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  • EPA rules Ariz. power plants must upgrade

    11/18/2012 7:47:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met a deadline Thursday on a plan to control emissions from three Arizona power plants that it contends have impaired visibility at places like the Grand Canyon. The Associated Press reports that the EPA had proposed approving Arizona's air-quality plan to reduce sulfur dioxide and soot at the Apache coal-fired plant in Cochise, along with the Cholla and Coronado plants. But when it came to nitrogen oxide emissions, the EPA suggested the state's plan didn't go far enough and came up with one of its own. The conflict highlights the tension between the EPA and...
  • Hamas wants end to blockade in cease-fire talks, official says [Barf Alert]

    11/18/2012 7:23:50 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun November 18, 2012 | Frederick Pleitgen, Sara Sidner and Kareem Khadder
    (CNN) -- Hamas wants an end to Israel's long blockade of Gaza and raids on the territory in any cease-fire that might put a stop to five days of weaponry plummeting from the sky, a top Palestinian official said Sunday. Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that has ruled Gaza since 2007, said an Israeli airstrike killed a family of 10 on Sunday. Israel, meanwhile, said Hamas had fired nearly 150 rockets into Israel in a single day, and that the strike was aimed at killing one of the leaders of the militant group's rocket corps -- but Israel was unsure...
  • This may be the time for that divorce

    11/18/2012 7:14:05 PM PST · by campg · 31 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 11/18/12 | Dennis Clayson
    Given the results of recent national elections, it appears that the nation is split on a number of issues that neither side considers negotiable. In May 2009, I wrote an article suggesting an amicable divorce between the two sides, with a partitioning of national assets between the two groups based on what was dear to each. It was a rhetorical device to outline the differences found in a split nation, and to make a larger point about ideology applied to everyday life. Looking at the recent election, it may be time to revisit the idea. The winners of the last...
  • This may be the time for that divorce

    11/18/2012 7:13:51 PM PST · by campg · 14 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 11/18/12 | Dennis Clayson
    Given the results of recent national elections, it appears that the nation is split on a number of issues that neither side considers negotiable. In May 2009, I wrote an article suggesting an amicable divorce between the two sides, with a partitioning of national assets between the two groups based on what was dear to each. It was a rhetorical device to outline the differences found in a split nation, and to make a larger point about ideology applied to everyday life. Looking at the recent election, it may be time to revisit the idea. The winners of the last...
  • Maryland’s Endemic Corruption: An Object Lesson for the Nation

    11/18/2012 7:01:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | November 15, 2012 | James Simpson
    Maryland is one of the most corrupt states in our nation. Nowhere is this fact more evident than with the state’s treatment of illegal aliens. Maryland politicians have literally become lawless in their efforts to cultivate illegals, and this lawlessness flows downhill from the very top. I will focus on a few of the more egregious examples. In 2011, we published a report on CASA de Maryland, a Silver Spring-based illegal immigrant advocacy group that parrots ACORN in both its methods and associates—which include the Communist Party USA, FMLN, (a former Salvadoran communist guerilla group, now a political party), ACORN...
  • Fillon and Cope claim win in French UMP vote

    11/18/2012 6:51:12 PM PST · by Cincinna · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | Staff
    Both candidates have claimed victory in the race to become France's next opposition leader, in a contest marred by allegations of vote-rigging. Hundreds of votes are said to separate right-wing candidate Jean-Francois Cope and ex-PM Francois Fillon. As the neck-and-neck result emerged, supporters of both UMP candidates made accusations of vote fraud. The party has been without a leader since Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated in the May presidential election. Mr Cope has been secretary general of the conservative UMP since 2010 while his rival was prime minister for five years during Mr Sarkozy's presidency. More than 50% of the party's...
  • CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST STATEMENT ON STATUS OF RACE

    11/18/2012 6:45:08 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 102 replies
    AllenWestRepublic ^ | 11-18-2012 | AllenWestRepublic
    CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST STATEMENT ON STATUS OF RACE Posted by allenwestrepublic on November 18, 2012 Stuart, FL – Congressman Allen West released the following statement regarding the election results certified today by the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections: “Since Election Day we have been working for a fair and accurate accounting of the election outcome in which voters can put their full trust. We will review the results of today’s recount and the other available data to determine how to proceed. I have been humbled by the support we have received and the hard work of so many to...
  • Anonymous claims to have blocked GOP election theft with Ohio firewall (o rly?)

    11/18/2012 6:24:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    examiner.com ^ | November 18, 2012 | Michael Santo
    Hacktivist group Anonymous has done some good things and some bad things. It all depends on your point of view. Now the group has come forward and said they are the reason that Karl Rove nearly went apoplectic on Fox News on Nov. 6, Election Night 2012. Thom Hartmann reported the claim on his radio show on Friday, which is simulcast on Current TV (video of the Current TV broadcast is embedded). Of course, Anonymous has claimed things in the past which later turned out to be false, but as Hartmann said: "it makes sense." Republican strategist Karl Rove seemed...
  • Obama Supporters 'Not Responsible Enough To Own A Firearm,' AZ Gun Store's Sign Declares

    11/18/2012 6:10:07 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 49 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 11/18/12 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    It was reported over the weekend that the owner of a gun store in Arizona is telling Pres. Obama's supporters he doesn't want their business. Cope Reynolds, the owner of Southwest Shooting Authority, a gun store located in Pinetop, Arizona, took out a full page ad in a local newspaper that read: "If you voted for Barack Obama your business is not welcome." The New York Daily News reports that Mr. Reynolds also posted a sign on the store's front door: "If you voted for Obama, please turn around and leave! You have proven you are not responsible enough to...
  • LA Demonstrators Clash Over Renewed Middle East Violence

    11/18/2012 6:07:33 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 17 replies
    KNBC Los Angeles ^ | 11/18/2012 | Ted Chen and Jason Kande
    Police stand guard on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood where two groups of protesters demonstrating against recent violence in the Middle East clashed on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.Pro-Israel and pro-Muslim demonstrators clashed on Sunday outside the Federal Building during a protest over renewed violence in the Middle East. Hundreds of demonstrators waving Israeli and American flags stood on one side of Wilshire on the Westside of Los Angeles, while a smaller number of pro-Palestinian demonstrators stood on the other. “My family is over there. They have to sit in shelters. And they’re very stressed out, but unfortunately the world doesn’t realize...
  • Biden Calls Obama 'Homeboy'

    11/18/2012 5:51:47 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    Biden Calls Obama 'Homeboy' Daniel Halper November 18, 2012 6:01 PM Visiting victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey today, Vice President Joe Biden told them not to worry, saying, "you’ve got a homeboy in the deal who gets it." Biden was referring to President Barack Obama. Here are Biden's remarks, via the pool report: "If you’re not an Easterner it’s hard to understand that the ocean to us is the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park and everything else combined. It is a gigantic part of not only our economy but who we are. It’s a gigantic part of the culture...
  • 'Gifts': 2016 Frontrunners Already Caving to Media

    11/18/2012 5:29:40 PM PST · by Bratch · 69 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | November 18, 2012 | John Nolte
    Late last week, in a conference call with donors, Governor Mitt Romney said what we all know to be the truth: that Obama's reelection plan was to divide Americans across various lines and dole out government freebies, such as health insurance, amnesty, and birth control. The promise of these "gifts" (or the fear of losing them) would then drive out turnout, specifically among those who did turn out: blacks, students, and Hispanics -- and lo and behold, it worked. For days now, Romney's been blistered by the media for telling a truth about a political tactic that the media itself...
  • Muslim Brotherhood now targeting Jordan

    11/18/2012 5:23:01 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 49 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/18/2012 | Unknown
    Jordan’s anti-government riots aimed ultimately at removing King Abdullah from power are so severe that the government has turned 10,000 of its soldiers into riot police. Religious Freedom Coalition President and Founder William Murray said the ruthlessness of the rioting prompted the move. Ads by Google The king has given police uniforms to 10,000 soldiers to try to maintain order,” he said. Those soldiers-turned-police are not the only ones guarding the king. Terrorism analyst and Act for America President Brigitte Gabriel said there are U.S. troops on the ground in Jordan. “We have actually positioned troops in Jordan to protect...
  • Fight Over Nativity Scene In Santa Monica Heads To Court

    11/18/2012 5:19:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    AP) ^ | November 18, 2012 10:59 AM
    The city of Santa Monica has allowed an elaborate nativity scene in its Palisades Park each Christmas for nearly 60 years, but officials are ending the tradition this year after an atheist set up his own non-religious display and caused an uproar. Now, the churches behind the nativity are suing in federal court and claim the city violated their freedom of speech by stopping the holiday tradition. A court hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles could decide the fate of the Christian tableau for the upcoming season.
  • Video: ‘Count the votes’ chant erupts at Allen West recount

    11/18/2012 5:15:50 PM PST · by SmileRight · 7 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 11/18/2012 | Michele Kirk
    When the crowd of Allen West supporters heard the news that Patrick Murphy had declared victory in his battle for Congressional District 18 with West, they weren’t very happy. The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board missed the noon deadline to recount all the early votes in the race...
  • Here's a Hunch: Obama doesn’t want a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff

    11/18/2012 5:08:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    Everyone came away from the initial summit meeting between Obama, Boehner and Reid with big smiles and a public air of confidence that Friday's kumbaya moment would lead to The Big Deal. Call me a cynic, but I'm still not buying it. Yesterday, AP touched on a part of this story, tossing out some ideas about how everyone --- particularly Democrats ... might walk away with relatively clean hands if no deal is reached on the fiscal cliff this year. It's all true, but for some of us there's a bit more to the story. The Democrats, for their part,...
  • Gun Talk Radio 11/18/12

    11/18/2012 5:03:11 PM PST · by mylife · 112 replies
    gun talk radio ^ | 11/18/12 | tom gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • 56% of Britons would vote to quit EU in referendum, poll finds

    11/18/2012 5:02:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Guardian ^ | 11/17/2012 | Daniel Boffey and Toby Helm
    Well over half of British voters now want to leave the European Union, according to an opinion poll that shows anti-EU sentiment is sweeping through all three main political parties. The Opinium/Observer survey finds that 56% of people would probably or definitely vote for the UK to go it alone if they were offered the choice in a referendum. About 68% of Conservative voters want to leave the EU, against 24% who want to remain; 44% of Labour voters would probably choose to get out, against 39% who would back staying in, while some 39% of Liberal Democrats would probably...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Every Member of The Military ~ Past, Present, Future ~ Nov 19 2012

    11/18/2012 5:01:38 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 90 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
    For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces. Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today! ~ Hall of Heroes ~ Every Member of the Military - Past, Present & Future - Info from here.             A Soldier's Thanksgiving Over there a soldier's thinking Of a time not long ago, When his loved ones got together; 'Twas Thanksgiving Day, you know. Over there a soldier's dreaming Of a turkey baked just right, Mashed potatoes, golden gravy, Chestnut dressing, pure delight! Over there a...
  • Bible publisher wins third injunction against HHS contraception mandate (Momentum Building)

    11/18/2012 4:59:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Opponents of the HHS contraception mandate got good news late on Friday ---- another plaintiff won a preliminary injunction against its enforcement on Friday in federal court. The Obama administration had attempted to argue that Tyndale House Publishers didn't meet its standards to claim a religious exemption, but according to LifeNew' report, that argument didn't impress a federal judge --- even though Tyndale has no explicit connection to a church: In its opinion accompanying a preliminary injunction order in Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, the court wrote that “the beliefs of Tyndale and its owners are indistinguishable…. Christian principles, prayer,...
  • ***The War Against Obama: Enemy Of America Ideals***

    11/18/2012 4:59:01 PM PST · by The Wizard · 11 replies
    stardate: 1211.18
    For those of you to young to remember the 2nd World War, allow me to point out that our enemy was clear and identifiable..... To those of you who only remember 9-11 may I point out that the attack was clear and visible to all.... What is happening now is subtle and hidden and more dangerous than anything America has ever faced because it comes from within.... There are many of our citizens who do not realize we are fighting for the country and have been for 4 years or longer... Lincoln tried to warn us that no one would...
  • Video: Sophisticated Hamas Underground Missile Launchers

    11/18/2012 4:55:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/11/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The sophisticated underground rocket launcher system in Gaza has been exposed by the terrorist organization in a video it released Saturday video
  • Conceding the Point

    11/18/2012 4:51:52 PM PST · by Alex Baker · 18 replies
    RealityBatsLast ^ | November 14, 2012 | Bryce Buchanan
    Republicans have their guns blazing, shooting themselves in the foot. One way that conservatives regularly harm themselves is that they start an argument by conceding defeat. They take the false premises of the enemy as the starting point of their own argument. If step one of your defense is to agree with your opponent, you are helping them more than you are helping yourself. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gave us an example of this technic on Monday. He called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” . He said, “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that...
  • Teachers Say Media-Use Is Harming Kids’ Performance

    11/18/2012 4:50:47 PM PST · by mdittmar · 66 replies
    Mashable ^ | November 2, 2012 | Juliana Gruenwald for National Journal
    A new study released on Thursday finds teachers are concerned that the amount and types of electronic media that children interact with at home may be harming their performance in the classroom.Common Sense Media, a think tank focused on children’s media use, polled 685 public and private elementary and high school classroom teachers on how children’s increasing use of television, video games, texting, social networking, music and other forms of media is affecting their performance in school.The study found that 71% of teachers polled said students’ media use hurts their attention spans in school, while 59% said students’ use of...
  • Allen West Recount Update: 7 Registered Voters And 900 Ballots Cast Voter Fraud Alert!!!

    11/18/2012 4:05:03 PM PST · by lowbridge · 103 replies
    http://www.theminorityreportblog.com ^ | november 18, 2012 | steve foley
    West’s campaign, though, is calling for an emergency hearing over “concerns” raised during the recount process, including results showing that 900 votes were cast in precinct 93, where there are only seven voters registered. “As usual, Murphy’s people are full of garbage,” West campaign manager Tim Edson told the Post. “This is something the secretary of state and governor will have to sort out.”
  • Video: Precise Bombing of Missile Site in Mosque Yard

    11/18/2012 3:54:31 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 44 replies
    Arutz ^ | 18/11/12
    The Israeli Air Force has issued a new video showing the pinpoint accuracy of aerial bombings and Hamas’ use of holy sites for terror. Video
  • After Democrats Gain Across the Country, Conservative Voters Wonder Where They Fit

    11/18/2012 3:46:44 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 89 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 18, 2012 | Jack Healy
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — By now, voters here are over the initial shock. The ranchers, businessmen and farmers across this deep-red state who knew, just knew that Americans would never re-elect a liberal tax-and-spender president have grudgingly accepted the reality that voters did just that. But in the days since the election, a blanket of baffled worry has descended on conservatives here like early snow across the plains, deepening a sense that traditional, rural and overwhelmingly white states in the center of the country are losing touch with an increasingly diverse and urban American electorate. “It’s a fundamental shift,” said Khale...
  • GOP Signals Fold on Tax Hikes

    11/18/2012 3:30:04 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 20 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 16 November 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Folks, this was predictable, too. The Republicans are establishing the mechanism to cave on tax increases. McConnell, we've got the sound bite, ready now to talk about revenues as long as there's talk of spending cuts, but you and I know that there won't be any of those because Obama doesn't have to cut any spending. That's the last thing there's gonna be, and so Obama wants $1.6 trillion in new taxes. Now, here's something to think about. How's he gonna get that -- and he will. See, this is the thing that we've gotta realize. This...
  • London's Mega-Mosque: "Recruiting Ground for Al Qaeda"

    11/18/2012 3:14:12 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | November 14, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    A radical Islamic group has applied for a permit to build one of the largest mosques in the world, in London. The East London super-mosque, known as the Abbey Mills Riverine Center, would hold up to 10,000 worshippers. It would be the largest religious building in Britain and the largest mosque in Europe. By comparison, Britain's largest cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, can hold no more than 3,000 worshippers, and St. Paul's Cathedral, one of the iconic features of the London skyline, has a capacity of 2,500. The 16-acre site near the Olympic Village in West Ham in the...
  • Jill Kelley emails say Petraeus, Allen asked her to stop shock jock....from desecrating a Koran

    11/18/2012 3:13:07 PM PST · by Gamecock · 59 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | Victoria Cavaliere
    Full Title: Jill Kelley emails say Petraeus, Allen asked her to stop shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge from desecrating a Koran Note: Did a search and couldn't find this posted elsewhere. _________________________________________ In March 2012, a Tampa shock jock called Bubba the Love Sponge announced he was going to "deep fat fry" a Koran as a stunt. Tampa socialite Jill Kelley wrote the city’s mayor saying that then CIA Director David Petraeus and the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, had asked her about “getting this dealt with.” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn responded that the city was "working...
  • Majority of Britons would vote to leave EU: poll

    11/18/2012 3:10:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EU Business News ^ | 18 November 2012, 17:40 CET | (AFP)
    A majority of Britons would vote to leave the European Union if given the chance, according to a survey published on Sunday. The Optimum Research poll in The Observer newspaper found that 34 percent would definitely vote to quit the 27-member bloc and 22 percent would probably do so, giving a total of 56 percent that would opt to leave the EU. …
  • Eurozone suffers double-dip recession

    11/18/2012 3:02:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    European Voice ^ | 15.11.2012 / 15:45 CET (Nov. 15) | Ian Wishart
    The eurozone is officially back in recession after three years of sluggish growth as the sovereign debt crisis continues to impede recovery. Figures out today (15 November) show that gross domestic product in the 17-country eurozone decreased by 0.1% between July and September after contracting by 0.2% in the three months before that. …
  • Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in Paris

    11/18/2012 3:02:14 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | November 18, 2012 | Valentin BONTEMPS
    PARIS — Thousands of Catholics and other opponents of French government plans to legalise gay marriage and same-sex adoption marched in Paris on Sunday, a day after more than 100,000 turned out across France for the cause.The rally, organised by conservative Catholic group Civitas, was marred by accusations that protesters had roughed up journalists and topless counter-protesters partially dressed as nuns.Police said some 9,000 people had joined the protest, rallying behind slogans such as one large banner reading: "France needs children, not homosexuals."Civitas official Alain Escada said gay marriage was "a Pandora's box" that would let others demand extended marriage...
  • (C-130H) Hercules makes final flypast over Sydney

    11/18/2012 3:00:33 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th November 2012
    TWO Hercules aircraft will end more than 30 years of service with a final low level flight over Sydney. The Hercules C-130H planes will fly over Sydney on Monday morning before retiring from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on Friday. ..... The C-130H has provided tactical and strategic airlift for Australian Defence Force personnel around the world since 1987. This includes operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Timor. The planes were used in the aftermath of the Bali bombings in 2002 to carry the injured from Bali to Darwin. The planes were also used to drop hay to stranded...
  • Veterinarian Ted Yoho Headed to Congress [Sarah Endorsed Conservative Defeated 12 Term Demon Rat]

    11/18/2012 2:39:34 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    Florida veterinarian Ted Yoho was elected to Congress on Tuesday with a convincing victory over a Democratic challenger and less than three months after he narrowly defeated 12-term incumbent Cliff Stearns in the Republican primary. Dr. Yoho, 57, turned his attention to politics while working as a large animal veterinarian in Gainesville, Fla. His years in practice and his interaction with farmers, ranchers and business owners made him concerned for "the state of our nation" and led him to realize it was time to "stand up for America," according to his campaign website.
  • "Castle Doctrine" in New Mexico; Good Next Step for "Shall Issue" State

    11/18/2012 2:35:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Albuquerque Firearms Examiner ^ | 16 November, 2012 | Winston Dorian
    It's no secret that there are a lot of concealed carry permit (CCW) holders in New Mexico. As of the last count there are 22,000 licensees in the state according to: Legally Armed. Thanks to Governor Bill Richardson the law was passed and even our state's current governor, Susanna Martinez packs heat and has her CCW license. See the New Mexico Concealed Carry Act HERE. After all this is the Wild, Wild West and known acclaimed outlaws like "Billy the Kid" have been known to frequent these parts. Let's face it Guns and the Frontier way are a part of...
  • Allen West Camp to Contest ‘Suspect Result’ on 'Behalf of all Voters in District 18’

    11/18/2012 2:31:09 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 58 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 11-18-2012 | Jim Turner
    November 18, 2012 Allen West Camp to Contest ‘Suspect Result’ on 'Behalf of all Voters in District 18’ By: JIM TURNER As St. Lucie County has reportedly missed the noon Sunday deadline to certify new numbers after a weekend recount of the first five days of early voting, the campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Allen West says more questions have arisen about how the election was conducted. “Today’s actions cast an even greater cloud of suspicion over the results of St. Lucie County than existed before,” Tim Edson, the campaign manager for the Palm Beach Gardens Republican, stated in a...
  • Belgium Will Become an Islamic State

    11/18/2012 2:25:11 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/9/12 | Soeren Kern
    Two Muslim politicians, who just won municipal elections in Belgium's capital, Brussels, on October 14, have vowed to implement Islamic Sharia law in Belgium. The two candidates, Lhoucine Aďt Jeddig and Redouane Ahrouch, both from the fledgling Islam Party, won seats in two heavily Islamized municipalities of Brussels, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean and Anderlecht, respectively. During a post-election press conference in Brussels on October 25, the two future councilors, who will be officially sworn in on December 3, said they regard their election as key to the assertion of the Muslim community in Belgium. "We are elected Islamists but above all we are...
  • This Graph Should Scare You

    11/18/2012 2:18:34 PM PST · by lbryce · 65 replies
    Washington Post WonkBlog ^ | November 18, 2012 | Staff
    A new study from the Congressional Budget Office starts with the scariest graph you’ll see today. Source: Congressional Budget Office In other words, you’re not imagining it: This economic recovery has been a big disappointment relative to what the United States has usually experienced after a recession. Growth has been 9 percent below what was seen in past recoveries on average in its first three years. The CBO report tries to disentangle where that underperformance is coming from and its answer is deeply unsettling: The U.S. economy just isn’t as good at growing as it used to be. The new...
  • Timeline of events in generals scandal [She emailed generals weeks before she ever emailed Kelley]

    11/18/2012 2:09:09 PM PST · by thouworm · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    May 2012 — Anonymous emails, ultimately traced to Broadwell, were [FIRST] sent to Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and several other generals warning them to stay away from Kelley, the Florida socialite. The emails came from the pseudonym "Kelleypatrol" and included notes on Allen's plans to see Kelley in Washington the following week. Concerned about how anyone else would know about his personal plans, Allen forwarded the emails to Kelley to see whether she was playing a prank on them. Other generals also forward to Kelley copies of emails they received. Early June 2012 — Kelley...
  • Something New From Obamacare?

    11/18/2012 2:09:01 PM PST · by Williams · 38 replies
    Vanity
    A relative who cared for her elderly mother, just deceased, is dealing with the various medical bills from the hospital and doctors. She sees on all of the statements now, a check off to be marked by the provider, certifying something to the effect that the treatment was "consistent with and appropriate for, the age of the patient". She says she never saw those before in all her years of caring for her mother. Is this part of Obamacare beginning to limit medical care for our elderly?
  • Texas only border state to allow aerial shooting

    11/18/2012 2:07:51 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Valley Central.com ^ | November 18, 2012 | Action 4 News Staff
    AP) -- AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas is the only border state that allows and trains its officers to fire on suspects from airborne helicopters
  • Manhandling Hostess, Big Labor Costs 18,500 Workers Their Jobs

    11/18/2012 2:02:15 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 17 Nov 2012 | Editorial
    Politics: Union intransigence and unrealistic expectations at Hostess Brands have forced the bakery to shut its doors permanently and throw 18,500 people out of work. So much for Big Labor caring about the little guy. A down economy and two restructurings in three years left Hostess, maker of Twinkies and Sno Balls, in dire fiscal straits. The company warned its workers, union and nonunion, to make concessions or everyone would go down in a liquidation. Instead, one union, the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International (BCTGM), imagined the company was bluffing and went on strike.
  • Will Schools Brazile on Mandates: ...

    11/18/2012 1:59:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 18, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    For approaching two weeks, liberal media members have been contorting themselves to make the case the President's victory on Election Day represented a mandate for his agenda. When CNN contributor Donna Brazile tried this on ABC's This Week Sunday, George Will marvelously responded, "Almost every member of John Boehner's caucus won his or her seat by a much bigger margin than Mr. Obama won his renewed term" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Will Schools Brazile on Mandates: Almost Every House Republican Won By Much Bigger Margin Than Obama MARTHA RADDATZ, SUBSTITUTE HOST: Simple math? And is there a mandate?...
  • Horrors of FEMA disaster relief

    11/18/2012 1:44:47 PM PST · by wesagain · 16 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 18, 2012 | Chuck Norris
    "Exclusive: Chuck Norris applauds private efforts to help Hurricane Sandy victims"Those wise and yet haunting words spoken by one of our nation’s greatest presidents couldn’t ring more true – especially today, as winter sets in on an estimated 130,000 of our fellow Americans who are still struggling without power. Many live without heat, hot water or inhabitable homes and question the government’s efforts to alleviate their condition. Amid the election frenzy, several mainstream media outlets instantly praised the Obama administration’s response to the Hurricane Sandy devastation in the Northeast. But let’s look beneath the congratulatory headlines to see the real...
  • Board misses deadline in Allen West recount Challenger Murphy declares victory

    11/18/2012 1:37:30 PM PST · by Red Steel · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, November 18, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Election officials in Florida missed a noon deadline Sunday for their partial recount in Rep. Allen West’s race, which under state law means the results stand as they are — and with Mr. West trailing by more than half a percentage point. Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy’s campaign declared victory Sunday afternoon. -snip- Missing the deadline is the latest fumble for St. Lucie County election officials, and it likely to add ammunition to Mr. West’s claims that the election count has been botched from the beginning. His accusations gained steam Friday when officials said they’d found a box with hundreds of...
  • 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...