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  • Hostess Plans to Liquidate After Mediation Fails

    11/20/2012 4:46:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 81 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/20/12 | JULIE JARGON And RACHEL FEINTZEIG
    Hostess Brands Inc. said Tuesday night that mediation talks with its bakers union failed and the company will proceed with plans to close down and sell its assets.
  • Debunking Paul Krugman's Beloved 91 Percent Tax Myth

    11/20/2012 4:38:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 20, 2012 | Dustin Siggins
    In his column yesterday, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman made the case for how the pro-union and high-tax policies of the 1950s led to America’s unparalleled economic success from the end of World War II until the mid-1970s. The essay is a classic example of how to use a few correct facts to make a completely illogical argument. First Krugman says “Above all, the success of the postwar American economy demonstrates that, contrary to today’s conservative orthodoxy, you can have prosperity without demeaning workers and coddling the rich.” The only evidence of “coddling” he cites is lower tax rates...
  • Obama campaign manager saw supposed threat in Huntsman candidacy

    11/20/2012 4:35:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:50 AM 11/20/2012 | David Tonyan
    Former ambassador to China and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman could have been the greatest threat to the presidents re-election, Obamas campaign manager claimed Tuesday morning. The fact that Huntsman is widely considered a moderate may have played into Messinas supposed concern. Against Mitt Romney, Barack Obama won moderates by 15 points, Messina explained. But its unlikely that Messinaan astute Democratic partisantruly perceived Huntsman as a threat. The former Utah governor barely registered Republican support during the primary season.
  • Report Claiming Senator Leahy Is About To Make Email Privacy Even Worse Is Flawed

    11/20/2012 4:32:03 PM PST · by upchuck · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Kashmir Hill
    A report from CNet today claims that a bill up for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee next week that was supposed to increase privacy protections around our email would instead do the opposite, allowing many federal agencies to gain access to your email without a warrant. However, my reporting suggests the article is inaccurate. Heres what CNet says: [snip - see below] This would be particularly disturbing in the wake of the scandal surrounding Generals Petraeus and Allen, whose emails were exposed during a wide-ranging and questionable FBI investigation and have brought the discussion of limits on the...
  • Powerful Supermajorities Elected to Statehouses

    11/20/2012 4:21:51 PM PST · by qam1 · 66 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 11/20/12 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) There's a new superpower growing in the Great Plains and the South, where bulging Republican majorities in state capitols could dramatically cut taxes and change public education with barely a whimper of resistance from Democrats. Contrast that with California, where voters have given Democrats a new dominance that could allow them to raise taxes and embrace same-sex marriage without regard to Republican objections. If you thought the presidential election revealed the nation's political rifts, consider the outcomes in state legislatures. The vote also created a broader tier of powerful one-party governments that can act with...
  • Heinz Reports Double-Digit EPS Growth to $0.90 from Continuing Operations

    11/20/2012 4:17:36 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    H. J. Heinz Company ^ | November 20, 2012 | H. J. Heinz Company
    Fiscal 2013 Second-Quarter Results Continuing Operations, Excluding Fiscal 2012 Productivity Charges: Heinz delivered its 30th consecutive quarter of organic sales growth (volume plus price) of 3.3%.Reported sales grew 0.5% to $2.83 billion, despite a -2.4% foreign currency exchange impact.Emerging Markets delivered 13.2% organic sales growth (+10.3% reported) and represented 23% of total Company sales.Top 15 Brands delivered organic sales growth of 4.6% (+1.7% reported).Global Ketchup posted 5.0% organic sales growth (+3.8% reported).Net income grew 10.4% to $290 million (+22.3% reported).Marketing investment increased 13.4% on a constant currency basis (10.0% reported).Operating income declined 1.0% (+9.4% reported).EPS grew 11.1% (+23.3% reported).On...
  • Israel Hits Over 100 Terror Targets

    11/20/2012 4:15:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/12 | Maayana Miskin
    The IDF hit more than 50 targets in Gaza on Tuesday evening, bringing the total number of strikes in the region Tuesday over 100. Half of the strikes were aimed at terrorist cells that were engaged in firing rockets at Israel. Six known Hamas terrorists and one known Islamic Jihad terrorist were killed over the course of the day. Twenty terrorists were injured in airstrikes as they attempted to fire Grad rockets. Twenty-two percent of Tuesdays strikes hit rocket launchers that were not manned at the time. Another 8 percent of strikes targeted smuggling tunnels. Four percent targeted weapons stockpiles,...
  • Schools for Slavery(FDR's Speech, Changes in the Constitution With Ever Increasing List of "Rights")

    11/20/2012 4:08:55 PM PST · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Library of Law AndLiberty ^ | November 19, 2012 | Ken Masugi
    Looming over politics in 2012 was Franklin Roosevelts admonition in his Second Bill of Rights speech (his 1944 State of the Union Address) for the creation of security. To revive its founding, the government must guarantee various now-fundamental rights including the right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation; the right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment; and the right to a good education. Together, All of these rights spell security. In this view, security is the highest aim of American politics: Necessitous men are not free, FDR...
  • Illinois moves to grant licenses to illegal immigrants

    11/20/2012 3:43:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Wasington Times ^ | 11/20/12 | Stephen Dinan
    Top Illinois state officials said Tuesday theyll push to issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants a move backed also by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who for years stood as Democrats key impediment to pushing immigration in Congress. State Senate President John Cullerton said hell try to pass a bill in the legislatures veto session next week to remove restrictions on illegal immigrants getting licenses there, and Gov. Pat Quinn said hell sign it, if it reaches his desk. Both men are Democrats. The move represents pushback after a decade in which states went the other direction, putting tighter restrictions...
  • Merillat closing Smyth County (VA)cabinet plants

    11/20/2012 3:39:50 PM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    WSLS TV 10 ^ | November 20, 2012 | Associated Press | WSLS-TV 10
    <p>ATKINS, Va. (AP) - Cabinet maker Merillat is laying off 280 employees at two manufacturing plants in southwest Virginia.</p> <p>Officials for parent company Masco Cabinetry confirmed on Tuesday that it plans to close two facilities that make doors and panels for cabinets in Atkins in mid-January.</p>
  • Its Never Enough: Why the American Left Wont Stop Until It Has Ruined Everything

    11/20/2012 3:37:40 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 43 replies
    Conservative Daily News ^ | 11-21-2012 | Kyle Becker
    Such as it is that most leftists do not realize that the freedoms they have so vocally and stridently advocated for so long the social freedom to say and do whatever you want, and the economic freedom to avoid meaningful employment are about to be obliterated.
  • Food stamp enrollment skyrockets as unemployment rate declines

    11/20/2012 3:31:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/20/12 | Caroline May
    A new chart produced by Republicans staffers on the Senate Budget Committee shows food stamp enrollment continuing to increase even as the unemployment rate goes down. From October 2009 to October 2012 the unemployment rate has declined from 10.2 percent to 7.9 percent. In that same time frame, nearly ten million new recipients have been added to the food stamp rolls, according to government data analyzed by the Republican committee staff. Spending on the food stamp program has increased every single year since 2000, and a record number of individuals now receive the benefit. For instance, food stamp enrollment has...
  • Travel Warning U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs (Mexico)

    11/20/2012 3:26:47 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ^ | November 20, 2012
    The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens about the security situation in Mexico. General information on the overall security situation is provided immediately below. For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Mexico dated February 8, 2012 to consolidate and update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel. General Conditions: Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year...
  • Secret 'alias' account was available on EPA chief Lisa Jackson's computers

    11/20/2012 3:16:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/20/12 | Michael Bastasch
    Screenshots from sources show that the profile of the secret alias email account allegedly used by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was loaded on three computers under her name, as well as the computers of other agency employees within the Office of the Administrator. This is a complete link between the Windsor email address and Jackson, a source said in an email. Last week, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported that Jackson was allegedly using a secret alias email account under the name Richard Windsor. On Monday, The DCNF confirmed that the Windsor account was in use, citing an email released...
  • (Mayor Moocher) Newark Mayor Cory Booker agrees to live off food stamps for a MONTH

    11/20/2012 3:15:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 20 November 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Mayor Cory Booker is known for his social media savvy, having helped direct emergency services in Newark, New Jersey to stranded citizens during snowstorms and field questions during Hurricane Sandy. Now he's taking the talk offline as he bet a Twitter trash-talker that he could live healthfully on food stamps for a month. The Democratic politician got into a dispute with a woman on Twitter who took issue with his dispelling of some free advice via Plutarch. 'An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics,' Booker wrote on Sunday morning. User @MWadeNC...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,November 20,2012

    11/20/2012 3:08:46 PM PST · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | November 20,2012 | Mark Levin
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  • Common Sense After a Close Election

    11/20/2012 3:08:31 PM PST · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    Tom McClintock ^ | Rep Tom McClintock - CA4
    I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting and standing by me in this crucial election. I am glad to report that we were victorious on Election night by securing over 61 percent of the vote in my new district. Yet, with the election a few weeks behind us, we are now facing a serious challenge in front of us as we try to make some sense out of the disappointing presidential election outcome. One of the lessons that we should take from this experience is that capitulation on our values and principles...
  • Mainstream Media Caught In Snarl Of Tangled Benghazi Yarns

    11/20/2012 3:00:10 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/19/2012 @ 9:55AM |15,430 views | Larry Bell
    Tightly spun accounts of when and what the president and top administration officials knew and did prior to, during and following the deadly 9/11 terrorist attack on our Benghazi consulate are unraveling at warp speed. While the mainstream media has previously ignored the entire debacle, dont necessarily expect that selective indifference to continue. Now, with the election over and their candidate victorious, the seductive allure of key party sex and security scandals are already becoming irresistible news features. As Congressional investigations and a rising torrent of informed leaks continue to reveal disturbing new information, there are some major questions that...
  • The Bright Side Of Hell: Obama's win has its good points

    11/20/2012 2:54:39 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 32 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | November 19, 2012 | Daniel Clark
    The Bright Side Of Hell:Obamas win has its good points by Daniel Clark In the wake of President Obamas reelection, conservatives are reacting as if America as we know it will no longer exist. And you know what? Theyre right. Obama promised to fundamentally transform America in 2008, and hes got the job well underway by now. The question is, why does that have to be a negative? Evidently, a majority of voters dont think it is, so maybe theyve got a point. If you cant understand how, just take a minute to consider the following list of reasons why...
  • Facebook Photo Of Plymouth Woman At Tomb Of The Unknowns Sparks Outrage

    11/20/2012 2:43:44 PM PST · by jessduntno · 90 replies
    Boston ^ | Today | WBZ
    BOSTON (CBS) Two women have been placed on unpaid leave from their jobs after their photo at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia angered thousands of people on Facebook. An edited version of the controversial Lindsey Stone Facebook photo. Lindsey Stone was visiting the Tomb of the Unknowns last month on a business trip when she posed for a picture next to a sign that reads silence and respect. In the photo, Stone is pretending to yell and shes showing her middle finger. The photo, taken by co-worker Jamie Schuh, went viral and sparked thousands of angry comments. Some of...
  • US Energy Independence Can Be Created

    11/20/2012 2:41:06 PM PST · by Mr. Doctor · 2 replies
    The Energy Tribune ^ | Paul Stinson and Robert Rapier
    The US government can create an appropriate level of energy independence by causing up to four million barrels per day of additional transportation and heating fuels to be produced from North American energy sources by auctioning long-term financial hedges (Contracts for Difference) to firms offering the best terms for building appropriate conversion facilities. An appropriate level of energy independence is one that a) greatly reduces volatility of worldwide oil markets, b) eliminates the perceived need for political and military intervention in the Middle East and other unstable regions, and c) allows sensible and transparent competition among alternate sources of basic...
  • House resolution calls on Obama to reject UN arms trade treaty

    11/20/2012 2:39:29 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 33 replies
    THE HILL ^ | November 20, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Several dozen members of the House have introduced a resolution that calls on President Obama not to sign the United Nations's Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). It also demands that if Obama does sign it, the government should not spend any time or money on implementation until the Senate approves it.
  • Ken Ivory speaks about inequitable treatment of Western States

    11/20/2012 2:34:13 PM PST · by marsh2 · 5 replies
    American Lands Council ^ | Oct. 15, 2012 | Ken Ivory
    In a (video) presentation to the Nevada Association of Counties, Representative Ken Ivory (American Lands Council) talks about the inequitable treatment of the States West of the Mississippi by federal failure to dispose of the public lands into private ownership as promised in State Enabling Acts. Ivory/ALC proposes legislation to return lands to the Western States for lease or disposal into private ownership. Sale could provide revenue to discharge the National Debt.
  • Israeli airstrikes kill 3 Palestinian journalists

    11/20/2012 2:28:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/19/12 | Ibrahim Barzak | AP
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists in their cars Tuesday, a Gaza health official and the head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV said. Israel acknowledged targeting the men, claiming they had ties to militants. The strikes came on the seventh day of Israel's offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers. A number of journalists have been killed over the years while covering fighting between the Jewish state and the Palestinian militant group, but not in targeted strikes Israel acknowledged. Two of those killed were cameramen working for Al Aqsa TV, the centerpiece of a growing...
  • Iowa scientists: Drought a sign of climate change

    11/20/2012 2:22:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/19/12 | David Pitt - ap
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) This year's drought is consistent with predictions that global climate change would bring about weather extremes including more frequent droughts, said a report released Monday. The Iowa Climate Statement updates the 2010 report, reflecting the year's lingering drought and the belief that it signifies what many scientists have predicted increasing instability in weather patterns will lead to extremes during both wet and dry years. ... The report was signed by 138 scientists and researchers from 27 Iowa colleges and universities. They said they wanted to release the updated report now while the drought is...
  • The U.N. Tilt to Terrorists

    11/20/2012 2:17:44 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | November 20, 2012 | Claudia Rosett
    Nowhere in the charter of the United Nations is there any mandate for the U.N. to stack the deck in favor of terrorists. Yet that is exactly the effect of the current U.N. furor over conflict between Israel and the terrorists who control Gaza. When terrorists in Hamas-run Gaza busied themselves in recent years launching well over 2,000 rocket and mortar attacks on Israel, including hundreds of attacks in recent months, the U.N. shrugged it off as business as usual. Thats not to say that the U.N. ignored the attacks entirely. As the bombardments went on, and on, a few...
  • Democrats push to redeploy Obamas voter database

    11/20/2012 2:00:56 PM PST · by yoe · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 20,2012 | Craig Timberg and Amy
    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, Obamas database is just getting started. [snip] The database consists of voting records and political donation histories bolstered by vast amounts of personal but publicly available consumer data, say campaign officials and others familiar with the operation, which was capable of recording hundreds of fields for each voter....
  • Just ahead: avoidable recession (Any compromise that cuts spending and/or raises taxes won't work)

    11/20/2012 1:58:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 11/20/2012 | IRWIN KELLNER
    For one reason or another, this economy is going down. As everyone must know by now, a fiscal cliff looms ahead. Unless current law is changed, the U.S. economy will take a $600-billion hit starting next year. Taxes will go up by $500 billion, while spending will have to be slashed by $100 billion. These are big numbers for a healthy economy to absorb, much less one thats in the shape this economy is in. It amounts to at least 4% of our gross domestic product enough to push the fledgling recovery back into recession. In an attempt to...
  • Time for root canal therapy (For economy to survive, America must adopt short-term pain)

    11/20/2012 1:53:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 11/20/2012 | Martin Hutchinson
    The next four years are likely to be unpleasant. There are already several crises heading towards us, and in the fiscal, monetary, regulatory and general economic areas the Barack Obama administration's policy is likely to be counterproductive. In these circumstances, there's only one sound course of action for the Republican congressional majority: they must abandon all their natural politicians' preference for avoiding short-term pain and adopt a root-canal approach, welcoming short-term economic pain for the sake of preserving the US economy intact for better times ahead. For the past four years, Obama's trillion-dollar deficits and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's...
  • A National Crisis in Character

    11/20/2012 1:46:08 PM PST · by IbJensen · 30 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 11/19/2012 | Star Parker
    Here's an excerpt from a letter I received the other day from a college professor: "[T]hroughout this election I discussed with students the differences between ideologies. The majority of them are on federal financial aid. They are fine with more taxes as long as they will be taken care of. It is disturbing to hear that they are willing to spend their own money on tattoos and cell phones but cannot buy the book for class until the financial aid comes in." For those who see social conservatism as an annoyance and argue that Republicans must purge this agenda from...
  • White House Announces $6 Billion to Promote Clean Energy in Asia

    11/20/2012 1:45:49 PM PST · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | november 20, 2012 | fred lucas
    The White House announced the federal government will spend $6 billion over four years for a sustainable energy future plan with Asian countries that involves loaning tax dollars to other countries to increase their purchasing power for U.S. technology, services and equipment. Recognizing that energy and the environment are among the most pressing issues confronting our region, President Obama, in partnership with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, today proposed the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy Future, the White House announced Tuesday as Obama visits Asian Pacific...
  • Mars Mystery: What HAS Curiosity Discovered?

    11/20/2012 1:45:34 PM PST · by Red Badger · 90 replies
    Discovery.com ^ | Tue Nov 20, 2012 02:13 PM ET | Analysis by Ian O'Neill
    Science isn't something that just happens overnight. It takes many measurements, oodles of analysis, re-testing and re-analysis before any groundbreaking announcement can be made. So, on the surface of Mars, inside Gale Crater on a plain called Aeolis Palus, our tenacious six-wheeled Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is doing cutting-edge laboratory work on an alien world and mission scientists are itching to announce a "historic" discovery. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good," John Grotzinger, lead scientist of the MSL mission, said in an interview with NPR. But what is he referring to and...
  • Obama Campaign Viewed Huntsman as Very Tough Candidate'

    11/20/2012 1:38:22 PM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 20, 2012 | Peter Nicholas
    When Obama campaign aides surveyed the field of Republican presidential hopefuls early on, they saw a certain handsome Mormon candidate and thought hed be trouble in a general election showdown. It wasnt Mitt Romney. Jon Huntsman is the former Utah governor who took a moderate stance in a GOP field that leaned to the right. He didnt get very far in the Republican nomination fight, but team Obama viewed him as a serious candidate who could pose real problems in a general election.
  • HAMAS GOONS Shoot Suspected Spies and Drag Body Through the Streets

    11/20/2012 1:36:50 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 16 replies
    TheGatewayPundit ^ | 11-20-12 | Jim Hoft
    Six Palestinian men have been executed after being accused of spying for Israel. After a brief trial, the six alleged informers were executed and dumped in a Gaza street, reports said. Their bodies are still there now. Ambulances have been arriving to presumably take them away, Sky News correspondent Stuart Ramsay said.
  • Roger Ailes: My life would be so much easier if I were just more liberal.

    11/20/2012 1:29:08 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 19 replies
    TV Newser ^ | Nov. 20, 012 | Chris Ariens
    When Roger Ailes was a kid he used to watch Roy Rogers movies. He used to love the part where the cattle would all start heading toward the cliff in a stampede. And one poor son-of-a-bitch had to go out there and ride on a horse and ride into the middle of it and try to turn the whole herd. Thats how the 72-year-old co-founder of Fox News sees himself today. If someones got to go in there and turn the herd at least Im willing to wade in and try it, Ailes told TVNewser during a lengthy interview in...
  • Soldier, Civilian Killed in Hamas Attacks

    11/20/2012 1:23:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/12 | Maayana Miskin
    An IDF soldier who was critically wounded in a rocket attack Tuesday evening in the Eshkol region has died. He has been identified as 18-year-old Yosef Fartuk of Emanuel. Fartuk was posthumously promoted from private to corporal. Israeli civilian Alayaan Salem al-Nabari was killed in a mortar shell attack in the Eshkol region at approximately the same time. Al-Nabari, an Israeli Bedouin, lived in the southern Negev desert. .....
  • How Friction May Someday Charge Your Cell Phone

    11/20/2012 1:23:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | November 19, 2012 | By Katherine Bourzac
    A nanogenerator made from inexpensive materials harvests mechanical energy and produces enough power to charge personal electronics. The phenomenon that causes a painful shock when you touch metal after dragging your shoes on the carpet could someday be harnessed to charge personal electronics. Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a device that takes advantage of static electricity to convert movementlike a phone bouncing around in your pocketinto enough power to charge a cell phone battery. It is the first demonstration that these kinds of materials have enough oomph to power personal electronics. Excess energy produced when you walk, fidget, or...
  • Judge: Obama Admin Can Force Hobby Lobby to Obey HHS Mandate

    11/20/2012 1:12:51 PM PST · by NYer · 228 replies
    Life News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A federal judge has issued a ruling siding with the Obama administration saying that it has the right to force Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned and run company, to pay for drugs for women that may cause abortions.The privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The company says it would face $1.3 million in fines on a daily basis starting in January if it fails to comply with the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for or refer women for abortion-cause...
  • ICC users rack up unpaid tolls

    11/20/2012 1:06:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2012 | Katherine Shaver
    Nearly one in three motorists who use the Intercounty Connector without an E-ZPass transponder dont pay the toll later, making Marylands newest and most expensive highway home to a toll violation rate four times higher than the state average. Individual motorists racked up as much as $1,418 each in unpaid tolls after driving on the ICC, or Route 200, as many as 430 times during the first six months of this year. A rental car company owed $4,263 in ICC toll debt, while a construction company accrued $2,241 for 65 unpaid trips during that time. The new 18.8-mile highway between...
  • Obama calls Morsi for third time in 24 hours

    11/20/2012 1:05:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/20/12 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- For the third time in the last 24 hours, President Barack Obama has spoken by phone with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in an effort to broker an end to the crisis in Israel and Gaza, the White House said. In the latest call, Morsi and Obama spoke for about 20 minutes as Obama returned aboard Air Force One from a trip to Asia, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters on board the plane just after it landed for a refueling stop in Japan.
  • Fired Canton officer Daniel Harless wins back his job [threatened CCW holder with death][OH]

    11/20/2012 1:00:56 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 42 replies
    The Canton Repository ^ | Nov 14, 2012 @ 03:15 PM | Ed Balint
    CANTON Fired police officer Daniel Harless could get his job back if he gets medical clearance to return to work. An arbitrator hearing Harless appeal ruled in the former patrolmans favor. The 15-page ruling was dated Saturday and released by the city Wednesday. Harless attorney indicated his client is unlikely to seek his old job, at least for now. He has been receiving workers compensation and has applied for a disability retirement pension. But Harless now has the right to be back on the job, according to arbitrator Harry Graham. PAST VIDEOS ON HARLESS: VIDEO: Canton officer threatens...
  • Hostess and the GM Bailout: Why the Chevy Volt Shouldn't Exist but Twinkies Still Will

    11/20/2012 12:55:10 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    schaeffersresearch.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Minyanville
    Reports of the death of Twinkies have been greatly exaggerated. You can bet your less-than-a-UAW-worker's next paycheck that the delightfully unnatural confections and wondrous white breads from Interstate Bakeries Corp. are not going away, news stories to the contrary notwithstanding. I wish we could say the opposite about the financially disastrous, U.S.-government-subsidized Chevy Volt, but we can't. The fact that the Invisible Hand will ultimately keep us in golden sponge cake reveals everything about what goes wrong when the bumbling hand of politics intervenes in free markets, as it did in the case of General Motors (NYSE:GM). As you've by...
  • Why God Can't Get Angry (Video)

    11/20/2012 12:48:25 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 65 replies
    YouTube ^ | Tues Nov 20, 2012 | offTheLeftEye
    If we generally agree that loosing our temper at someone means that we have some more growing up to do, why would we think that God does it?
  • 10 Commandments judge Roy Moore wins his old job back

    11/20/2012 12:44:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/19/2012 | Kim Chandler
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. Roy Moore, forever known as Alabamas Ten Commandments judge, has been re-elected chief justice in a triumphant political resurrection after being ousted from that office nearly a decade ago. Republican Moore defeated Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bob Vance, a Democrat, to win back his former office. Its clear the people have voted to return me to the office of chief justice, Moore said. I have no doubt this is a vindication. I look forward to being the next chief justice, Moore told a crowd of sign-waving supporters. Moore thanked supporters at his party for sticking with him...
  • Denmark shocked by story of brain-dead donors recovery

    The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator. About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the heart-rending drama. But Carina Melchior did not die after her respirator was removed. She is now undergoing rehabilitation and may make a full recovery. About 500 people immediately removed their names from Denmarks organ donor register. Doctors at Aarhus University Hospital...
  • Socialism Is A One-Way Street To Oblivion

    11/20/2012 12:32:53 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 5 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 9, 2012 | Charlie Daniels
    We are all aware of the slippery slope that the profligate spending of our politicians has put our nation on, and those who are honest enough to admit it know that the mighty United States of America is headed for a fiscal disaster that, if our course is not drastically altered, will shake the very foundations of our stability and reduce the greatest nation the world has ever known to a Greece-like shell complete with social upheaval and worthless currency. When we think about the ramifications of our decades of foolishness, we tend to be concerned about the social fall...
  • There's Another Massive Source Of Energy Coming, And The World Has George W. Bush To Thank

    11/20/2012 12:28:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/20/2012 | Rob wile
    Citi's commodities team believes Iraqi oil production is set to explode in the coming years, causing prices to turn downward.In a massive survey helmed by analyst Edward Morse, Citi's team projects Brent crude to fall to $99 next year.One of the main reasons: Iraq's oil production is poised to reach heights never seen in its history — neither prior to America's 2003 invasion nor in Iraq's '80s heyday.This would be the world's second huge energy boom, with the US being the other big story. Citi Importantly, the current Iraq trajectory is based on post-invasion dynamics.For instance, a second development at...
  • Church of England Won't Allow Female Bishops

    11/20/2012 12:27:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/20/2012
    The Church of England's governing body on Tuesday narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops, leaving the church facing more years of contentious debate. Following a daylong debate, opponents mustered enough support to deny the necessary two-thirds majority among lay members of the General Synod, with backers falling six votes short of passage. Many speakers expressed regret that they were unable to agree on a way forward. "Whatever the outcome, there is no victory in the coming days," said Rev. Angus MacLeay, summing up for the opposition. "It is a train crash." The defeat was a...
  • Latest Updates on the Gaza Conflict [Israel Blows Up Muslim "News"/Propaganda Outlet]

    11/20/2012 12:26:02 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/20/12 | Robert Mackey
    ....Last week, Al Aqsa TV broadcast extremely graphic video of an Egyptian doctor displaying the badly burned, mangled corpse of a Palestinian baby killed in an Israeli strike. Footage of the same scene was recorded but not distributed by Reuters. The use of that sort of footage has been used by Israelis to argue that Palestinians working for Hamas are propagandists and so can be considered part of the groups command and control structure. The same argument has been used by some supporters of Syrian rebel groups to justify attacks on pro-government media workers. After Israel struck a media building...
  • Israeli Iron Dome Stops a Rocket With a Rocket

    11/20/2012 12:21:09 PM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    New York times ^ | November 19, 2012 | Isabel Kirschner
    JERUSALEM An abiding image of the former Israel defense minister Amir Peretz was a photograph of him peering at a military drill with the black lens caps still on his binoculars. Mr. Peretz resigned months after the 2006 war in Lebanon, which was widely regarded as a failure. Yet on Sunday, as rockets fired by Gaza militants streaked toward Tel Aviv, Ashdod and other Israeli cities, Mr. Peretz, a resident of the rocket-battered border town of Sderot, was being hailed as a defense visionary for having had the foresight while in office to face down myriad skeptics and...