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  • Cabinet OKs 75,000 reservists for possible Gaza operation

    11/16/2012 2:13:03 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | November 16,2012 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Government increases cap of reservists for possible ground operation in Gaza from 30,000 to 75,000; FM Liberman says the government is not considering toppling Hamas. The IDF assassinated two Hamas members in Gaza on Friday evening. The first, Muhammad Abu Jalal, was a Hamas company commander in central Gaza's El Muazi area, and the second, Khaled Shaeer, operated anti-tank missiles. Earlier, the IDF sent text messages to 12,000 Gazan civilians, warning them to stay away from Hamas members. The IDF warned that its activities would continue into the night on Friday, warning Hamas to take cover. "Terrorists in Gaza should...
  • ***If Rep. Peter King Is Right, Then Maybe Petraeus..."

    11/16/2012 2:08:57 PM PST · by The Wizard · 34 replies
    stardate: 1211.16
    If Rep. Peter King Is Right, that Petraeus said it was the video when he testified on the 14th, and said today that he didn't say that then and that he said it was a terrorist attack instead, maybe, just maybe this is what happened behind the scenes: The bama white house black mailed the General with their affair information, probably gathered with the HELP of the alleged mistress, (working for the same bama crime family) so he went up and told the video story.... Truly being a man of values, the general realized the position he was in, came...
  • CBS Welcomes Obama to Staten Island, But Criticized Bush Post-Katrina

    11/16/2012 2:08:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 16, 2012 | Matt Hadro
    CBS ran a puff piece Friday morning on President Obama's visit to hurricane-ravaged Staten Island, which stood in stark contrast to its hostile treatment of President Bush's visit to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. CBS played into the Obama PR strategy, simply noting that he "pledged the government's support" to Staten Island residents and "met with families who've lost everything." In addition, they aired his plea for the insurance companies to support the victims, afterward quoting residents who were upset with the insurance companies. Meanwhile, CBS had no such love for President Bush in 2005 when they reported victims...
  • Erdogan: Israeli strikes a pre-election stunt

    11/16/2012 2:08:21 PM PST · by mojito · 5 replies
    Ynet ^ | 11/16/2012 | Unattributed
    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan decried Israel's airstrikes on Gaza on Friday as a pre-election stunt and said he would discuss the crisis with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo this weekend. Under Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party, Turkey has sought to use its clout as a rising democratic power in the Muslim world to increase its influence in the Middle East, distancing itself from former ally Israel. Erdogan said he would speak by phone with US President Barack Obama later on Friday and that Ankara was also seeking talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the prospect of a full...
  • Medical giant Stryker cuts 1,170 jobs, citing ObamaCare

    11/16/2012 2:08:04 PM PST · by Arthurio · 21 replies
    Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan. The company will cut 1,170 jobs, or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Medical tech scion Jon Stryker, whose net worth is currently estimated at $1.2 billion, contributed $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC and has given $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the...
  • Just Before Organ Harvesting, Comatose Patient Recovers

    11/16/2012 2:06:14 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    NC Register ^ | November 15, 2012 | STEVE WEATHERBE
    AARHUS, Denmark — Carina Melchior is a 20-year-old Danish woman who was plunged in the middle of controversy by two close encounters with death — the first in car crash last year that put her in a coma; the second in a hospital, where doctors persuaded her parents to donate her organs and shut off her life support. But Carina recovered, and she now is at the center of a storm of questions about the criteria for brain death, over-aggressive transplant agencies and the commodification of the human body. What might have been played out quietly in an obscure Danish...
  • Obama and Erdogan: Gaza violence hurts Mideast peace hopes

    11/16/2012 2:06:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | November 16, 2012
    US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed concern Friday that renewed violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip would damage the Middle East peace process. "The two leaders shared their concerns about the dangers to civilian populations on both sides and expressed their common desire to see an end to the violence," the White House said, after Obama called the Turkish leader. The White House had previously made it clear that it blames the Islamist movement Hamas for the latest round of fighting, urging it to halt the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip...
  • Why Would He Lie?

    11/16/2012 1:59:57 PM PST · by greenishness · 65 replies
    Somebody has tried to downplay the terror attack in Libya. If that person is The President then I ask why? If The President lied, Why would he lie? Why did he lie?
  • Atheist group at Dartmouth plans anti Mother Teresa event

    11/16/2012 1:55:51 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 23 replies
    An atheist group at Dartmouth College is planning an event aimed at skewering the reputation of the late Mother Teresa. The Atheists Humanists Agnostics (AHA) club sent out a campus-wide e-mail announcing the program on Tuesday and promising a “full-out romp against why one of the most beloved people of the century, Mother Teresa, is as Hitchens put it… ‘a lying, thieving Albanian dwarf.’”
  • Univ of CA student gov accuses Israel of ‘institutionalized violence’ & ‘human rights abuse’

    11/16/2012 1:53:52 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 25 replies
    Cheers erupted Tuesday evening at the University of California Irvine (UCI) as the school’s student senate passed a resolution, 16-0, accusing Israel of “human rights abuse and institutionalized structural violence against the Palestinian people.” The resolution was passed just hours before Israeli warplanes began an air offensive on Wednesday against Hamas terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza strip in retribution for sustained attacks rocket attacks on Israeli civilian populations.
  • Putin supports Egypt efforts to halt Gaza violence

    11/16/2012 1:49:15 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | November 16, 2012
    President Vladimir Putin told Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in a telephone call that Russia supports Egypt's efforts to halt the escalating violence in Gaza, the Kremlin said Friday. “The Russian President said that he supports Cairo’s efforts directed at normalizing the situation,” the statement said. “The Russian head of state underlined the need to stop the armed confrontation and called on the sides involved in the conflict to exercise restraint and stop military actions resulting in civilian deaths,” it said. The remarks followed a visit to Gaza by Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, who vowed to intensify Cairo’s efforts to...
  • The time-bomb at the heart of Europe. Why France could become the biggest danger to the Euro.

    11/16/2012 1:47:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Economist ^ | 11/16/2012
    THE threat of the euro’s collapse has abated for the moment, but putting the single currency right will involve years of pain. The pressure for reform and budget cuts is fiercest in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy, which all saw mass strikes and clashes with police this week (see article). But ahead looms a bigger problem that could dwarf any of these: France. The country has always been at the heart of the euro, as of the European Union. President François Mitterrand argued for the single currency because he hoped to bolster French influence in an EU that would otherwise...
  • Barbara Bush: "People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly."

    11/16/2012 1:47:52 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 103 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/15/2012 | Melanie Warner
    (Reuters) - Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush said on Thursday that she's ready to move beyond this year's campaign season, in comments that came at an Austin conference the week after President Barack Obama's re-election. "I'm tired now of the elections," Bush, who had endorsed Republican Mitt Romney, said at a forum on America's first ladies. "People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly."
  • Hate preacher Abu Qatada will get a new home at the taxpayers’ expense

    11/16/2012 1:45:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14:49 EST, 15 November 2012 | Leon Watson
    Hate preacher Abu Qatada is to be given a new home at the taxpayers’ expense, it emerged today. The 52-year-old Jordanian that the Government has tried and failed to deport has asked to be rehoused. His lawyers confirmed that his request has been granted. He and his family will continue to live on state benefits in their new home. …
  • 400K In Calif. Face ‘Sudden Stop’ In Jobless Benefits

    11/16/2012 1:45:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 16, 2012 10:26 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The unemployment rate in California inched down slightly in October as the state Employment Development Department issued a dire warning that federal help for the long-term unemployed may soon run out. The unemployment rate dipped to 10.1 percent in October – down from 10.2 percent a month earlier – after 45,800 jobs added to payrolls, according to the EDD’s Loree Levy. “It certainly looks like the job creation engine is picking up some speed as we go toward the end of the year, so it’s good news,” Levy said. Levy added the number of jobs created...
  • Forced to perform elective abortions, They Said No

    11/16/2012 1:42:24 PM PST · by mgist · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11/16/12 | Alliance Defends
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO7ZhZNOyXU Nurses in a big city hospital never know what a day's shift will bring – straightforward cases or medical miracles, major crises or minor first aid. Whatever her station, whatever the duty of the moment, a nurse tries to ready herself for anything. But some things, you just can't see coming. It was Beryl Otieno Ngoje's turn to work the desk in the Same Day Surgery Unit at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark. She was busy with the usual administrative duties – filing charts, handing out forms to the patients, answering visitors'...
  • Forced to perform elective abortions, They Said No

    11/16/2012 1:42:11 PM PST · by mgist · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11/16/12 | Alliance Defends
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO7ZhZNOyXU Nurses in a big city hospital never know what a day's shift will bring – straightforward cases or medical miracles, major crises or minor first aid. Whatever her station, whatever the duty of the moment, a nurse tries to ready herself for anything. But some things, you just can't see coming. It was Beryl Otieno Ngoje's turn to work the desk in the Same Day Surgery Unit at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark. She was busy with the usual administrative duties – filing charts, handing out forms to the patients, answering visitors'...
  • Bipartisan group of senators looking for a meeting with Obama on Keystone pipeline (Good Luck Folks)

    11/16/2012 1:42:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/16/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    I've wondered before about how this new, more "flexible" second-term Obama is going to approach climate change, energy policy, and environmental issues --- I remain unconvinced that "all of the above" was anything more than a rhetorical stalling tactic. I'm betting that we're going to see President Obama's more zealous nature re-reveal itself --- and the Keystone XL pipeline battle that the administration left unresolved before the election is likely to force the issue pretty quick here.Environmentalists (who long ago determined that the pipeline proposal warranted their especial fanatical attention) are planning demonstrations in DC next week to ask the...
  • Petraeus: CIA’s initial talking points on Benghazi mentioned Al Qaeda — but reference was removed

    11/16/2012 1:37:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/16/2012 | AllahPundit
    The (former) director of the CIA doesn’t know why the CIA's finalized talking points omitted a key detail? Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that "Al Qaeda involvement" was suspected --- but the line was taken out in the final version circulated to administration officials, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed""The original talking points were much more specific about Al Qaeda involvement. And yet the final ones just said indications of extremists," [Rep. Peter] King said, adding that the final version...
  • How Karl Rove, Inc. wasted conservative donors’ $300 million

    11/16/2012 1:31:21 PM PST · by lward99 · 57 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 11/15/12 | Larry Ward & Carter Clews
    Oddly enough, perhaps the biggest loser in last week’s Republican debacle wasn’t even on the ballot. He didn’t shake a single hand, nuzzle the napes of any newborn babes or promise eager voters pie in the sky or peace on Earth. His name was Karl Rove. And all he actually did was squander a staggering $300 million by backing candidates who turned winnable races into laughable routs, producing tepid ads transforming would-be zealots into couch potatoes and firmly establishing himself as the political world’s pre-eminent empty-suit analyst. Perhaps even worse, he set himself up as the clearinghouse for wealthy conservative...