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  • Edmund Muskie (history lesson and cultural note)

    11/09/2012 7:41:04 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Younger FReepers may not know of this event: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Muskie Presidential candidate knocked out of the race for crying in public. A man crying in public was unacceptable during that time. He was deemed weak and mentally unstable. Obama's crying is now celebrated.
  • Alert: Immigration sellout underway? (Boehner, Cantor, GOP-e ready to cave?)

    11/09/2012 7:37:39 AM PST · by Qbert · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/09/2012 | Mickey Kaus
    Alert! The entire GOP elite seems to be trying to sell out en masse on immigration. Not only Boehner, but Cantor. And Hannity  (who works for pro-amnesty world citizen Rupert Murdoch). Even Krauthammer. …Maybe these people are convinced the larger GOP project can be saved simply by caving on just this one issue...[Snip]. But by then there will be another wave of new, instinctively Democratic illegal immigrants (lured by the Boehner Amnesty) for Dems to appeal to. [Snip] The larger point is that “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”–which is supposed to be a simultaneous combination of an amnesty plus enforcement measures–is a terrible idea. It’s...
  • 7 Navy SEALs punished for consulting on 'Medal of Honor' game

    11/09/2012 7:35:56 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to get Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information, senior Navy officials said. The seven received letters of reprimand and forfeited half of their pay for two months after a Navy investigation found they had served as paid consultants to the designers of “Medal of Honor Warfighter,” one official said.
  • Frum: Republicans 'Fleeced, Exploited And Lied To' By 'Conservative Entertainment Complex'

    11/09/2012 7:29:33 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    David Frum blames the media for Mitt Romney's loss. Not the liberal media, of course--we are talking David Frum, after all. No, Frum blames the conservative media, or as he calls it, "the conservative entertainment complex." Frum touted his upside-down take on the media during a Morning Joe appearance today while promoting his instant e-book, "Why Romney Lost." Joe Scarborough liked the line so much he asked Frum to repeat it. Frum refused to name names, saying he does so in his book, but there's little doubt whom he was targeting. View the video here.
  • Wallace: Nepalitano may replace Holder as AG

    11/09/2012 7:26:23 AM PST · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Fox News Live | 11/9/12
    Chris Wallace on Fox. Obama is doubling-down. The nightmare intensifies.
  • John Boehner Should Just Get Out Of Obama's Way

    11/09/2012 7:24:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/09/2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Based on the dismal state of the union and after four years of doing exactly what Rush Limbaugh said he hoped that he would do, by any thinking person's standards President Barack Obama has indeed "failed." Yet, despite the catastrophe, on Election Day the American people inexplicably invited the President to spend the next four years beating the dead horse that he killed during his first term. The next day, after being MIA for months, Speaker of the House John Boehner crawled out of the tanning bed long enough to publicly assure the President that House Republicans plan to work...
  • US explores treaty to nail American tax defaulters in India

    11/09/2012 7:23:59 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    NDTV ^ | NDTV
    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US, on Wednesday, said it is working on an inter-government engagement with India and other countries to check non-compliance by American taxpayers using foreign bank accounts in their jurisdictions. Through these engagements with more than 50 countries, the US is looking to implement information reporting and withholding tax provisions, commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Enacted in 2010, FATCA aims at checking non-compliance by US taxpayers using foreign accounts. It requires foreign financial institutions to report to the US tax department information about accounts held by US taxpayers, or by foreign entities in...
  • Did mishandling of the military ballots cost Romney the election?

    11/09/2012 7:21:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/09/2012 | Clarice Feldman
    Duffleblog says that the tardy delivery of the ballots caused them to be returned too late to be counted but these hundreds of thousands of ballots seem preliminarily to have been enough to hand Romney the election. Sources confirmed today that hundreds of thousands of military absentee ballots were delivered hours after the deadline for them to be counted, with preliminary counts showing that they would have overturned the vote in several states and brought a victory for Governor Mitt Romney.Officials say the ballots were delivered late due to problems within the military mail system. Tracking invoices show the ballots...
  • Gushing Obama breaks down in tears while thanking campaign staff (Mega barf ball alert!)

    11/09/2012 7:18:12 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 23 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 11/08/12 | Meghan Keneally
    President Barack Obama got so emotional while thanking his campaign staffers in their Chicago headquarters that he began crying. The normally stoic Democrat had to repeatedly wipe away tears during the five-and-a-half minute talk that was caught on video and posted to YouTube. 'I'm really proud of all of you,' he said.
  • The high road led straight to defeat for Romney

    11/09/2012 7:18:04 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 28 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/9/2012 | Diana West
    If Election Day is about picking winners, the morning after is for post-mortems. That's when we slice open the losing campaigns, set aside the hundreds of millions of dollars that gush out, and pick apart the cause of death. Why did the Romney campaign fail? Maybe the country is now GOP-proof. That is, maybe a Constitution-guided, free-market, limited-government candidate no longer can "appeal" to the majority of the electorate. It could be that the death knell rang early this year once 67.3 million of us, or one in five Americans, had come to depend on federal assistance, formerly known as...
  • Awkward first press conference for senator-elect Warren

    11/09/2012 7:17:46 AM PST · by jakerobins · 23 replies
    A jittery U.S. senator-elect Elizabeth Warren gave one-sentence answers, ducked questions and even passed one on to Gov. Deval Patrick in an awkward first press conference since the election. Warren spoke for a total of less than four minutes during the 11-minute press conference — the rest was taken up by Patrick and reporters’ questions After being asked her first question — how she’d protect defense spending — Warren was silent as she turned to Patrick. “Defense spending is you,” Patrick prodded Warren.
  • Changing the method of awarding electoral votes in swing states

    11/09/2012 7:17:46 AM PST · by zaker99 · 50 replies
    slate.com ^ | 9/13/2011 | David Weigel
    Laura Olson reports on the happenings in Harrisburg, where Republicans now control all of the branches of government: Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is trying to gather support to change the state's "winner-takes-all" approach for awarding electoral votes. Instead, he's suggesting that Pennsylvania dole them out based on which candidate wins each of the 18 congressional districts, with the final two going to the contender with the most votes statewide. In other reports, Pileggi sounds awfully sanguine about the effect this would have on PA as a swing state. Why even bring that up? Pennsylvania is typically a closely-divided state,...
  • Becoming European. The Founders’ vision of the people as sovereign lost on Tuesday.

    11/09/2012 7:12:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/09/2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Progressives won on Tuesday. I don’t mean the people who voted Democrat who call themselves “progressive.” Though they won, too. I mean the Progressives who’ve been waging a century-long effort to transform our American-style government into a European-style state. The words “government” and “state” are often used interchangeably, but they are really different things. According to the Founders’ vision, the people are sovereign and the government belongs to us. Under the European notion of the state, the people are creatures of the state, significant only as parts of the whole. This European version of the state can be nice....
  • Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable. Now is not the time to go wobbly.

    11/09/2012 7:10:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/09/2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no. State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement...
  • US is Set to Restage the Greek Tragedy

    11/09/2012 7:06:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/09/2012 | David Böcking
    The US has more in common with heavily indebted southern European countries than it might like to admit. And if the country doesn't reach agreement on deficit reduction measures soon, the similarities could become impossible to ignore. The fiscal cliff looms in the near future, and its not just the US that is under threat.The US has finally voted and the dark visions of America's future broadcast on television screens across the country -- and most intensively in battleground states -- have come to an end. Supporters of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had developed doomsday scenarios for what...
  • Cornell Sees Second Lowest Endowment Returns Among Ivy Schools

    11/09/2012 7:06:04 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 3 replies
    ©2012 THE CORNELL DAILY SUN. ^ | NOVEMBER 9, 2012 | BY AKANE OTANI
    After seeing two consecutive years of double-digit growth, Cornell’s endowment return took a nosedive in the 2011-12 fiscal year, just breaking even with a 0.14 percent gain, the University reported Wednesday.... In explaining its financial performance, the University has cited turbulence in the economy: slowing growth in China, financial crisis in Europe and an impending “fiscal cliff” in the U.S. “While traditional measures of volatility are at historically low levels, it would be an error in judgment to think that all is well and there is nowhere to go but up,” [Chief Investment Officer A.J. Edwards] said at the end...
  • Chuck Schumer optimistic about ‘cliff’ deal (Schumer predicts a Boehner cave)

    11/09/2012 7:05:00 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    politico ^ | 11/9/2012 | By KEVIN CIRILLI
    New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday he was optimistic that Congress will reach a compromise on the fiscal cliff and added that he believes House Speaker John Boehner is indicating he’s open to a deal. “The House wants to — Boehner [a Republican] wants to compromise. You know, Boehner’s not a hard-right guy, but he’s a mainstream conservative,” Schumer, a Democrat, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show. He said that the 2010 elections resulting in a Republican House majority, together with Tuesday’s election boosting the Senate Democratic Senate majority illustrate how a compromise is reached.
  • Turn Out Proves Mitt Really DID Scorch the Earth (FEB ARTICLE ON $$$)

    11/09/2012 7:04:01 AM PST · by C. Edmund Wright · 96 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2-9-2012 | C. Edmund Wright
    .....No, the real story is that three states held votes and nobody came. Almost nobody, that is. Consider that the total turnout for Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota combined was barely over half of the turnout of South Carolina alone and -- worse yet -- barely over half the turnout for the same three states in 2008. Thus, after South Carolina's record-setting primary turnout, the Republican Party has now seen a total of five events in a row where turnout was down compared to 2008. This includes the three events from this week along with Nevada and Florida. Yes, something has...
  • Wall St.’s post-election case of the willies

    11/09/2012 7:01:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/09/2012 | Charles Gasparino
    The Wall Street crowd here in New York isn’t buying all the happy talk from Washington pols about how they’re ready to compromise to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” What gives them pause? Take a really close look at Tuesday’s election results. For the markets, President Obama’s victory and the outcome of the House and Senate races represent a worst-case scenario: a deeply divided government with both sides claiming that neither has a mandate. With that, gridlock — and the fiscal-cliff scenario of economically crippling tax increases and budget cuts — is not just possible but likely. At least that’s what...
  • Grand Haven couple with hanging lawn chairs gets an unwelcomed Election night surprise

    11/09/2012 6:50:54 AM PST · by Daffynition · 28 replies
    mlive.com ^ | November 07, 2012 | Kyle Moroney
    GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP -- The Grand Haven Township couple who came under scrutiny about a month before the presidential election for hanging empty chairs in their front yard discovered an unwelcomed addition to their display of political signs, American flags and empty chairs this morning. Ken and Judy David, who live across from an elementary school on Comstock Street, found a white outdoor chair marked with “4 more years,” “racist pig” and other profanities at the end of their driveway the morning after the election. The chair’s back, right leg was nailed to the David’s driveway, as the other back...