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  • Murder Rates Have Climbed So High In Săo Paulo That Residents Fear Being Out After Dark

    11/17/2012 12:00:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2012 | The Economist
    BETWEEN 1999 and 2011 Săo Paulo's murder rate fell by almost three-quarters, turning what had been one of Brazil's most dangerous states into one of its safest. Now the violence is rising again. In the past two months more than 300 people have died in the state capital in an undeclared war between police and the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), a drugs gang, twice the tally for the same period last year. More than 90 police officers have been slain since January; the total for 2011 was 56. This year looks certain to close with the state murder rate...
  • Hey GOP, take the Palin cure

    11/17/2012 11:59:23 AM PST · by Bratch · 147 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 18, 2012 | Charlotte Allen
    The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election. Half the conservative columnists and bloggers say the GOP lost because it overemphasized social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The other half says the party didn't emphasize them enough. And everyone denounces Project ORCA, the campaign's attempt to turn out voters via technology. But I've got a suggestion for cutting short the GOP angst: Sarah Palin for president in 2016. You think I'm joking? Think again.
  • Benghazi Betrayal May be a Cover-Up of American Weapons in Hands of Terrorists

    11/17/2012 11:58:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | Rachel Alexander
    In a scandal looking more and more like Fast and Furious, information is coming out revealing what may be the real reason why the Obama administration refused to provide military support to save Americans in Benghazi. Obama was terrified the public would find out that American weapons had been given to Libyan terrorists, who then used them against Americans in the attack. Glenn Beck reported that Glen Doherty, the former Navy Seal who was killed alongside Ambassador Christopher Stevens, told ABC News that he was looking for weapons in Libya. Middle East expert Barry Rubin has said U.S. intelligence confirms...
  • In 6 Weeks, A New Dividend Tax Will Smack Rich People Upside The Head

    11/17/2012 11:54:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2012 | Henry Blodget
    Unless Congress intervenes, taxes are set to rise significantly on January 1st, when we hit the "fiscal cliff." Most of the focus of this tax increase has been on income taxes. Income taxes for incomes over ~$388,351, for example, are set to revert back to the Clinton-era 39.6% from the current 35%. That's a relatively modest increase, and a 39.6% tax for the top bracket is still historically low. Capital gains taxes are also set to rise, from 15% to 20%. That's a bigger percentage increase, but the resulting capital-gains rate will still be historically low. Screams about how these...
  • Wall Street Journal: Hillary’s on the hot seat, not Susan Rice

    11/17/2012 11:50:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, both Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice have a lot of questions to answer, but the Wall Street Journal is correct — the buck on the failures that led to Benghazi stop at Clinton's desk, if not Barack Obama's. Rice has to be held accountable for fronting a false narrative and explaining who told her to do so, but that's less important than getting answers as to why and how the US could have left the Benghazi consulate and diplomatic personnel in Libya at such risk, especially after a string of attacks and overwhelming intelligence pointed to the dangers in...
  • BREAKING: The president knew the truth about Benghazi

    11/17/2012 11:45:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 209 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 11/16/2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    In a blockbuster report, John Solomon, the former Associated Press and Post reporter, has ferreted out the president's daily brief that informed him within 72 hours of the Sept. 11 attack that the Benghazi attack was a jihadist operation.Citing officials directly familiar with the information, Solomon writes in the Washington Guardian that Obama and other administration officials were told that "that the attack was likely carried out by local militia and other armed extremists sympathetic to al-Qaida in the region."He adds: The details from the CIA and Pentagon assessments of the killing of Ambassador Chris [Stevens] were far more...
  • Tribal America (Our sudden political obsession with Hispanics)

    11/17/2012 11:39:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/17/2012 | Mark Steyn
    To an immigrant such as myself (not the undocumented kind, but documented up to the hilt, alas), one of the most striking features of election-night analysis was the lightly worn racial obsession. On Fox News, Democrat Kirsten Powers argued that Republicans needed to deal with the reality that America is becoming what she called a “brown country.” Her fellow Democrat Bob Beckel observed on several occasions that if the share of the “white vote” was held down below 73% Romney would lose. In the end, it was 72% and he did. Beckel’s assertion — that if you knew the ethnic...
  • Federal investigators lying through their teeth in the Petraeus probe

    11/17/2012 11:34:06 AM PST · by Renfield · 13 replies
    Nomorefakenews.com ^ | 11-16-2012 | Jon Rappaport
    The punchline of this story is an unconstitutional US imperial war machine, dedicated to empire, contributing to a Globalist planet by destabilizing and causing massive chaos in the Middle East and Africa. In this criminal effort, one American soldier has stood out above the rest. He has been made into a heroic myth. He represents the best of the best. Seeing his character, his honor, millions of Americans have concluded that whatever our Armed Forces are doing, it must be right and good. If David Petraeus is our fearless leader, we're on the side of the angels. If he succumbed...
  • Reid and Boehner split over timing for deficit-reduction deal

    11/17/2012 11:28:05 AM PST · by what's up · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov 16, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    A rift has emerged between Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over the timing of a deficit-reduction deal, which they discussed at the White House Friday. The disagreement stems from a battle for leverage. Democrats want to strike an agreement now, when their political capital is at a high point following the election. They feel their position is further strengthened by the pending expiration of the Bush tax cuts and scheduled cuts to defense spending.
  • Report: Some Dems would rather go over fiscal cliff than compromise on “balanced approach”

    11/17/2012 11:05:04 AM PST · by Bratch · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 16, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Everyone was chummy and hopeful about a deal at the White House today, but if you’re surprised to hear that some Democrats are intent on driving a very hard bargain, you must have missed the polling data last night. They promised their base a tax hike on the rich and they can make it happen by doing nothing, with voters primed to blame the GOP for the economic fallout. Under those circumstances, why not go cliff-diving? [The Gang of Six] reconvened on Tuesday, but the election results presented a new set of problems. Republican officials familiar with the talks say...
  • What seceding from the U.S. will cost you

    11/17/2012 11:02:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 11/17/2012 | Brett Arends
    Your state wants to secede from the union. What will this mean for your taxes? I have good news and bad news. The good news is really good. But the bad news is really, really bad. We’ll get to them in a moment. Talk of secession is in the air. The White House this week confirmed that residents in all fifty states had submitted petitions asking to leave the union. Will the last one left please turn out the lights? Residents in seven states, all in the former Confederacy, submitted more than 30,000 signatures each — enough that some hapless...
  • The Stock Market Decline: It's Not All About The Fiscal Cliff

    11/17/2012 10:59:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    While the fiscal cliff problem has absorbed almost all of the financial media comment since the election, there's a lot more to the stock market decline that has virtually gotten lost in the discussion. The market actually topped on September 14th and has trended down ever since. Most importantly, the U.S. economy was a lot weaker than the consensus believes before Hurricane Sandy became a factor. In addition Fed policy is becoming increasingly ineffectual, earnings forecasts are coming down, Europe is officially in recession and China, as well as the other BRIC nations, is slowing down. Although nobody knows the...
  • Answerable to No One (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

    11/17/2012 10:39:47 AM PST · by what's up · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Nov 16, 2011 | George Will
    There can be unseemly exposure of the mind as well as of the body, as the progressive mind is exposed in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a creature of the labyrinthine Dodd-Frank legislation. Judicial dismantling of the CFPB would affirm the rule of law and CongressÂ’s constitutional role. The CFPBÂ’s director, Richard Cordray, was installed by one of Barack ObamaÂ’s spurious recess appointmentswhen the Senate was not in recess. Vitiating the SenateÂ’s power to advise and consent to presidential appointments is congruent with the CFPBÂ’s general lawlessness. The CFPB nullifies CongressÂ’s power to use the power of the purse...
  • Getting past the hype behind wind energy (anti-wind energy misinformation)

    11/17/2012 10:36:55 AM PST · by DTogo · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | John Droz, Jr
    ...Here are some other PTC tidbits that those smooth-talking AWEA hucksters won’t be mentioning… A one year extension of the PTC will cost taxpayers over $12 Billion — how is that a good idea? All that $12+ Billion will increase our deficit — how is that a good idea? Almost all of that $12+ Billion will be borrowed from China — how is that a good idea? A large part of that $12+ Billion will go to foreign conglomerates — how is that a good idea?
  • HOW EXCESSIVE GOVERNMENT KILLED ANCIENT ROME

    11/17/2012 10:35:47 AM PST · by walford · 39 replies
    The CATO Journal ^ | Fall 1994 | Bruce Bartlett
    "...began distributing the grain for free. The result was a sharp increase in the influx of rural poor into Rome... ...The expansion of the dole is an important reason for the rise of Roman taxes... ...the demand for revenue led to debasement of the coinage. Revenue was needed to pay the increasing costs of defense and a growing bureaucracy. However, rather than raise taxes, Nero and subsequent emperors preferred to debase the currency by reducing the precious metal content of coins. This was, of course, a form of taxation; in this case, a tax on cash balances... ...The war against...
  • Secessionists Petition the White House

    11/17/2012 10:32:56 AM PST · by morethanright · 27 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-11-17 08:27:01 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:A White House website called "We the People" is currently unavailable. All you will see when landing on the splash page is a prompt reading, "404 Page Not Found," along with a notice saying, "We've been upgrading our site."According to news reports, the White House website has been deluged with petitions requesting that states be allowed to secede from the Union. Secession has become a hot topic of conversation in response to the re-election of President Obama.According to the Washington Times, "As of 7 a.m. Thursday, there were 789,453 signatures, but since many people had signed more than...
  • Maine’s striking Hostess workers say company’s collapse a strong message of union resolve

    11/17/2012 10:28:20 AM PST · by matt04 · 99 replies
    Labor leaders in Maine say the resilience of the Hostess workers on the picket line at the company’s Biddeford plant, which is in the process of being shut down after the company on Friday said it would liquidate the business, gives them inspiration in the face of what they believe have been ongoing efforts — by politicians, including Gov. Paul LePage, and corporate investors — to reduce union influence. Bakers’ union officials and their supporters say also that the demise of Hostess Brands Inc., which failed to convince striking workers to return to their jobs, is a warning sign for...
  • Iron Dome intercepts 2 Fajr-5 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv

    11/17/2012 10:22:57 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 16 replies
    JPost.com ^ | 11/17/2012 | JPOST.COM STAFF,
    The Iron Dome intercepted two Iranian-made Fajr-5 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv on Saturday. The missiles marked the third attack on the heavily populated central city in as many days, after Palestinian terrorists from Gaza fired four missiles toward the financial capital on Thursday and Friday, prompting red alert air raid sirens to sound in the city.
  • Obama Consults With MSNBC Host Al Sharpton, and Other 'Civil Rights Leaders,' on Fiscal Talks

    11/17/2012 10:06:21 AM PST · by crosshairs · 28 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/16/12 | Daniel Halper
    This afternoon, President Barack Obama consulted with MSNBC host Al Sharpton, who's also assicated with the National Action Network (NAN), about the fiscal talks between the White House and Congress. At the same meeting, Obama also consulted with other "leaders of civil rights and civic organizations." Via the pool report: President Obama and Vice President Biden met with leaders of civil rights and civic organizations to discuss negotiations over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. The meeting lasted over an hour, and participants spoke to reporters outside the West Wing after they wrapped up. Per the White House, expected attendees...
  • Republicans Freak Out Over Romney's Embrace of the Baracka Claus Theory

    11/17/2012 9:57:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 44 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 11/16/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I just read another op-ed ripping Romney to shreds. You know, Romney's out there saying that Obama really had a great bribery operation going. And Bobby Jindal just went nuts when Romney said that. In fact, here let me grab this. Let me find them. This is Romney on Wednesday, conference call, campaign donors. ROMNEY: It's a proven political strategy, which is give a bunch of money from the government to a group, and guess what, they'll vote for you. Let me tell you what I would do if I were a Democrat running four years from...