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  • CIA moved swiftly to scrub, abandon Libya facility after attack, source says

    12/06/2012 10:50:09 AM PST · by thouworm · 39 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 05, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    Within eight hours of the initial attack on the United States' diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, the CIA decided to scrub and abandon rather than protect its annex, a military intelligence source told Fox News. “The defensive posture was no longer sustainable," the source told Fox News, revealing for the first time how quickly the CIA chose to secure classified material and close down the facility after it took indirect fire from two mortars at about 5:15 a.m. local time Sept. 12. The adjoining U.S. consulate, by contrast, has never been secured, even three months after the attack. The process...
  • NYT: Obama admin approved secret weapons deals that ended up arming Islamists in Libya

    12/06/2012 10:49:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/06/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Oopsie! In what has to be one of the least-shocking outcomes of Barack Obama's Libyan adventure, the New York Times reports that his administration secretly gave approval of weapons shipments to Libyan resistance fighters, only to learn that the weapons ended up arming Islamist terror networks. Who could have seen that coming, right? The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.No evidence...
  • Caption this

    12/06/2012 10:49:09 AM PST · by crosshairs · 22 replies
  • If U.S. hikes taxes, high-income Californians might pay almost 52 percent

    12/06/2012 10:47:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/06/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Whether it's because we end up going over the fiscal cliff or because Republicans agree to President Obama's plan of not extending the Bush tax cuts on America's wealthiest earners, the possibility of an effective tax hike means that higher-income Californians may be in for a whopping aggregate marginal tax rate. The super-liberal state already succeeded in approving their own rate hike with Proposition 30 in the November election, and combined with the potential federal raises, they could be looking at a top bracket with a marginal income tax rate of just under 52 percent: Gerald Prante, an economics professor...
  • Pelosi: DeMint won’t be missed

    12/06/2012 10:45:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies
    Pelosi: DeMint won’t be missed By Mike Lillis - 12/06/12 01:03 PM ET House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday linked outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to one of the “saddest” Senate votes in years and suggested DeMint’s values won't be missed on Capitol Hill. Pelosi criticized the resigning South Carolina lawmaker and other GOP senators for voting Tuesday against Senate ratification of a United Nations treaty on rights for the disabled. “For them [DeMint and other treaty opponents] to slap the face of our veterans, of people with disabilities, of families with children with disabilities, that was one...
  • Who elected Obama?

    12/06/2012 10:40:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/06/2012 | Paul Murphy
    Many Republicans seem ready to agree to Obama's demands for tax increases -- after all, elections have consequences, and he won, right? Maybe, but before agreeing to anything, the GOP should probably look a little more carefully at just who elected Obama. Dr. Robert Vanderbei, a professor of Operations Research at Princeton, developed the visualization shown above by combining Democrat blue with GOP red according to popular vote proportions taken at the county level and printing the result as a 3D map in which apparent vertical height is a stand-in for the number of voters counted.Nationally, Obama won the popular...
  • Man Wearing Lip Gloss, Nail Polish, Ladies Track Suit Robs Chase Bank In Monrovia

    12/06/2012 10:37:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 6, 2012 6:50 AM
    MONROVIA (CBSLA.com) — The FBI is looking for a cross-dressing bank robber who held up a Chase Bank branch in the San Gabriel Valley Wednesday. The man, wearing lip gloss, nail polish, a tan track suit and UGG-style boots, entered the bank at 690 W. Huntington Drive around 10 a.m. and reportedly threatened tellers with a substance in his briefcase, the FBI said. The suspect said “he had a briefcase full of anthrax” and demanded money, Lt. Michael Lee told the Monrovia Patch. The man then fled the bank with an unknown amount of money. He escaped with a getaway...
  • Prayer Request

    12/06/2012 10:34:53 AM PST · by the lastbestlady · 63 replies
    Please pray for my husband. He is in the hospital. He has congestive heart failure, so it is not as functional as it should be. His heart is also leaking, so it is working much harder than it should. He was lucky to make it this far. There are further tests to go on today to see what can be done. Please keep him in your prayers. God bless.
  • Sen. Dick Durbin responds to letter (DICK IS A LITTLE THIN-SKINNED)

    12/06/2012 10:26:40 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 22 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 5, 2012 6:38PM | Sen. Dickhead Durbin (D-Ill.)
    Senator responds This week, a letter writer criticized what he felt is my position on taxing the rich, reducing the debt and protecting the safety net. Let me set the record straight. I do believe the wealthy should pay their fair share. I voted for a bill raising taxes on those making more than $250,000 and protecting middle-income families from income tax increases this summer. That bill is being held up in the House of Representatives by the Speaker. I support closing tax loopholes, limiting deductions and elimination of some of the carve-outs and giveaways in our tax code —...
  • 'Lincoln' Cussing: What the F@*&! Is Up With This S#@?!

    12/06/2012 10:26:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    hollywoodreporter ^ | 7:30 AM PST 12/5/2012 | by Paul Bond
    Movieguide, which reviews films from a Christian perspective, says there are about 40 obscenities in the PG-13 Lincoln, including 10 uses of “goddamn.” Similarly, the Dove Foundation laments that “the language they feature in the film … does not line up with the morals and language of the time period.” “The historical record is clear that Lincoln definitely did not tolerate profanity around him,” Barton says. “There are records of him confronting military generals if he heard about them cursing. Furthermore, the F-word used by Bilbo was virtually nonexistent in that day and it definitely would not have been used...
  • Judge dismisses part of sex suit against college

    12/06/2012 10:24:07 AM PST · by jessduntno · 11 replies
    WRKO BOSTON ^ | Today | WRKO
    <p>BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has granted a partial victory to a Roman Catholic college sued by an ex-student who said administrators didn't help her enough when she complained that her roommate was having too much sex.</p>
  • ‘Imagine’: Why John Lennon’s Most Enduring Song Is Actually His Worst

    12/06/2012 10:18:56 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 64 replies
    WBUR ^ | 12/6/12 | Jim Borghesani
    As we approach the 32nd anniversary of John Lennon’s death, I think it’s time to take a hard look at the song that — sadly and improperly — personifies Lennon’s legacy for far too many people. That song is “Imagine.” Why this weak entry in Lennon’s dazzling oeuvre receives such adoration mystifies me. The song features a syrupy melody, a cloying piano line, none of the startling chord or time changes that distinguished Lennon’s great Beatles songs, and no memorable hook. Lyrically it’s even worse. There are lines in this song that a young John Lennon would have savaged. “No...
  • “Guns Prevented Crimes 2012&#8243;

    12/06/2012 10:04:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    extranosalley.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Stranger
    Someone stopped by searching for “guns prevented crimes 2012.” I assume the search was for something like “how many crimes did guns prevent in 2012.” If so, the searcher is “rushing the growler,” since 2012 is not over yet. However, this is another of those questions with insufficient data for a precise answer. Since prison surveys show the overwhelming majority of crimes prevented by guns are “never attempted because of the possibility the intended victim may be armed,” most intended victims are never aware that they are under consideration for victimhood. As a result, the only source of credible data...
  • JIM DEMINT TO LEAVE SENATE TO HEAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION

    12/06/2012 10:03:38 AM PST · by jessduntno · 43 replies
    Human Events ^ | Today | Erick Erickson
    By: Erick Erickson 12/6/2012 10:32 AM I got the call before the news went out. Jim DeMint, the standard bearer of the conservative movement in America and conservative king maker, is leaving the United States Senate. He will succeed Ed Feulner as President of the Heritage Foundation. While my initial reaction was one of sadness that we are losing the clearest voice in the Senate for conservatives, the upside on Jim DeMint’s departure from the Senate is mind boggling. Mitch McConnell likes it when people compare McConnell to Darth Vader, seemingly clueless that Vader lost the Death Star twice to...
  • One of the good guys moves on

    12/06/2012 10:01:30 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 9 replies
    Tea Party Nation. ^ | 12/6/12 | Judson Phillips
    Jim DeMint is retiring from the United States Senate and will take over the Heritage foundation. Heritage is certainly getting one of the conservative superstars of this current era. But what will this mean for the Senate and the future?
  • Ed Asner narrates 'Tax the Rich: An animated fairy tale'

    12/06/2012 10:01:12 AM PST · by traumer · 15 replies
    video at the link
  • "To Hell With It" - Dorothy Day (Kinda interesting article from the *bad* NCR)

    12/06/2012 10:00:52 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 30 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Dec. 5, 2012 | Michael Sean Winters
    We continue our series of considering Catholic identity today by looking at Dorothy Day. Monday, I set the tone for the week by recalling the response of Flannery O’Connor to a group of erudite Catholics who thought the Eucharist was a great symbol: “Well, if it’s just a symbol, then to hell with it.” Then, I examined the counterfeit of faith known as civil religion. Yesterday, I looked at the Vatican new motu proprio regarding the Catholic identity of our charities and a different counterfeit form of Christianity, a reduction of the faith to a social justice ethic. Today,...
  • On the Beauty of God's Plan of Salvation

    12/06/2012 9:58:52 AM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 5, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Beauty of God's Plan of Salvation "Gods Self-Revelation in Christ Corresponds to Our Deepest Human Hopes and Aspirations" VATICAN CITY, DEC.5, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, At the beginning of his letter to the Christians of Ephesus (cf. 1:3-14), the apostle Paul raises a prayer of blessing to God, the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the prayer we just heard, that helps us enter into living the time of Advent, in the context of the Year of Faith....
  • Obamacore: The substitution of propaganda for great literature in our schools

    12/06/2012 9:57:12 AM PST · by mojito · 31 replies
    Powerline ^ | 12/6/2012 | Paul Mirengoff
    Controversy is brewing over new Common Core State Standards in English that call on public schools to emphasize the reading of “information text” instead of fictional literature. According to the Washington Post, English teachers across the country are upset by what they consider the government’s effort “to drive literature out of the classroom.” English teachers are right to be upset, but they shouldn’t take it personally. The government has nothing much against literature, per se. Rather, this initiative is driven in large part by the desire to promote political propaganda in the classroom. The study of literature is being downgraded...
  • Higher Tax Rates Don’t Equal Higher Revenues

    12/06/2012 9:57:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/06/2012 | Michael Barone
    The fiscal-cliff negotiations seem to be foundering on Barack Obama’s insistence on higher tax rates on high earners and House Republican leaders’ insistence on opposing them. The president believes he has a mandate from voters for his position, and House Republicans believe they have a mandate from voters for theirs. The real argument here is over the size and scope of government. Under Barack Obama, federal outlays — the technical term for federal spending — have increased to over 24 percent of gross domestic product. That’s a higher level of federal spending than in any year since 1946, when we...