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  • Connecticut’s Fiscal Mess. Democrats hid details of the ugly fiscal picture until after election.

    11/16/2012 9:06:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/16/2012 | Jillian Kay Melchor
    As Congress considers massive tax hikes to fix the U.S. deficit, the state of Connecticut is worth a look. There, a similar strategy is failing epically. Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget chief told the state legislature on Wednesday that Connecticut was facing a $365 million deficit for this fiscal year. That’s nearly twice as big as the $205 million estimate released last week by the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Policy and Management. And it’s more than six times what Governor Malloy, a Democrat, had estimated before the election. If you think that discrepancy is suspicious, you’re not...
  • Our National Malinvestment In President Obama Will Bring Painful Consequences

    11/16/2012 8:59:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/16/2012 | Mark Spitznagel
    The choice for the status quo made in last week’s presidential election was an uninformed one—at no fault of the voters—made in the fog of monetary distortion and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s continuous campaign of disinformation. President Barack Obama managed to overtake Republican challenger Mitt Romney on the exit poll question “Who is better for the economy?” and a strong majority of Obama voters felt that the economy is better off than four years ago. Indeed, anyone (particularly Bernanke) would concede that without the Fed’s zero interest rate policy we would be experiencing a far worse economy—the true Obama-Keynesian...
  • Another Leftist Admits the Real Goal Is Taxing the Middle Class (The Truth is coming out)

    11/16/2012 8:54:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Obama has staked out a very dogmatic and inflexible position on class-warfare tax hikes and he obviously wants all of us to think only the “rich” will be impacted. I think it’s foolish to penalize investors, entrepreneurs, small business owners and other upper-income taxpayers. What nation, after all, has ever prospered by placing obstacles in front of those who create jobs? France? Don’t make me laugh.But I’m also amazed that anyone believes Obama isn’t going to screw the middle class as well. The simple reality is that there aren’t enough rich people to finance big government.There are some honest folks...
  • Some Follow-Up Questions For The Bundesbank, And Its Gold

    11/16/2012 8:51:38 AM PST · by Renfield · 7 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 10-28-2012 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday we posted the official statement of Bundesbank executive board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele, which in turn was a response to a recent surge in concerns about the safety and sanctity of German sovereign gold, held mostly abroad (if a major part of it held in London had been secretly repatriated), and demands by the general public - i.e., those who actually own the gold - for either an audit, or full repatriation, or both. There are, however, some problems with the official Bundesbank statement: the statistics cited in it, as well as the various explanations, are wrong, incorrect or...
  • Stocks Fall Amid 'Cliff' Talks; Apple Near $500

    11/16/2012 8:47:43 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 16,2012 | JeeYeon Park
    Stocks traded in the red Friday as investors were skeptical that the meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders would lead to significant progress on the looming "fiscal cliff." “This fiscal cliff situation is very dire and probably will go down to the last minute like what happened with the debt ceiling talks,” said John Fox, co-manager of the FAM Value Fund. Traders were initially encouraged ahead of the market open after White House officials were said to be in discussions to replace the so-called sequester—a slew of spending cuts that along with tax increases will take place automatically...
  • Hague war court acquits Croat Generals Gotovina and Markac

    11/16/2012 8:47:29 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    bbc ^ | 16 November 2012 Last updated at 10:37 ET
    A war crimes court in The Hague has overturned the convictions of two Croatian generals charged with atrocities against Serbs in the 1990s. Appeals judges ordered the release of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac. In 2011 they were sentenced to 24 years and 18 years respectively over the killing of ethnic Serbs in an offensive to retake Croatia's Krajina region. The men arrived in Zagreb later on Friday to a hero's welcome. But their release was condemned in Serbia. Last year the two men were convicted of murder, persecution and plunder. Judges at the time ruled that they were part...
  • The Tax Tango

    11/16/2012 8:47:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | November 15, 2012
    John Boehner isn’t selling out conservatives on taxes. All he has done is reiterate that Republicans are open to a tax-reform deal that generates extra revenues, so long as the entitlements that are driving our long-term debt explosion are also addressed. He has also said that this reform should not raise marginal tax rates, and should indeed lower them. A deal along those lines might be worth supporting, depending on the details. The White House is, however, insisting that the top tax rates have to go up as scheduled under the law — and that even more taxes should be...
  • Chamique Holdsclaw in custody

    11/16/2012 8:46:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    AP ^ | November 16, 2012
    ATLANTA -- Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody after being accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows. Atlanta police said Thursday the incident happened Tuesday after the Olympic gold medalist followed 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock.
  • Obama RX: Bleeding an Anemic Economy with Tax Increases

    11/16/2012 8:33:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - If you thought the presidential election would lead to an early break in the fiscal gridlock that now divides our government, think again. President Obama's post-election press conference on Wednesday signaled he is digging in for a lengthy political battle to raise tax rates amid new evidence the economy is still very weak and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future if not throughout his second term. If anything, he's taking a tougher tone with Republicans in Congress as he prepares for negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner and other House and Senate leaders on Friday. Despite...
  • D.C. principal accused in parking lot beat-down

    11/16/2012 8:29:25 AM PST · by twister881 · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 15, 2012 | Scott McCabe
    The principal of a District high school and two staff members have been accused of beating up a former co-worker after a homecoming football game. Thelma Jarrett, principal of Calvin Coolidge High School in Northwest Washington, surrendered to D.C. police Thursday morning on a warrant charge of simple assault. Jarrett and two other women, Donna Pixley, 52, and Bridgette V. Stevens, 42, are accused of hitting and kicking a former employee in a parking lot outside the high school football stadium in Northwest on Nov. 2. The victim, Rashida King-Hicks, told D.C. police she heard Jarrett say, "Get her, bitch!"...
  • It’s ‘National Papa John’s Appreciation Day’

    11/16/2012 8:29:19 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 32 replies
    BEARINGDRIFT ^ | 11/16/12 | Lynn R. Mitchell
    Pizza. It’s what’s for lunch (or dinner) today, at least for many Americans who will support Papa John’s pizza chain to counter liberal calls to boycott the business. “National Papa John’s Appreciation Day” has been declared with a Facebook page as word has spread after liberals took offense to founder and owner John Schnatter’s remarks concerning Obamacare and its affect on his business. From Fox News: Daniel Wetter is just 16 years old, but his plan to support pizza chain Papa John’s amid a backlash of liberal criticism is no pie-in-the-sky idea. Wetter is part of an upstart group called...
  • Gaza conflict: Militant rocket targets Jerusalem

    11/16/2012 8:25:54 AM PST · by upchuck · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012
    Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip have launched a rocket on Jerusalem - the first time the holy city has been targeted from Gaza. Israel Army radio said the missile landed just outside the city - and there are no reported casualties. An earlier missile targeted Tel Aviv. It comes amid mounting violence, following Israel's killing of Hamas's military chief on Wednesday. Egypt's leader has vowed to back Gaza in the face of "blatant aggression". Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich told the BBC's Ben Brown, in Ashkelon: "We are here to defend our country" Twenty Palestinians and three Israelis have been...
  • Obama Or America--Clarity On Irreconcilable Differences

    11/16/2012 8:18:49 AM PST · by Ohioan · 16 replies
    Truth Based Logic ^ | November 15, 2012 | William Flax
    From a Conservative perspective, the election, November 6th, was a disaster. This American, as literally tens of millions of others, spent several days in near despondency, not only over the result, but over a successful methodology employed to distract, undermine, smear & intimidate, to provide victory to a man whose whole adult life has been an exercise in disrespect for our principles, customs, heritage & peoples. Yet the fog cleared, and with it any doubt about the road ahead.
  • Freep Poll for AG Ken Cuccinelli for VA Governor

    11/16/2012 8:18:19 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 8 replies
    http://bearingdrift.com/ ^ | 11/16/2012 | Bearing Drift Poll
    Bearing Drift: Virginia's Conservative Voice
  • Woman pulls gun on man who exposed himself at lake [armed citizen]

    11/16/2012 8:17:10 AM PST · by grundle · 75 replies
    tdn.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Tony Lystra
    A Longview woman who was walking at Lake Sacajawea with her 6-year-old son pulled a gun on a man who exposed his genitals to her Wednesday evening, according to police. The 35-year-old woman was near Martin Dock around 8:10 p.m. when the man approached her “aggressively,” sat down and began performing a sex act, then suggested she should watch him, according to the woman and accounts from police. “I put the magazine in my gun. I cocked it,” the woman said in an interview Thursday night. “I said, ‘You need to leave or Ill shoot you. I’m going to blow...
  • Twinkie Maker Hostess to Close

    11/16/2012 8:17:04 AM PST · by radar101 · 55 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 16, 2012, | RACHEL FEINTZEIG
    Hostess Brands is seeking to liquidate. Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of iconic treats such as Twinkies and traditional pantry staple Wonder Bread, said Friday it is shuttering its plants and firing about 18,000 workers as it seeks to liquidate the 82-year-old business. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 in January, said it has requested bankruptcy-court authorization to close the business and sell its assets. A victim of changing consumer tastes, high commodity costs and, most importantly, strained labor relations, Hostess ultimately was brought to its knees by a national strike orchestrated by its second-largest union. The work stoppage,...
  • "The List", Obama's One Hundred and Ninety-Ninth Week in Office

    11/16/2012 8:13:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 11/16/12 | Nachum
     President Obama's One Hundred and Ninety-Ninth Week in Office11/15/2012It's 3am and nobody's therePresident Obama takes a helicopter tour of New York to view Sandy´s devastation on the Big Apple for the first timeSandy victim to Obama: Where have you been?Obama, in Front of Church Devastated by Sandy: 'I'm Here' to Fix it As sex scandals surface, Panetta developing ethics training for generals?ObamanomicsBanks told by Fed to test for 12% unemploymentWeekly jobless claims rise to 439KFHA Nears Need for Taxpayer FundsN.J. lost nearly 12,000 jobs in OctoberSmithfield Plant to Layoff Workers in 2013 (520 jobs in Virginia)... Inflation Nudges UpJobless Claims...
  • WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

    11/16/2012 8:12:19 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 5 replies
    WHITE HOUSE ^ | November 16, 2012 | na
    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Require Barack Obama To Allow The Public Examination Of His Birth Certificate Records & His College & University Records We The People request the Obama Administration to require Barack H. Obama to authorize the public examination of his birth certificate records together his college and university records. We have all seen the document produced by The White House which has been declared suspect by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but The People request that Barack Obama authorize the State of Hawaii to release all related information concerning his birth in the State. We also request that...
  • Judge plans field trip in Rowlett’s dispute with Garland gun range(TX)

    11/16/2012 8:08:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | 15 November, 2012 | RAY LESZCYNSKI
    After a day of testimony from witnesses for the city of Rowlett, Judge Ken Molberg will see for himself whether safety improvements at the Garland Public Shooting Range are enough to protect a neighborhood more than a mile downrange. The city and residents who have had a problem with rifle bullets on their property and the owners of the gun range returned to Dallas’ 95th District Court on Thursday to settle a request for a temporary injunction to shut the rifle portion of the range down. Early in the proceedings, Rowlett City Attorney David Berman challenged Molberg to visit the...
  • Leno: 'The Economy Is So Bad MSNBC Had To Lay Off 300 Obama Spokesmen'

    11/16/2012 8:07:30 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies
    Leno: 'The Economy Is So Bad MSNBC Had To Lay Off 300 Obama Spokesmen' By Noel Sheppard Created 11/16/2012 - 9:40am NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno took a swipe at his own sister network and the President Thursday. During his opening monologue, Leno said, "The economy is so bad MSNBC had to lay off 300 Obama spokesmen" (video follows with transcript and commentary): JAY LENO: I tell you, Rickey, the economy is not good. It's not good at all. RICKEY MINOR: How bad is it, Jay? LENO: The stock market is going down faster than a general's biographer. It...
  • Registry worker accused of promising illegals licenses for cash

    11/16/2012 8:03:53 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 16, 2012 | Matt Stout
    A Registry of Motor Vehicles employee who police say promised illegal immigrants driver’s licenses at $2,000 a pop and claimed she could their delay deportation proceedings through an inside source at Immigration and Customs Enforcement now faces a 27-count indictment after her arrest today at the registry’s Watertown branch, authorities said.
  • There We Went Again (MSM far more powerful than conservatives believe)

    11/16/2012 8:00:49 AM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 41 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Matthew Sheffield and Noel Sheppard
    Most observers of the 2008 presidential campaign -- even including some liberals after the fact -- were shocked and appalled by the media's pro-Barack Obama sycophancy. Unfortunately, the intentional and unintentional advocacy of the media on behalf of Obama was even worse in 2012. There are many reasons why the conservative movement failed to achieve electoral success this year, but perhaps one of the most significant is the enduring power and influence of the left-dominated "mainstream" media. The 2012 cycle demonstrated that left-wing journalists have far more sway on Americans' opinions than many conservatives have been willing to admit. While...
  • How Conservatives Can Defeat Liberalism

    11/16/2012 7:58:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    Two weeks after the election, conservatives are still asking why Mitt Romney lost. That, however, is the wrong first question argues Charles R. Kesler in his new book "I am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism." We cannot fully understand Romney's defeat, implies Kelser, until we first understand why conservatives have lost the majority of policy battles over the past 100 years. Despite having won their share of Presidential elections, conservatives have not slowed the advance of the welfare state. Political pundits have blamed Romney's defeat on everything from Hurricane Sandy to inept get-out-the vote efforts, but...
  • The Joy Of Hate by Greg Gutfeld (Official Non-Official Thread)

    11/16/2012 7:53:54 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 23 replies
    n/a | Nov. 16, 2012
    For fans of Greg Gutfeld, The Five and/or Red Eye.Post your thoughts, reviews of his book(s) and links to interviews.I'll start by posting a link to a radio interview that Mark Levin conducted for his book.I'm in the process of reading The Joy Of Hate and it's a hoot. Actual meat and potatoes of Conservative thought with just a little (if by a little you mean a lot) tofu of humor thrown in for good measure.
  • Australian coalition leaders float nuclear navy

    11/16/2012 7:53:21 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Financial Review ^ | November 10, 2012 | Christopher Roye
    Top Coalition leaders want to open the debate over the purchase of nuclear submarines to replace the navy’s diesel fleet, a huge step up in Australia’s military capability in response to China’s plan to become a major maritime power in the Pacific Ocean. Senior Coalition frontbenchers told The Weekend Financial Review that acquiring or leasing Virginia-class nuclear submarines equipped with conventional weapons, such as cruise missiles, would be supported by the Obama Administration. Purchasing the submarines is not yet Coalition policy but some shadow ministers have discussed the idea with United States officials. Australia’s dependence on seaborne trade and China’s...
  • Obamacare, Others Need Slashing: Simpson-Bowles

    11/16/2012 7:48:17 AM PST · by what's up · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | Nov 16, 2011 | Jeff Cox
    CHICAGO - Americans interested in getting the national debt crisis under control likely will have to endure cuts to popular programs like defense, Social Security - and the nationalized health insurance program known as Obamacare. Speaking in stark terms and folksy language, the duo laid out the dire reality of the situation to 4,000 investors at the Charles Schwab Impact conference Thursday. "Who the hell is kidding who on what this is going to cost?" Simpson, the former Wyoming senator, said of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare." "We haven't found any constituency yet who wants to...
  • Homeowner Fires Gun at Burglar, Suspect Arrested after Police Chase(WV)

    11/16/2012 7:45:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    wsaz.com ^ | 16 November, 2012 | Anna Baxter
    PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is facing charges after he tried to break in a home and then led police on a chase. A detective with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department tells WSAZ.com James Galloway, 34, of Lima, Ohio, broke into a house on Teays Farms in Teays Valley. Once Galloway was in the house he was confronted by the homeowner who fired some rounds at him, according to Detective Shawn Johnson. Galloway took off and jumped into a vehicle and dumped it at the 7-eleven along Scary Creek. That's when he stole another vehicle and headed east,...
  • Of Arms and the Man

    11/16/2012 7:42:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    If William Shakespeare were still with us, he would have found his Othello. David Petraeus is not the darkly handsome Moor of the Bard's tale, but a pallor, highly-decorated officer, a nerdy-looking guy with a comb-over. However, like the Moor, he fuses monumental courage with human frailty. Public stature often stands on clay feet. It's the rest of us who put the marble sculpture of celebrity on its pedestal. In spite of all the splendid attributes of competence, dignity and self-respect that accompanied the honorable and valiant Othello in his military career, he was merely mortal, an easy victim of...
  • Heads Up: The IDF Is Live-Blogging Its Attack On Hamas (Video of Hamas Wing Commander Incineration)

    11/16/2012 7:39:45 AM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    ReadWrite Social ^ | November 16, 2012 | Staff
    Video of Car Bombing of Hamas Military Wing Commander We've never seen anything quite like this. The verified social media accounts of the Israeli Defense Forces are providing live updates on a concerted military effort against Hamas. Using the hashtag #PillarOfDefense, the verified Twitter account @IDFSpokesperson is posting ominous messages, headline-style updates, and YouTube videos of strikes. It's brilliant in its way. By controlling the messaging so tightly, the IDF ensures that the media coverage of the operation is framed the way Israel wants it. Why dig deeper when the information is so carefully presented right there? That's a rhetorical...
  • New video shows cops harassing man legally carrying gun(PA)

    11/16/2012 7:37:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    philly.com ^ | 15 November, 2012 | WILLIAM BENDER
    PHILADELPHIA police officers are supposed to be educated about civilian gun laws - especially since an expletive-laden altercation with a licensed gun owner ended up on YouTube last year and led to a $25,000 court settlement. For the record: It's perfectly legal to openly carry a handgun in the city - with a valid permit. Everywhere else in the state, a permit is needed only if the gun is concealed. But apparently not everyone in the Police Department got the memo. A new YouTube video shows two Philly cops antagonizing a man who was legally carrying a .40-caliber Glock on...
  • Rocket strikes Jerusalem

    11/16/2012 7:30:11 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    tweeter ^ | 11/16/2012 | IDF
    28 min ago: Breaking: Sirens heard in Jerusalem. Stay tuned for updates. 15 min ago: Confirmed: A rocket fired from Gaza struck outside Jerusalem, Israel's capital city.
  • Spielberg’s Lincoln is a Grand Tribute to a Masterful Leader

    11/16/2012 7:29:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | John Hanlon
    Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a different film than one would expect from the brilliant filmmaker responsible for unforgettable films like “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Unlike those two features, “Lincoln” takes place on a much smaller scale. When its trailer arrived in theaters several months ago, many viewers undoubtedly believed that the film would attempt to tell Abraham Lincoln’s complete story, focusing on a young Illinois lawyer who became president and saved the Union from self-destruction. But this movie isn’t about that, nor is it simply a noble and simplistic tribute to the 16th President. The film is, instead,...
  • Spielberg's Lincoln Movie

    11/16/2012 7:27:33 AM PST · by BobNative · 118 replies
    Personal writing | November 16, 2012 | Garland Favorito
    New Movie Propagates Lincoln Historical Myths If you are planning to see the new, Steven Spielberg directed, Lincoln movie you might want to invest in an accurate history book instead. While it is successfully dramatic, the movie rehashes several 150 year old myths about the Lincoln presidency and America’s most horrible war. First, to the movie’s credit, the script avoids a key, blatant lie that is currently being taught throughout American public schools today. The script focuses correctly on explaining how slaves were freed by the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, not the Emancipation Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation did...
  • Morsi warns Israel will pay heavy price

    11/16/2012 7:25:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    YNet News ^ | November 16, 2012 | by Roi Kais
    Egyptian president sharpens his tone against Israel, threatening: 'If I see the homeland in danger, I won't hesitate to take unusual steps.' He vows that his country will 'stop this brutal aggression' After concluding the Friday prayer at a mosque in Cairo, Morsi warned Israel of the consequences of its strikes in Gaza. According to the al- Shorouk newspaper, Morsi tweeted on his Twitter page: "We have the power to uproot the aggressiveness just like it uprooted exploitation. "I don't want to take unusual steps," Morsi added, "but if I see that the homeland is in danger, I won't hesitate."...
  • Who Fed Susan the Benghazi Bullhockey?

    11/16/2012 7:20:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    At his news conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama postured as the young Galahad striding out onto the schoolyard to stop a pair of bullies from beating up a girl. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham had charged U.N. Amb. Susan Rice with misleading the nation when, five days after the Benghazi attack in which Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed, she appeared on five TV shows to say it had all resulted from a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video. Susan Rice, thundered Obama, "made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she...
  • Obama Begins Push for New National Retirement System..401K at risk?

    11/16/2012 7:16:48 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 70 replies
    National seniors ^ | 11/11/2012 | National Seniors
    A recent hearing sponsored by the Treasury and Labor Departments marked the beginning of the Obama Administration’s effort to nationalize the nation’s pension system and to eliminate private retirement accounts including IRA’s and 401k plans, NSC is warning. The hearing, held in the Labor Department’s main auditorium, was monitored by NSC staff and featured a line up of left-wing activists including one representative of the AFL-CIO who advocated for more government regulation over private retirement accounts and even the establishment of government-sponsored annuities that would take the place of 401k plans. "This hearing was set up to explore why Americans...
  • Petraeus testifies CIA's Libya talking points were changed, lawmaker says

    11/16/2012 7:13:57 AM PST · by The G Man · 219 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2012 | Rep. Peter King
    Rep. Peter King appeared on Fox News this morning and stated that David Petraeus testified that the original CIA talking points about Benghazzi indicated it was a terrorist act and cited al Qaeda involvement. Somewhere after leaving CIA, the talking points were changed. He did not know who changed them.
  • Bullet train segment's completion date pushed back

    11/16/2012 7:05:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority said Thursday that it was adding 12 months to the construction schedule for 130 miles of track in the Central Valley, easing what some outside experts have contended was an overly aggressive and risky timeline. Construction industry experts have said that the job of building the $6 billion of track through the Central Valley would require spending $3.5 million per day, one of the fastest rates of transportation project spending in history.
  • Texas gets failing grade on its gun laws

    11/16/2012 7:04:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | 15 November, 2012 | Tricia Lynn Silva
    The San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has released a new report that examines gun laws and violence in all 50 states. The report, titled “Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence,” looks at the relationship between state gun laws and gun violence — as well as assigning a grade to each state based on the strength or weakness of these laws. Texas’ grade: F. In fact, the Lone Star State was one of 21 states that received an F in the report. The center takes issue with the fact that Texas...
  • Best Foot Forward?

    11/16/2012 7:00:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Our large cruise ship sailed within view of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a gathering of conservatives sponsored by National Review magazine considered the wreckage of the 2012 election. Most of the writers and commentators on board agreed with Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition that the last thing conservatives need to do now is to form a "circular firing squad." But lessons must be learned. Was Mitt Romney, as some suggested, "our best foot forward" -- a highly intelligent, photogenic, generous, public-spirited, articulate man of great integrity whose loss can only be chalked up to the poor judgment...
  • Eastern New Orleans family is badly shaken after home invasion, shootout(LA)

    11/16/2012 6:54:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    nola.com ^ | 14 November, 2012 | Naomi Martin
    A shootout with military-style guns just feet from her sleeping 8-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son was the last thing a New Orleans dentist expected when she woke from a restless sleep Wednesday about 3:30 a.m. in her eastern New Orleans home. As the 34-year-old woman checked on her husband, who was up late working on his computer, the couple was startled to hear their home alarm system suddenly beep: A window in their garage gym had been opened. Her husband, also a dentist, pulled up his computer surveillance footage from the family's security cameras surrounding their property in the 5600...
  • Prof on David Petraeus: ‘Men are men’

    11/16/2012 6:53:21 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 16, 2012 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    Blame it on the testosterone! Former White House insider-turned-public leadership prof David Gergen weighed in on the Beltway’s big sex scandal yesterday, telling a packed ballroom of health care pros that powerful leaders possess an overabundance of manly hormones. “But men are men; the best sometimes forget,’” said Gergen, quoting a line from Shakespeare’s “Othello.”
  • Today in History

    11/16/2012 6:51:08 AM PST · by Phlap · 6 replies
    Refdesk ^ | 11/16/2012 | Moi
    Ergot, a toxic fungus that grows on rye, can cause spasms and hallucinations if accidentally ingested. In 1938, Hofmann was researching potentially useful derivatives of ergot when he first synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). However, he did not discover its hallucinogenic properties until five years later, when he accidentally absorbed some of the substance through his fingertips. In 1947, his laboratory introduced LSD as a psychiatric drug.
  • Whatever it is’: Pelosi says she’s ‘with the Constitution,’ confuses its amendments [VIDEO]

    11/16/2012 6:48:22 AM PST · by yoe · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 15, 2012 | Nicholas Ballasy
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took questions from reporters at her weekly press briefing about the fiscal cliff, but turned the topic to baseball. A reporter asked Pelosi if she thinks the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling will be included in one “grand bargain” between the White House and congressional leaders. “Well, me, I’m with the 11th Amendment, is it the 11th Amendment that – 14th is it? Whatever it is, I’m with the Constitution of the United States. Now, we have to talk about baseball,” Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol on Thursday.
  • I Think I Owe an Apology to George W. Bush.

    11/16/2012 6:47:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a "leave me alone coalition": Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The foreign policy battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and occasionally democratic statism at home. The end of...
  • 22 Signs That Voter Fraud Is Wildly Out Of Control And The Election Was A Sham

    11/16/2012 6:44:05 AM PST · by yank in the UK · 23 replies
    End of the American dream ^ | November 13th, 2012 | Michael
    After what we have seen this November, how is any American ever supposed to trust the integrity of our elections ever again?  There were over 70,000 reports of voting problems on election day, and there are numerous eyewitnesses that claim that they saw voting machines change votes for one candidate to another candidate right in front of their eyes.  In several of the swing states there were counties where the number of registered voters exceeded the total voting age population by a very wide margin.  How in the world does that happen?  Some of the vote totals that were reported...
  • Patriot Alert .Some good news from the left coast.

    11/16/2012 6:37:55 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 9 replies
    My e-mail inbox | Nov. 14, 2012 | Heather Gass
    Here’s a bit of hope for those who are on the front lines here in California. We may not be able to save our own state, but the rest of the country is watching us and hopefully they will save themselves. A few weeks ago I was asked to brief a handful of legislators from another state about Agenda21 and what is happening here in California. I won’t mention which one because I don’t want to compromise their efforts to fight this cancer from taking over their own state. They asked me to brief them so that they could be...
  • (Wilkes-Barre PA Mayor) Leighton: Layoffs may be announced today

    11/16/2012 6:34:07 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 7 replies
    Citizen's Voice ^ | 11-16-12 | Bob Kalinowski
    Today could be the day. Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton said layoffs for city employees will "most likely" be announced today. The mayor said his staff continued "crunching numbers" throughout Thursday to determine how many furloughs were necessary to plug a budget shortfall. He would not provide an estimate of how many jobs are in jeopardy or what departments would be affected. "Right now, there's not much to tell you," Leighton said outside City Hall on Thursday. "We have an idea, but I don't have a number." Officials said the city is facing a estimated $2 million budget deficit, caused by...
  • Business Executives at White House: Save Us! Raise Their Taxes!

    11/16/2012 6:33:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | John Ransom
    Don’t worry, folks. All is well. Barack Obama “gets” it."The president gets it," says the chief executive officer and chairman of Honeywell, in a Reuters article.“David Cote, chief executive and chairman of Honeywell,” says Reuters, “told reporters that Obama understood a combination of tax measures and reforms of social programs will be necessary to address the so-called fiscal cliff and beyond that, the deficit.”I’m really glad that Obama met with business leaders to straighten out that pesky “tax” thing that the rest of us have been so confused about. I’m equally comforted that the major wire services were right there...
  • Jill and Scott Kelley cultivated politicians as well as general (time for your daily laugh)

    11/16/2012 6:32:23 AM PST · by RummyChick · 61 replies
    tampa Bay times ^ | 11/16 | levesque
    TAMPA — The emails were anguished, pleading and sent straight to the mayor. "Bob, hope all is well," Jill Kelley wrote at 5:57 a.m. Tuesday to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, whom she knows socially. What came next offers a glimpse into Kelley's state of mind as a national scandal blew up in her front yard. "My kids are scared, and need their 'home' back," she wrote, asking for help with "paparazzi" at her Bayshore Boulevard mansion. At 6:18 a.m. Wednesday, she emailed again. "Dear Mayor Bob," she wrote, saying that her name, along with those of former CIA director David...