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  • Former US Sen. Warren Rudman dies at 82

    11/20/2012 10:38:19 AM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Former Sen. Warren B. Rudman, who co-authored a ground-breaking budget balancing law, championed ethics and led a commission that predicted the danger of homeland terrorist attacks before 9/11, has died. He was 82.
  • Democrats push to redeploy Obama’s voter database [We need to stop the infighting: focus on enemy]

    11/20/2012 10:32:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/19/12 | Craig Timberg and Amy Gardner
    If you voted this election season, President Obama almost certainly has a file on you. His vast campaign database includes information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection. And though the election is over, Obama’s database is just getting started. Democrats are now pressing to expand and redeploy the most sophisticated voter list in American political history, beginning with next year’s gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and extending to campaigns for years to come. The prospect already has some Republicans...
  • Why One Poll Says 45% Would Rather Skip Christmas (Too much financial pressure)

    11/20/2012 10:27:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/20/2012
    Despite a whittling away of consumer debt that has been underway since the recession, many Americans are still entering the holiday season unprepared to cope with the expenses that crop up around this time of year. Think Finance, a provider of payday loans and other financial services for consumers with limited or no access to banking services, recently surveyed 1,000 Americans across all income levels who use various forms of alternative financial services — including payday loans, prepaid debit cards and direct deposit advances. Although many of these consumers are on better financial footing and optimistic about their economic future...
  • "Islam Needs a Fair Chance in Germany"

    11/20/2012 10:23:20 AM PST · by aimhigh · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/16/2012 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim officials will also be able to determine who will (and will not) be allowed to teach courses about Islam in city schools -- meaning that only Muslims will be allowed to teach Islam. Muslims, for their part, are hoping the Hamburg treaty will establish a precedent for the rest of Germany to follow.
  • CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

    11/20/2012 10:22:55 AM PST · by patriot08 · 24 replies
    CANADA FREE PRESS ^ | 11/17/12 | Dr. Robert R. Owens
    (exerpt) The real story behind the defeat of the media chosen Yes there has been a massive demographic shift in the make-up of our country since the suicidal adoption of the Kennedy Immigration Act in 1965. Pat Buchannan has warned us for years that this was a demographic time bomb implanted by the Progressives in the very heart of America. Yes the massive amnesty which is soon to turn tens of millions of illegal immigrants into citizens and loyal democratic voters will effectively spell the end of any possibility for a supporter of limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom...
  • Has the US Administration Decided to Get Rid of Jordan's King Abdullah?

    11/20/2012 10:18:47 AM PST · by aimhigh · 36 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/20/2012 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Unless the US clarifies its position regarding King Abdullah and reiterates its full backing for his regime, the Muslim fundamentalists are likely to step up there efforts to create anarchy and lawlessness in the kingdom. . . . . . Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner managed to create panic [and anger] in the Royal Palace in Amman when he stated that there was "thirst for change" in Jordan and that the Jordanian people had "economic, political concerns," as well as "aspirations."
  • Rand Paul: I’m interested in 2016 bid

    11/20/2012 10:18:00 AM PST · by Perdogg · 51 replies
    Wash Post ^ | Rachel Weiner
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not hiding his interest in running for president four years from now. “I want to be part of the national debate,” Paul told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. ”I’m not going to deny that I’m interested.” Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is retiring after 23 years in Congress (over a 36-year period) and three presidential bids.
  • Mgr of UT SW’s animal research committee files whistleblower suit after alleging non-compliance

    11/20/2012 10:17:47 AM PST · by Alamo-Girl · 24 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/19/12 | Robert Wilonsky
    For the last few years, Donna Pulkrabek was the manager of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a group of scientists and vets and other folks tasked with keeping an eye on how the school treats its animal research subjects, among them dogs, goats, frogs and sheep and mice. It was her job to make sure UTSW complies with Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare guidelines concerning the treatment of animals....
  • Netanyahu: Our Hand Grasps the Sword of David

    11/20/2012 10:08:51 AM PST · by Bobalu · 48 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 11/20/2012, 7:59 PM | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invoked King David in a statement Tuesday evening – signaling that he is serious about ordering an intensification of the attack on the terrorists of Gaza. "Our hand is outstretched in peace to those of our neighbors who want to make peace with us," Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office, "and the other hand is firmly grasping the sword of David against those who wish to uproot us from this country."
  • 'Elmo' puppeteer Kevin Clash resigns as second man files lawsuit over new underage sex allegations

    11/20/2012 10:05:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/20/12 | PHILIP CAULFIELD
    A second man has come forward saying he had sex with Kevin Clash, the voice of “Sesame Street” character Elmo, when the accuser was a teenage minor, according to a report. -snip- Cecil Singleton, who is now in his 30s, said he and Clash hooked up on a gay phone sex line in 1993 when he was 15 and the muppeteer was 32, according to a new $5 million lawsuit reported by TMZ. Singleton said Clash “trolled” phone sex lines to meet boys and wooed him with gifts of cash and fancy dinners, the lawsuit said, according to TMZ. Clash...
  • Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns From Sesame Street (PBS sicko alert...)

    11/20/2012 10:00:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/20/12 | A.D. Pruitt
    Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street in the wake of sex allegations against him that were later recanted.
  • Man attacks US embassy guard in Tel Aviv

    11/20/2012 9:50:12 AM PST · by marthemaria · 17 replies
    Attacker stabs and injures security guard; warning shots fired; shooter is in police custody. An Israeli man stabbed a security guard outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv late Tuesday morning, lightly injuring him. Security guards fired warning shots at the shooter, who was subsequently arrested. Paramedics were on the scene. Police were interrogating the shooter, a 41-year-old Jewish man from Bat Yam, police told Israel Radio. "A Mazda car stopped next to the U.S. embassy and a man got out carrying a red bag and a pitchfork," said David Cohen, 48, who told Reuters he witnessed the incident while...
  • Caption Barry

    11/20/2012 9:48:09 AM PST · by crosshairs · 18 replies
  • Soledad O'Brien Tees Up Clyburn to Identify Racial Code In GOP Opposition to Susan Rice

    11/20/2012 9:46:57 AM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    CNN's Soledad O'Brien teed up Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) to pick out the "code words" in GOP opposition to Susan Rice's nomination to Secretary of State, on Tuesday morning's Starting Point. "Would you agree with what she's saying that there's a racial or a sexist component to a lot of these comments?" O'Brien asked, quoting the incoming chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). "Or would you say as the letter seems to say, they use the word 'incompetent,' and they use the word undermining the desire to improve U.S. relations?" Clyburn, himself a member of the CBC, obliged and...
  • Awkward photos of the day: Overly affectionate Obama terrorizes Burma

    11/20/2012 9:43:35 AM PST · by yoe · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 19, 2012 | Meredith Jessup
    [snip] During his six-hour stop in Burma en route to Thailand, President Obama stopped at the home of Burma opposition leader (and fellow Nobel Prize winner) Aung San Suu Kyi where he posed for some pretty awkward photos… There’s the terrified “side hug”:
  • Lesson from CA: Socialism Doesn’t Work

    11/20/2012 9:35:22 AM PST · by Baynative · 13 replies
    Tea Party News Network ^ | 11/19/12 | Todd Cefaratti
    California recently achieved a new milestone as it is now the leader of all fifty states in poverty. In a recent finding by the federal Census Bureau, California has the most people living in poverty with 23.5% of the population living in poverty, stealing the last-place spot for the most impoverished state from Mississippi. The new measure of poverty, called the “Supplemental Poverty Measure”, incorporates a wide variety of factors such as the peoples’ ability to buy basic services and goods, welfare payments and the costs of food, gasoline and other essentials.
  • Hewlett-Packard says it’s the victim of fictitious accounting at company it acquired

    11/20/2012 9:28:22 AM PST · by mojito · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/120/2012 | Unattributed
    Hewlett-Packard Co. said that a British company it bought for $9.7 billion last year lied about its finances, resulting in a massive write-down of the value of the business. CEO Meg Whitman avoided calling it a fraud, but said Tuesday that there were “serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy Corporation PLC.” HP is taking an $8.8 billion charge in its latest quarter largely to align the accounting value of Autonomy with its real value. The revelation is another blow for HP, which is struggling to reinvent itself as PC and printer sales shrink. Its shares hit...
  • I will take no further action to contest this election.(Allen West)

    11/20/2012 9:22:03 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 91 replies
    Facebook ^ | 11-20-2012 | Allen West
    I will take no further action to contest this election. by Allen West on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 3:18am · For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process. While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election. While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the...
  • Feds arrest four Inland Empire men in terrorism plot

    11/20/2012 9:17:37 AM PST · by Smogger · 11 replies
    The Daily Bulletin ^ | 1/19/2012 10:39:37 PM PST | Doug Sanders
    Four Inland Empire men were arrested Monday in connection to a terrorist plot that was foiled by federal officials. Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, an Afghanistan native and former resident of Pomona; Ralph Deleon, 23, of Ontario and a native of the Philippines; Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales 21, of Upland; and Arifeen David Gojali, 21, of Riverside, a United States citizen, were arrested with plotting to join Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan in hopes of killing Americans. According to the complaint that was filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, the four conspired to provide material...
  • Morning Joe Rips 'Old White Guy' Republicans For Going After 'Younger Woman-of-Color' Rice

    11/20/2012 9:10:27 AM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    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 after the jump. JOHN HEILEMANN: The optics are obviously horrible, taking on an African-American woman in this way.
  • Gaza truce agreed, Hamas says, to take effect in hours

    11/20/2012 9:08:09 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Gaza truce agreed, Hamas says, to take effect in hours By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller | Reuters – 30 mins ago GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza conflict will go into effect later on Tuesday, a Hamas official said. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier he was open to a long-term deal to halt Palestinian rocket attacks on his country. "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9 o'clock (1900 GMT) and go into effect at midnight (2200 GMT)," Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters...
  • CBS: “Office of the DNI” cut al-Qaeda and terrorism references from Benghazi talking points

    11/20/2012 9:05:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/20/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Meet James Clapper --- the latest fall guy for the White House on Benghazi. After last week's hearings in Congress showed that the talking points from the CIA had been changed to eliminate the mention of terrorism, Washington erupted into a whodunit. CBS reports today that the culprit has been found ... sort of:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO   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 Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack --- with the...
  • Boehner tightens grip on GOP rank and file ahead of deficit talks

    11/20/2012 8:51:24 AM PST · by Qbert · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/12 | Molly K. Hooper
    Speaker John Boehner is tightening his grip on the House Republican Conference weeks before an anticipated vote on a deficit deal. The Ohio Republican has smoothed over differences with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), expanded his powers on the panel that doles out plum committee assignments, shot down a challenge to his earmark moratorium and worked behind the scenes to ensure that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) would win her leadership contest.  All of Boehner’s moves are aimed at shoring up his influence over the GOP conference, which in turn maximizes the Speaker’s leverage with President Obama and the Democratic-controlled...
  • Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

    11/20/2012 8:47:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 20, 2012
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from "Sesame Street" in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth. Last week a man accused Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy, a charge Clash denied.
  • Social Conservatism vs. Fiscal Conservatism

    11/20/2012 8:42:54 AM PST · by Scooter100 · 258 replies
    I am wondering about the structure of a third "Constitutional" party. Would it be better to form a party exclusively on a fiscal issues basis? What would be the pros and cons of taking social issues completely off the table? I mean, are there really enough "social issues" in the text of the Constitution itself to warrant making them a permanent policy of a new party and subsequently risking vicious debate and division? I guess I am thinking of the inevitability of Conservatives locking antlers with the "socially" left wing of the Libertarians", who are otherwise fiscally right wing. Shouldn't...
  • Military Suicides 'Out of Control'

    11/20/2012 8:34:10 AM PST · by kristinn · 137 replies
    The Northwest Florida Daily News Herald ^ | Monday, November 19, 2012 | Randal Yakey
    CALLAWAY — Libby Busbee pounded on the window of her son’s maroon Dodge Charger as he sat in the driveway of their home earlier this year. Locked inside his car, U.S. Army Spc. William Busbee sat with a .45-caliber gun pointed to the side of his head. “Look at me,” his mother cried out as she tried to get her son’s attention. “Look at me.” He wouldn’t look. He stared out the front windshield, distant, Busbee said, relating the story from an apartment complex in Callaway. “I kept yelling, ‘Don’t you do this. Don’t do it.’ He wouldn’t turn his...
  • Unions flexed muscles in state campaigns

    11/20/2012 8:33:07 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    SF Chron ^ | 11-20-12 | Sam Hananal
    From California to Maine, unions used their political muscle in the recent elections to help install Democratic governors, build labor-friendly majorities in state legislatures and defeat ballot initiatives against them. The combination of union money and member mobilization helped Democrats take control of state legislatures in Maine and Minnesota. In Michigan, voters repealed a law that allowed cities in financial distress to suspend collective bargaining contracts. But unions lost there on an effort to make collective bargaining rights a part of the state constitution. In New Hampshire, unions helped Maggie Hassan win the governor's race. Unions spent millions backing Hassan...
  • The Morally Reprehensible ‘Iron Dome’ – Hamas’s Best Friend

    11/20/2012 8:30:13 AM PST · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/19/2012 | Yori Yanover
    A social worker friend of mine used to talk about the ways dysfunctional families adapt and adjust to the craziness of an abnormal family member. Typically, they are so used to making allowances for the neediest family member, that they stop noticing his or her deficiencies. Only a visiting social worker, dropping in unannounced on a home visit, is able to recognize that the fact that Moishe'le is sitting naked under the dinner table eating the scraps his siblings hand him from above the table is crazy. Israel and the world have become one such a dysfunctional family, with the...
  • Petraeus Affair: 'There's No Dark Plot Here,' Jill Kelley's Friend Says

    11/20/2012 8:26:51 AM PST · by maggief · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2012 | LEE FERRAN , MIKE GUDGELL and NED BERKOWITZ
    A man who says he's a "very close friend" of Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus, told ABC News that Kelley's portrayal in the media is inaccurate, as are any insinuations that she hoped to profit financially from her close connection to America's spymaster. Don Phillips, a Tampa real estate developer, said in an interview that Kelley is "the best kind of friend" anyone would like to have, including America's top military officials. "Take everything you know and turn it around 180 degrees," said Phillips, who has known Kelley...
  • Sources: DNI cut "al Qaeda" reference from Benghazi talking points, and CIA, FBI signed off

    11/20/2012 8:21:35 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 48 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 Ambassador 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. There has been considerable discussion about who made the changes to the talking points that Rice stuck to in her television appearances on Sept. 16 (video), five days after the attack that killed American Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens,...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,November 20,2012

    11/20/2012 7:58:53 AM PST · by Biggirl · 66 replies
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  • Why Conservatives Should Cheer Up

    11/20/2012 7:51:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    "Barack Obama won because he recognized a new America." Or maybe an America more fluid, more insubstantial than post-election wisdom is ready to grant. You can't always tell about "new" -- a truth the human race rarely acknowledges. We'll see whether James Carville's and Stan Greenberg's words from a Democracy Corps survey stand up better than the consensus of November 1965, following the Lyndon Johnson-led slaughter of almost every Republican downwind from Barry Goldwater. Johnson, father of the Great Society, was all but run out of Washington on a rail after mucking up the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, as everyone these...
  • California Republicans say McCarthy endorsed gerrymandering that lost them 4 seats

    11/20/2012 7:46:18 AM PST · by old school · 43 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/19/2012 | John Gizzi
    “Kevin McCarthy was a staunch defender of these new lines, reassuring everyone that Republicans would fare just fine under them,” said Jon Fleischman of the Flash Report, the much-read online newsletter on California politics. “Clearly, this turned out not to be the case– although he was easily re-elected to the safe seat drawn for him. Had he drawn a competitive district, I wonder if he would have been so enthusiastic about the lines he helped stopped others from trying to stop.”
  • Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

    11/20/2012 7:41:03 AM PST · by yoe · 28 replies
    CNET ^ | November 20, 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    A Senate proposal (touted) as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law. CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week. Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall...
  • Soros’ MoveOn.org trying to rally Wal-Mart workers for Black Friday strike

    11/20/2012 7:40:32 AM PST · by Qbert · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/20/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Left-wing billionaire George Soros’ MoveOn.org has jumped into the fight for a unionized Wal-Mart workforce. MoveOn.org has sent emails to subscribers nationwide, urging them to descend on Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday. The organization is encouraging people to strike against management even if they aren’t Wal-Mart employees. “Instead of listening to and learning from its workers, Wal-Mart has sought to silence us and retaliate against those who dare to speak up,” MoveOn.org said in its email to supporters. “Warehouse workers who work for Wal-Mart contractors have also experienced retaliation for speaking out. Now, Wal-Mart workers have had enough.” Black Friday...
  • Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

    11/20/2012 7:34:40 AM PST · by Cheerio · 79 replies
    CNET ^ | |November 20, 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.
  • How Marriage Equality Supporters Beat The "Princess" Ad (Change in ad strategy pays off)

    11/20/2012 7:27:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 11/20/2012 | Chris Geidner
    WASHINGTON — The surprise sweep for marriage equality efforts at the polls in 2012 came after a dramatic shift in the television ads their backers ran — a change that came about after a year-long research effort to crack the code of previously successful ads run by marriage equality opponents that focused on "gay marriage" being taught in schools.Among the key changes: A shift away from talk of "rights" to a focus on committed relationships; a decision to address "values" directly as being learned at home; and an attempt to give voters "permission" to change their minds, according to...
  • China Will Build the Tallest Building In the World in Just 90 Days

    11/20/2012 7:26:23 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 51 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | November 20,2012 | Jesus Diaz
    According to its engineers, this will be the tallest skyscraper in the world by the end of March of 2013. Its name is Sky City, and its 2,749 feet (838 meters) distributed in 220 floors will grow in just 90 days in Changsha city, by the Xiangjiang river. Ninety days! It's not a joke. According to the construction company, the skyscraper will be built in just 90 days at the unbelievable rate of five floors per day. It's hard to believe, but they claim the building has been designed by some of the engineers who previously worked at the Burj...
  • The Story of Your Enslavement

    11/20/2012 7:26:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 11/20/12 | smartknowledgeu
    For those of you that have followed my writings for the past 7 years on my blog, theUndergroundInvestor, you are well aware that I have been advocating conversion of the majority of fiat currency savings into physical gold and physical silver as a means of combating the system of financial enslavement that the bankers have tried to impose upon the people in every country around the world. The bankers are now entering the second phase of their enslavement through the imposition of austerity measures on people that can least afford this imposition. Though we, at SmartKnowledgeU, have been advocating the...
  • Pew: Positive media coverage of Obama surged in campaign’s final week

    11/20/2012 7:21:44 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    the hill ^ | 11/20/2012 | By Jonathan Easley
    President Obama had his best run of media coverage during the final week of the campaign, while positive coverage of Mitt Romney dwindled, according to a study released Monday from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Between Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 29 percent of stories about Obama were positive, compared to 19 negative, while only 16 percent of Romney’s stories were positive, compared to 33 negative. It was Obama’s best week of media coverage since the Democratic National Convention, and only the second time in the cycle positive stories outnumbered negative ones for the president. The...
  • Is Thirty the new Fifty? (With ObamaCare in the wings, the 30 hour work week will be new normal)

    11/20/2012 7:20:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/20/2012 | Scott Mayer
    With ObamaCare in the wings, the traditional forty- or fifty-hour work week will soon be replaced with a less than thirty-hour week for many American workers. To wit: many businesses, including ones that previously received ObamaCare waivers, are trying to avoid paying onerous fines for not providing employees with health coverage as mandated by the new law. President Obama recently said that he won't allow the budget to be "balanced on the backs of the middle class." He sure did give the appearance of truly caring about these "folks," but he failed to disclose the fact that, even if taxed...
  • Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage (MSM black out)

    11/20/2012 7:15:14 AM PST · by yoe · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 19, 2012 | Nile Gardiner
    It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House. Obama's first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every chance the second term will be more of the same. On his trip to Asia this week, President Obama struggled to pronounce the name of...
  • Economic Disintegration is Almost Here (Huge company layoffs announced in response to elections?)

    11/20/2012 7:12:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/20/2012 | Monty Pelerin
    The disintegration of an economy and a society can take two courses. One course is like rust. It is slow and barely perceptible. The other is a sudden collapse. The first course, if left untended, eventually turns into the second. The US economy is now rusting away. Arguably it has been for decades. For anyone interested in looking, the signs are there. They will soon become unavoidable for even the most disinterested of our citizens. Dan Amoss correctly described what is happening as a result of Washington's overbearing involvement in the economy: ******* All government-directed economic activity grows at the...
  • Bomb Disposal Expert Takes His Last ‘Lonely Walk’

    11/20/2012 7:11:33 AM PST · by Arkansas Tider · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Nov 16, 2012 11:15 PM EST | Michael Daly
    Just as the details were emerging of a sex scandal involving Gen. David Petraeus that the media was calling “explosive,” Staff Sgt. Kenneth Wade Bennett took what bomb disposal experts call “the lonely walk” toward an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Bennett was on his third combat tour there and this time he had left behind a pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter. A snapshot taken of him and his daughter, Lila, just before he deployed in September showed the two of them walking hand in hand away from the camera.
  • Another food fight at Harvard (That diversity, pluralism and multi-culti thing again...)

    11/20/2012 7:09:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/20/2012 | Ethel C. Fenig
    The great minds at Harvard University just can't seem to get this diversity, pluralism and multi culti thing right. Not to mention inclusiveness. And when combined with something as difficult as food--well, Harvard just seems to collapse. Recently, Harvard succumbed after an Arab student went on a hate filled rant, complaining that hummus wasn't Israeli but Arab, or at least Mediterranean; labeling it Israeli was another sign of Israeli domination. Then Harvard University Dining Service (HUDS) decided that because kosher food is more expensive than non kosher food--and it is--only Jews should be allowed to eat in the Harvard Hillel...
  • 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.