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  • Iranian Arms Ship Takes Weapons, Supplies to Gaza

    11/20/2012 7:04:10 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 26 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 11/20/2012
    An Iranian 150-ton freighter departed Bandar Abbas port Sunday, Nov. 18, with a cargo of 220 short-range missiles and 50 improved long-range Fajar-5 rockets for the Gaza Strip, debkafile's intelligence sources report. The ship turned toward the Bab al-Mandeb Straits and the Red Sea. The new Fajar-5s have a 200-kilo warhead, which packs a bigger punch than the 175 kilos of explosives delivered by the rockets in current use with the Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip. To extend their range to cover the 85 kilometers from Gaza to Tel Aviv, Hamas removed a part of their payloads to make...
  • (CBS) Sources: DNI cut "al Qaeda" reference from Benghazi talking points, CIA, FBI signed off

    11/20/2012 7:03:52 AM PST · by maggief · 53 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 20, 2012
    (CBS News) WASHINGTON - CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Amassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack - with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes. (snip) However, an intelligence source tells CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan the links to al Qaeda were deemed too "tenuous" to make public, because there was not strong confidence in the person providing the intelligence. CIA Director David Petraeus,...
  • What Price ‘Fairness’? (Will an even more progressive tax code solve our debt problems?)

    11/20/2012 7:03:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/20/2012 | Mona Charen
    Realistic Republicans understand that President Obama and the Democrats head into fiscal-cliff negotiations in a far stronger bargaining position now than in 2011. When voters were asked on November 6 whether they favored raising taxes to reduce the deficit, a total of 60 percent said yes (47 percent favored increasing taxes for those who earn $250,000 or more, and 13 percent approved tax increases for all). So taxes will be going up. As a matter of political strategy — not to say survival — Republicans will have to agree to raise taxes on those defined as rich. It’s more than...
  • Revenge of the Mediterranean Man. They are on the march in Europe and North America.

    11/20/2012 7:01:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/20/2012 | Michael Know Beran
    In antiquity the Mediterranean peoples despised the yokels of northern Europe. The “masters of the fairest and most wealthy climates of the globe,” Gibbon says, “turned with contempt from gloomy hills assailed by the winter tempest, from lakes concealed in a blue mist, and from cold and lonely heaths, over which the deer of the forest were chased by a troop of naked barbarians.” The barbarians avenged this contempt when, coming down from the northern forests, they sacked the Mediterranean cities. Yet the northern man — whether Goth, Visigoth, or Vandal — was willing to learn from the Mediterranean man...
  • Santa Claus takes photos with families, guns

    11/20/2012 6:57:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KABC) -- Families in Scottsdale, Arizona have the opportunity to take holiday portraits with Santa Claus and a machine gun. Every year, the Scottsdale Gun Club hosts a photo opportunity, including Saint Nick and some serious fire power. Rory Collins and his wife Kaprice Collins posed with a machine gun for a family photo with their 2-year-old twin boys.
  • The Latest Taxpayer Housing Bust. With the election over, we now learn that the FHA is insolvent.

    11/20/2012 6:56:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/20/2012 | The editors
    Vindication is overrated, especially in a losing cause, so it brings no satisfaction to have predicted that the Federal Housing Administration would sooner or later threaten taxpayers. That day has arrived. Safely past the election, the feds announced Friday that the FHA's liabilities exceed its assets by at least $16.3 billion—and the gap could reach $93.7 billion in the worst case. Yet it's worth recalling that when we warned about FHA's troubles in September 2009, we got an accounting lecture from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and a letter from FHA Commissioner at the time, David Stevens, that we were "just...
  • Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing

    11/20/2012 6:55:47 AM PST · by Qbert · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | November 20th, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    When will the Obama administration stand up and defend Israel against these outrageous claims by Turkey? I think the death toll from the many air strikes is only around 100 and most of them are terrorists. How in the world is that ethnic cleansing? It’s a stupid claim on its face and it deserves a rebuke from Obama. But I won’t hold my breath, especially considering his ‘leading from behind’ diplomacy. AL-ARABIA – AFP reported Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday condemning Israel of “ethnic cleansing” towards Palestinians. “Israel is committing ethnic cleansing by ignoring peace in this...
  • How Liberal leaders flunk math. They Fail to grasp human response to heavy taxes

    11/20/2012 6:54:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/20/2012 | Richard Rahn
    Dennis Van Roekel, president of the largest teachers union, the National Education Association, failed fifth-grade math last week. The question he failed is: If X (government spending) is growing faster than A (government tax revenue) plus B (new revenue from higher tax rates on “the rich”), when will A plus B equal X? President Obama met with leaders of left-leaning organizations, including Mr. Van Roekel, to discuss the “fiscal cliff.” After the meeting, Mr. Van Roekel appeared on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show to discuss the budget deficit. Mr. Van Roekel told Mr. Cavuto that he had recommended taxing the...
  • Morning Joe Rips 'Old White Guy' Republicans For Going After 'Younger Woman-of-Color' Rice

    11/20/2012 6:50:52 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    From Joe Scarborough to John Heilemann, Katty Kay to Mark Halperin to Willie Geist, it was unanimous on today's Morning Joe. Whatever the substance, whatever the policy, Republicans would be making a massive political mistake by opposing the possible nomination of Susan Rice as Secretary of State. Summed up Scarborough the MJ zeitgeist: "do a bunch of old white guys want to make their first big battle, post-election, a battle going up against a younger woman of color?" View the video here.
  • IDF Warns Gaza Civilians: Leave Immediately

    11/20/2012 6:50:22 AM PST · by cll · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/20/2012 | Maayana Miskin
    The IAF dropped leaflets across northern Gaza on Tuesday urging local Arab civilians to evacuate immediately. “For your own safety, you are required to immediately evacuate your homes and move toward Gaza City center,” the Arabic-language flyers said, AFP reports. The pamphlets noted which roads would be safe to use for evacuation. The move lent strength to predictions of an impending ground operation in Gaza. On Tuesday afternoon the IDF hit Hamas targets from both land and air, using tank fire along the security fence while airplanes hit terrorist positions from above. Hamas terrorists continued to fire on southern Israel...
  • Protesting Israel's Bombs (Recent Anti-Israel demonstrations in the USA)

    11/20/2012 6:50:12 AM PST · by jonatron · 7 replies
    The Socialist Worker ^ | November 19, 2012 | Elizabeth Schulte
    In New York City, about 1,000 people gathered in front of the Israeli consulate on November 15 for a protest called just the day before. It was vibrant, defiant, militant and bold, with a large number of students and young American Muslims and Palestinians. -- In San Francisco, 500 rallied in support of the Palestinian people and against Israel's bombarding of Gaza outside the Israeli consulate on November 16. -- In Boston, some 400 people protested against Israel's invasion on November 15. Students for Justice in Palestine chapters from universities throughout Boston mobilized students to the protest, which was called...
  • Government Website For Immigrants: Come To America And Take Advantage Of Our Free Stuff

    11/20/2012 6:42:18 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    The American Dream ^ | 11-19-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Government Website For Immigrants: Come To America And Take Advantage Of Our Free Stuff By Michael Snyder November 19th, 2012 A website run by the federal government (“WelcomeToUSA.gov“) encourages new immigrants to the United States to apply for welfare benefits. This website is run by the Department of Homeland Security and it says that it “is the U.S. Government’s official web portal for new immigrants.” So your tax dollars were used to build and maintain a website that teaches immigrants how to come into this country and sponge a living off of federal welfare programs paid for by your tax...
  • Wal-Mart files legal complaint against growing protests ahead of Black Friday

    11/20/2012 6:41:05 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Fox News
    Wal-Mart is taking legal action against its organized labor opponents, filing an unfair labor practice charge over widespread protests at its stores across the country — as well as rallies planned for Black Friday, considered the biggest shopping day of the year. The company filed a complaint on Friday against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, claiming the labor union — one of the nation's largest — has unlawfully disrupted business by staging protests at Wal-Mart's stores and warehouses around the country over the past six months. The retail giant, which has roughly 1.3 million U.S. workers, is...
  • Now that the Election Is Over, the Washington Post Admits that the Obama Recovery Has Been Terrible

    11/20/2012 6:40:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I agree that Obama inherited a crappy economy, and I think it is silly to assert that he bears any responsibility for the severity of the 2007-2009 recession. But it is very fair to hold him responsible for what’s happened since the recession ended. I’ve cited data from the Minneapolis Federal Reserve on both employment and gross domestic product to show that Obama has presided over the weakest recovery in the post-World War II period.And I think it is fair to blame Obama for the economy’s anemic performance during that time, largely because his agenda of faux stimulus and Obamacare...
  • Detective in George Zimmerman case turns to Jose Baez for legal help(FL)

    11/20/2012 6:35:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | 19 November, 2012 | Frances Robles
    The lead detective in the George Zimmerman murder trial has hired famed lawyer Jose Baez to represent him as he maneuvers the next steps of the contentious, high-profile case, The Miami Herald has learned. Chris Serino, a former Sanford police major-crimes investigator, became a controversial figure when evidence revealed he had quietly filed an arrest affidavit a few weeks after the shooting death of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin, even as his chief publicly said there wasn’t enough evidence to make a case. A letter was sent last week by Baez to Dean Ringer Morton & Lawton, the law firm...
  • MSNBC Did No Negative Stories About Obama or Positive Ones About Romney Last Week of Campaign

    11/20/2012 6:32:29 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    news busters ^ | November 19, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    This is all Americans need to know about just how disgraceful a "news network" MSNBC is. A new study just released by the Pew Research Center found that in the final week of the just-ended presidential campaign, the "Lean Forward" network did absolutely no negative stories about President Obama or positive ones about Mitt Romney. MSNBC's coverage of Romney during the final week (68% negative with no positive stories in the sample), was far more negative than the overall press, and even more negative than it had been during October 1 to 28 when 5% was positive and 57% was...
  • Government wants all Americans between 15-64 to take HIV test

    11/20/2012 6:26:10 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 20, 2012 | Lauran Neergaard,
    WASHINGTON — There's a new push to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks. Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once — not just people considered at high risk for the virus, an independent panel that sets screening guidelines proposed Monday. The draft guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force are the latest recommendations that aim to make HIV screening simply a routine part of a check-up, something a doctor can order with as little fuss as a cholesterol test or a mammogram. Since 2006, the Centers for Disease...
  • How Israel's Iron Dome Missile Protection System Works (video)

    11/20/2012 6:25:33 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
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  • Political Parties Need Rebranding

    11/20/2012 6:23:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Dozens of explanations have been offered by people who think they are savvy about politics to explain why Mitt Romney lost and Barack Obama was reelected despite his many unlawful actions and the high unemployment figures. I toss into the mix my view that the two major political parties need rebranding. Obama's massive negative TV advertising rather successfully branded Romney and the Republican Party as rich guys who can't empathize with ordinary hard-working Americans. In fact, Obama grew up enjoying a pampered lifestyle attending elite schools and colleges and now is rich, too, with his wealth and lifestyle coming from...
  • MSNBC's Bias Against Mitt Romney Was Astonishing

    11/20/2012 6:20:48 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-19-2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    MSNBC's Bias Against Mitt Romney Was Astonishing Brett LoGiuratoNov. 19, 2012, 5:46 PM No one really expects MSNBC's coverage to put a positive spin on Republicans — but in the final week of the 2012 presidential campaign, the network's coverage toward presidential nominee Mitt Romney skewed entirely negative. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, MSNBC provided no "positive" coverage of Romney during the campaign's final week. Here's a look at the chart of polarization: By comparison, 57 percent of MSNBC's coverage toward Romney was negative during the first three weeks of...