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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...