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  • Tony Blair's father Leo dies at the age of 89

    11/16/2012 4:34:52 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 16, 2012
    Leo Blair, the father of the former Labour prime minister Tony Blair, has died at the age of 89 Mr Blair was an academic whose jobs included lecturing in law at the Universities of Adelaide and Durham.
  • Iran ready to double nuclear work in bunker: IAEA

    11/16/2012 4:30:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/12 | Fredrik Dahl | Reuters
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran is set to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground plant after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a U.N. report said, a move likely to increase Western alarm about Tehran's nuclear course. It also showed that Iran's stockpile of its most sensitive nuclear material - which could relatively quickly be processed further to bomb-grade uranium - had grown and was getting closer to an amount that could be sufficient for a nuclear weapon. The latest quarterly International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran came 10 days after the re-election of U.S....
  • Fatal Yakima gang shooting draws 94-year sentence

    11/16/2012 4:28:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | November 16, 2012 | Chris Bristol
    YAKIMA, Wash. — A 19-year-old gang member from Yakima was sentenced to nearly 94 years in prison today for a 2010 shooting that claimed the life of a 15-year-old gang rival.Erik R. Carrasco’s sentence of 1,126 months works out to 93 years and 10 months. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Michael McCarthy issued the sentence, which includes more than 33 years in firearms enhancements and gang aggravators.“You would have to be the oldest man in the world to ever get out, and that’s appropriate given your mind-set,” McCarthy told the defendant, who remained silent. “You are dangerous.”A jury earlier this...
  • Texas has backup plan for keeping feds at bay

    11/16/2012 4:22:18 PM PST · by Perseverando · 30 replies
    WND ^ | November 15, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    <p>Presumably, a proposal being developed in Texas right now won’t be necessary should its petition on the White House website to secede from the union be successful.</p> <p>But if not, the Lone Star state apparently wants to be prepared to challenge whatever it views as a federal encroachment on the rights of the state, or its citizens.</p>
  • 12 charged with voter fraud in Georgia election

    11/16/2012 4:19:31 PM PST · by Vob · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/2011 | Neil Munro
    Law enforcement officials have charged 12 people with using absentee ballots to skew an election in Georgia. “As a result of their grand jury findings, 12 individuals were indicted in that particular matter and we will be trying that case in a court of judicial law instead of a court of public opinion,” District Attorney Joe Mulholland told the local TV station, WALB. The charges followed a bitter November 2010 school board election in Brooks County in which the final tally was changed by an unusually large wave of absentee ballots. During the election, 1,060 absentee votes were cast out...
  • Georgia cedes control of health insurance exchange to feds

    11/16/2012 4:17:54 PM PST · by Dacula · 23 replies
    AJC ^ | 6:09 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 | Misty Williams
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday the state will not build its own online health insurance exchange where hundreds of thousands of consumers will shop for affordable coverage – ceding control to the federal government instead. -----
  • Two More Stimulus-Backed Solar Companies Announce Layoffs

    11/16/2012 4:13:56 PM PST · by knak · 7 replies
    heritage ^ | 11/16/12 | markay
    A pair of foreign-owned solar companies that benefited from a combined $84 million in Energy Department tax credits have announced they will lay off employees. One of the companies, German-owned SolarWorld, was integral in the fight for tariffs against the importation of Chinese photovoltaic solar panels. The other, Chinese company SunTech, blamed those tariffs for its own layoffs. Both companies benefited from the Energy Department’s stimulus-funded Advanced Energy Manufacturing (48C) Tax Credit. The 48C credit is worth up to 30% of the cost of manufacturing qualifying green energy projects. SolarWorld received a credit worth $82 million, while SunTech’s was worth...
  • Petition wants Obama to save Twinkies

    11/16/2012 4:09:33 PM PST · by Belteshazzar · 36 replies
    politico.com ^ | 11/16/2012 | Byron Tau
    A new White House petition wants President Obama to nationalize the "Twinkie industry," saving the popular junk food from possible extinction. "We the undersigned, hereby request Barack Obama to immediately Nationalize the Twinkie industry and prevent our nation from losing her sweet creamy center," a petition on the White House "We the People" website requests ...
  • Wesson warns of up to 1,400 city layoffs if tax hike fails

    11/16/2012 4:09:23 PM PST · by null and void · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 16, 2012
      Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson warned Friday that a failure to win passage of a half-cent sales tax hike would result in the layoffs of up to 1,400 city employees next year. including 500 in the Police Department, if the March 5 ballot measure is not successful.  Villaraigosa has called on the council to reaffirm its support for staffing at the Police Department, which has had 9,963 rank-and-file officers in recent years. But Wesson warned that the council’s commitment would probably evaporate without the tax hike, which is expected to generate $215 million Wesson sent his letter...
  • Bible Publisher Wins Stay of Obama Contraceptive Mandate

    11/16/2012 4:09:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | November 16, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Bible Publisher Wins Stay of Obama Contraceptive Mandate By Stephen Dinan - November 16, 2012 A federal court on Friday said a Bible publisher doesn't have to offer health insurance coverage for contraceptives if it has moral objections, blocking the Obama administration from imposing its contraceptive care mandate on the business for now. Judge Reggie B. Walton said the Obama administration's contraceptive coverage mandate puts companies that companies such as Illinois-based Tyndale House Publishers in an "untenable position" — either violate their beliefs, or face major penalties for failing to comply. Tyndale House Publishers Inc., a Christian publishing company, said...
  • Man demoted for Facebook comments wins case (Christian had posted opposing view on gay marriage)

    11/16/2012 4:07:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/16/12 | AP
    LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court ruled Friday that a Christian was unfairly demoted for posting his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook. Adrian Smith was stripped of his management position with the Trafford Housing Trust in northwest England and had his salary cut by 40 percent after posting that gay weddings in churches were "an equality too far." The trust said Smith broke its code of conduct by expressing religious or political views that might upset co-workers. But High Court judge Michael Briggs ruled Friday that Smith had been "taken to task for doing nothing wrong" and found his...
  • The Unforgivable Republican Racism Against Ambasador Susan Rice

    11/16/2012 3:53:10 PM PST · by Perseverando · 41 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Republicans twice proved that they were a racist party when they ran, not once, but twice, against Obama, hoping to deny an entire generation of black children a chance to grow up with a real role model who can teach them responsibility and good spending habits. And let’s face it, the Republican attacks on UN Ambassador Susan Rice are another reminder that the Republican Party is a bunch of crazy racists who rush to blame a black woman when she spends days lying about an attack on a US consulate. If a white man had lied about the murder...
  • Quitman 10 saga takes another twist as DA Joe Mulholland quietly punts case

    11/16/2012 3:33:17 PM PST · by Vob · 1 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | November 6, 2012 | :Patrick Davis
    During the spring of 2011, the Justice Department was reviewing the Brooks County case and hadn't forwarded a response in regard to whether the federal government wanted to go forward. If President Obama is re-elected and Eric Holder remains as the Attorney General, there is a stronger likelihood that a sturdier response along with more questions will be forwarded to J. David Miller, Jo Ann Collins (the former elections supervisor/Probatre judge) assistant DA Brad Shealy about their own involvement.
  • Ecuador Officials Reject Donkey as Candidate

    11/16/2012 3:28:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The demand of dozens of citizens has been denied in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil: There will be no jackass running for the legislature. At least 40 people paraded their candidate through the city's streets to the electoral council offices. Mr. Burro even wore a tie. But officials refused to even let them in the door on Thursday, even though backers had dummied up a mock voter registration card showing the candidate's photo superimposed on a man wearing a business suit. Donkey backer Daniel Molina told local television stations the goal was to call voters' attention to the seriousness of...
  • The NO Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,November 16, 2012

    11/16/2012 3:18:35 PM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | November 16,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Tom McClintock: Sequestration is the only way to cut spending

    11/16/2012 3:07:59 PM PST · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    While most of official Washington is panicking over the prospect of budget sequestration set to kick in on Jan. 1, one congressman says the fiscal trigger is the best prospect the country currently has for getting spending under control. “Sequestration’s the only hope we have to get spending under control,” Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), who sits on the House Budget Committee, told Human Events this week. “I would like to see adjustments made within the sequestration levels to reduce the cuts to defense spending, spending. But it’s the only chance we have to avoid a sovereign debt crisis.”
  • Exclusive: Kerry Says UBL Tape Cost Him Election (American voters acted out of fear)

    11/16/2012 2:59:55 PM PST · by Arthurio · 34 replies
    Fox ^ | November 21, 2004
    John Kerry (search) believes he lost to President Bush because of the video from Usama bin Laden (search) that surfaced just days before the Nov. 2 presidential election. The Massachusetts senator told FOX News' senior correspondent Geraldo Rivera that he believes he lost because the tape may have scared the American electorate. -snip- Kerry went on saying the Bush administration is planning "a right wing assault on values and ideals we hold most deeply" and that diverse opinions are being "eliminated" from the State Department and CIA with the personnel reshuffling, and the Bush Cabinet is being remade to "rubber...
  • David Petraeus: Benghazi attack 'was terror strike' [lax security]

    11/16/2012 2:53:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | November 16, 2012
    ...Congressional officials familiar with the briefings told the Associated Press that Gen Petraeus testified that security at the consulate was so lax that the attackers walked in and set fire to the facility. Security at the CIA annex was much better, the AP reported, but the attackers had arms and broke in. Republicans were also critical of the Obama administration's handling of security situation. Florida Senator Marco Rubio said Gen Petraeus testimony showed that "clearly the security measures were inadequate despite an overwhelming and growing amount of information that showed the area in Benghazi was dangerous, particularly on the night...
  • Threat of 'Spectacular' Cyberattack Looms: Official

    11/16/2012 2:53:23 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 17 replies
    CNBC - Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/15/12 | Camilla Lyngsby
    The U.S. is at war, a cyber war. And businesses and government are at risk, said Eric Rosenbach, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy in an interview with CNBC. "I read my intel brief every morning at 5:30 a.m. and it's never a very good news story at all," Rosenbach said. "There are a lot more attacks, and I hate to admit it but I fear that there will be some type of spectacular attack against the United States or one of our allies before there is comprehensive legislation and real appreciation to take this seriously." Just one...
  • Rep. West on possibly running in Georgia: 'No'

    11/16/2012 2:52:10 PM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/15/12 10:25 AM ET | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday shot down an invitation to run for office in Georgia. In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, West turned down the offer from Georgia Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart. "No," West told the Atlanta newspaper on Wednesday. "Look, let me tell you something. I have moved my wife around for 20-some-odd years, being in the military, and she was also the daughter of a career military guy. When I retired, she chose Florida. That’s where my daughter’s in school, in college, my youngest daughter’s in high school. That’s our home. It’s a very nice...
  • Cardinal Dolan: Catholic Church will ‘not obey’ immoral HHS mandate

    11/16/2012 2:51:21 PM PST · by NYer · 56 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 16, 2012 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Cardinal Dolan. BALTIMORE, November 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The head of America’s Catholic bishops’ conference declared Tuesday that the Catholic Church will “not obey” the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, a policy he classified as “immoral.” The mandate, which takes effect in eight months, forces employers to cover sterilizations, contraception, and abortifacient medications. Although churches themselves are exempt the mandate applies to religiously affiliated institutions such as hospitals, colleges, charities, and social service agencies. Asked if the Church is prepared to close its hospitals and other agencies, or instead pay the exorbitant fines levied for non-compliance, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New...
  • Rep. West vows to keep fighting for partial recount after judge denies request

    11/16/2012 2:50:48 PM PST · by Ron C. · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    Republican Rep. Allen West vowed Friday to keep fighting for a partial recount in his re-election race, after a Florida judge denied his request to revisit the count that showed Democrat Patrick Murphy winning. Attorneys for the Tea Party-backed Florida congressman, who was elected in the 2010 Republican wave, argued that all 37,000 ballots cast during early voting in St. Lucie County should be recounted. But after a judge turned him down, West blasted Murphy's "army of lawyers" and made clear he was not conceding the race. "While we respect the court's decision, we remain concerned the voters in St....
  • Oakland's Most Wanted Arrested at SF Steak House

    11/16/2012 2:49:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Nov 16, 2012 | Chris Roberts
    A multistate search for an Oakland gang member ended in a San Francisco steak house.Ronnie Flenaugh's mistake? Going out to eat. That, and gang violence. The 20-year old was wanted by Oakland police in connection to a string of gang-related shootings, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He was on Officer Ernesto Leyva, Jr.'s mind -- and on Thursday night at about 10 p.m., he walked into Ruth's Chris Steakhouse on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, where Leyva was having dinner. Leyva excused himself and contacted his colleagues, who arrived to arrest Flenaugh as he was having dinner with...
  • More than 100 brawl after [Office of Diversity and Inclusion] talent show at Mt. Ida College

    11/16/2012 2:42:27 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 16, 2012 | Melissa M. Werthmann
    <p>A brawl involving more than 100 people broke out after a talent show at Mount Ida College in Newton Thursday night. One man was arrested for assaulting an officer, city police said.</p> <p>Police arrived at the Dedham Street school at 10:40 p.m. and found people fighting outside of Carlson Hall, said Officer Eric Rosenbaum.</p>
  • Victim Card Pulled: "Picking On" Susan Rice is Sexist

    11/16/2012 2:37:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    The victim card was officially pulled out by President Obama at a press conference earlier this week when he told reporters that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham (he left female Senator Kelly Ayotte out of the list despite Ayotte being a strong critic of Susan Rice) shouldn't be going after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for her comments about Libya. Earlier this week McCain, Graham and Ayotte requested a select committee to look into what happened in Benghazi and all three suggested a Rice nomination for Secretary of State should be blocked. “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham want to...
  • Former Hostess workers in Rocky Mount 'relieved' at plant closing (Can't get much dumber)

    11/16/2012 2:14:27 PM PST · by tobyhill · 249 replies
    NBC 17 ^ | 11/16/2012 | JUSTIN QUESINBERRY
    Several former workers at a Hostess Brands plant in Rocky Mount said Friday they were relieved after the company filed for bankruptcy, seeking to close its operations. The closings will mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs overall. “They’ve been holding this over our head for a long time and now it’s here,” said Lamont Phillips, an oven operator and the president of the local union. “They had to do it. “I don’t have to deal with that anymore. The things that they were trying to do to us, it wasn’t fair. “They always hold that over our heads, that...
  • 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...
  • Hill leaders voice confidence in debt deal

    11/16/2012 1:30:46 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | November 16,2012 | Andrew Taylor
    Any solution likely would come in two phases, with steps now to avert a crisis and promises of a broader tax reform process in 2013. None of the lawmakers made any mention of a big sticking point — Obama's insistence that tax rates go up, as scheduled, at the start of the year for individuals making over $200,000 a year and families earning over $250,000. Republicans flatly oppose that proposal. At issue are a broad series of looming tax increases across every income bracket, coupled with across-the-board spending cuts. The gritty work of negotiations is now under way, and the...
  • Advice to the GOP: Fold [The Case For Letting Obamugabe Own It All]

    11/16/2012 1:28:01 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/16/12 | Jeffrey Anderson
    First off, it’s not a “fiscal cliff.” What we’re slated to hit as of New Year’s Day, as the Wall Street Journal notes, is a tax cliff. Our fiscal cliff, which drops off into a far deeper canyon, is what looms because of our $16,000,000,000,000 debt and the runaway entitlement spending that fuels it — Medicare, Medicaid, (and now) Obamacare. In truth, the debt deal passed in the summer of 2011 — which the press now says we must scrap if we are to avoid the “fiscal cliff” — was designed to postpone our going over the (actual) fiscal cliff....
  • Japan's PM Dissolves Parliament

    11/16/2012 1:25:33 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 11/16/2012 | Steve Herman
    Japan's prime minister Friday dissolved the Lower House of the Diet (Parliament), compelling a national election. This comes as Japan teeters on a return to recession and amid increased tensions between Japan and its neighbors. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has set parliamentary elections for December 16 - a move that comes despite the objection of many members of his own party. They fear what opinion polls overwhelmingly predict: the Democratic Party of Japan in power for the last three years is now in disarray and likely will lose the election. An opinion poll taken Wednesday, before Noda announced he would...
  • Wal-Mart files U.S. labor charge against union

    11/16/2012 1:20:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Jessica Wohl
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc is taking its first legal step to stop months of protests and rallies outside Walmart stores, targeting the union that it says is behind such actions. Wal-Mart filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW, asking the National Labor Relations Board to halt what the retailer says are unlawful attempts to disrupt its business. The move comes just a week before what is expected to be the largest organized action against the world's largest retailer, as a small group of Walmart workers prepare to strike on Black Friday,...