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  • Half of us strive for success; half of us are suspicious of it

    11/11/2012 7:45:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-11-12 | joe soucheray
    The real problem is that about half the country believes that business and the success that might flow from business is somehow contrived. About half the country believes that success is assigned, whimsically or arbitrarily, by guys in blue blazers who flick their cigar ashes at those whom they do not wish to succeed. It doesn't work that way, and we know it doesn't work that way. Mitt Romney, for example, was successfully portrayed to about half the country as a fellow who had it made from the beginning. His old man headed up a car company. He must have...

    11/11/2012 7:32:18 AM PST · by Renfield · 18 replies ^ | 11-8-2012 | John Rappaport
    Hold your horses. On election night, not long after the polls closed in California, the announcement came out: Prop 37 was losing. A little while later, it was all over. 37 had gone down to defeat. But is that the whole story? No. As of 2:30PM today, Thursday, November 8th, two days after the election, many votes in California remain uncounted. I tried to find out how many. It turns out that the Secretary of State of CA, responsible for elections in the state, doesn't know. I was told all counties in California have been asked, not ordered, to report...
  • FBI Probed Woman Linked to Petraeus

    11/11/2012 7:29:39 AM PST · by billorites · 67 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 11, 2012 | EVAN PEREZ, DEVLIN BARRETT, and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    A complaint about potentially harassing emails sent by a woman romantically linked to Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus to a second woman sparked the security investigation that led Mr. Petraeus to suddenly resign on Friday, according to people familiar with the investigation. U.S. officials familiar with the probe said the Federal Bureau of Investigation began its investigation following a complaint from a woman in Florida about Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus's biographer and the woman identified by officials familiar with the probe as having had an extramarital affair with him. Enlarge Image image image Associated Press David Petraeus in September...
  • Seven ways to save on 2013 health insurance bills (First find list of IRS-approved expenses)

    11/11/2012 7:15:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Day ^ | 11/11/12 | MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS
    Seven ways to save on 2013 health insurance billsBy MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS Sun Sentinel Updated 11/11/2012 12:15 AM **SNIP** • Set pre-tax dollars aside. Use a flexible spending account either from your employer or a third party, such as a bank, to deposit money to cover health costs not covered by insurance. Find the list of IRS-approved expenses on your health insurer's website. Note that contributions in 2013 for flexible spending accounts have been lowered to $2,500 in 2013, but Byers said she doesn't think it will affect most people. "I don't see many people using the full $5,000," she...
  • NRA v. BATFE: A Misinterpretation of History (Fifth Circuit)

    11/11/2012 6:56:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 9 November, 2012 | Stephen Halbrook
    Recently, in NRA v. BATFE, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the ban on the sale of handguns by federally licensed dealers to persons under the age of 21. The law in question, which was codified in sections of 18 USC § 922 and was passed as part of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 [PDF], raises serious issues under the Second Amendment. Persons in the 18 to 20-year-old age group at issue have borne arms in military service since the US was founded and are entitled to vote under the Twenty-Sixth...
  • Did the Election Save ObamaCare?

    11/11/2012 6:51:49 AM PST · by Alex Baker · 31 replies ^ | November 10, 2012 | Bryce Buchanan
    In an imaginary world, government does things efficiently and economically. In that world, you would want government to provide health care. In the real world, politicians cobbled together a monstrous piece of legislation called Obamacare, with a structure that cannot possibly be efficient or economical. John C. Goodman at has a superb analysis of what Obamacare will do when reality comes up to bat. If you read this at the source, you will see links to other supporting information. John Goodman: The morning after Tuesday’s vote, there is one thing every commentator agreed on. The election of Barack Obama...
  • Local health providers have their eye on ‘fiscal cliff’

    11/11/2012 6:46:48 AM PST · by Smokeyblue · 5 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | November 11, 2012 | Kelsey Ryan
    A lack of compromise by lawmakers in Washington could result in spending cuts that could affect local health providers within the next two months. The cuts, also known as sequestration, have been a top issue for providers – especially hospitals – that receive federal dollars. The money at stake is caught up in the package of spending cuts and tax increases that are to start taking effect Jan. 1 – unless Congress and the president act to modify the plan. Approved as part of a deal made by Democrats and Republicans last year, the package is now commonly known as...
  • Israel hit by mortars

    11/11/2012 6:35:33 AM PST · by mgist · 17 replies
    Times Leader ^ | 11/11/12 | Amy Teibel
    Israel drawn into Syria fighting for first time AMY TEIBE 8:20 am Photos An Israeli military officer surveys the damage of house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants hit a community along the Israel-Gaza Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Rockets and mortars from Gaza have pummeled southern Israel, drawing Israeli airstrikes that killed a Palestinian militant. The Israeli military said 60 rockets and mortars were fired by early morning Wednesday, following a volley the night before and that Israeli aircraft struck Gaza three times. JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel was drawn into the Syrian civil war for the...
  • Benghazi Consulate attack back on front burner in Congress

    11/11/2012 6:29:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/11/12 | Julian Pecquet, Jordy Yager
    Benghazi Consulate attack back on front burner in CongressBy Julian Pecquet and Jordy Yager - 11/11/12 06:00 AM ET The terrorist attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya is back on the front burner in Congress now that President Obama has won reelection. No fewer than four House and Senate panels plan to hold closed-door briefings with administration officials about the attack this week, while one committee is holding a public hearing. Members of both parties say they expect the Benghazi probe to last well into Obama's second term. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who has...
  • The Petraeus Espionage File

    11/11/2012 6:23:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/11/2012 | Michael Ledeen
    I may have awakened him. The late James Jesus Angleton, once the chief of CIA counterintelligence, sounded kinda groggy to me after I got him–loud and clear!–on my famously untrustworthy ouija board. Of course I have no idea whether he gets to sleep at all. I don’t quite know exactly “where” he is, after all, and he doesn’t answer direct questions on the subject. Anyway, there he was, and I started right in. ML: So what am I supposed to think about Petraeus? JJA: That you’re living in a country where espionage is rampant. ML: Huh? JJA: Have you read...
  • Stop talking about the Hispanics for a moment — what about Asian-Americans?

    11/11/2012 6:21:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 9, 2012 - 9:22 am | David P. Goldman
    Apart from some fatuous self-congratulation from Asian-American liberals, there has been very little discussion of the 73-26 Asian-American margin of support for President Obama in last Tuesday’s election. That’s slightly smaller than the highest estimate of Latino support for Obama, at 75-23. Asian-Americans are a small minority now but their numbers are growing rapidly. Most conservatives consider Asian-Americans poster-children for the American model of self-motivated success. The facts bear this out. The Pew Research Center reported last July: Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general...
  • No charges against owner of gun that Glynn County 2nd-grader brought to school(GA)

    11/11/2012 6:20:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 11 November, 2012 | Terry Dickson
    BRUNSWICK, GA. | No charges will be filed against the owner of a handgun that an 8-year-old boy brought to C.B. Greer Elementary School last week, said Rodney Ellis, chief of the Glynn County school system’s police force. School police investigator Ricky Hilburn determined that the .25-caliber pistol belonged to a close friend of the child’s family and that the boy found the gun while visiting the elderly man, Ellis said. The man was in another part of the house and was unaware the second-grade student was looking around, Ellis said. The boy found the gun in a shoebox stored...
  • Republican Bigwig Raises Big Stink on Facebook (Wasserman Schulz gets sheriff luggage carriers)

    11/11/2012 6:15:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Tamarac Talk ^ | 11/09/12
    Republican Bigwig Raises Big Stink on FacebookDate posted: November 9, 2012
  • Handgun carrier shoots multiple suspects(OK)

    11/11/2012 6:13:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 10 November, 2012 | Michael Purdy
    Tulsa, Okla. — A man licensed to carry a gun shoots two men attempting to rob him at a motel Friday evening. Tulsa police tells KRMG it happened just before 7:30 p.m. at the Economy Inn at the 5600 block of West Skelly Drive in Sapulpa. TPD were called out to the Oklahoma State University Medical Center after two men showed up shot. Police said they were dropped off by two people believed to have been involved in the attempted robbery. The investigation shows the victim was invited into a motel room by a female, where multiple men were waiting...
  • Israel Fires Warning Shots into Syria in Response to Errant Shell Landing

    11/11/2012 6:00:47 AM PST · by maggief · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 11, 2012 | Sharona Schwartz
    For the first time since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israeli forces on Sunday fired over the country’s northern border to Syria as a warning after a mortar shell fired from Syrian territory exploded in the Golan Heights, officials say. Israeli newspaper Ynet reported the Israeli Defense Forces Artillery Corps fired at a post in Syria in response. On Thursday, three Syrian mortar shells struck in and around an Israeli village in the Golan Heights. The IDF vowed in a statement, “Further attacks [from Syria] will illicit a vigorous response,” the Jerusalem Post reported. A longer statement posted on the...
  • What is a fiscal cliff?

    11/11/2012 5:58:13 AM PST · by Dartman · 28 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | Nov 10/12 | Lorrie Goldstein
    <p>Full title - WTF is a fiscal cliff ...and why Canadians should care.</p> <p>Since we’re going to be hearing a lot about the so-called “fiscal cliff” and raising the debt ceiling of the United States over the next few months, here’s a primer on what’s going on.</p>
  • Boehner Tells House G.O.P. to Fall in Line

    11/11/2012 5:54:34 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 90 replies
    WASHINGTON — On a conference call with House Republicans a day after the party’s electoral battering last week, Speaker John A. Boehner dished out some bitter medicine, and for the first time in the 112th Congress, most members took their dose. Their party lost, badly, Mr. Boehner said, and while Republicans would still control the House and would continue to staunchly oppose tax rate increases as Congress grapples with the impending fiscal battle, they had to avoid the nasty showdowns that marked so much of the last two years. Members on the call, subdued and dark, murmured words of support...
  • Howie Carr thread week of 11/11/12

    11/11/2012 5:53:12 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 6 replies ^ | 11/11/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting off with his Sunday Boston Herald column. Howie is off his radio show tomorrow (McScreamer alert) due to Veteran's Day--Observed.
  • Dale Carnegie, Where Are You?

    11/11/2012 5:51:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 11, 2012 | Paul Jacob
    November 11, 2012 What should the Republican Party do now? That’s the post-election question. Yet, not being a Republican, I figure I can only answer this question: What should the Republican Party not do? Before the election, I would have answered, “Talk about ‘legitimate rape.’” Even now I suggest a short course for GOP candidates about rape, with perhaps a refresher on basic biology. I’m serious. And I’m pro-life. Now, after the election, an object lesson in what not to do rears its ugly head in the last place one would expect a problem: Arkansas. Last Tuesday, Arkansas Republicans gained...
  • The Real Reason Obama Got Elected ("Freebie" Nation)

    11/11/2012 5:48:20 AM PST · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/8/2012 | Gerri Willis
    Here’s an interesting plot twister; Republicans made the assumption, incorrectly as it turns out, that voters in states with high-unemployment would kick the bums out. That is, that they’d vote Obama out of office and try to find someone who could solve the jobs problem in this country. Turns out, the opposite has happened. Voters in high-unemployment states actually like the president, and the reason is obvious; the Federal Government is paying the jobless, extending unemployment benefits, food stamps, and even underwriting disability payments from Social Security. Think we’re different from the Europeans? Think again. The proportion of Greek men...