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  • Is Black Friday edging out Thanksgiving? (Shoppers started camping out last week)

    11/18/2012 1:17:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/18/12 | Bob Greene
    Is Black Friday edging out Thanksgiving?By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor updated 10:27 AM EST, Sun November 18, 2012 (CNN) -- The debate over whether the hand-to-hand-combat excesses of Black Friday represent a grotesque over-commercialization of the holiday season has lost its meaning. The point is no longer whether or not Black Friday tarnishes the holidays. The point is that Black Friday has become a holiday of its own. It will arrive again this week, even as Americans are still sitting at their Thanksgiving dinner tables. Black Friday -- with its door-buster sales, hordes of frenzied shoppers shoving for position, employees...
  • Future for Republicans is not so bad [4 reasons for optimism]

    11/18/2012 1:14:38 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/18/12 | Chris Cillizza
    It’s not a good time to be a Republican. The circular firing squad — it was Mitt Romney’s fault! Demographics did it! Conservatives messed everything up! — has begun in earnest even though the 2012 election is less than two weeks gone.... That said, things aren’t that bad for Republicans. Here are four reasons for optimism. 1. The party’s superstars are coming of age... 2. There are an historic number of Republican governors... 3. The electoral map is bad, but not that bad. We’ve written extensively on how where Republicans currently find themselves in terms of the electoral map is...
  • Fox News and those Benghazi detainees

    11/18/2012 12:54:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies
    The Washington Post (blogs) ^ | 01:26 PM ET, 11/14/2012 | Erik Wemple
    Fox News’s now-famous Oct. 26 story on the tragedy of Benghazi carried this headline: “EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say.” Reaction to the story skewed toward the monster revelations in its first paragraph: namely, that the CIA chain of command had told security officials to “stand down” instead of jumping immediately to the assistance of a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of Sept. 11. The CIA, too, denied requests for military backup, according to the Fox News story. Far, far less attention attached to a contention deep down in the...
  • Iran must be President Obama’s immediate priority

    11/18/2012 12:52:28 PM PST · by mojito · 28 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/16/2012 | Henry Kissinger
    ...Three stages are involved in the evolution of a military nuclear capability: a delivery system, a capacity to enrich uranium and the production of nuclear warheads. Iran has been augmenting the range and number of its missile systems since at least 2006. Its enrichment capacity — long underreported to the International Atomic Energy Agency — has been expanded to thousands of centrifuges (the instruments that enrich uranium to bomb-grade material). The level exceeds any reasonable definition of peaceful uses authorized by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The inevitable culmination is a nuclear weapon. To draw the line at proscribing an Iranian nuclear...
  • Report: Israel Holding Off Ground Offensive At Obama's Behest

    11/18/2012 12:45:11 PM PST · by ColdOne · 39 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/18/12 | Ben Shapiro
    American Friends of Likud reported, “According to sources inside the White House, in a private briefing to President Obama on Fri night, PM Netanyahu has said that a ground offensive would be held off for now.” Early this morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided with his cabinet to ramp up the Gaza offensive from the Mediterranean Sea. Air and naval forces have been
  • Libyans, diplomats: CIA's Benghazi annex a secret

    11/18/2012 12:38:24 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 47 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/12/2012 | Nancy A. Youssef -- McClatchy
    Just more than a mile from the group of villas that served as the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was another set of U.S.-leased villas — — an...Just more than a mile from the group of villas that served as the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was another set of U.S.-leased villas — an annex where the CIA had set up shop, and from where would-be rescuers set out on the night of Sept. 11 in response to the attack at the consulate. Despite speculation to the contrary, no Libyan or non-American diplomats stationed in Benghazi say they knew of the existence...
  • The GOP's biggest loss

    11/18/2012 12:30:23 PM PST · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Las VegasR-J ^ | 18 nov 2012 | Glenn Cook
    http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/the-gop-s-biggest-loss-179849271.html ---link only----
  • Congressional Black Caucus Chair Accuses John McCain of 'Racism and Sexism'

    11/18/2012 12:27:50 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 50 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 11/16/2012
    Rep. Marcia Fudge (D.-Ohio), the incoming chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is accusing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) of "sexism and racism" because the criticism leveled at U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice for telling the American people that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to a video posted on YouTube. “There is a clear, a clear in my opinion, sexism and racism that goes with these comments that are being made by, unfortunately, Senator McCain and others,” Fudge (D-Ohio.) said Friday at a Capitol Hill press conference. On Thursday, the Congressional Black...
  • St. Lucie recount results shows Murphy picked up votes on West (Nothing certified yet)

    11/18/2012 12:24:37 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 50 replies
    TCPALM ^ | 11-18-2012 | James Kirley
    November 18, 2012 St. Lucie recount results shows Murphy picked up votes on West St. Lucie election official said state-mandated noon deadline met James Kirley FORT PIERCE -- Results of recounting more than 37,000 St. Lucie County ballots were announced shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday and preliminary figures given by Canvassing Board member Tod Mowery placed Jupiter Democrat Patrick Murphy farther ahead of Republican Allen West than before the two-day effort began. Murphy campaign senior advisor Eric Johnson was quick to reaffirm victory. "As far as we're concerned, this puts an end to it," Johnson said. "The West people demanded...
  • Father, Son and Daughter Arrested in Bank Robberies [Single Dad Had To Take Care of Kids]

    11/18/2012 12:17:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 18, 2012
    Nov 18, 2012 Father, Son and Daughter Arrested in Bank Robberies A father, son and daughter may be responsible for robbing as many as seven banks in two states, according to authorities. Ronald Scott Catt, 50, and his two children, 20-year-old Hayden and 18-year-old Abby were arrested last week on charges they robbed a credit union in Katy, Texas. Deputies with the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office in Texas say the family, which recently moved to the area, could also be responsible for several other robberies in Texas and their native Oregon. During the Oct. 1 robbery in Texas, two figures,...
  • 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.”