “in my lifetime”, claims Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York.The second most powerful man in the church said that it was “very disappointing” it had not happened during this General Synod but he was sure the principle had been accepted. His comments came the day after the church tore up plans to ordain women as bishops despite overwhelming support in the parishes. After a tortuous 12-year legal process, which secured strong backing in all but two of the 44 dioceses, the move was denied final approval by just six votes....
  • Shocking Case of Unbelief

    11/24/2012 6:49:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Father Ed Tomlinson's Blog ^ | 11/23/12 | Father Ed Tomlinson
    Channel 4 offers a reflection today from a clergyman of the Anglican Church who quite openly states a complete and sincere disbelief in God. He is an atheist who considers the scriptures nothing more than human literature. What are we to make of him? Personally I find this sort of liberal wooliness in a clergyman not only absurd but frankly dishonest. What an affront to those who do believe, to the faithful in the pews whose giving pays his stipend! How does he stand at the altar with a straight face I wonder? Little surprise he opts to be filmed...
  • FABER: 44 Charts That Show Why The World Is Doomed

    11/24/2012 6:46:04 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 22 replies
    Business Insider, Inc. ^ | Nov. 23, 2012 | Sam Ro
    Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report, is well known for his ultra-bearish commentary. But he's not without reason. In a new presentation given in Hong Kong to the London Bullion Market Association, Faber offers a thick stack of 44 charts that makes him very bearish on the global economy (via ZeroHedge). They include overviews of the emerging and evolving trends on debt, trade, stocks and commodities. Faber points to the explosion of public and private debt and how they have been far outpacing GDP growth for the last 50 years. In this backdrop, the wealth gap...
  • Destruction of badges labeled ‘juvenile act’ by ATF whistleblower(fast and furious)

    11/24/2012 6:45:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 November, 2012 | David Codrea
    Posting an attachment responding to a Freedom of Information Act request yesterday on the Clean Up ATF website forum, Special Agent Vince Cefalu related how badges he’d turned in while on medical disability reassignment in 2006 were discovered to be intentionally defaced when he resumed his law enforcement duties the next year. “The face of each badge … exhibit multiple toolmarks produced by the scraping action of a hand tool, ATF’s Firearms and Toolmark Section Chief wrote in a September 27, 2007 laboratory report. “One possible toolmark source could be the blade of a standard screwdriver.” Cefalu is the whistleblower...
  • The Democrats are waging a war on men to satisfy the feminist left

    11/24/2012 6:44:33 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 21 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | NOVEMBER 24TH, 2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    So let’s cut to the chase and talk about what’s really going on here. Was the takedown of Colonel Allen West decided by a Machiavellian cabal in both parties that began with the redrawing of Florida Congressional voting districts, both state and federal? And was this alleged decision made to move him out of the district controlled by the Democrat Mark Foley called the Chihuahua in high heels? By insiders cutting a deal to move West up to the Democrat ex pat region of St. Lucie County, he would be folded in between GOP enclaves in both Martin and Indian...
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like chaos

    11/24/2012 6:37:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 November, 2012 | Dave Workman
    While there will be the typical reports of “Black Friday” shopping surges on Seattle, Spokane and Portland news broadcasts, it’s not likely anyone will trump the tale out of San Antonio Friday morning, where an armed shopper discouraged a line-jumping thug who pushed and punched his way into a store. According to the NBC affiliate in Dallas, the unidentified shopper in San Antonio will not be charged after drawing his legally-carried handgun. He had just been punched in the face, and other shoppers at a Sears store were pushed and otherwise harassed by the line-jumper. When the gun came out,...
  • Wealthy Singapore ranks as world's most stoic nation

    11/24/2012 6:31:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/23/2012 | Elizabeth Yuan
    The most emotionless society is Singapore's despite its reputation for being among the world's richest, a new survey has revealed. Gallup looked at 150 countries where about 1,000 residents were asked whether they experienced five positive and five negative emotions a lot during the course of a day. The results were based on interviews taken over a three-year period. Questions included whether people felt well-rested or enjoyment, smiled and laughed or felt worry, sadness, stress or anger. The 36% in Singapore who reported feeling anything is the lowest in the world, the Washington-based research and analytics organization found. This figure...
  • From the most accurate pollster of 2012: Pennsylvania Could Be a Path Forward for G.O.P.

    11/24/2012 6:29:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/24/2012 | Nate Silver
    The last ballots in the presidential election were cast more than two weeks ago. But votes in 37 states, and the District of Columbia, are still being counted, with the results yet to be officially certified. President Obama’s national margin over Mitt Romney has increased as additional ballots have been added to the tally. According to the terrific spreadsheet maintained by David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, Mr. Obama now leads Mr. Romney by 3.3 percentage points nationally, up from 2.5 percentage points in the count just after the election. Turnout has grown to about 127 million voters, down...
  • Veterans: Thinking of Running for Office?

    11/24/2012 6:28:49 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 8 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 11/24/2012 | William Russell
    If you are thinking of running for office, this page is for you. This is where I share some of my experiences in a congressional campaign which drew national attention. I will be as informative as possible for those who are weighing a political run, especially those coming from military service. I will add topics as I craft them. For now, KNOW WHY YOU ARE RUNNING If you are thinking of running for office, the most important part of that decision is the “why” of what you are doing. Make sure your reasons are clear and unambiguous. It is hard...
  • Ex-boxer 'Macho' Camacho dies after shooting

    11/24/2012 6:25:14 AM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 11/24/2012 | Coto and Skretta
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hector "Macho" Camacho, a Puerto Rican boxer known for skill and flamboyance in the ring as well as for a messy personal life and run-ins with the police, was declared dead on Saturday, four days after being shot in the face. He was 50.
  • CONSISTORY FOR CREATION OF CARDINALS: POPE EMPHASISES CATHOLICITY OF THE CHURCH

    11/24/2012 6:10:45 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | November 24, 2012
    Vatican City, (VIS) - In St. Peter's Basilica at 11 a.m. today, Benedict XVI celebrated an ordinary public consistory for the creation of six new cardinals: James Michael Harvey, Bechara Boutros Rai O.M.M., Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Ruben Salazar Gomez and Luis Antonio G. Tagle. Following the new appointments the College of Cardinals will be composed of 211 members of whom 120, being under the age of eighty, are eligible to vote in a conclave for the election of a new Pope. After the opening prayer and the proclamation of the Gospel, the Holy Father pronounced his...
  • RJ's NFL Picks: Week Twelve

    11/24/2012 6:00:42 AM PST · by FL2012 · 10 replies
    BC Magazine ^ | 11/21/2012 | RJ Elliott
    *Sunday, November 25* Minnesota (6-4) at Chicago (7-3) 1:00 p.m. (Line: No Line) The Vikings would move into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North with a win here and a loss by the Packers on Sunday Night Football. There is no line for this game as of this writing presumably due to the fact that Jay Cutler's status is up in the air. I think he'll play. ---RJ's Pick: Bears by 9 Oakland (3-7) at Cincinnati (5-5) 1:00 p.m. (Line: Cincinnati by 7) The Raiders have lost three straight, while the Bengals have won two in...
  • Reid faces task of mending fences with GOP after campaign attacks

    11/24/2012 5:57:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Reid faces task of mending fences with GOP after campaign attacksBy Alexander Bolton - 11/24/12 06:00 AM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) infuriated Republicans during the campaign with his harsh partisan attacks and now faces the delicate task of mending his relationship with the GOP. Some Republicans say Reid poisoned his relationship with their party by waging controversial attacks against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. They were most angered by Reid’s charge that Romney had not paid taxes in ten years, attributing the information to an anonymous source. "I do think he lost more credibility with Republicans because...
  • Will Early Education Force The Daycare Business To Close its Doors?

    11/24/2012 5:55:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/24/2012 | Jamie Hope
    As I discussed in my previous article "'Early Education or Early Indoctrination" our educational curricula could soon come under the control of the United Nations. The United States government supports their attempts at globalizing our American education system and indoctrinating our children in an early education program (0-5 years of age). But attempts to place our children in school from birth are being deterred small business: the daycare industry. Parents currently have the option of either putting their children in an "early education" school focus from birth until kindergarten or an in-home day care or center. But that too might...
  • Op-Ed: Humans evolving into bigger idiots? Stanford professor thinks so

    11/24/2012 5:54:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | November 21, 2012 | Paul Wallis
    Yep, evolution is a two way street. With a bit of effort you can evolve to get dumber in every generation. Prof. Gerald Crabtree, a geneticist seems pretty convinced that Homo Sap is long gone in that direction.
  • The 'Lost' Island That Maps Made Up

    11/24/2012 5:53:37 AM PST · by Kartographer · 41 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo ^ | 11/23/12 | DRAGANA JOVANOVIC
    Sandy Island was nowhere to be found when Australian scientists reached the South Pacific location where it appeared on Google Earth, nautical charts and world maps. "It raises all kinds of conspiracy theories," expedition member Steven Micklethwaite said, adding that the CIA is among the sources of the world coastline database. "It reminded me of the hypernatural island in the "Lost" TV series." The phantom Manhattan-size island in the Coral Sea was shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth, sized about 15 miles by three miles on Google Maps, and halfway between Australia and the French New Caledonia.
  • Suppressing Reparative Therapy Is Suppressing Freedom

    11/24/2012 5:52:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/24/2012 | James M. Arlandson
    I saw the crawler go across the screen on a news broadcast recently, and it said, with an incredulous tone, that "praying away the gay" was still being done. From the context, it was clear the news editor did not think much of it. Recently, California banned reparative or "conversion" therapy for homosexuality. Signing the bill into law, Gov. Jerry Brown called the therapy "quackery." Lawsuits have been filed. Neither a counselor nor a lawyer, I can come at this issue only as a straight citizen concerned about freedom. It is not difficult to imagine the following scenarios. You're a...
  • Police Raid 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay Girl, Confiscate Winnie The Pooh Laptop

    11/24/2012 5:52:23 AM PST · by expat1000 · 25 replies
    Torrent Freak ^ | November 22, 2012 | enigmax
    An anti-piracy company has found itself in the middle of a huge controversy. CIAPC, the company that had The Pirate Bay blocked by ISPs in Finland, tracked an alleged file-sharer and demanded a cash settlement. However, the Internet account holder refused to pay which escalated things to an unprecedented level. In response, this week police raided the home of the 9-year-old suspect and confiscated her Winnie the Pooh laptop. Very soon in the United States, letters will be sent out to Internet account holders informing them that they should stop sharing copyrighted material on BitTorrent. The message in the US...
  • Defunding the Left

    11/24/2012 5:46:47 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 8 replies
    Magnan's Adventures in Reaction ^ | 11-20-2012 | Maganan
    The Republicans had "a minor outbreak of sanity" (Jehu's words) when they floated a paper that questioned current intellectual property law. Then they quickly decided that they didn't mean it. The mass of corporations in this country go with the flow, and if that means supporting the Democrats, then they do so. The Republicans can't seem to figure out that their theoretical support for business and markets doesn't translate into support for their party; quite the opposite. In particular, their support for nearly perpetual copyright and tough copyright enforcement benefits those corporations that are most hostile to the Republicans, corporations...
  • Smart Money? Hedge Funds Now Worse Than Mutual Funds

    11/24/2012 5:44:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    CNBC ^ | 11/23/2012 | John Melloy
    Hedge fund managers don’t have much to be thankful for these holidays, as failure to beat low-fee index funds will likely infuriate investors shelling out hefty fees for their services. Just 13 percent of the so-called smartest money on the Street are outperforming the S&P 500, and a fifth of all hedge funds are actually in the red during 2012, according to Goldman Sachs data. To make matters worse, hedge fund managers have crowded into the same trades, with turnover at a record low, according to Goldman. Translation: Hedge fund investors are paying 2 percent fees up front and 20...
  • Names surface for Jackson Jr.'s seat (And the highest bidder is...?)

    11/24/2012 5:43:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Names surface for Jackson Jr.'s seatBy Alexandra Jaffe - 11/24/12 06:00 AM ET Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s resignation from Congress leaves his seat in Illinois's 2nd District open for a special election, and local Democrats are already considering names. A top option would be Debbie Halvorson, who represented Illinois's 11th District for one term, from 2009-11, and lost her bid against Jackson this year when he picked up over 70 percent of the vote in the primary. Halvorson said in an email to The Hill that she has "not yet decided what I'm going to do," but indicated she's been...
  • Actor Larry Hagman, notorious as 'Dallas' villain J.R. Ewing, dies

    11/24/2012 5:36:15 AM PST · by Young Werther · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Published: 23 November 2012 09:26 PM | By ALAN PEPPARD
    <p>The North Texas native, 81, died Friday at Medical City Dallas after spending Thanksgiving with family and friends.</p>
  • Are Latinos ‘Natural’ Republicans?

    11/24/2012 5:26:31 AM PST · by 2dogjoe · 31 replies
    The National Memo ^ | November 23, 2012 | Jason Sattler
    ....Ted Cruz, explained the predicament to The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza: In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat. If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the electoral college math is simple. We won’t be talking about Ohio, we won’t be talking about Florida or Virginia, because it won’t matter. If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to 270 electoral votes. The Republican Party would cease to exist.
  • Why Hamas “Loves Death”—And Cease-Fires

    11/24/2012 5:16:36 AM PST · by arthurus · 19 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 22 November 2012 | Andrew Bostom
    Nearly six decades ago (in 1956), Arthur Jeffery, a great modern scholar of Islam, reviewed Guillaume’s magisterial English translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah, the oldest and most important Muslim biography of Muhammad. Jeffery’s review included this trenchant observation: Years ago the late Canon Gairdner in Cairo said that the best answer to the numerous apologetic Lives of Muhammad published in the interests of Muslim propaganda in the West would be an unvarnished translation of the earliest Arabic biography of the prophet. W. H. T. (Canon) Gairdner, in 1915, highlighted the dilemma posed by Islam’s sacralization of Muhammad’s timeless...
  • DAKAR, WEST AFRICA JOIN ALLIES; AIR ACTION SLOWS TUNISIA PUSH (11/24/42)

    11/24/2012 5:14:17 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 6 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 11/24/42 | Raymond Daniell, F. Tillman Durdin, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Giving Obama What He Wants

    11/24/2012 5:03:40 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 30 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/24/12 | LD Jackson
    A few days ago, I wrote a post about the campaign of rhetoric that is underway. It is a campaign to convince as many Americans as possible that the only possible way out of the fiscal condition we are in is to raise taxes. The only thing standing between Obama and his achieving the liberal dream of higher taxes is the Republicans in Congress and I'm not even sure they have the political will or capital to hold their ground. Some of them are already backing down, saying something has to be done to avert the fiscal catastrophe that is...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 1365: Majestic Spiral with Supernova

    11/24/2012 4:51:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | November 24, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. This sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy's bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers think NGC 1365's prominent bar plays a crucial role in the galaxy's evolution, drawing gas and dust into a star-forming...
  • Chambliss latest US Republican to break with anti-tax lobbyist

    11/24/2012 4:48:30 AM PST · by tobyhill · 37 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/24/2012 | Kim Dixon
    U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss this week became the latest Republican lawmaker to loosen his ties to Grover Norquist, the anti-tax lobbyist famous for getting elected officials to sign a "taxpayer protection pledge." The rebellion, albeit a modest one, comes as Republicans prepare to negotiate with Democrats and President Barack Obama on a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff - some $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts set to start jolting the economy at the beginning of 2013. "I care more about this country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Chambliss told Georgia television station WMAZ on...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/24/12)[Prayer]

    11/24/2012 4:45:38 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/24/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohei Avraham....The God of AbrahamExodus 3:15 God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
  • Operation Pillar of Defense: In Support of a Ground Offensive

    11/24/2012 4:23:33 AM PST · by forty_years · 8 replies
    BESA Center Perspectives Paper ^ | November 19, 2012 | Efraim Inbar and Max Singer
    For nearly a week, Israel has been under attack from terrorist elements in Gaza, primarily Hamas. As the Israeli air force and navy respond with surgical, targeted strikes on Hamas facilities, the government is weighing the possibility of ordering a ground offensive too.In our view, an armored push into Gaza in order to deal the Hamas military wing a decisive blow is necessary. From a strategic, long-term perspective, Israel cannot avoid confronting Hamas head-on, and must take action sooner rather than later. For Israel to restore quiet to its borders and ensure its survival in the new Middle East, Arab...
  • How the 'Fiscal Showdown' Impacts Gay and Transgender Americans

    11/24/2012 4:23:28 AM PST · by Salman · 22 replies
    Center for American Progress (leftist think tank) ^ | November 20, 2012 | Andrew Cray, Crosby Burns, and Erin Fitzgerald
    Avoiding sequestration remains a critical policy goal for Congress. Doing so is important for all Americans, including gay and transgender Americans and their families. As this report details, many federal programs, both directly and indirectly, function to support and serve the gay and transgender population. If across-the-board budget cuts go into effect, this population will experience a host of negative outcomes, including the following: Sequestration would hurt gay and transgender workers and threaten their employment security because federal agencies would have fewer resources to investigate claims of employment discrimination. Sequestration would compromise gay and transgender health by reducing programmatic funding...
  • 4 Reasons The GOP Would Be Foolish To Dump Social Issues

    11/24/2012 4:19:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Win, lose or draw, we're always supposedly hitting a tipping point where social issues just no longer work for the Republican Party. At first glance, this would appear to be a rather puzzling sentiment. After all, in 2010, despite the fact that the GOP was just as socially conservative as we were this year, the Republican Party had its best year in half a century. Furthermore, in 2008 and 2012, the GOP lost despite running moderate candidates who were soft on social issues and who barely brought them up at all. If anything, you'd think that seeing two non-social conservatives...
  • Radical Islamist turns ardent Zionist: The story of Kasim Hafeez

    11/24/2012 4:18:45 AM PST · by forty_years · 13 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | 11/23/12 | Fern Sidman
    On Thursday evening, November 15th, an audience of several hundred people sat in rapt attention at Temple Israel on New York City's Upper East Side, as they heard the compelling narrative of a most unusual man. Kasim Hafeez, 28, is a British born Muslim of Pakistani descent whom was raised in an environment where he was taught that, "Jews control the world, and Israel is at fault for just about everything." As many other young Muslims in the United Kingdom, he embraced the teachings of radical Islam and internalized the visceral hatred for Israel that is endemic to this philosophy....
  • Navy Releases Major Updates to Service Member HIV Policy

    11/24/2012 4:15:43 AM PST · by Salman · 13 replies
    OutServe (gay military magazine) ^ | 19 Nov 2012 | Katie Miller
    Military policy prohibits HIV-positive service members from being stationed outside the United States. But on Aug. 13 the Pentagon quietly released a revision to the Department of the Navy policy, which now allows HIV-positive Sailors to be stationed at U.S. military installations outside of the country and on select large ship platforms. The policy change, listed under Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 5300.30E, is intended to “reflect current knowledge” of HIV and marks the biggest change in military HIV policy since the late 1980s when mass testing for HIV went into effect. Though the update removes logistical barriers to...
  • Cleared of Ethics Charges, Maxine Waters Ready to Write Bank Laws

    11/24/2012 4:06:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Ransom
    The last time we met “This Old Socialist,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters, (D-Delusional), she was being probed for “ethics violations,” which is fed-speak for “things for which you and I go to jail, but which is legal for congress.” Waters, then, was gamely trying to vie for a leadership position on the Financial Services Committee despite a dogged investigation regarding her finances and influence peddling that had dragged out for months. She was doing so in the wake of the announcement that the committee’s ranking Democrat, Barney Frank (D-Dope) (pun intended) was leaving congress to fulfill his lifelong dream of getting...
  • Crushing Ambition

    11/24/2012 3:57:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    The left-wing media went wild after the election when analysis showed that many poorer Americans supported President Obama and entitlements could have been a major reason why. Liberals always like to think of themselves as noble, and the thought that some vote-buying could have occurred is deeply offensive to them. Nevertheless, the facts speak for themselves. Americans earning less than $30,000 a year gave the president about 7 million more votes than Gov. Romney. All told, Obama defeated Romney by 3.5 million votes. The math is clear. But what about motivation? How can you assign entitlements as a voting factor?...
  • The LIVING HELL of Socialism- in Photos

    11/24/2012 3:30:19 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 37 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    History lesson here for shallow, reality-TV-generation  'progressive' idiots who think socialism's cool  (no worries- there's pictures)  East Germany (DDR = Deutsche Demokratische Republik)  blamed capitalists for everything,  nationalized industry,  suppressed dissent,  glorified a (paranoid) leader,  spied on their own citizens, hated Israel, supported Palestinian radicals,  and did it all the name of the 'common man'  -sound familiar, Obammunist tools? Stasi chief Erich Meilke (center) oversaw 1M full-time officers and 500Kpart-time informants. Their loyalty lay 100% with the Communist Party, and the utterly ruthless and unaccountable organization had it's tentacles stuck-into every element of society: it was said one in every 63 DDR citizens...
  • Foster parents 'stigmatised and slandered’ for being members of Ukip

    11/24/2012 3:23:34 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 55 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10:00PM GMT 23 Nov 2012 | By Sam Marsden
    A couple had their three foster children taken away by a council on the grounds that their membership of the UK Independence Party meant that they supported “racist” policies. The husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, said they were made to feel like criminals when a social worker told them that their views on immigration made them unsuitable carers. Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, described the actions of Rotherham borough council as “a bloody outrage” and “political prejudice of the very worst kind”. The husband was a Royal Navy reservist for more than 30...
  • Spain fears break-up as Catalonia votes - "We're sick of being robbed...."

    11/24/2012 2:43:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    DNA - Daily News Analysis ^ | November 24, 2012 | Fiona Govan | The Daily Telegraph
    In Madrid, the central government of Mariano Rajoy has pledged to fight any move towards independence. There are fears that fellow separatists in the Basque region and even Galicia will follow suit, provoking a constitutional crisis. One association of retired and active members of the military even warned that war should be declared on Catalonia if the region broke away and others have suggested Mas [ Artur Mas, the incumbent regional president and leader of the centre-Right Convergence and Union Party (CIU)] should be tried for treason. Something is missing at the top of the flagpole outside the town hall...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - Rumors of Ceasefires

    11/24/2012 1:21:13 AM PST · by expat1000 · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | November 23, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    From The People's Cube ABOUT THAT WAR II Here's what I wrote in last week's roundup about the war that wasn't a war. 3. This is still not a war. What will most likely happen is that Israel will carry out some more air strikes and possibly even a limited ground operation. Some Hamas terrorists will die along with some Israeli civilians. 5. Phone calls from Washington and London will warn Netanyahu to wind down the operation. Turkey or Egypt will offer to negotiate a truce. Israel will pull out. Hamas will celebrate the usual victory of insurgencies, that...
  • The Democrats' Big Problem

    11/24/2012 12:38:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 24, 2012 | Bruce Walker
    The left's post-election celebrations are wholly unwarranted. Consider.................................. In fact, every other Republican seat is in a state which Romney carried handily, while four other Democrat seats -- in New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, and Colorado -- came from states in which Romney ran close to Obama. That translates in 2014 into gains, and very likely gains which will translate into a Republican Senate majority. That very fact -- because Senate Democrats can do the math -- means that Harry Reid's plan to make filibusters harder will almost certainly fail: in two years, and perhaps for years thereafter, Republicans may control...
  • Hindu-Americans Rank Top in Education, Income

    11/24/2012 12:20:22 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 57 replies
    Hindu-Americans have the highest socioeconomic levels among all religions in the United States, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life. Experts say U.S. immigration policy is the main reason Hindus do so well. Both the 1965 Immigration Act and the more recent H1-B visa program set the table for Hindus to succeed. The former encouraged the immigration of professionals, particularly doctors and engineers, while the latter was designed to encourage the immigration of highly skilled “guest workers.” The number of H1-B visas issued to Indians grew steadily in the late 1990s...
  • Gay Celebrities: Who Is Out? [Pics in URL]

    11/23/2012 11:18:49 PM PST · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012
    Gay Celebrities: Who Is Out? Once it was considered a potentially career-ending acknowledgment, but a growing number of celebrities have come out with relatively little fanfare. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Anderson Cooper, 2012 Until July, Anderson Cooper had never publicly confirmed he was gay, but he'd never denied it, either. Cooper's sexual orientation has long been an open secret, but it took an Entertainment Weekly cover story about gay celebrities to prompt the newsman to finally come out. Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, another openly gay newsman, wrote to Cooper asking...