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  • Foodstamps Surge By Most In One Year To New All Time Record, In Delayed Release

    11/10/2012 11:47:59 AM PST · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    While there had been speculation that the BLS may delay the release of its October nonfarm payroll number until after the election, it turned out there was no reason to worry. Perhaps this is because the number, while at stall speed, was not quite as horrible as some had expected (even if the change in average hourly earnings did tumble to new all time lows) and so boosted Obama's reelection chances. There was, however, another closely tracked number which perhaps is far more indicative of the economic "growth" in the past 4 years, which certainly had a delayed release. The...
  • Giuliani: Petraeus resignation 'convenient' for Obama administration

    11/10/2012 11:45:36 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 11/10/2012 | David Eldridge
    “Now we’re going to have a hearing next week, and the man who knows the facts, David Petraeus — he’s the only man who can really tell us what the CIA knew, what they did, why they did it, how they did it — he’s not going to testify. This is a very convenient way to get the administration out of a very very difficult situation,” Mr. Giuliani said on Greta van Susteren’s show. “But this is inevitable. This is like Watergate. This is all going to come out. It may take a month, it may take five months. But...
  • Rove under fire

    11/10/2012 11:37:44 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 32 replies
    New Jersey.com ^ | November 10, 2012 | New Jersey.com
    Karl Rove is feeling the heat. The face of the historic $1 billion plan to unseat President Barack Obama and turn the Senate Republican, Rove now finds himself the leading scapegoat for its failure. And he's scrambling to protect his status as a top GOP money man by convincing disappointed donors to his Crossroads groups that he did the best he could with their $300 million. Sources tell POLITICO that some donors have called Crossroads officials to ask how their polling could have been so far off, while others are openly grumbling that the groups should have spent more on...
  • Louisiana citizens petition White House to 'peacefully' withdraw from US. (from Drudge)

    11/10/2012 11:27:46 AM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 87 replies
    Full title of petition: "Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government." Posted on Drudge. As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to...
  • Rep. Trey Gowdy: Either Petraeus Will Testify Voluntarily Over Benghazi or We Will Subpoena Him

    11/10/2012 11:24:29 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/10/2012 | Madeleine Morgensten
    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Friday vowed to subpoena outgoing CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus if he won’t testify voluntarily about the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Gowdy said that while he regretted the “personal ramifications” of Petraeus’ sudden resignation over an extramarital affair, it would not stop Congress from hearing from him about the assault on the consulate that left four Americans dead. “The fact that he’s resigned and had an affair has nothing to do with whether or not he’s gonna be subpoenaed to Congress,” Gowdy said on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”...
  • Romancing the Source

    11/10/2012 11:19:04 AM PST · by billorites · 4 replies
    American Journalism Review ^ | May 2002 | Lori Robertson
    The reporter-source relationship can blossom into something more intimate and more troubling, as evidenced by the Suzy Wetlaufer-Jack Welch affair. But other types of close ties between journalists and newsmakers can also pose nettlesome problems. It was a cozy reporter-source relationship in the extreme, a clear conflict of interest and a deliciously scandalous affair that produced gasps and gossiping among journalists. The editor--not just a lowly reporter--but the top editor of the Harvard Business Review had become romantically involved with the married former General Electric chairman, Jack Welch, after she interviewed him for a story. Now, Suzy Wetlaufer did what...
  • More on the Timing of Petraeus’s Resignation

    11/10/2012 11:17:04 AM PST · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    Ronald Kessler of Newsmax has more details on the Petraeus affair. They are rather sordid, and raise more questions about the timing of his resignation: [A]n FBI source says the investigation began when American intelligence mistook an email Petraeus had sent to his girlfriend as a reference to corruption. Petraeus was commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan from July 4, 2010 until July 18, 2011. The investigation began last spring, but the FBI then pored over his emails when he was stationed in Afghanistan. … Given his top secret clearance and the fact that Petraeus is married, the FBI continued...
  • Big Brother alert: Microsoft wants to know how many friends you've got in your living room

    11/10/2012 11:16:00 AM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk ^ | november 9, 2012 | mic wright
    One of Microsoft’s latest patent applications is a humdinger. It proposes to turn the Kinect camera into a snitch for movie studios, reporting back just how many friends you’ve got in your living room and what they’re watching. Think that sounds alarmist? Here’s what it actually says: “The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.” It’s that blatant – a system to spy on private viewing habits. If put into practice, Microsoft’s plan could mean that the film you’re watching suddenly stops...
  • BREAKING: Massive Voter Fraud in St. Lucie County, Florida

    11/10/2012 11:13:13 AM PST · by cruise_missile · 94 replies
    Townhall ^ | November 10, 2012 | Heather Ginsberf
    On Tuesday only one precinct had less than 113% turnout. “The Unofficial vote count is 175,554 registered voters 247,713 vote cards cast (141.10% ). The National SEAL Museum, a St. Lucie county polling place, had 158.85% voter turn out, the highest in the county.” The Supervisor of Elections, Gertrude Walker, had this to say concerning the 141% voter turnout: “They may have had something like that in Palm Beach County, but we’ve never seen that here.” So maybe Allen West wasn’t crazy to ask for a lock-down on the ballot boxes and machines in this county. According to the report...
  • Tempers fray as many in U.S. Northeast still without power

    11/10/2012 11:07:41 AM PST · by granada · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | Edward Krudy
    Frustration with continuing power outages, travel chaos, and long lines for gasoline grew on Saturday as residents of Long Island, hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, planned to a protest outside the headquarters of the local utility company. Residents said they would take to the streets for a second day outside the Long Island Power Authority in Hicksville. There are still over 400,000 customers without power nearly two weeks after the storm, and more than 170,000 are on Long Island. Meanwhile, New Yorkers faced their second day of gasoline rationing. Under the system, which was introduced in New Jersey last week,...
  • A Message From Beyond: My Wife's Lover (Prataeus???)

    11/10/2012 10:55:21 AM PST · by Arthurio · 36 replies
    NYT ^ | 7-13-12
  • Murphy Above Recount Range; No West Concession("We Will Absolutely Take Legal Action")

    11/10/2012 10:54:58 AM PST · by Red Steel · 22 replies
    wftv ^ | 1:34 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 | MATT SEDENSKY
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.(AP) — Firebrand GOP Rep. Allen West, whose made-for-TV rhetoric made him a prized voice of extreme conservatives, has been ousted by political newcomer Patrick Murphy, according to the state's vote count Saturday, but the incumbent was not planning to concede. In complete but unofficial numbers, Murphy held a 2,442-vote lead in the District 18 race. His 50.4 percent of the vote was above the threshold for a recount, but West's campaign said they would press forward. "We're simply not going to just walk away from the race until we see that the numbers add up," West...
  • Who Authorized FBI Surveillance of Gen. Petraeus?

    11/10/2012 10:51:39 AM PST · by Perdogg · 106 replies
    Even by the standards of the friday afternoon news dump tradition, yesterday's news that Gen. David Petraeus had resigned from the CIA was a stunner. The most heralded military officer of his generation fell from grace after it was revealed he'd had an affair with his biographer. The affair was discovered earlier this year soon after the FBI began monitoring his email. This raises a very serious question. Who authorized the FBI to monitor the e-mail of the Director of the CIA?
  • Hispanics To Obama: We Helped You, Now You Help Us [Hispanics Now 10% of Electorate]

    11/10/2012 10:48:27 AM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies
    NBCNews ^ | November 10, 2012 | James Eng
    Hispanics To Obama: We Helped You, Now You Help Us By James Eng Hispanic voters, who were instrumental in putting Barack Obama back in the White House, now hope the president will work diligently in his second term to cross some big to-dos off their legislative wish list: jobs, affordable education, health care access and immigration reform. Hispanics voted for Obama over Mitt Romney by a resounding 71 percent to 27 percent and may have put him over the top in several key swing states. The total number of potential Hispanic voters this year reached a record 23.7 million –...
  • Boehner's GOP Problems Complicate Deficit Negotiations (Stop "negotiations" and let it crash)

    11/10/2012 10:48:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 121 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/10/2012 | By JOHN PARKINSON
    House Speaker John Boehner is about to begin another attempt at a grand bargain deficit reduction deal with President Obama, a high wire act in which he will be buffeted by demands from the White House as well as from House Republicans. The difficulty of keeping in step with the hard line approach of his fellow Republicans has been on view since the presidential election. On Thursday, Boehner told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that repealing Obamacare was no longer his party's strategy saying, "Obamacare is the law of the land" and the election settled the dispute over repeal. Shortly after...
  • Nancy Pelosi mum about future after Republicans keep House (plays race AND sex cards)

    11/10/2012 10:41:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/09/12 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Nancy Pelosi mum about future after Republicans keep HouseBy JOHN BRESNAHAN | 11/9/12 3:48 PM EST With her political future on the line, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is keeping out of sight. Pelosi sent a memo to her Democratic colleagues on Friday thanking them “for your enthusiasm for electing more Democrats to the House.” **SNIP** “Next week we will be welcoming a very large Democratic freshman class. The Democratic Caucus will bring to the 113th Congress the first caucus where the majority is women and minorities,” Pelosi said in her memo Friday. “Our new Caucus will celebrate the great...
  • British have invaded nine out of ten countries -- so look out Luxembourg

    11/10/2012 10:41:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday, November 4, 2012 | Jasper Copping
    Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found. Every schoolboy used to know that at the height of the empire, almost a quarter of the atlas was coloured pink, showing the extent of British rule. But that oft recited fact dramatically understates the remarkable global reach achieved by this country. A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe. The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only...
  • About That Chart That Says There's A '100% Chance' Of A Recession...

    11/10/2012 10:39:43 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    Calculated Risk ^ | Bill McBride
    About That Chart That Says There's A '100% Chance' Of A Recession... Calculated RiskBill McBrideuNov. 10, 2012, 11:36 AM One of the most frequent questions I receive via email is: "Is another recession starting?" There are quite a few people who have been calling a recession recently (ECRI has called several recessions since August 2011 or so). They still have time on their most recent calls, but their earlier calls were wrong. Part of the problem in forecasting right now is the sluggish recovery has ups and downs, and each down looks like the start of a recession to some...
  • Denmark to scrap world's first fat tax

    11/10/2012 10:32:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 3 replies
    Denmark to scrap world's first fat tax Save this story to read later AAP November 11, 2012 4:02AM DENMARK'S government will scrap a fat tax it introduced a little over a year ago in a world first. "The fat tax and the extension of the chocolate tax -- the so-called sugar tax -- has been criticised for increasing prices for consumers, increasing companies' administrative costs and putting Danish jobs at risk," the Danish tax ministry said in a statement on Saturday. "At the same time it is believed that the fat tax has, to a lesser extent, contributed to Danes...
  • Obama wins Fla., topping Romney in final tally

    11/10/2012 10:27:33 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 144 replies
    AP ^ | 11-10-2012 | TAMARA LUSH
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes Saturday, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of 2000. No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206. The Florida Secretary of State's Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer...