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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
    The Legacy Lives On! Marks Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles. --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to The Levin Lounge Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Marks show: 1-877-381-3811
  • 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...