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  • Time For Obama Administration to “Grow up!” They Are Trying to Punish Fox

    11/20/2012 5:48:24 PM PST · by kristinn · 38 replies
    Greta Wire ^ | Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Greta Van Susteren
    The Obama Administration is playing dirty. Trying to put a price tag on access — either a news organization plays ball and accepts what they dish out without challenge, or the news organization is excluded, punished... ...and now the latest…. DNI Director James Clapper told Capitol Hill last week that the DNI did not know who took the term Al Qaeda out of the talking points that was given to Ambassador Susan Rice. It turns out that is not true and the DNI released a memo to the media last night indicating that DNI Director James Clapper was wrong last...
  • Political Parties Need Rebranding

    11/20/2012 5:48:21 PM PST · by tankrlm · 13 replies
    gopusa ^ | 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...
  • Obama Lies to America Again About al Qaeda

    11/20/2012 5:43:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Nov 01, 2012 01:25 PM EST | Katie Pavlich
    At a campaign event today in Wisconsin, President Obama once again misled the country about the status of the terrorist group al Qaeda. "Al Qaeda has been decimated," he said to the crowd. This statement is simply not true. Recently, "al Qaeda is on the run" was dropped from Obama's campaign trail stump speeches due to the fallout over the 9/11 attack in Benghazi which was carried out by al Qaeda terrorists. That move by the campaign doesn't change the fact that al Qaeda has not been "decimated" and is not "on the run" as President Obama suggested to the...
  • Parents confess to killing girl over freewill marriage ( Pakistan )

    11/20/2012 5:39:16 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | November 20, 2012 | Owais Jafri
    MULTAN: The parents of a girl whose body was found buried in a field a month ago have confessed to killing her, police said on Monday. They said the parents had killed her for marrying without their consent. They said the post-mortem examination had revealed that the girl had been strangled and the body burned before she was buried. ... the mother had confessed to helping her husband kill Naureen. She told police that they tied her hands and feet and tried to strangle her. They said they then covered her mouth with a cloth and set her on fire...
  • Michigan: Cliffs cutting iron production, affecting 625 jobs

    11/20/2012 5:35:32 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 27 replies
    stamfordadvocate.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | STEVE KARNOWSKI
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 625 people will be laid off when Cliffs Natural Resources idles a Michigan mine and cuts production at a Minnesota operation due to declining demand for iron ore, the company announced Monday. Two of the four production lines at Northshore Mining's taconite plant in Silver Bay will shut down effective Jan. 5, resulting in 125 layoffs, said Cliffs' Minnesota spokeswoman Sandy Karnowski. It has not been determined how those layoffs will be distributed between the plant and Northshore's mine in Babbitt, she said. Cliffs also plans an extended summer shutdown at the Empire Mine near Palmer,...
  • Boehner Tightens Grip on Rank & File GOP (Goes to war on Conservatives)

    11/20/2012 5:31:41 PM PST · by INVAR · 116 replies
    Snip: 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.
  • Atheist Group Backs Parents Upset School Wants To Take Kids To See ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’

    11/20/2012 5:30:43 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 105 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | November 20, 2012 | Unknown
    Full title: Atheist Group Backs Parents Who Are Upset School Wants To Take Kids To See ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ At ChurchLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CBS Atlanta) — Charlie Brown has been caught in the crossfire of the “war on Christmas” mantra. KARK-TV reports that some parents were upset that Terry Elementary School in Little Rock wanted to take children to go see a play of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at a local church.
  • EDITORIAL: Obama ducks Benghazi

    11/20/2012 5:28:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2012 | Editorial
    White House still dodging talking point responsibilityPresident Obama took responsibility last week for his administration’s actions in Benghazi, Libya. He insisted those criticizing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for misleading the American people regarding the terror attack ought to come after him instead. This week, administration leakers are passing the buck. Unnamed sources within the administration say that someone in the Office of Director of National IntelligenceJames R. Clapper removed references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” from Mrs. Rice’s talking points, with CIA and FBI concurrence. According to this version of events, Mr. Obama, his national security...
  • GE Healthcare to Eliminate 2 Percent of Jobs in Wisconsin

    11/20/2012 5:27:09 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies
    hispanicbusiness.com ^ | Nov 19, 2012 | Rick Barrett
    GE Healthcare said Friday it is cutting 2 percent of its jobs in Wisconsin, where it has 6,500 employees, and 10 percent of its workforce in Vermont, where it employs about 500 people. The Waukesha-based medical equipment manufacturer said it needs to make "tough decisions in the current economic climate" and was looking for ways to streamline its operations and lower costs. "This will reduce complexity, speed up decision making and help us become more accessible to our customers," said GE spokesman Benjamin Fox. "It also addresses the continued economic challenges in Europe and the U.S., and it will position...
  • Obama’s ‘Constituency Groups’ Checklist Offers No Options for Whites or Men

    11/20/2012 5:09:29 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 39 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 11/20/2012
    Fresh off his reelection, President Barack Obama is asking his supporters to complete a survey that asks the people being polled to check off which “constituency groups” they identify with – there are 22 groups listed but not one for “whites” or “men.” The post-election survey, distributed through www.barackobama.com to “take this organization forward,” includes the question, “Which constituency groups do you identify yourself with? Select all that apply.” It then lists 22 groups. But whites and men are not on the list – women are, as are African Americans, Arab-Americans, Latinos and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender). Other...
  • Intelligence Report: Fired Jesse Jackson Jr. staffer says she fled Chicago over harassment

    11/20/2012 4:56:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 11/20/12 | Chuck Goudie
    Intelligence Report: Fired Jesse Jackson Jr. staffer says she fled Chicago over harassmentChuck Goudie November 20, 2012 Updated at 06:21 PM today (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A former top aide to Jesse Jackson Jr. says she had to flee Chicago because of harassment by the Jackson family. **SNIP** "I started to receive harassment after I went to see Rev. Jackson," Hayyim said. "I've had people coming by my home taking pictures and damaging property, which I filed a police report for, but I removed myself from that location to a safer place." **SNIP** Hayyim says she is having to represent herself...
  • Public nudity ban passed by the Board of Supervisors

    11/20/2012 4:48:16 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 19 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11-20-12 | City Insider
    Nudists will need to cover up or limit where they show their bare buns after the Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 to pass a ban on public nudity. Supervisors Jane Kim, John Avalos, Eric Mar, Christina Olague and David Campos voted to oppose the ban. Campos argued that police resources could better be spent fighting violent crime, instead of tracking down naked men roaming the streets. Other supervisors argued the ban seemed to infringe on people’s right to express themselves and was merely a problem in a Castro that didn’t need a citywide ban. The ban still requires a second...
  • 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 president’s re-election, Obama’s campaign manager claimed Tuesday morning. … The fact that Huntsman is widely considered a “moderate” may have played into Messina’s supposed concern. Against Mitt Romney, “Barack Obama won moderates by 15 points,” Messina explained. But it’s unlikely that Messina—an astute Democratic partisan—truly 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. Here’s 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 Tuesday’s 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 Roosevelt’s 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 they’ll push to issue driver’s 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 he’ll try to pass a bill in the legislature’s veto session next week to remove restrictions on illegal immigrants getting licenses there, and Gov. Pat Quinn said he’ll 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>
  • It’s Never Enough: Why the American Left Won’t 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! Mark’s 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 Mark’s 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, don’t 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:Obama’s win has its good points by Daniel Clark In the wake of President Obama’s reelection, conservatives are reacting as if America as we know it will no longer exist. And you know what? They’re right. Obama promised to “fundamentally transform” America in 2008, and he’s got the job well underway by now. The question is, why does that have to be a negative? Evidently, a majority of voters don’t think it is, so maybe they’ve got a point. If you can’t 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 she’s 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. That’s not to say that the U.N. ignored the attacks entirely. As the bombardments went on, and on, a few...
  • Democrats push to redeploy Obama’s 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, Obama’s 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 that’s 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 he’d be trouble in a general election showdown. It wasn’t Mitt Romney. Jon Huntsman is the former Utah governor who took a moderate stance in a GOP field that leaned to the right. He didn’t 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.” That’s how the 72-year-old co-founder of Fox News sees himself today. “If someone’s got to go in there and turn the herd at least I’m 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 movement—like a phone bouncing around in your pocket—into 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...