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  • ELCA presiding bishop shares a post-election message

    11/08/2012 2:05:16 PM PST · by lightman · 10 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 7 November AD 2012 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    ELCA presiding bishop shares a post-election message 12-69-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) - With the 2012 elections coming to a close in the United States, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offers a post-election pastoral message on video at http://bit.ly/WwGcVT. “Whether you are rejoicing or lamenting the outcome of the elections, or maybe you are just relieved that campaigning is over, we need to ask, 'now what?'” said Hanson. Hanson has served as ELCA presiding bishop since 2001. He was elected to a second six-year term in 2007. From 2003 to 2010, he...
  • This is a time for Howard Roarke, not Henry Rearden (yet)

    11/08/2012 2:00:56 PM PST · by HannibalHamlinJr · 8 replies
    self / The Fountainhead | self | self
    Hey team - I'm going to make a suggestion. That now is not the time to be sloppily bandying about Atlas Shrugged. It's a pretty clear concept, and I don't think it's good to be calling 'not buying newspapers' the same thing as 'shrugging.' It's the left's job to mutiliate words and concepts, not ours. But instead of harping on that, I'm going to take another road. "I don't believe it matters to me- that they're going to destroy it. Maybe it hurts so much that I don't even know I'm hurt. But I don't think so. If you want...
  • 332,754 Votes Would Have Secured a Romney Victory

    11/08/2012 1:59:35 PM PST · by CreviceTool · 67 replies
    Quora ^ | November 8, 2012 | Richard Tabassi
    Ran across this on Quora: What is the minimum number of people who would have had to change their vote for Romney to have won? Richard Tabassi, Renaissance Ape, Occasionally Witty Biped Around 1/3 of a million in the right states. [1,2,3,4] EC 18:Ohio[1] Romney needed 103,520 people to win EC 29:Florida[2] Romney needed 50,869 people to win EC 13: Virginia[3] Romney Needed 111,985 people to win EC 6: Nevada[4] Romney Needed: 66,380 to win Total: 332,754 to win Electoral College There might be a combination that get him there in a shorter amount that I am not seeing yet,...
  • Hours after election, White House supports U.N.’s global ban on Guns (Glenn Beck)

    11/08/2012 1:58:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Glenn Beck ^ | 11/8/12 | Glenn Beck
    Just a few hours after being re-elected, President Obama encouraged the United States to support new United Nations discussions on a global treaty regulating guns and the gun industry. Supporters of the treaty believe the talks collapsed in July due to the campaign and Obama’s fears that Romney could use it against him. Now that the President has four more years in office, the White House is ready for the discussions to begin again. “While everybody is saying, you know he’s going to compromise. He’s going to get together with the Democrats and the Republicans, he’s going to reach across...
  • The Unmitigated Disaster Known As Project ORCA (GOTV failure)

    11/08/2012 1:47:30 PM PST · by jocon307 · 33 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 11/08/12 | John E.
    What is Project Orca? Well, this is what they told us: "Project ORCA is a massive undertaking – the Republican Party’s newest, unprecedented and most technologically advanced plan to win the 2012 presidential election." Pretty much everything in that sentence is false. The "massive undertaking" is true, however. It would take a lot of planning, training and coordination to be done successfully (oh, we'll get to that in a second). This wasn't really the GOP's effort, it was Team Romney's. And perhaps "unprecedented" would fit if we're discussing failure.
  • Analysis: Victory puts Obama in position to expand government's reach

    11/08/2012 1:46:47 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 15 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | Nov 7, 2012 | David Lindsey
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Both sides called it a generation-defining race for the White House: a choice between Democrat Barack Obama's brand of government activism and Republican Mitt Romney's commitment to reducing Washington's role in Americans' daily lives. Obama's victory, however, did not settle that question. Instead, the hard-fought battle for the White House exposed an electorate deeply divided by race, age and party. Tuesday's elections - in which Republicans kept control of the U.S. House and Obama's Democrats held on to the Senate - suggested that bitter partisanship would likely remain very much alive in Washington in the new year....
  • Visit Uwingu, name an exoplanet

    11/08/2012 1:44:57 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 11-08-2012 | Staff
    Astronomers have now discovered over 1,000 planets orbiting other stars, and right now these exoplanets all have boring, license-plate-like names, such as HD85512 and GJ 436 instead of endearing, "real" planet names that might offer hints of what that world could be like. And recall the recent extrapolation of how many habitable planets might be in the Milky Way? A team using the ESO's HARP's spectrograph determined there might be upwards of 160 billion worlds out there for us to find, and perhaps eventually name. How might we come up with that many names? Uwingu, a startup company that is...
  • Girl, 14, abducted and raped by 6 men

    11/08/2012 1:39:20 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 112 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 8, 2012 | Rosemary R. Sobol
    Police are searching for six men who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl after forcing her at gunpoint into a car as she walked to school in the Lawndale neighborhood, officials said.
  • RANDOM THOUGHTS ON 11/6/2012

    11/08/2012 1:38:28 PM PST · by Dick Bachert · 9 replies
    Vanity | 11/7/2012 | Dick Bachert
    The “Balkanization” of America now requires that office seekers pander to all narrow special interest voters to secure their support. Have we become so selfish and self-interested that we now no longer concern ourselves with what the Founders called “…the general Welfare…”? It’s what happens when a nation fails to secure its borders, allowing in those who not only do not even speak the language but have no understanding of the traditions, mores, folkways and HISTORY of that nation and fail or REFUSE to assimilate. And that millions of them are here ILLEGALLY makes fools of those who stand in...
  • Despite election losses, GOP Sen. Cornyn poised for promotion

    11/08/2012 1:35:19 PM PST · by Arthurio · 20 replies
    (CNN) - Despite a disappointing showing by Republican Senate candidates on Election Day, the man who spearheaded the GOP Senate election effort is poised to take the number two position in the party's leadership behind Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, several GOP aides told CNN. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is expected next Wednesday to be elected by members of the Republican caucus to become the Minority Whip. He will replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona. His promotion was essentially solidified Thursday after potential rival Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference is...
  • California Unprocessed Ballots Report (Over 500,000 uncounted votes from only 7 counties)

    11/08/2012 1:32:40 PM PST · by Strategerist · 3 replies
    During each election cycle, hundreds of thousands of ballots are not counted on Election Day. Elections officials have approximately one month to complete their extensive tallying and certification work (known as the official canvass). Most notably, voting by mail has increased significantly in recent years and many vote-by-mail ballots arrive on Election Day. In processing vote-by-mail ballots, elections officials must confirm each voter's registration status, verify each voter's signature on the vote-by-mail envelope, and ensure each person did not vote elsewhere in the same election. Other ballots that are processed after Election Day include provisional ballots (processed similar to vote-by-mail...
  • Should Allen West concede?

    11/08/2012 1:31:32 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 104 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Nov. 8 , 2012 | Opinion Staff
    What do you think? Should Allen West concede? Take our poll and/or leave a comment.
  • Ron Paul: Election shows U.S. 'far gone'

    11/08/2012 1:30:19 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 23 replies
    Rep. Ron Paul, whose maverick presidential bids shook the GOP, said in the wake of this week's elections that the country has already veered over the fiscal cliff and he sees no chance of righting ship in a country where too many people are dependent on government. "We're so far gone. We're over the cliff," the Texas Republican told Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop" program. "We cannot get enough people in Congress in the next 5-10 years who will do wise things." The video can be seen at http://www.bloomberg.com/video/ron-paul-on-fiscal-cliff-and-vows-to-compromise-MYkAiqYBTaiHwXZL9Tvxkw.html. Read more: Ron Paul: Election shows U.S. 'far gone' - Washington...
  • RIM Reportedly Cuts 200 Jobs In Irving, Texas Office (4,800 more coming)

    11/08/2012 1:26:38 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/8/2012
    Research in Motion yesterday laid off about 200 people at its U.S. headquarters in Irving, Texas, the Dallas Morning News is reporting. RIM confirmed that there were layoffs in Irving, the story says, but would not say how many jobs were cut. According to the newspaper, RIM denied that it has plans to close the Irving office, which according to the story had about 700 employees before the recent cuts. The story says that according to a source, most of the job cuts were to call center staff. Update: Here’s RIM’s official statement on the situation: RIM is on target...
  • Boehner pivots on taxes after Obama win

    11/08/2012 1:22:11 PM PST · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    http://thehill.com ^ | november 8, 2012 | Russell Berman and Erik Wasson
    In the wake of the GOP’s disappointing election, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday signaled a willingness to accept higher tax revenues as part of a deficit cutting deal. The fast-approaching deadline to stop a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts left Boehner and other leaders with little time to digest Republican Mitt Romney’s defeat on Tuesday. Leaders on both sides of the Capitol moved swiftly to stake out their positions on the fiscal cliff, with Boehner calling for a “down payment” that would lead to a farther-reaching pact in 2013 and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying...
  • Source: Allen West Now Leads Initial Vote Count in One Fla. County

    11/08/2012 1:15:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov. 8, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Rep. Allen West is leading by more than 300 votes in Palm Beach County, Fla., a hopeful sign for the Tea Party favorite fighting for his political life after Tuesday’s election, a source told TheBlaze. No winner has been declared in the congressional race between the Republican West and his Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy, though Murphy had a 2,456-vote lead in the unofficial vote total. But a Republican observer who has been monitoring the counting process said West pulled ahead in Palm Beach County on Thursday as the initial count continues. Ballot printing errors led to ballots that could not...
  • Putin, Obama share burden of saving world, Peres says during Moscow trip

    11/08/2012 1:10:16 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | November 8, 2012 | Philip Podolsky
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama shoulder the responsibility for the entire human race, Israeli President Shimon Peres said during a meeting with Putin in the Kremlin on Thursday. Peres, on an official visit to Russia representing Israel at the opening of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, thanked Russia for helping to defeat Adolf Hitler. “I think the whole world is deeply indebted to the Russian people for its superhuman efforts to eradicate the Nazi threat,” Peres said, adding he is grateful to Russia “as a citizen of the world, and as a Jew.”...
  • Digital Socialism, Atomic Capitalism

    11/08/2012 1:08:23 PM PST · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 17 replies
    As it should & ought to be... ^ | 8 November 2012 | Morgan Warstler
    If someone invented the ability to copy food, or copy oil, there would be riots in the streets if everyone couldn’t have all the food and oil they wanted. And today, with MASSIVE political upside to conservatives: We can promise the have-nots ALL the movies for FREE. We can promise them ALL the video games for FREE. We can promise them a copy of EVERY song for FREE. We can promise them a copy of EVERY single college course taught at an Ivy League school for FREE Conservatives should & ought to do this. We should do this because the...
  • Nextel to cut 20% of jobs at Virginia headquarters

    11/08/2012 12:58:39 PM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    telecompaper ^ | 11-7-12
    Nextel to cut 20% of jobs at Virginia headquarters Wednesday 7 November 2012 | 11:09 CET | News NII Holdings, which operates mobile services under the Nextel brand in Latin America, announced that it is taking actions to realign certain resources and roles between its headquarters and market units in order to create a stronger and more agile organization, and to facilitate future growth. As part of this strategy, the company is reassigning select positions located at its headquarters to its operations in Latin America and eliminating certain positions at its corporate headquarters in Virginia (US). In total, the company...
  • Oh, the Futility! Establishment GOP Draws All the Wrong Lessons from Election Results

    11/08/2012 12:55:44 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | November 8, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Folks, I have to ask for your forgiveness in advance here because I can't stop laughing, and I know there's nothing to laugh about. I mean, this is not funny. But I can't stop it. Maybe it's the post-stress release where you just get uncontrollably giggly or whatever, but I'm going through my sound bite roster today, I'm watching stuff on television, and I'm hearing what people say. I'm reading stuff here in the show prep and I just can't stop laughing at the futility of it all! Anyway, I'll walk you all through it. Great to have you...
  • U.S. Cellular to sell Chicago customers to Sprint, shed hundreds of local jobs

    11/08/2012 12:53:20 PM PST · by Arthurio · 11 replies
    November 7, 2012 Staff and Wire reports U.S. Cellular is selling its Chicago customers to Sprint and shedding hundreds of local jobs. Sprint is buying U.S. Cellular markets in the Midwest for $480 million to boost its network capacity in that region. CEO Mary Dillon said Wednesday morning that U.S. Cellular customers won’t see any immediate changes and that it will likely take months for the FCC to approve the deal. Dillon said the deal will mean job losses in Chicago and around the Midwest. "In Chicago, it’s about 160," Dillon said. "In the greater Chicago area, about 680 and...
  • What Happened in Ohio (correct but unwittingly hilarious)

    11/08/2012 12:51:50 PM PST · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7 November 2012 | Matt Meyer
    Over the next few days, I will cover a variety of issues I believe explain what happened in Ohio in 2012. The first issue starts at the very beginning of the process in Ohio. Now, it is always tricky to extrapolate primary data to general-election data, but I believe two data points, discussed below, from Ohio’s primary foreshadowed problems for Republicans and in the base with Governor Mitt Romney. First, in the 2008 fully contested Democratic primary between Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama, 2,386,945 Ohioans cast ballots. Remember, Ohio has open primaries where voters select either a Democratic...
  • Why Did Three Million Republicans Stay Home?

    11/08/2012 12:48:05 PM PST · by NYer · 168 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | November 8, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: So three million Republican voters stayed home on Election Day. Three million predominantly white voters stayed home. The media is all over the place with the fact that the Republicans lost "the white vote." They can't get the white vote. They did lose the white vote, but Democrats didn't get it. They just didn't show up, and it wasn't voter suppression that didn't turn 'em out. What would be the reason that three million voters didn't show up? Let's go through the possibilities. It could be that there are a number... We've talked to 'em. We've had 'em call....
  • Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Cuts Valley Workforce

    11/08/2012 12:44:38 PM PST · by Arthurio · 11 replies
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Rocket engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. cut 100 salaried and hourly positions Wednesday as a response to an uncertain future of the space industry and the general economic climate. Seventy five of those positions were eliminated in its two San Fernando Valley facilities – one on Canoga Avenue in Canoga Park, and the other at DeSoto Avenue and Nordhoff Street in Chatsworth. The layoffs bring total Valley employees to 1,100.
  • Official: 'Odd-even' gas rationing to be instituted (Long Island NY)

    11/08/2012 12:44:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    LI Newsday ^ | November 8, 2012 3:36 PM | Yancey Roy
    Nassau and Suffolk counties announced Thursday that they are imposing "odd-even" gasoline rationing to ease congestion and frustration at filling stations. The counties will join with New York City to impose the new system beginning at 5 a.m. Friday, in the wake of a shortage that began after superstorm Sandy hit the region. Under the system, drivers with license plates ending in an even number will be able to purchase fuel only on even-numbered days and drivers with license plate numbers that end in an odd number will be able to purchase fuel only on odd-numbered days. License plates such...
  • Israel Pitches In With Disaster Relief After Hurricane Sandy

    11/08/2012 12:41:17 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 12 replies
    Israel 21c ^ | November 8, 2012 | Abigail Klein Leichman
    Israel Pitches In With Disaster Relief After Hurricane SandyMembers of various NGOs put Israeli knowhow to work, getting food, fuel and other supplies to emergency workers and victims.New York --- When ISRAEL21c spoke with Israel relief volunteer Joel Leyden in New York yesterday, he had just received a phone call from the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management on New York’s Long Island. “They confirmed that there is a police escort waiting to bring in Israel Flying Aid’s delivery of fuel, which will go to county hospitals to be dispensed to doctors and nurses so they will be able to...
  • TE Connectivity to close Greensboro plant, 620 layoffs expected

    11/08/2012 12:39:27 PM PST · by Arthurio · 10 replies
    Fox8 ^ | 11-8-12
    Posted on: 10:59 am, November 8, 2012, by Ryan Sullivan and Jasmine Spencer, updated on: 03:28pm, November 8, 2012 GREENSBORO, N.C. — TE Connectivity will close its Greensboro plant by the end of next year, resulting in 620 layoffs. Tom Peacock, Senior Manager of Communications for TE Connectivity, confirms the plant on Piedmont Triad Parkway will close by December, 2013, with layoffs beginning in January. 620 employees will face layoffs while 50 employees will be transferred to other TE locations.
  • Minnesota Dairy Plant Closure to Result in 130 Layoffs

    11/08/2012 12:36:50 PM PST · by Arthurio · 11 replies
    by Jake Anderson November 7, 2012 New Ulm-based Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) recently informed the 130 employees at its Dawson plant that the facility will close and their positions will be eliminated. Communications Director Sarah Schmidt told Twin Cities Business on Wednesday that the plant closure stems from the company’s sale of its “aseptic” business, which makes shelf-stable cheese sauces and puddings. The sale of the business to Illinois-based Bay Valley Foods is expected to close in December, and production at the Dawson plant will gradually be transferred to Bay Valley Foods’ Illinois facility through that time, Schmidt said....
  • Russia to Israel: We Want 30% of Your Energy Riches!

    11/08/2012 12:36:18 PM PST · by Ranald S. MacKenzie · 17 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | November 6, 2012 | Ed DeShields
    Today is the day we elect a new president. Whoever gets elected will face a challenge far greater than any framed during this election season. I suspect that one candidate knows it, or at least senses it. The other is blind to it or isn’t talking. In his address to the Democratic National Convention, President Obama called out candidate Romney for his belief that Russia is “our number-one enemy.” Obama chided Romney, “you’re new to foreign policy!” At first glance, Mr. Romney could have come up with a long list of enemies. He could have characterized Russia in any number...
  • Lakers fan allegedly attacks Jazz fans with pepper spray

    11/08/2012 12:24:44 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 8, 2012 | Eric Pincus
    A Lakers fan attacked a pair of Utah Jazz fans with a can of pepper spray after the game Wednesday night, according to Janelle Stecklein of the Salt Lake Tribune. At some point during the Lakers' 95-86 loss to the Jazz, two Lakers fans were thrown out of the game after a confrontation developed from "trash talking" with a pair of Jazz fans.
  • Vestas to cut 3,000 more jobs (Oregon)

    11/08/2012 12:23:47 PM PST · by Arthurio · 15 replies
    Vestas Wind Systems is aiming to sell a stake of as much as 20 percent and shed another 3,000 off its headcount, more than doubling the number of jobs it plans to eliminate by 2013. The announcement came as the Danish company reported disappointing financial results that sent its shares tumbling 13 percent.
  • Nearly 200 'family-sustaining' jobs to be lost as HarperCollins plans to close warehouse

    11/08/2012 12:17:24 PM PST · by Arthurio · 36 replies
    HarperCollins Publishers will close its warehouse and distribution operation in Throop next summer and put close to 200 people out of work. “The industry is changing,” said Erin Crum, spokeswoman for HarperCollins, a book publisher based in New York. “It just makes sense for us to go this route as we shift to a more digital industry.” Ms. Crum would not disclose how many people will be laid off when the warehouse at the Keystone Industrial Park closes. However, Craig Pawlik, principal officer of Teamsters Local 229 in Scranton, said 192 people will be furloughed. The union represents maintenance and...
  • When A President is a FRAUD, SO ARE THE ELECTION RESULTS

    11/08/2012 12:14:47 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 64 replies
    vanity | November 08, 2012 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Stolen birth certificate.. Stolen Social Security number.. Proven FORGED Selective Service card.. SEALED Columbia school records (or perhaps there are NONE?).. I just step back and think 'big picture' here.. Knowing all the evil things 0bama has done as president, and considering the vast amount of resources and power he has throughout this nation, AND HIS PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF CORRUPTION including ILLEGALLY CHANGING FEDERAL LAWS TO GARNER MORE VOTES, does ANYONE really believe that he would ALLOW an election to function freely and fairly, without his interference, manipulation, suppression, destruction, fabrication, and fraud? NO! I'm tired of all the...
  • Hawker Beechcraft sheds more jobs

    11/08/2012 12:12:09 PM PST · by Arthurio · 9 replies
    AOPA ^ | 11-8
    Layoff notices will be sent to about 410 Hawker Beechcraft employees, as the company plans to close facilities in three locations and shut down its business jet production. The Wichita Eagle reported that 60-day notices will be issued Nov. 9 to affected employees in Wichita, Kan., where the company is based, along with Little Rock, Ark., where the last of the Hawker business jets are being completed. Job cuts will also be made in San Antonio and Mesa, Ariz., the Eagle reported, quoting from a letter to employees signed by CEO Steve Miller and Chairman Bill Boisture:
  • Ashley Judd for Senate?

    11/08/2012 12:11:28 PM PST · by Bratch · 46 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 8 Nov 2012 | William Bigelow
    Henry Clay. Daniel Webster. Ashley Judd? Yes, there are actually Democrats in Kentucky so eager to get rid of Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell that they would support putting Ashley Judd up as the Democratic Senator for Kentucky.U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-3rd District, said: “If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown… The money would pour in here as soon as she entered the race.” Former Auditor Crit Luallen said that Judd would be “an attractive candidate.” Some supporters of the idea say such a race could...
  • Victory without Triumph: Tough Road Ahead for Obama after Lackluster Win

    11/08/2012 12:10:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/07/2012 | Gregor Peter Schmitz
    Barack Obama made history in 2008. But only now has he completed his personal success story. If American voters had failed to re-elect their first African-American president, it would have tainted Obama permanently with the flaw of something left incomplete, leaving him a historically important president, yet ultimately not a significant one—the latter distinction being one Americans generally reserve for presidents who make it to a second term. … Obama didn't lose, though. But does this mean the Democratic candidate has achieved a historical triumph? No, it does not. Obama ran a lackluster election campaign, one distinguished more by harsh...
  • Minus 12: Obama Calls UnitedStates ‘A Former Colony’

    11/08/2012 12:08:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/8/12 | Patrick Burke
    In his re-election victory speech on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama referred to the United States as a singular “former colony,” when the United States was actually composed of 13 separate colonies prior to gaining independence from the British. “Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward,” said Obama, which was the first sentence of his remarks in Chicago, Ill. Before the United States won its independence from Great Britain with the Treaty of Paris in 1783,
  • Would it have made any difference if Obama had run on Romney's platform?

    11/08/2012 12:00:19 PM PST · by pieceofthepuzzle · 30 replies
    I rarely post vanities, but I wanted to ask Freepers if they thought it would have made any difference to the average Obama voter if he had stated the same policy goals as Romney. My personal opinion is that for most Obama voters, and for much of the democrat base, it would make no difference. For that matter, I don't think they would have liked Romney any better even if he had run on Obama's platform. This is an important issue, because if its all about brand name, and not about actual policy positions, then there is essentially no way...
  • Mitt Romney planned Boston Harbor fireworks show that was scotched by election loss

    11/08/2012 11:55:22 AM PST · by Arthurio · 53 replies
    Mitt Romney had planned to celebrate his election as the nation’s 45th president with an eight-minute fireworks display over Boston Harbor. The same company that does some of the illuminations for Boston’s Fourth of July celebration was poised to ignite fireworks within view of Romney’s party at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to celebrate a win over President Obama. A permit filed with the City of Boston said the detonation could occur any time between 7 p.m. Tuesday, just after the first polls closed, and 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, which ended up being just before Romney conceded the race.
  • Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand

    11/08/2012 11:54:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/8/12 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar and Cambodia when he travels to the Asian nations later this month. The White House says Obama will also visit Thailand. The trip comes less than two weeks after Obama's re-election. Obama's trip to Myanmar marks the culmination of a dramatic turnaround in the country's relations with Washington. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has shifted from five decades of ruinous military rule and shaken off the pariah status it had earned through its bloody suppression of democracy. The president has suspended sanctions to reward
  • Christie rejects blame for Romney's loss, looks forward — maybe to '16

    11/08/2012 11:54:25 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 159 replies
    © 2012 New Jersey On-Line LLC ^ | November 08, 2012 at 11:57 AM | By Jenna Portnoy
    "As a party, we have to look forward to what our challenges are in the future," Christie said. "This election is over. So we have to look forward to the next challenges." As the party figures out how to attract Hispanics, women and young people, Republicans may look toward Christie as a frontrunner for the 2016 nomination. He leads a blue and diverse state, walks the walk on bipartisanship and could steer the party away from the far right.
  • If You Belong to an Association that is Having a Convention in a Blue State Boycott!!

    11/08/2012 11:49:47 AM PST · by lone star annie · 20 replies
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    If you belong to a an association or group that has a convention in a blue state refuse to go and encourage your peers to do the same. This type of boycott will really hurt places like Chicago, Las Vegas and New York. Insist they schedule conventions in Red States.
  • This is emblematic of the challenge: Obama Overwhelmingly Won Asian-American Vote

    11/08/2012 11:49:15 AM PST · by only1percent · 68 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 8, 2012 | Shane Goldmacher
    President Obama carried 73 percent of the Asian vote on Tuesday, continuing a two-decade-long march of Asian-Americans toward the Democratic Party in presidential politics. Obama improved his performance among Asian-Americans more than among any other ethnic group between 2008 and 2012, according to exit polling. His support in the community jumped 11 percentage points, from 62 percent in 2008. The 73 percent support that Obama garnered was the highest since national exit polls began tallying the Asian vote, and it marked the fifth straight presidential election in which the Democratic nominee attracted a greater share of the Asian-American vote. President...
  • The Conservative Paradox

    11/08/2012 11:43:50 AM PST · by radpolis · 55 replies
    Vanity | 11/9/2012 | Me
    I have read many of the Freeper and conservative analyses of why we lost this election. The ironic thing is they are not all wrong even when they contradict each other. Each element of criticism has an element of truth. The problem essentially comes down to this: How do we get more votes than the Democrats? The fact is that the Republican Party has some inherent contradictions that we have to over-come. Most Freepers want to be a niche party in a country of 310 million people. As a capitalist, this goes against the basic principle that you want to...
  • Virginia store closes for a day to 'mourn the loss of America'

    11/08/2012 11:38:32 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov 8, 2012 | By David Sherfinski
    Virginia's 13 electoral votes went to President Obama for the second straight election, and the proprietor of a store in the south central city of Bedford is not hiding his dismay. Lyons Jewelers hung up multiple signs on the windows of the shop indicating the shop would not be open for business Wednesday, including one saying the store was closed to "mourn the loss of the America that our forefathers endowed to us," WDBJ reported. "Lyons will reopen tomorrow to continue the fight against a president who seeks my demise" and "Shame on VA & USA" read two other signs....
  • Election Night Survey: Voters Conservative on Issues, No Trust in Either Party

    11/08/2012 11:36:51 AM PST · by GVnana · 13 replies
    The Breitbart News Network and Judicial Watch partnered with Public Opinion Strategies to conduct an election night survey that included 800 respondents contacted by land line (70%) and cell phone (30%). The partisan breakdown was D+3, within the margin of national exit polls, which suggested a D+6 electorate. The margin of error was 3.46%.For example, voters dislike big government, with 71% agreeing (and 49% strongly agreeing) that: “The larger the size of government the more opportunities it creates for possible corruption.” In addition, 85% of voters said they were concerned about corruption in Washington, and 53% described themselves as “very...
  • Did Facebook Give Democrats the Upper Hand?

    11/08/2012 11:36:32 AM PST · by missycocopuffs · 11 replies
    You didn't know it at the time, but when you logged into Facebook on Election Day, you became a subject in a mass social experiment. You went about your day, clicked around Facebook, and you may have voted. Now your behavior is data that social scientists will scrutinize in the months ahead, asking one of the core questions of democracy: What makes people vote? If patterns from earlier research hold true, the experiment's designer James Fowler says that it is "absolutely plausible that Facebook drove a lot of the increase" in young-voter participation (thought to be up one percentage point...
  • Iran fired at US drone, Pentagon says (Nov. 1)

    11/08/2012 11:34:21 AM PST · by Raebie · 76 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | November 8, 2012 | Fosx News
    Iran has fired at a U.S. drone, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday. The incident occurred Nov. 1 at 4:50 a.m. ET, Pentagon spokesman George Little said. He said the unarmed, unmanned drone was conducting "routine surveillance" when it was "intercepted" by Iran. He said the drone was not in Iranian airspace.
  • Behind an Estimated $30 Trillion Drain on Banks, a Lot of Hypotheticals

    11/08/2012 11:32:14 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-29-2012 | PETER EAVIS
    Imagine a situation in which the world’s banks have to find as much as $30 trillion to comply with just one new regulation. That might be something of a stretch, given that the gross domestic product of the United States is only $15.8 trillion, and the world’s 10 largest banks hold only $25 trillion of assets. Yet a banking industry group recently looked into a new rule and sketched out a possibility in which banks were forced to come up with as much as $30 trillion in cash. The potential cash call is outlined in a letter the International Swaps...
  • Some post-election cheer and encouragement

    11/08/2012 11:32:03 AM PST · by GoodDay · 5 replies
    Cafe Hayek ^ | November 8, 2012 | Russ Roberts and Scott Atlas
    Talking about the election to many friends and family who had been rooting for Romney , I found their emotions ran the entire gamut from despair to despondency. Everybody was way down. I found myself unexpectedly blue as well. Our emotions were not so much caused by the Romney defeat. Few of us were particularly excited about him. It was the Obama victory that concerned us . . . . . . Yes, a little over half of the people who voted, a little over 60 million people, thought Obama deserved a second term. But about 59 million (the combined...