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  • Big lizards scare Secret Service ahead of Obama's Thailand visit

    11/17/2012 1:26:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    UPI.com ^ | 11/17/12 | UPI
    BANGKOK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Thai officials reassured the U.S. Secret Service that lizards found on the Government House grounds were not the dangerous komodo dragons, but water lizards.
  • West wins request for recount of some ballots

    11/17/2012 1:22:11 PM PST · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, November 17, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Rep. Allen West won a full recount of early voting in St. Lucie County when the county’s canvassing board voted late Friday to grant his request.</p> <p>Local news accounts said the decision came in a 2-1 vote.</p> <p>After last weeks’ election Mr. West, a one-term congressman and tea party favorite, trails Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy by about 1,900 votes, or just outside the margin needed for an automatic recount.</p>
  • The Ludicrous Right Wing ‘Benghazi-Gate’ Fake Scandal Gets Even More Ludicrous (Barf-o-licious)

    11/17/2012 1:17:37 PM PST · by Qbert · 70 replies
    Little Green Footballs ^ | Nov 17, 2012 | Charles Johnson (Moonbat)
    Yes, the right wing is still trying to turn the Benghazi attack into a cut-rate Watergate scandal, despite David Petraeus’s testimony backing up everything the administration said. Jennifer Rubin, the right wing hack masquerading as a Washington Post blogger, leads the charge with yet another determinedly stupid article: BREAKING: The President Knew the Truth About Benghazi - Right Turn.For some reason, the right wing echo chamber is obsessively fixated on whether the President “knew it was a terrorist attack,” and they’re going to keep hammering away at this empty nothing-burger until it’s flatter than Mitt Romney’s approval ratings. Solomon cautions...
  • Hamas Headquarters Leveled, 'Gaza Power Grid Targeted'

    11/17/2012 1:13:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 78 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF's pounding of Hamas' infrastructure in Gaza entered its fourth day Saturday, and is deemed as highly successful until this point. The Hamas government headquarters, which housed Gaza "prime minister" Ismail Haniyeh's offices, were leveled to the ground. In addition, "security compounds, tunnels and electricity transformers" were hit, according to Al Jazeera. "Missiles also knocked out five electricity transformers, plunging more than 400,000 people into darkness, according to the Gaza electricity distribution company," the news network reported. The government has approved the call-up of 75,000 reservists and massed troops, tanks and armored vehicles along the border with Gaza, signaling...
  • The Gathering Storm

    11/17/2012 12:57:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    "Cry Havoc!, and let slip the dogs of war." -- Act III, Scene 1, Julius Caesar Not that you haven't noticed, Gentle Reader, but the world is coming apart. Again. Beginning with the Middle East, where, to put it as diplomatically as possible, all hell is about to break loose on Israel's border with Hamasland, aka Gaza. You can see war coming by the rockets' red glare, hear the bombs bursting in air as the first deaths are tallied. How many more before the hurly-burly's done, the battle's lost or won? Hundreds of explosive-laden rockets have been fired at random...
  • Barbara Bush On Obama's Reelection: 'People Spoke. Move On, Get On With It'

    11/17/2012 12:52:43 PM PST · by Abiotic · 95 replies
    WND ^ | 11-15-2012 | Melanie Warner
    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." Bush, sporting a double strand of her signature pearls, joined former first lady Laura Bush on a panel for the Enduring Legacies of America's First Ladies...
  • Intelligence Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work last month, e-mail indicates

    11/17/2012 12:51:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 11/16/12 | Chuck Goudie
    Intelligence Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work last month, e-mail indicatesChuck Goudie Friday, November 16, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The I-Team has learned that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work, apparently last month, for a short time. This is the first revelation that Jackson has been well enough to conduct any public business since first being treated for bipolar disorder more than six months ago. A congressman actually doing some work shouldn't be news, but in the case of Jesse Jackson Jr., who has supposedly been too ill to fulfill the duties of his elective office...
  • A Different Kind of History

    11/17/2012 12:45:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    "Before there were houses in this land, there were altars." A timelier reminder you could not get, as we confront realities about immigration and secularization in the United States. It's a point made by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose H. Gomez, as he tries to morally educate, animate, and challenge. Gomez promotes learning the entire story behind our country's founding. "Immigrant missionaries were naming this continent's rivers and mountains and territories for saints, sacraments and articles of the faith," as he put it in a speech to the Napa Institute last summer. "Catholics founded America's oldest settlement, in St....
  • How to un-elect Obama & let House of Reps pick the President (I need to believe this)

    11/17/2012 12:41:56 PM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 42 replies
    SWLA Tea Party ^ | November 16, 2012 | Steve Farber
    According to Article II of the U.S. Constitution AND the 12th Amendment - if 1/3rd of the States do not cast their votes in the Electoral College -- then the matter falls onto the House of Representatives to choose the President. In other words -- if we pressure Congressmen, State Party Officials, and groups such as Tea Party Patriots, Heritage Foundation, etc., to call on RED States to NOT have their Electors cast their vote -- then the House of Reps CAN ...
  • Along Comes Hamas - We’re already seeing the wages of November 6.

    11/17/2012 12:41:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 17, 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The day of reckoning is here.For over 30 years, the United States government and the institutions that drive public opinion have made like Susan Rice when it comes to the ideological threat that Islamic supremacists pose to freedom, fabricating reasons to remain in denial. Thus inured, the American people have elected, and now reelected, a president notoriously fond of America-bashing Islamists. The attraction would not be hard to understand if we were not so ideology-averse — GOP strategists having made Obama’s radicalism a subject nearly as off-limits as Islamic supremacism, helpfully leaving the Left to fill the canvas with...
  • The Obama Recession

    11/17/2012 12:27:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Full time work is about to get scarcer. The reason? By hiring part-time workers who put in less than 30 hours per week, employers can avoid a mandate dictated by the new health reform law: either provide expensive health insurance or pay a fine equal to $2,000 per worker. Avoiding the mandate becomes even more attractive for low-wage employees, since they can get highly subsidized insurance in the newly created health insurance exchanges. According to the Wall Street Journal: • Darden Restaurants [parent of Red Lobster and Olive Garden] was among the first companies to say it was changing hiring...
  • Dobson: Where have GOP values gone? [GOP was AWOL on conservative values]

    11/17/2012 12:24:28 PM PST · by fwdude · 133 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 16, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    The 2012 election was an open door for the GOP to lead America back to its roots in faith and morality, and the Republicans were AWOL, says Dr. James Dobson, founder of Family Talk and a brand new political outreach arm called Family Talk Action. “I waited throughout the campaign for Mitt Romney to declare himself, to at least identify with the moral issues that are before us. He would not touch them,” Dobson said on a two-part radio program in which Penny Nance, head of Concerned Women for America, joined.
  • Mike Ditka has minor stroke

    11/17/2012 12:20:22 PM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 8 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | ESPN.com news services
    ESPN NFL analyst Mike Ditka is in the hospital after suffering a minor stroke on Friday.
  • Bam: I won, deal with it ("The majority of voters agreed with me.”)

    11/17/2012 12:16:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/17/2012 | GEOFF EARLE
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Obama set the table for new talks on the fiscal cliff with a brash reminder to Republicans: He won the election.</p> <p>And that means the GOP must compromise on boosting taxes on the rich, Obama said.</p> <p>“If there was one thing that everybody understood was a big difference between myself and Mr. [Mitt] Romney, it was, when it comes to how we reduce our deficit, I argued for a balanced, responsible approach,” Obama said at a White House press conference.</p>
  • Susan Rice’s tarnished resume (Dana Milbank!)

    11/17/2012 12:10:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 16, 2012 | Dana Milbank
    President Obama had a rare “bring-it-on” moment when ABC News’s Jonathan Karl asked him about threats by Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham to block the confirmation of Susan Rice, should he nominate her for secretary of state. “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me,” Obama said Wednesday at his East Room news conference, defending his U.N. ambassador from charges that she misled the public about attacks on Americans in Libya. “For them to go after the U.N. ambassador . . . and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous. And,...
  • Our Kids Are Doomed. Give Them a Twinkie (Stop worrying about the future, there is none)

    11/17/2012 12:03:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/17/2012 | Frank j. Fleming
    Recently, nature punished us for our fossil fuel burning with hurricane Sandy; ask any science enthusiast, like Meghan McCain. Some people deny global warming exists, but that is foolish. It’s been proven. It is settled science. Globes have been warmed in science labs. And now we’re getting hit with massive hurricanes because… warming. It’s science — you don’t have to understand it, you just have to fear it. If we continue to pump carbon into the air, we will be hit by frequent hurricanes, flooding of the coasts, and men in white lab coats yelling at us and calling us...
  • 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...