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  • Gingrich on Romney’s ‘gifts’ comments: ‘It’s nuts’

    11/18/2012 12:15:36 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 124 replies
    "It's nuts," Gingrich told guest host Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "First of all, it's insulting. This would be like Wal-Mart having a bad week and going, 'The customers have really been unruly.' I mean, the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can't offer a better future that is believable to more people, we're not going to win."
  • IDF kills Hamas rocket launching unit chief

    11/18/2012 11:57:07 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | 11/18/12 | ynetnews.com
    The IAF hit the home of Ihya Abia, Hamas's chief rocket launching unit on Sunday. Abia, a senior Hamas official was killed. He was responsible for the majority of rockets fired at Israel in the past days. (Yoav Zitun)
  • Romney Adviser: We Lost Because Far Right Has Taken Party to Place It Doesn’t Belong

    11/18/2012 11:48:22 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 285 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 18, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Carlos Gutierrez, adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, said Sunday he was “shocked” by Romney’s comments this week on minorities.“I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn’t belong.”Ugh.CNN reported: In an interview set to air in full Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley, Gutierrez also sharply criticized Romney’s remarks made on a call Wednesday with donors following his loss in last week’s election. Romney explained his loss in part by pointing to “gifts” President Barack Obama gave to certain groups...
  • Bobby Jindal Thinks You're Stupid

    11/18/2012 11:47:18 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 61 replies
    In response to Mitt Romney's analysis of why he may have lost the election -- specifically, that the President was successful in promising to bestow financial gifts on various constituent groups -- the Governor of Louisiana has remarked on CBS and on Fox News Sunday this morning that the Republican Party needs to stop talking down to voters and stop being ... wait for it ... the Stupid Party.
  • Martinez: Romney’s ‘Gifts’ Comment Part of What ‘Sets Us Back As a Party’ (Racist)

    11/18/2012 11:43:41 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 16 replies
    “We have to start electing people who look like their communities all the way from city council to county commissioners to county clerks all the way through the state and up into national politics,” she [New Mexico governor Susana Martinez] told POLITICO and Yahoo News at the conclusion of the Republican Governors Association meeting here.
  • Walmart Files Charges Against UFCW Union

    11/18/2012 11:42:16 AM PST · by ColdOne · 93 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/18/12 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, Walmart filed an unfair labor practice charge against UFCW with the National Labor Relations Board to stop what Walmart says are illegal disturbances against its businesses. A group of Walmart employes, encouraged by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and OUR Walmart, are expected to strike on Black Friday. Black Friday is the store’s busiest day of the year, and this may be the largest strike against the company in its history. Two groups affiliated with the UFCW -- OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart -- have been organizing demonstrations and flash mobs outside...
  • Petraeus Retains Super Washington Lawyer Barnett Amid Potential Probes

    11/18/2012 11:38:30 AM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 18, 2012
    Petraeus Retains Super Washington Lawyer Barnett Amid Potential Probes November 18, 2012 Former CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair, has retained powerful lawyer Robert Barnett of the Washington-based Williams & Connolly law firm. Barnett specializes in crisis management and has represented some of the most powerful political figures in the country, including President Obama; former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; Hillary Rodham Clinton; Sarah Palin and former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney.
  • The ‘Hybrid View’ of Benghazi

    11/18/2012 11:36:24 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 2:30 PM, Nov 17, 2012 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The Washington Post reports that “the CIA and other intelligence analysts have settled on what amounts to a hybrid view” of September 11, 2012, “suggesting that the Cairo protest sparked militants in Libya, who quickly mobilized an assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi.”  What the Post doesn’t say is that the Cairo protest was itself an al Qaeda-infused, if not outright orchestrated, event.The “hybrid” explanation is a compromise, of sorts, between two competing narratives. The first suggested that a protest against an anti-Islam film in Benghazi led to a “spontaneous” assault on the US consulate there. We know that version...
  • James Bond star Daniel Craig visits Camp Bastion troops

    11/18/2012 11:22:41 AM PST · by the scotsman · 36 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18th November 2012 | BBC News
    'James Bond star Daniel Craig has surprised UK troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan by coming to visit them as they prepared to watch his latest film. Some 800 soldiers, sailors and airmen were waiting for a screening of Skyfall when the 007 star arrived. Craig was given a tour of the camp after a brief introduction of the latest Bond film to the audience. He met soldiers and saw some of the training they undergo before they deploy to forward operating bases. The star was driven around the camp in a Foxhound vehicle by Warrant Officer Class 1 Rob...
  • Pelosi: Tax rates must go up on rich

    11/18/2012 11:21:31 AM PST · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/18/12 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Pelosi: Tax rates must go up on richBy SEUNG MIN KIM | 11/18/12 10:30 AM EST **SNIP** “The president made it very clear in his campaign that there is not enough -- there are not enough resources,” Pelosi said in an interview aired Sunday on ABC's “This Week. “Just to close loopholes is far too little money … If it's going to bring in revenue, the president has been very clear that the higher income people have to pay their fair share.”
  • Report: Hamas Preparing Chemical Weapons

    11/18/2012 11:19:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/18/12 | Ben Shapiro
    According to Britain’s Sunday Times, Israeli special forces are already on the ground in Gaza seeking out rockets and weapons for targeting. The Times is also reporting that Hamas may place chemical weapons on its long-range missiles. “Hamas might go for a desperate attempt to launch rockets with chemical warheads if the worst came to the worst,” one unnamed source reported. It has been reported that Hamas is hiding its rockets underground, particularly near civilian areas including mosques, hoping that Israel will not strike such targets out of concern for civilian life. The same report gave a timeline of the...
  • Petraeus mistress and her partner arm in arm on night out for first time since scandal broke

    11/18/2012 11:05:16 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 72 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 18 November 2012 | James Nye
    Paula Broadwell arrives back at her brother's Washington D.C. home with husband Scott Linked arm-in-arm, Paula Broadwell and her husband Scott were seen together yesterday evening for the first time since the news broke of her affair with shamed former CIA Director David Petraeus. Arriving at her brother's home in the Mount Pleasant suburb of Washington D.C. in a black SUV, the two put on what was a clear show of solidarity as they marched from the garage to the back door of the $2.3 million property. Since the scandalous revelations surrounding his wife first surfaced just over a week...
  • What did the president know and when did he know it?

    11/18/2012 11:03:09 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Youtube series on Watergate
    The cover up is worse than the original crime. When the president conspires with others in government to lie to the American people and claim "national security" as a defense, the congress has a duty and precedent to get to the truth. Lying to the America people and ordering subordinates to lie in a cover up attempt is historically recognized as high crimes and treason and IS definitely an impeachable offense. When the president of the United States commits high crimes and treason and then lies to the American people and conspires to hide it from congressional investigators and claims...
  • Obama seeks to head off Israeli ground invasion in Gaza

    11/18/2012 11:03:03 AM PST · by ColdOne · 49 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/18/12 | JOSH GERSTEIN and JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    "Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired onto its territory. If that can be accomplished without the ramping up of military activity in Gaza that's preferable," Obama said. "That's not just preferable for the people of Gaza. It's also preferable for Israelis, because if Israeli troops are in Gaza, they're much more at risk of fatalities or being wounded."
  • Stress Best (How Surprises Make You Stronger)

    11/18/2012 11:02:49 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    The Economist ^ | 12-17-2012
    Stress Best (How Surprises Make You Stronger)Randomness, Probability And Uncertainty Nov 17th 2012The Economist Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder. By Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Random House; 519 pages; $30. Allen Lane; £25. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk WHAT is the opposite of fragility? Though not quite right, “resilience” and “robustness” are two words that come to mind. If fragility means something that breaks under stress, its exact opposite should mean something that grows stronger under pressure. There is no word that quite captures this, says Nassim Nicholas Taleb, an American essayist and scholar, so he has invented one: “antifragile”. The neologism...
  • Flames engulf 34-story luxury high-rise in Dubai

    11/18/2012 11:01:36 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 18 November 2012
    Rescue crews in Dubai have evacuated a 34-story residential tower after a fire gutted portions of the building. The blaze on Sunday charred the outside of the structure and send gray smoke drifting over a major development known as Jumeirah Lakes Towers, a cluster of high-rise apartment buildings and shops on the southern edge of Dubai. Civil defense officials did not give immediate details on the possible cause of the predawn fire.
  • Republicans say Rice must testify on Benghazi statements

    11/18/2012 11:00:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/18/12
    Republicans say Rice must testify on Benghazi statementsWASHINGTON | Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:40pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. lawmakers turned up the heat on Sunday on Susan Rice, saying the U.N. ambassador - seen as a possible nominee to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state - must testify before Congress on her remarks after the September attack that killed the American envoy to Libya. **SNIP** "She's going to have to come in and testify at some point, whether it's in a closed hearing or an open hearing," Republican Saxby Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee,...
  • Primary School Teachers 'Could Face Sack' For Refusing To Promote Gay Marriage [Faith Schools Too!]

    11/18/2012 10:27:16 AM PST · by Steelfish · 111 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | November 18, 2012 | John Bingham
    Primary School Teachers 'Could Face Sack' For Refusing To Promote Gay Marriage By John Bingham 18 Nov 2012 Liz Truss, an education minister, refused to rule out the possibility that teachers, even in faith schools, could face disciplinary action for objecting on grounds of conscience. Miss Truss said simply that it was impossible to know what the impact of the legislation would be at this stage. Her admission came in a letter to a fellow Conservative MP, David Burrowes, last month. Mr Burrowes, a practising Christian, originally wrote to Maria Miller, the equalities minister, raising concerns about the impact on...
  • In the Name of National Security, Media Declares Libya a Non-Scandal

    11/18/2012 10:25:31 AM PST · by Bratch · 24 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | November 17 2012 | John Nolte
    After yesterday's closed-door testimony of David Petraeus on the Hill, we now know for a fact that for two weeks the Obama Administration repeatedly and relentlessly lied to the American people about what they knew was the truth behind the September 11 anniversary attack on our consulate in Libya. Unfortunately, we also now know that they're going to get away with it. Within 24 hours of a coordinated assault that left four Americans dead, then-CIA Director David Petraeus was convinced the intelligence proved a local Libyan militia affiliated with al-Qaeda was responsible, and said so in his report. Then the...
  • West seeks hearing after Murphy camp declares victory when St. Lucie board misses noon deadline

    11/18/2012 10:15:26 AM PST · by deport · 94 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | 11-18-2012 | Christine Stapleton
    The St. Lucie County canvassing board has missed a noon deadline to file election results to the Division of Elections, prompting campaign officials for Patrick Murphy to declare the political newcomer the winner in the race for congressional District 18 race. Under Florida law, the final certified results were due from all of the state’s 67 supervisors of elections today. If the results do not arrive on time, the certified unofficial results submitted last Sunday stand. Those results have Murphy winning by 0.58 percent. A spread of less than 0.5 percent would have triggered an automatic recount. “Today at noon,...
  • IAEA Report on Iranian's Nuclear Program

    11/18/2012 10:12:18 AM PST · by gandalftb · 3 replies
    http://isis-online.org ^ | 16 November 2012 | IAEA Director General
    As previously reported, in resolution GOV/2011/69, the Board stressed that it was essential for Iran and the Agency to intensify their dialogue aimed at the urgent resolution of all outstanding substantive issues for the purpose of providing clarifications regarding those issues, including access to all relevant information, documentation, sites, material and personnel in Iran. In that resolution, the Board also called on Iran to engage seriously and without preconditions in talks aimed at restoring international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme. In light of this, from January 2012 onwards, Agency and Iranian officials held several rounds...
  • Hamas threatens to fire rockets at Israeli civilians: "We may get you in your sleep"

    11/18/2012 10:10:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/18/12 | palwatch
    "From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionists: Don't go to sleep because we may get you in your sleep." [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]
  • Bam hides terror truth

    11/18/2012 10:07:26 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 11/18/2012 | Michael Goodwin
    Until Friday, there were two possible explanations for why the White House failed to immediately call the Benghazi attack an act of terrorism. One was incompetence, the other was worse. Now there is only one, and it is the worse one. Based on the persuasive testimony of ex-CIA boss David Petraeus, it is clear the Obama administration made a deliberate decision to mislead Congress and the American people. The repeated claim that the attack was spontaneous and grew out of a demonstration against an anti-Islam video — a claim made by the president and secretary of State as they stood...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $9k!! [FReepathon thread XLI]

    11/18/2012 10:06:55 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 404 replies
    Woo hoo!! Now closing in on NINETY percent!! We're less than ten or so donations shy of the YELLOW!! Then it'll be the sprint to the GREEN!! We can do this, baby!! And I_be_tc's "300 FReepers with $100 for FR Challenge" is still going strong!! We now have 140 FReepers who have met that challenge!! Way to go, "300/100 Challenge" FReepers!! Almost half way there!! Thank you all very much!! Great job, everyone!! Let's keep it moving. If you enjoy reading and participating on FR, if you think it's a worthwhile endeavor and would like to help us keep it...
  • Pitchfork Petitions - Why Funcational Secession Is Possible

    11/18/2012 10:04:41 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 40 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 11/18/2012 | Guy Smith
    When a million people knock on your door, you should pay attention. Since FDR’s dark days, the divide between Americans who keep faith with the Constitution and those who use it for personal hygiene has grown deeper. Many like to blame Barack Obama for our perpetual political antagonism. Yet he is merely the latest manifestation of that eroding evil known as concentrated power. The backlash Barack suffers from those who seek enforcement of America’s express written will started its current fevered pitch via bank bailouts under Bush the Lesser. His errors were preceded by Clinton not serving time for perjury,...
  • How to Survive Thanksgiving at Your Liberal Relatives

    11/18/2012 10:01:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 98 replies
    Big Government ^ | November 18, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    As a public service to our readers, and as a gesture towards civility in our national discourse, we offer the following how-to-guide for surviving Thanksgiving dinner at the home of your triumphant liberal relatives:Arrival. “Your home looks lovely. Almost like it’s worth what you paid for it. Obama didn’t help with that yet, did he? Oh, well, maybe next term. May I use your bathroom?” In the unlikely event that your host’s home has appreciated in value, use this introduction instead: “Love what you’ve done with it. Better dump it before the new year, though, or you might face that...
  • 'Occupy' Doctor Had Bomb-Making Chemicals In Ridgewood Basement, Authorities Charge

    11/18/2012 9:54:12 AM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    A New York doctor who was active in the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 was charged Saturday with possessing a large quantity of chemicals used in bomb-making, hours after authorities conducted a raid on the Ridgewood house in which he lived, officials said. Roberto Rivera, 60, a medical doctor, was charged with recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury or damage after FBI agents and members of the Bergen County bomb squad found precursor chemicals used in the making of explosives,
  • Murphy camp declares victory due to missed deadline

    11/18/2012 9:21:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 110 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 11/18/12 | Christine Stapleton
    Fort Pierce — Update: Campaign officials for Patrick Murphy, Democrat candidate for the congressional district 18 race, are calling their candidate the winner because the St. Lucie Canvassing Board has missed the noon deadline to certify results to the state Division of Elections. Under Florida law, if the deadline passes with final certified results, the unofficial certified results filed last Sunday stand. Those results show Murphy ahead by .58 percent – above the .5 percent spread which would trigger an automatic recount. West officials were not immediately available for comment. ------------------ The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board resumed ballot counting...
  • Romney's 'gifts' gaffe (ELECTION OVER - LIBERAL SWINE ATTACKS CONTINUE)

    11/18/2012 9:10:45 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 18, 2012 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page cpage@tribune.com
    Mitt Romney finally has it figured out. He knows why he lost. Guess what? It was all President Barack Obama's fault. Of course, that's not exactly the way Romney puts it. He puts it in a way that sounds even more silly than that. Or perhaps, depending on your worldview, more tragic. In a 20-minute afternoon conference call with his major donors and fundraisers eight days after Election Day, Romney blamed his loss on Obama's showering groups with what Romney called "gifts" to various groups of voters, "especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people." Zounds! As we...
  • Finally - A Funny Doonesbury About Life - and No Leftist Politics

    11/18/2012 9:09:04 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 37 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/18/12 | Trudeau
  • Arianna Huffington Uses the Onion to Support Anti-Petraus, Anti-'the Generals' Argument

    11/18/2012 8:51:55 AM PST · by walford · 10 replies
    News Busters ^ | 11/18/2012 | Tom Blumer
    In her "Sunday Roundup" post at the site which bears her last name, Arianna Huffington supported that notion that "This week, America finally began questioning the judgment of its generals," but lamented that the scrutiny is over "sexual conduct rather than military conduct." Fine, that's her opinion. But what's really odd is that she apparently thought that referencing a headline found at the Onion would be seen by readers as meaningful support for her argument (HT to a NewsBusters tipster): If our failed military strategy in Afghanistan had gotten half the airtime of Petraeus' failed marital strategy in Tampa, there...
  • Construction of an Amazing Underground Hotel in Songjiang Begins

    11/18/2012 8:36:39 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 39 replies
    Amazing Planet ^ | 10/31/12 | James Holloway via Amazing Planet
    Some years ago, a British engineering firm Atkins proposed an extravagant design for a five-star hotel located deep within a 100-meter, abandoned and half flooded pit near the base of Tianmashan Mountain in the Songjiang District of Shanghai. Construction on the 19-story, 380-room Shimao Intercontinental Hotel finally is already underway. Initially the hotel was expected to be completed by May, 2009, but construction commenced only in March early this year. The innovative design of the luxury resort hotel stands two levels higher than the rock face of the 100 meter deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms. Instead...
  • Remembering Thanksgiving, Family, FRiends, and FReedom..

    11/18/2012 8:28:40 AM PST · by carlo3b · 109 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 11/18/12 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
    Remembering Thanksgiving Day The Mayflower 1620- 2002 The voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 from Plymouth England, to Plymouth Rock started as a journey to find peace and justice in a new world. It began as a fervent prayer to give freedom a chance, and remains today as the promise each year for a new beginning. Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of hope, and remembrance. Today, we bring our families and friends together to share our tables and our hearts, and give thanks for all that we have to be grateful for in our new and glorious country. From this...
  • Lesbian Playmate now loves men, cops

    11/18/2012 8:23:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 18, 2012 | BRAD HAMILTON
    Stephanie Adams, the stunning lesbian Playboy Playmate who won a million-dollar police-brutality suit this year, has done an about-face. She’s now married (to a man) and loves the NYPD. Adams, 42, credits local cops with saving her from a deranged stalker who surfaced after she won a $1.2 million jury award in February in her case against the Police Department.
  • Technical Glitch Knocks Out EBT Cards In Georgia And Nine Other States

    11/18/2012 8:23:08 AM PST · by Gorilla44 · 49 replies
    AP/CBSAtlanta ^ | November 16, 2012
    <p>MIAMI (AP)— Millions of food stamp recipients in 10 states were unable to use their debit cards for about six hours Friday after an outage at JPMorgan Chase.</p> <p>Bank spokesman Mike Fusco apologized for the inconvenience and said the technical glitch was resolved around 1 p.m. Friday, but he declined to discuss details of what exactly went wrong.</p>
  • Government By Deceit = Government By Cynicism

    11/18/2012 8:16:58 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 5 replies
    Right Side News ^ | November 18, 2012 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
    Benghazi And Petraeus: Too Many Obvious Questions And Too Many Non-Answers, as Col Snodgrass lists them. The Obama administration is obfuscating the truth about the Benghazi and Petraeus issues. There are too many obvious questions and too many non-answers. There are at least 22 key questions that need to be answered. 1. Why was security for the U.S. mission in Benghazi so totally inadequate after the U.S. ambassador repeatedly requested that it be increased and improved following recurrent jihadist attacks against Western diplomatic and Red Cross activities in the area and because of the well-known and growing presence of al...
  • Real Estate Sales Collapse in Paris

    11/18/2012 8:15:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Mainstream media offers little on the stunning collapse of real estate sales in France, notably Paris and Ile-de-France. Via Google translate, please consider Real Estate November 2012: figures for the month. Here are a few translate-unedited snips. 2012 will remain a very bad year for real estate professionals. In this comprehensive figures on the property market in November 2012, discover the sharp decline in real estate sales in Paris and Ile-de-France. Even in Paris, it becomes difficult to sell a property Notaries in Paris / Ile-de-France note that even in their region very attractive it becomes difficult to sell a...
  • French girl found tied up - but alive - in trunk after routine traffic stop

    11/18/2012 8:12:15 AM PST · by rawhide · 30 replies
    worldnews.nbcnews,com ^ | 11-18-12 | Isolde Raftery
    During the seven days that 15-year-old Chloe Rodriguez, of southern France, was held captive, she memorized details – her kidnapper, his car, its license plate -- but she did not try to defy the man's orders for fear of being killed, metrofrance.com reported. Chloe was found in Germany, tied up in the trunk of a car Friday afternoon after police stopped her kidnapper during a routine traffic stop, RTL.fr reported. She had disappeared the week before, on Nov. 9, after leaving her home by scooter to go to a friend’s house. Chloe was hospitalized Friday after being found. Her parents...
  • Recount resumes as noon deadline looms (Allen West)

    11/18/2012 8:10:52 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 11-18-2012 | Christine Stapleton
    November 18, 2012 Recount resumes as noon deadline looms By Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Fort Pierce — The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board resumed ballot counting this morning in the tight congressional race between Republican Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy under the watchful eyes of dozens of attorneys and supporter of both candidates. Canvassing board member Tod Lowery, who regularly updates the audience on the process, explained that the board still had write-in ballots and other questionable ballots from 8 days of early voting to review before the noon deadline for the state’s 67 supervisors...
  • I Went To Buy Some Ho Ho's, But They Were Gone.

    11/18/2012 7:51:43 AM PST · by jdsteel · 58 replies
    Free Republic Original Content (Vanity) | 11/18/12 | jdsteel
    I went to buy some Ho Ho’s but they were gone, and so was a part of America. When I heard that Hostess was declaring bankruptcy it made me sad. Probably not as sad at the 18,000 people that used to work for them but it did affect me. Oh, I knew that I was partly to blame. When I was a child I would gobble down Ho Ho’s and chocolate cupcakes with abandon. I could burn through a half of a box of Ho Ho’s and a half gallon of Vitamin D milk in about 15 minutes. My elementary...
  • NET CALL: THE WAY AHEAD v4.

    11/18/2012 7:35:58 AM PST · by military cop · 49 replies
    Blood, Sweat, Tears | 11/18/2012 | Military Cop
    This post was written in anger and frustration. Angry that we continue to follow the Republican Party’s elite ignorance. A party that continues to pull defeat from the jaws of victory characterized by pompous fools who fulfill the sterotype built by the left. Frustrated that the reality of politics is this: There will be no third party capable of competing with the coalition constructed by the dems. You're living in a dream world if you think that is the way to recover this country. As a result, true conservatives MUST take steps to eradicate the ignorance of the Republican Party...
  • Pepsi now selling ‘fat-blocking soda’

    11/18/2012 7:27:35 AM PST · by Renfield · 17 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 11-14-2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Pepsi Japan launched a new line of soda on Tuesday that it claims blocks the body's absorption of fat. Pepsi Special is infused with indigestible dextrin, a synthetic dietary fiber. Even though dextrin has not been proven to have dietary benefits for humans, it has been successfully tested on rats. Which, apparently, is good enough for Pepsi and the Japanese government, which has formally backed the soda manufacturer's claims. The Japanese Ministry of Health says products carrying its FOSHU label are "intended to be consumed for the maintenance/promotion of health or special health uses by people who wish to control...
  • Reagan: Beware Erosion of American Spirit

    11/18/2012 7:15:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2012 | Mark Baisley
    We pause as a nation to give thanks this week.  Thanksgiving Day is readily my favorite of patriotic holidays.  As a requisite to taking in this article, I encourage you to read my Townhall article from one year ago on the history of the American Thanksgiving; You can find that article by clicking HERE. The American Thanksgiving celebration keeps alive one of our nation’s most intriguing and meaningful chapters.  Ronald Reagan made a similar attempt of preserving wisdom at a milestone moment of his presidency.  In his farewell address at the end of his term on January 11, 1989, President Reagan told the nation,...
  • Vive la famille! The French rally against gay marriage

    11/18/2012 7:05:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/17/2012 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    American conservatives must take a close look at themselves and consider the sad state of our traditional mores: The French are doing a better job making the case for traditional marriage than is the American right. This piece from Libération tells it all. With three simple letters - PME, or "père, mère, enfant" - the protestors stated the no-nonsense, no-beating-around-the-bush reason not to legalize same-sex marriage. "Father, mother, child." Here's a snippet with my admittedly amateurish translation (send complaints to my old high school teachers from Williamsville South High School, circa 1985): ************** A huge wave. Of Catholics? "No, citizens!"...
  • Susan Rice will not be nominated for Secretary of State

    11/18/2012 7:02:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/17/2012 | Scott Varland
    After the 9/11/2012 murders of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama Administration was in full covereup mode. They required that someone go on five 9/16/2012 Sunday talk shows to make the case that our diplomats had died because of a YouTube video and not a terrorist attack. The Administration did not want to pick an individual familiar with any aspect of Benghazi. He or she would have been subjected to challenging questioning (?) beginning with, "What did you know and when did you know it?" So United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice was trotted out. Her relatively clean hands allowed...
  • Kaiser Permanente lays off 530 employees in Southern California

    11/18/2012 6:59:46 AM PST · by Baynative · 29 replies
    Long Beach Press Telegram ^ | 11/16/2012 | Canan Tasci
    Kaiser Permanente officials have confirmed 530 union employees in Southern California have been laid off. At least 85 position were eliminated at the Fontana and Ontario medical centers, officials said Friday. Officials at the health-care provider did not release the locations of the other 445 positions. The layoffs do not include physicians.
  • Eliminate the death tax (one can't even mourn the death of a parent without worrying about taxes)

    11/18/2012 6:59:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2012 | Rick Moran
    Is it "fair" that the federal government be able to take more than half the wealth created by estates of more than $3.5 million at the time of death? Of course it is, says the left - even if 97% of farmers and ranchers will be impacted. Fox News: ****** Two decades ago, Kester paid the IRS $2 million when he inherited a 22,000-acre cattle ranch from his grandfather. Come January, the tax burden on his children will be more than $13 million. For supporters of a high estate tax, which is imposed on somebody's estate after death, Kester is...
  • Nigeria Boko Haram commander Ibn Saleh Ibrahim 'killed'

    11/18/2012 6:56:06 AM PST · by csvset · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 November 2012 | Staff
    Nigeria's military has killed a top commander of militant Islamist group Boko Haram in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, an army spokesman has said. Ibn Saleh Ibrahim was killed in an exchange of fire with six of his lieutenants, the spokesman added. An unknown number of civilians are said to have been killed in the crossfire, says a BBC reporter in Nigeria. Boko Haram, which has killed hundreds of people since 2009, has not commented on Mr Ibrahim's reported death. The group's founding leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed by security forces in July 2009. 'War hero' Boko Haram is now...
  • New Jobless Claims: Outliers, Volatility, Incompetence and Incentives

    11/18/2012 6:50:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2012 | Political Calculations
    The United States would appear to have entered a new trend for new jobless claims, one characterized by outliers and volatility. Our chart below showing the residual distribution of the number of new jobless claims filed each week shows just how far off from normal things have become since 22 September 2012, which we're marking as the end of the previous trend. In fact, the data is so volatile right now that we're not able to accurately determine what the real trend in new jobless claims might be. For that, we'll need anywhere from six to ten non-outlier data points,...
  • The Amnesty Fantasy (illegal immigration)

    11/18/2012 6:40:10 AM PST · by dennisw · 22 replies
    nationalreview. ^ | nov 16th | Rich Lowry
    The networks had barely called the election for President Barack Obama before GOP elites rushed to embrace an amnesty for illegal immigrants. Getting killed almost three-to-one among Latino voters understandably concentrates the mind, but it’s no reason to lose it. The post-election Republican reaction has been built on equal parts panic, wishful thinking, and ethnic pandering. It’s one thing to argue that amnesty is the right policy on the merits. It’s another to depict it as the magic key to unlocking the Latino vote. John McCain nearly immolated himself within the Republican party with his support for amnesty and did...