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  • Freep a Poll! (Are you confident the economy is improving?)

    11/28/2012 4:59:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 11-28-12 | LA Daily News
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  • Why Republicans should have won the election (and why they didn’t)

    11/28/2012 4:57:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 79 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 27, 2012 | Chris Cillizza
    Going into election day 2012, Republicans were very confident that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had a 50-50 chance of winning the presidency. It didn’t turn out that way. Answering the “why” posed by that discrepancy is of critical import for Republicans as they move forward to 2014 and 2016. And, a new piece by Glen Bolger, a GOP pollster and partner at Public Opinion Strategies, explains both why Republicans should have won — and why they didn’t — as succinctly as anything we have read since the election. Here’s Bolger’s argument in a nutshell (and here’s Austin Powers in...
  • Motivational maestro Zig Ziglar dies at 86

    11/28/2012 4:53:16 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 18 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 11/28/2012
    Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar, the man of a million motivational maxims who bucked up and cheered on three generations of Willy Lomans over a 40-year international speaking career, died near his home in Plano, Texas, on Wednesday after a brief battle with pneumonia. He was 86. His son, Tom Ziglar, announced Mr. Ziglar’s death in an email to the corporate mailing list of the family’s motivational business. A onetime cookware salesman who boasted he was “born in L.A. — Lower Alabama,” Mr. Ziglar wrote the 1975 motivational book, “See You At The Top,” but it was rejected by 30 firms...
  • 25,000 Nevadans to lose unemployment benefits without budget deal

    11/28/2012 4:49:59 PM PST · by redreno · 21 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 | 11:42 a.m. | By Cy Ryan (contact)
    CARSON CITY — An estimated 25,000 Nevadans will lose their unemployment benefits on Jan. 2 if Congress fails to reach a deal on the federal budget, state officials said. The state Division of Employment Security said today those people are receiving benefits under a federal program that extends state payments. Another 1,000 jobless will exhaust their regular state benefits each week thereafter and not be eligible for the extension, division Administrator Renee Olson said.
  • Repost: Survival S.O.P.’s

    11/28/2012 4:49:40 PM PST · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    Modern Survival ^ | 11/25/12 | Vic
    SOP’s can be both in printed form and stored electronically. It is suggested that SOP’s be stored in hard copy form in a binder – possibly having the individual pages laminated to make them water resistant. Let me give you a few examples of a situations that a SOP would be beneficial: THSTF and communication is down and the kids are at school – Who gets the kids? Without some planning ahead of time so that everyone understands what is to happen under these circumstances – resources could be wasted (and the kids left at school!) TSHTF and travel home...
  • Uncle Sham Wants You...

    11/28/2012 4:47:30 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-28-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Exclusive: Feinstein commissioned report on housing Gitmo detainees in US

    11/28/2012 4:46:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 28, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee has commissioned a federal report to identify prison facilities in the U.S. that are suitable for housing Guantanamo detainees, a document exclusively reviewed by Fox News shows. In the internal document, the Government Accountability Office refers to “Source of Work: Ms. Dianne Feinstein, Chair, Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate” and lists the “Gist of Work” as an investigation into whether domestic facilities could house the approximately 170 detainees remaining at the controversial facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Two hours after Fox News' inquiry about the report, Feinstein's office posted the report...
  • European Agency's Final Verdict on Controversial GM Study: Not Scientifically Sound

    11/28/2012 4:46:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 28 November 2012 | Meghna Sachdev
    Enlarge Image Corn fed. Controversial study had suggested GM maize fed to rats caused tumors. Credit: Janet Stephens/Wikimedia Commons The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today delivered its final verdict on a controversial study that examined the toxicity of genetically modified (GM) maize. The study "does not meet acceptable scientific standards" and there is therefore no need to reevaluate the safety of GM maize, the group concluded. The study in question was published on 19 September in Food and Chemical Toxicology by molecular biologist Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues. It claimed to find a link between GM maize NK603 and...
  • White House Deploys Secret Service To Stop Press From Talking To Goldman Sachs CEO

    11/28/2012 4:42:19 PM PST · by kristinn · 16 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | Zeke Miller
    As CEOs concluded their meeting with President Barack Obama Wednesday evening, the White House deployed three uniformed Secret Service officers to keep the awaiting reporters from speaking with the group, among them Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
  • USPS Chief Lays Out Plan for the Agency’s Survival

    11/28/2012 4:42:06 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 44 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 28,2012
    The head of the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said the agency must be allowed to ease the terms of prepayments into a retiree health-care fund and eliminate general mail delivery on Saturday. Patrick Donahoe told "CBS This Morning" the agency isn't asking Congress for money. He said, "I think most people don't realize, we're 100 percent self-sufficient. We pay our own way." But the postal chief notes the agency is losing $15.9 billion this year. Donahoe says the post office needs to refinance retirement health fund payments to $1 billion a year instead of $5 billion. He said the...
  • Mr. Bill. Former Prez Gets in Hillary's Way

    11/28/2012 4:34:16 PM PST · by The people have spoken · 8 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | November 28, 2012 | D. P. Sorensen
    What about Bill? That’s the big question now that Hillary is gearing up for the 2016 presidential race. According to those in the know, the former first lady, former United States senator and soon-to-be former secretary of state has the Democratic nomination four years hence in the bag. Furthermore, it is widely assumed that she would coast into the White House, trouncing whatever sacrificial candidate the Grand Old Party offers up. Chris Christie? Too fat. Jeb Bush? Too Bushy. Sarah Palin? Yikes! Marco Rubio? No way the GOP brings forth another Mormon (Yes, baptized, confirmed and ordained, if not fully...
  • Egyptian Court Sentences Americans To Death

    11/28/2012 4:29:58 PM PST · by WXRGina · 25 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | November 28, 2012 | Scooter Van Neuter
    An Egyptian court has sentenced to death in absentia seven Egyptians, a Florida-based American pastor, and the Editor in Chief of this site. The Egyptians were found guilty of being associated with an anti-Islam film that sparked riots throughout the Muslim world, the Florida pastor was convicted for burning a Koran, and Big Hairy News chief Scooter Van Neuter was sentenced to death for posting a series of portraits of the Prophet Muhammad. "I deeply regret that the Egyptian court took offense to our artwork," said Van Neuter as he made final preparations to move to an undisclosed location. "It...
  • VTA light-rail extension to Los Gatos: $175 million for 200 new riders

    11/28/2012 4:20:01 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/28/2012 | Mike Rosenberg
    Just how many new riders would jump on a train to one of Silicon Valley's most desired destinations? About 200, it turns out -- and it would cost taxpayers up to $175 million to build the rail line to Los Gatos. The new projections come from the Valley Transportation Authority's updated forecast for a long-envisioned light-rail extension. Still years from reality, the Los Gatos line would be one of the least-used light-rail extensions planned in the nation -- and would reduce South Bay vehicle traffic by a mere 0.01 percent.
  • ExxonMobil Wins as Obama Finances Energy, Port Project Trips to India

    11/28/2012 4:19:11 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | Nov. 28, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    In the days and weeks after Hurricane Sandy wrecked ports, resorts, and power lines across the mid-Atlantic coast, the Obama administration launched multiple projects targeting the revitalization of such infrastructure. Not in seaside New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, but in cities across India: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Mumbai… Patriot Update has discovered that taxpayers will foot the bill for industry trips to India — trips taken on behalf of a consortium whose members include multinationals such as ExxonMobil, GE, and IBM.
  • Susan Rice Is Unqualified To Be Secretary Of State

    11/28/2012 4:11:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 34 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 28, 2012
    Benghazi Scandal: "Her meeting with GOP senators begs the question that if all she can do is read talking points handed to her by the White House then perhaps she should be the next White House press secretary." The above observation, courtesy of Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman for four U.S. Ambassadors to the U.N., is the flip side of our view that Susan Rice, who was sent out on five Sunday talk shows to explain Benghazi by a president who says she had "nothing to do with Benghazi," is as qualified to be the next secretary of state...
  • Shippers seek White House's help to keep Mississippi River open

    11/28/2012 4:10:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | November 27, 2012 | Karl Plume
    Mississippi River barge operators and shipping groups on Tuesday asked U.S. President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency on the river and direct the Army Corps of Engineers to keep the drought-lowered waterway open to commercial traffic to avert an "economic catastrophe." Water on the Mississippi River along the busy stretch from St. Louis to Cairo, Illinois was expected to recede to record-low levels by mid-December, effectively halting the flow of barges that carry billions of dollars worth of grain, coal, steel, fuel and other products. In a letter to the White House and the Federal Emergency Management...
  • Study Finds Sea Level Rise was 60 Percent Higher Than UN Projection

    11/28/2012 4:10:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/28/12 | Rachel Bogart | Yahoo! Contributor Network
    According to NBC News, a newly released peer-reviewed study has concluded that sea levels between 1993 and 2011 rose by 3.2 millimeters per year. This number is nearly 60 percent more than the 2-millimeter annual projection made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change over the same time period. The disparity between the two numbers raises a point that the projections for the upcoming decades could also be too low and that sea level could rise much more than current estimates predict. Here are some facts and details about the new study and what it could mean for...
  • Savage adds two powerhouses WABC and WMAL

    11/28/2012 4:08:53 PM PST · by scott55 · 71 replies
    Michael Savage is finally back in NYC and will be on the air for the first time in the nations capital. As per WND Savage will be on both WABC and WMAL beginning Monday, 9 till 11.
  • UK: NHS [socialized medicine] patients experience 'contempt and cruelty', says Jeremy Hunt

    11/28/2012 4:07:49 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/28/2012 | Stephen Adams
    Patients experience “coldness, resentment, indifference" and "even contempt” in some hospitals, the Health Secretary has claimed in a hard-hitting speech about NHS care. In the worse cases staff have overseen “a kind of normalisation of cruelty”, Jeremy Hunt told an audience of health professionals at The King’s Fund, a London-based think-tank. Managers were so “buried in spreadsheets” that they had become “blind” to the fact that patients were not being treated with dignity or respect, he said. Poor care had become “perhaps the biggest problem of all facing the NHS”, Mr Hunt claimed in his strongest speech yet on the...
  • House stays under Republican control (Just a reminder to the GOP)

    11/28/2012 4:03:10 PM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/7/2012 | Richard Cowan
    It may have been the most unpopular House of Representatives in modern times, but that did not stop voters on Tuesday from leaving it firmly in Republican hands, according to projections. While more than 18 incumbent House members from both parties were defeated, according to results available early on Wednesday, there was no obvious ideological or partisan pattern. Redrawn districts, as a result of the 2010 census, were responsible for some incumbent losses. The results might disappoint those who had hoped for new and clear marching orders from voters on such issues as the deficit or immigration. Instead, they will...
  • Six anti-nuclear protesters found guilty and fined (oldest is 93 y/o)

    11/28/2012 3:52:10 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    The Barre Montpelier Times Argus/Rutlandherald.com ^ | November 28,2012 | Susan Smallheer
    BRATTLEBORO — Six anti-nuclear protesters were convicted Tuesday of unlawful trespass at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant by a Windham County jury, after a judge rejected their attempts to turn the trial into a tribunal on nuclear power. After deliberating for more than an hour and a half, the four-man, eight-woman jury returned the unanimous guilty verdict.
  • Morsi decree catches aides off guard

    11/28/2012 3:48:38 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    saudigazette.com.sa ^ | 11/29/2012 (Saudi time) | Tom Perry
    The decree that expanded President Mohamed Morsi’s powers and plunged Egypt into crisis came as a shock to some of his team; a step with huge legal ramifications, it appeared to have caught even his justice minister off guard. The surprise move on Nov. 22 has fueled debate on how far the Muslim Brotherhood is dictating policy and ignoring cabinet members and others in an administration that Morsi presents as being inclusive of Egypt’s political forces and not dominated by the Islamist party whose electoral muscle put him in office. Signs that Morsi failed to consult those formally appointed as...
  • From my wife's shrink: "Dear Patient, I will no longer be a Medicare provider" (vanity)

    11/28/2012 3:46:44 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 74 replies
    My wife's shrink | November 28, 2012 | Seizethecarp (vanity)
    Dear Patient, Going into the coming year, I have made a difficult but necessary determination that I will no longer be a Medicare provider. This will go into effect as of January 1, 2013. My decision is directly related to the continuing Medicare cuts and cumbersome requirements that Medicare has put into place. Regretfully, it is no longer feasible for us to participate with Medicare.
  • The Disappearing White Catholic Voter

    11/28/2012 3:46:35 PM PST · by NYer · 74 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | November 28, 2012 | George J. Marlin
    For over seventy years, white blue-collar Catholics who have lived and worked in America’s once great industrial states were the voting bloc that provided the margins of victory for Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and the two Bushes. The 2012 election results, however, indicate these Catholics no longer have that kind of clout at the ballot box.Why? First of all, they are an aging group whose numbers are declining every year. About 650 Catholic World War II and Korean War veterans die every day. That translates into 950,000 in the last four years. Add spouses and the number...
  • John Boehner: No tax cuts for middle class without tax cuts for top two percent

    11/28/2012 3:44:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/28/2012 | Greg Sargent
    As you know, GOP Rep. Tom Cole made waves today by urging Republicans to give in to the Dem demand that they extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone under $250,000. Cole argued this would remove the leverage Dems have and give the GOP more leverage to fight to extend the high-end tax cuts later, since Dems want the fiscal cliff averted and also want a debt ceiling hike. Today John Boehner rejected Cole’s suggestion. But in the process, he said something pretty revealing: ***** “I told Tom earlier in our conference meeting that I disagreed with him,” Boehner told...
  • Obama's Looming Prostate Cancer Death Epidemic,; Technocrat Doctors Turn Against Patients

    11/28/2012 3:40:44 PM PST · by morphing libertarian · 77 replies
    Sun Beam Times ^ | November 28, 2012 | Dr. David McKalip
    Prostate can deaths projected to increase. Restrictions on care and older population forming a perfect storm. http://sunbeamtimes.com/2012/11/28/obamas-looming-prostate-cancer-death-epidemic-technocrat-doctors-turn-against-patients.aspx
  • Is Egypt about to become the new Iran?

    11/28/2012 3:38:51 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/28/2012 | Con Coughlin
    It is not only the anti-government protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square who should be concerned about President Mohammed Morsi's audacious power grab. Mr Morsi's claim at the weekend that "God's will and elections made me the captain of this ship" has echoes of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's claim during the 1979 Iranian revolution that his mission to overthrow the Shah enjoyed divine guidance. Since his announcement that he was granting himself sweeping new powers, Mr Morsi has been trying to reassure sceptical Egyptian voters that he has no ambition to become Egypt's new Pharaoh. But you only have to look at...
  • More than $3 million in pay for ousted Penn State president

    11/28/2012 3:36:07 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/28/2012 | Susan Snyder and Jeremy Roebuck
    Pennsylvania State University's ousted president Graham B. Spanier received $3.25 million in taxable compensation for 2011 - including a $1.2 million severance payment given in the wake of his forced resignation that year, the university announced on Wednesday. University officials said the severance payment and $1.24 million in deferred compensation earned over his 16 years as president were required under Spanier's 2010 employment agreement.
  • EU: Germany displaces China as US Treasury's currency villain

    11/28/2012 3:31:16 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/28/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The US Treasury has issued a damning criticism of Germany’s chronic trade surplus in its annual report on worldwide exchange rate abuse, although it stopped short of labelling the country a currency manipulator. Treasury officials told Congress that internal balances within the eurozone are disrupting the global trade structure, with almost nothing being done by north Europeans states to curb their huge surpluses. The report said Germany’s current account surplus is running at 6.3pc of GDP, and Holland is even worse at 9.5pc. Yet the countries still cleave to fiscal austerity policies that constrict internal demand. The EU’s new tool...
  • Allen West thanks supporters, vows to make voice heard after leaving Congress(Monday Night BBQ)

    11/28/2012 3:25:16 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 48 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | 11-26-2012 | George Bennett
    November 26, 2012 Allen West thanks supporters, vows to make voice heard after leaving Congress By George Bennett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART — A defeated but upbeat U.S. Rep. Allen West told hundreds of supporters that he’ll continue to be a “voice” in politics during a gathering Monday night. West, a tea party favorite whose fiery rhetoric brought him national followers and critics, lost by less than 1 percent to Democrat Patrick Murphy in a bitter, expensive race for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast House District 18 seat. With irregularities in St. Lucie County’s vote count leading to partial...
  • Building on a Kernel of Truth

    11/28/2012 3:24:22 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 5, 2012 | Michael Reagan
    This summer, friends and I took a cruise in Alaska where the tourist shops often featured the Russian matryoshka dolls.  The dolls originated in Japan but were made popular in Russia around the time of the Russian Revolution, a century ago.  You've seen them -- you pop open an outer doll, and nested inside is another.  The magic of the art is that you keep opening layer after layer, only to find another even smaller doll, until at last the final incarnation is just a kernel in size.  The successive dolls vary from near exact duplicates with hard-to-identify slight...
  • U.S. Pushes to Keep Entrepreneur Jobs in the Country

    11/28/2012 3:20:15 PM PST · by Rio · 12 replies
    The Obama administration's top immigration official is visiting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to unveil an online resource intended to help entrepreneurs navigate their immigration options. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director Alejandro Mayorkas will unveil so-called "Entrepreneur Pathways" on Wednesday.
  • Sen. Collins 'troubled' by Rice comments on Benghazi attack (Also Brings up '98 Embassy Bombings)

    11/28/2012 3:17:48 PM PST · by what's up · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Julian Pecquet
    Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) on Wednesday became the latest GOP senator to raise questions about Susan Rice. After an almost two-hour meeting with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Collins said she's unconvinced by Rice's explanation of her role after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya. “I continue to be troubled by the fact that the UN ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election ... by agreeing to go on the Sunday shows to present the administration's position,” the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee said.
  • Please help hurricane Sandy victims in Staten Island

    11/28/2012 3:16:26 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 49 replies
    Nov 28, 2012 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Hurricane Sandy victims in Staten Island are suffering far more than is being reported. Won’t you please help? We need help feeding our neighbors whose lives have been destroyed. We need your prayers as well. The Red Cross and FEMA are doing very good work, but even they are falling behind. I am a volunteer at a relief center set up by and for ordinary Staten Islanders with no government help. We are retired New York City Police Officers and Firemen. We serve 800 to 1000 meals a day from our own pockets and the generosity of other ordinary people....
  • What's a Conservative to Do?

    11/28/2012 3:09:54 PM PST · by DanMiller · 20 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 28, 2012d | Dan Miller
    Things are getting worse and we have to do something. But what, how and when? We can continue to lick our wounds, gripe as the situation deteriorates or try to ignore the problems. Alternatively, we may be able to do something useful. The situation is deteriorating.David Solway asked at PJ Media Is America Broken? He concluded that she is. The America we have taken for granted and insouciantly abused is no longer. The two-term Obama presidency, with its roots in the seditious neo-Marxist doctrines of Antonio Gramsci, Cloward-Piven and Saul Alinsky, signals what resembles the end of the great republican...
  • What's driving gun sales spike? Federal law, women and zombies

    11/28/2012 3:07:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    KING5.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | CHRIS DANIELS
    What's driving gun sales spike? Federal law, women and zombies. BELLEVUE – Karen Manley stood strong in the range Tuesday afternoon, her right hand firmly gripping a handgun. “There had been a rash of home invasions,” said Manley, of Brier. “If anything happens, I could defend myself, my kids, and my home.’ Women are just one factor behind a recent spree of gun sales, locally, and across the nation, according to gun lobbyists. The FBI reported Tuesday that it received 154,873 buyer background check requests on Black Friday, up roughly 20 percent over the same day last year. The requests...
  • Saudi King Abdullah, the great reformist?

    11/28/2012 3:05:46 PM PST · by bayouranger · 16 replies
    digitaljournal.com ^ | 27NOV12 | By Katerina Nikolas
    Saudi King Abdullah is rumoured to be clinically dead. If the rumours are true then the death of a great reformist will bring sycophantic tributes from weapon-selling oil-guzzling nations. But by whose standards is the Guardian of the Kingdom a reformist? Perhaps in comparison to the Taliban King Abdullah could be considered reformist, but not by any standards in the west. Digital Journal reported the Saudi monarch has been acclaimed as topping the list of the 500 most influential personalities in the Muslim world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center (RISSC). The RISSC proclaimed the King's assurance of women’s...
  • Pushing Conservatives Off the Fiscal Cliff

    11/28/2012 2:55:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    The conventional wisdom has emerged that in order to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," politicians in Washington must agree to some method of tax increases ("revenue") -- which will be real, even if low taxes are not the cause of our ills -- alongside some kind of promise of spending restraint on entitlement programs, which is our problem, and which no one believes Washington will restrain. The American left and our "objective" journalists -- same thing, I know -- are not helping the nation balance its budget. As usual, these partisan hacks are obsessed with tearing the Republican coalition apart,...
  • Grover Norquist is the problem with Washington DC, not the solution

    11/28/2012 2:49:58 PM PST · by LSUfan · 32 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 28 Nov 12 | Patrick Poole
    One of the bigger political stories of the past few days has been the backlash by some members of the GOP to the manner in which Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform wields some legislators’ tax pledges as a bludgeon to Grover’s own agenda. Some of the criticism of these lawmakers is on target as they lose their nerve following Obama’s reelection and are contemplating various “revenue enhancements” or “tax reform” schemes as mechanisms to raise taxes on American citizens. Fair enough. But that in no way makes Grover Norquist the guy in the white hat as a review...
  • Next Rice critic to emerge not exactly a sexist conservative cavedweller

    11/28/2012 2:44:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:31 am on November 28, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    So far, defenders of Susan Rice’s attempts to flack a false narrative on behalf of the White House have tried smearing her critics as either racist or sexist conservative troglodytes. After Kelly Ayotte took the lead among the Senate Republican caucus in opposing Rice’s rumored nomination to State, at least temporarily, the same defenders dismissed her as window dressing.  However, the next potential critic won’t be so easily dismissed.  Maureen Dowd checked in with Susan Collins, one of the GOP’s moderates, who will meet with Rice today to get answers to a few questions on her mind as well: Collins...
  • It's Not Just Taxes: Benefit Cuts Divide Democrats (No cuts, no deal!)

    11/28/2012 2:42:21 PM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/28/2012 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
    It's not just about taxes. There's another big obstacle to overcome as Congress and President Barack Obama work to skirt the fiscal cliff: deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether to consider cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Much of the focus during negotiations seeking an alternative to $671 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts beginning in January has centered on whether Republicans would agree to raising taxes on the wealthy. Obama insists that tax increases on the wealthy must be part of any deal, even as White House officials concede that government benefit programs...
  • HAVE YOU USED THE GENOGRAPHIC PROJECT?

    11/28/2012 2:41:29 PM PST · by WHATNEXT? · 53 replies
    ME
    Thinking of getting the kit for a Christmas gift.
  • LivingSocial expected to lay off 400 in U.S.

    11/28/2012 2:39:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Business Journal ^ | November 28, 2012 | Bill Flook
    LivingSocial Inc. is slated to launch a major round of layoffs Thursday, with as many as 400 job cuts expected across its U.S. workforce, according to sources with knowledge of the daily deal giant’s plans. Those cuts are expected to span a wide range of positions and markets, including in LivingSocial’s home turf of D.C., the sources said. It is not known how many will occur in D.C., where LivingSocial maintains six offices downtown. A LivingSocial spokesman declined to comment. The layoffs raise a host of questions about the future. First and foremost: LivingSocial in July won an up-to $32.5...
  • Holder, Malloy give a new look at an old idea on guns

    11/28/2012 2:38:16 PM PST · by matt04 · 18 replies
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave a high-profile roll out Tuesday to an anti-gun violence strategy that targets hundreds of young minority men deemed most likely to kill or be killed in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven. In an era of tight resources and a political unwillingness to squeeze the supply of guns, "Project Longevity" is an ambitious, if politically easy new take on an old strategy: Focus existing social-services and law-enforcement resources on those most at risk. The basics are simple: identify a pool of young men involved in gangs and street violence, then...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, November-28-2012

    11/28/2012 2:38:06 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 55 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Madison civil rights panel looks at making homelessness a protected class

    11/28/2012 2:33:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    madison dot com ^ | 11-27-12 | PAT SCHNEIDER
    Should homelessness be a protected trait — like sex, race, age and many others — in the city of Madison? The city’s advisory Equal Opportunities Commission is beginning to look into adding homelessness to the list of characteristics which may not be considered in housing, employment and public accommodation under Madison’s Equal Opportunities Ordinance. Interest in exploring whether homeless people should be designated a protected class to ensure their civil rights goes back to a controversy early this year about efforts to dissuade the homeless from hanging out in the lobby of the City-County Building, committee Chairman Brian Benford told...
  • Astronomers find biggest black hole, 17 BILLION times the size of Sun

    11/28/2012 2:29:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | 28th November 2012 21:21 GMT | Iain Thomson in San Francisco
    A team at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy has found the largest recorded black hole, one that swallows an unprecedented amount of its home galaxy, potentially requiring a rethink in our understanding of galactic formation. The huge hole has been spotted in the heart of the disk system NGC 1277, a smallish galaxy about 10 per cent of the size of the Milky Way and situated around 220 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Perseus. Almost all galaxies have black holes at their centers, but they typically only take up around 0.1 per cent of the total galactic...
  • Our view: Limit illegal immigrant license plan

    11/28/2012 2:27:33 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Northwest Herald ^ | November 28, 2012 | Shaw Media
    There are two ways to look at the recent push by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The first is to say absolutely not. Illegal immigrants, after all, are here illegally. They’re not supposed to be living in the U.S. They shouldn’t be able to buy and register automobiles. Employers aren’t supposed to hire them, so they shouldn’t have jobs that they need a car to drive to each day. And so on. Giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses also sends the message that, yes, we will accept you in our...
  • Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship 2012 (Application Deadline: December 31, 2012)

    11/28/2012 2:25:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 3 replies
    ScholarshipExperts.com ^ | ScholarshipExperts.com
    Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship 2012 ScholarshipExperts.com is now offering the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship in 2012. One scholarship recipient will be chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship Applicants must: • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2018) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education • Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the topic: Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with...
  • Parting Company

    11/28/2012 2:23:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 104 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2012 | Walter Williams
    For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways. Since Barack Obama's re-election,...