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  • Twinkies—A Defense: The real battle at the snack maker is union vs. union.

    11/21/2012 9:37:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/21/2012 | Holman Jenkins
    A corporate bankruptcy is a paper death. The underlying assets live on. Killers of paper structures, in this light, are devalued villains, but a cry has gone up to identify the villain behind the pending liquidation of Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies, Devil Dogs, Wonder Bread and other déclassé delights. Everyone knows the answer: It was the bakers—i.e., the branch of the AFL-CIO formally known as the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. The bakers are guilty of a perfectly justifiable attempted homicide. Don't believe any guff about how chubby Americans are gnawing on carrot sticks. Forget...
  • Emperor Bloomberg’s bureaucracy gone mad: City inspectors hassling heroes who feed Sandy victims

    11/21/2012 9:34:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | november 20, 2012
    On Sunday, Eustace and dozens of fellow firefighter volunteers served 800 free hot meals from a steamy Army tent in this hemorrhaging beach community, where there are no longer stores or restaurants, where most people have no gas to cook with, no heat or hot water and no hot food. That afternoon, a freon-blooded inspector from the city’s Department of Health issued Eustace a notice of violation for not meeting the same food-handling standards as, say, the Four Seasons. This is beyond outrageous. This is Emperor Bloomberg’s bureaucracy gone completely mad in a time of death and destruction in the...
  • Report: Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise

    11/21/2012 9:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/21/2012 | AllahPundit
    I keep thinking, "Christie can't possibly come back from this." And then I think, "Wait, did we actually just nominate John McCain and the guy responsible for RomneyCare?"Never underestimate the Republican capacity to forgive, my friends. But behind the scenes, the intensity of the reaction from those in Mr. ChristieÂ’s party caught him by surprise, interviews show, requiring a rising Republican star to try to contain a tempest that left him feeling deeply misunderstood and wounded... The tensions followed Mr. Christie to the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas last week. At a gathering where he...
  • Senators Ask Obama For Post-Election Keystone OK

    11/21/2012 9:32:56 AM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | Nobember 21, 2012
    Now that the election is over, nine Republican and nine Democrats have asked the president to stop making excuses and build a job-creating pipeline that will close the revenue gap through economic growth. The truly bipartisan group of senators, led by Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat and powerful chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, wrote President Obama on Friday urging him to quickly issue a permit for the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring over 830,000 barrels of crude from Canada's oil sands to American refineries every day. "Setting...
  • Top GOP lawmaker pressures Clapper to explain altered talking points on Libya

    11/21/2012 9:27:09 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is demanding an immediate explanation from the nation’s top intelligence official, James Clapper, for what the chairman says were inconsistent statements to Congress and to the public on who was behind changes to the CIA talking points on the Libya consulate attack in September. Critics say the Obama administration initially minimized the role of terrorism despite evidence of a coordinated attack on the consulate in Benghazi. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the assault. Testimony last week on Capitol Hill raised additional questions about the administration's changing story...
  • Kuhner Report: Fire Lindsay Stone!

    11/21/2012 9:24:52 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 46 replies
    WRKO ^ | 11/21/12 | raccoonradio
    Jeff Kuhner Podcast: An immature girl takes a crude photo at the Arlington National Cemetry, and now people are calling for her to be fired from her job.
  • When does an e-bike become a motorcycle? (EU regulations)

    11/21/2012 9:20:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 21 November 2012 | Marc Hall
    The European Parliament has voted to separate regulation on motorized and non-motorized bicycles, a move two-wheeler associations say will safeguard investment in cycling. In the plenary session, European lawmakers decided on Tuesday (20 November) that any electronically power assisted cycle (EPAC) under 250 watts (0.335 hp) and a maximum speed of 25 kilometers per hour (15.5 mph) would remain a bicycle. Anything more powerful is considered a motorbike, in line with the European Commission’s original proposal. …
  • Jill Kelley tried to broker deals for USF Health

    11/21/2012 9:14:56 AM PST · by maggief · 12 replies
    TBO ^ | November 22, 2012 | Jodie Tillman
    TAMPA — Soon after she was appointed honorary consul to South Korea, Jill Kelley of Tampa went to work trying to establish a relationship between that country and the University of South Florida's medical school. "I was nominated for this diplomatic appointment, for the purpose to facilitate new agreements in the USA with my contacts," Kelley wrote in a Sept. 7 email to USF medical school dean Stephen Klasko. "I have a unique opportunity to propose bids because of my relationship with the top executive branch of Korea, and in addition, the President of the Free Trade Act is my...
  • Dive off fiscal cliff could be 'disastrous' for orphans, foster children, say advocates

    11/21/2012 9:05:26 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/20/2012 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    As talk of tax increases and deep cuts to government programs dominate Washington, adoption advocates are warning of another crisis should the adoption tax credit be allowed to expire at the end of the year — a potentially “disastrous” outcome for more than 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system. Among the so-called Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of 2012 is a one-time adoption tax credit that gave $12,650 this year to families who took in a parentless child. But unless Congress acts to extend it, the only tax credit for adoptive parents on Jan....
  • Boehner: 'ObamaCare' must be on the table in 'fiscal cliff' negotiations

    11/21/2012 9:04:43 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/21/12 | By Sam Baker
    President Obama's signature healthcare law has to be on the table for cuts as Congress tried to negotiate a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wrote in an op-ed. "We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to leave it intact," Boehner wrote in the Cincinnati Enquirer. "That’s why I’ve been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive debt challenge." Republicans have already made clear that they hope to go after the law's insurance subsidies in upcoming debt talks. The subsidies represent...
  • Cornell expert: The 'sky will not fall' if U.S. hits the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

    11/21/2012 9:02:34 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies
    © Copyright 2012, Ithaca Times , Ithaca , NY ^ | Updated: 9:03 am, Sat Nov 17, 2012. | From staff reports
    The sky is not falling. That's according to Steven Kyle, an expert in macroeconomics and government policy, and a professor of management at Cornell University's Dyson School of Applied Economics, who offered his comments on the potential economic implications of Congress and President Barack Obama failing to come to an agreement ahead of the Jan. 1, 2013 "Fiscal Cliff" deadline. “The fiscal cliff isn't an emergency that requires most people to take immediate action," he said. "Actually, it is more of a slope than a cliff. The "Fiscal Cliff" refers to the effect of laws that, if unchanged, could result...
  • Feinstein: Petraeus Cheated Because He Had 'No Entourage,' 'No Driver,' Had to Wash Own Dishes

    11/21/2012 8:55:31 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    Feinstein: Petraeus Cheated Because He Had 'No Entourage,' 'No Driver,' Had to Wash Own Dishes By Elizabeth Harrington November 21, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – Senate Intelligence Chairman Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) explained on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that former CIA Director David Petraeus cheated on his wife because after retiring from the U.S. Army as a four star general he no longer had an entourage and a driver and had to wash his own dishes when he got home from work. “Here’s a man, and you see Time Magazine, and you see the medals he has. You see the stars,”...
  • Lebanon War victims alter game of terror financing

    11/21/2012 8:54:27 AM PST · by ilcenter · 1 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/21/2012 15:33 | YONAH JEREMY BOB
    Terror groups may no longer be able to do transactions in US dollars after a groundbreaking ruling by the highest state court in New York, the New York Court of Appeals, announced Shurat Hadin, the Israel Law Center, on Wednesday. The ruling was issued on Tuesday in favor of victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks from the 2006 Lebanon War and could be a “game changer” in the global financial war on terror financing. Until now, terror financing could avoid scrutiny in the US by making fund transfers through American correspondent banks. A correspondent bank essentially serves as a middle bank...
  • Home invasion suspect shoots self in stomach(MO)

    11/21/2012 8:50:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Daily Dunklin Democrat ^ | 20 November, 2012 | NA
    CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo ---- Authorities are investigating a home invasion in which the suspect may have shot himself in the stomach. According to the Caruthersville Police Department, on Thursday, November 15, 2012, Caruthersville Officers responded to shots being fired at approximately 8 p.m., at 1400 Vest Avenue in Caruthersville. Upon the arrival of Chief of Police, Tony L. Jones, officers made contact with the residents and were advised that a black male, wearing a ski mask had entered the home with a loaded firearm and pointed at the subjects inside of the residents demanding money. One of the subjects in the...
  • New York Times Asks Is Limbaugh's America Gone? Liberals Reply Yes, Time for 'Growing Class Warfare'

    11/21/2012 8:45:21 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    New York Times Asks Is Limbaugh's America Gone? Liberals Reply Yes, Time for 'Growing Class Warfare' By Tim Graham Created 11/21/2012 - 11:10am In a piece for The New York Times “Campaign Stops” blog, liberal political writer Thomas Edsall asked “Is Rush Limbaugh’s Country Gone?” In other words, is Rush right in his post-election analysis that America is in danger of its producers being outnumbered and outvoted by the government dependents? Did we just prove the old George Bernard Shaw aphorism that “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul”? Leftists enthusiastically...
  • A Poster Child for Psychological Projection(Statist warns of possible race war)

    11/21/2012 8:41:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    GunsSaveLife ^ | 20 November, 2012 | GSL
    Are right-wing gun owners aching to start a race war? The Daily Caller brings us a story today about a Ivory Tower leftist philosophy professor at the City University of New York who has warned her fellow leftists that yes, those crazy, right-wing white folks with guns may just start a race war against Latinos as a result of President Barack Hussein “Santa Claus” Obama’s re-election. Continuing the recent trend of liberals to divide America by race, gender, religion, income, job type, national origin, ear lobe type, and dialect style, Linda Martin Alcoff contends “No other group can realistically pose...
  • Hamas May Be Closer To Regional Legitimacy (Rashid Khalidi propaganda interview)

    11/21/2012 8:40:19 AM PST · by Qbert · 2 replies
    NPR ^ | November 19, 2012 | All Things Considered
    ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: [Snip] For more on Hamas, we're joined now by Professor Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University. Welcome to the program once again. [Snip] SIEGEL: I mean, one reading of what's happening now is that Israel has demonstrated to Hamas that in exchange for rocket attacks on southern Israel, there will be the same kind of retaliation that there was at the end of 2008. How does that play with the Palestinian people? I mean, is Hamas regarded as a defender, as a resistant movement or is it in some way regarded as bringing down these terrible air attacks...
  • Citizens rush council members as chaos erupts at Newark City Hall meeting [Gangs v. New Left ?]

    11/21/2012 8:32:20 AM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 15 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 11/21/2012 | By David Giambusso and James Queally/The Star-Ledger
    NEWARK — A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight, with dozens of residents rushing the council stage and police responding with pepper-spray. After weeks of jockeying for Rep. Donald Payne’s successor, Booker made an unprecedented personal appearance to cast the deciding vote with his council allies for Shanique Davis Speight, a longtime ally of power broker Stephen Adubato, over the angry objections of residents. "In the absence of a quorum, I have an obligation to sit in," Booker said, though he...
  • Leno: 'Petraeus's Mistress Had More Information About Benghazi Than Susan Rice'

    11/21/2012 8:31:43 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Leno: 'Petraeus's Mistress Had More Information About Benghazi Than Susan Rice' By Noel Sheppard Created 11/21/2012 - 10:38am Jay Leno continued his comedic assault on the White House Tuesday. During the opening monologue of NBC's Tonight Show, the host said David Petraeus's mistress Paula Broadwell had more information about Benghazi than United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice (video follows with transcript and commentary): “More problems for General Petraeus," teased Leno. "After searching the home of his mistress Paula Broadwell, the FBI said it found classified material on her personal computer." "In fact," he continued, "agents said she had more information about...
  • People line up to legally make untraceable guns(CA)

    11/21/2012 8:30:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    10news.com ^ | 18 November, 2012 | JW August
    SAN DIEGO - A long line of people snaked out of a North County machine shop on a recent Sunday. The customers were there to build a gun. Customers do not get to the machine shop until after they are checked out by Ares Armor in Oceanside. Team 10 promised not to reveal the location of the actual machine shop. Dmitri Harris runs the Ares Armor store, along with his buddies, some Marine Corps infantry veterans. The shop is busy because more people are finding out about the chance to build your own gun without having to go through any...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,HAPPY THANKSGIVING!,M-F,12NOONPM,EST,WABC AM,November 21,2012

    11/21/2012 8:19:52 AM PST · by Biggirl · 102 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | November 21,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Texas: Pro-Gun Measure Introduced for the 2013 Legislative Session

    11/21/2012 8:16:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    16 November, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    November 12 was the first day that bills could be pre-filed for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature. State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) has pre-filed House Bill 47, an NRA-backed measure that reduces the number of classroom instruction hours required for issuance of an original Concealed Handgun License (“CHL”) to four hours. Currently, students taking a Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) approved course for their first CHL must receive at least ten but not more than fifteen hours of classroom training from a qualified handgun instructor. Under this proposed legislation, the existing core elements of classroom instruction (firearms laws...
  • Rush Limbaugh Fights Back Against Loser GOP Consultants Who Attacked Him

    11/21/2012 8:15:42 AM PST · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | November 21, 2012 | Randy Hall
    Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded on Monday to comments from Republican strategists Mike Murphy and Steve Schmidt, who have called on the party to “stray away from a vision” that is right out of the conservative commentator's “dream journal.” The radio personality deflected the criticism, noting that the moderate GOP consultants got the candidate they wanted -- former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney -- and stated that strategists get rich regardless of who wins the elections. As NewsBusters previously reported, Murphy stated on Sunday's edition of NBC's Meet the Press that “if we don't modernize conservatism, we could go...
  • Robbery victim fights back against suspects(TX)

    11/21/2012 8:11:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | Sonia Azad
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- One suspected robber is dead and another in the hospital after their intended robbery victim pulled a gun and shot them last night in southwest Houston. It happened at an apartment complex on Medfield near Dairy Ashford. According to investigators, the suspects robbed the two men and took their car keys. They then reported tried to get the victims to drive them to the ATM to get more money, but their plan was cut short. One of the victims apparently has a concealed handgun license. He pulled out his pistol and shot at all three suspects. Two...
  • Government think tank reports on congressional investigations of DOJ(fast and furious)

    11/21/2012 7:59:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 20 November, 2012 | David Codrea
    A copy of a Congressional Research Service report, prepared earlier this month but withheld from the general public, has been obtained by Gun Rights Examiner and posted this afternoon to the Scribd online document sharing library. Titled “Congressional Investigations of the Department of Justice, 1920-2012: History, Law, and Practice,” the report cites a “rich history of congressional investigations from the failed St. Clair expedition in 1792 through Teapot Dome, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Whitewater, and the current ongoing inquiries into Operation Fast and Furious,” which have “established, in law and practice, the nature and contours of congressional prerogatives necessary to maintain the...
  • NATO: Turkey Wants Use of Air Defense Missiles

    11/21/2012 7:51:38 AM PST · by John W · 4 replies
    AP ^ | November 21, 2012 | AP
    BRUSSELS November 21, 2012 (AP)-Turkey's government requested the deployment of NATO's Patriot surface-to-air missiles Wednesday to bolster its defenses along its border with Syria. Any deployment of NATO forces needs the approval of the alliance's governing body, the North Atlantic Council. But this is seen as a formality since NATO has already said it has plans in place to protect Turkey from a spillover of Syria's civil war. "Allies will discuss this without delay," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Twitter. He said the deployment would augment alliance member Turkey's air defense capabilities and "would contribute to the de-escalation...
  • ‘IRON DOME’ OVERWHELMED

    11/21/2012 7:50:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 85 replies
    Israel’s highly controversial and very expensive ‘Iron Dome’ rocket defense system is being tested by extremist militant groups to its very limits. At $65,000 per round to hard kill a $500 rocket, its one expensive piece of mind that Israel has a lot riding on. It would seem that the strategic goal is to make rocket launches a worthless and unacceptable risk with no reward to the terrorists that launch these terror weapons, as opposed to an affordable defense system intended for continuous and prolonged use.
  • Take this job and shove it: Fed-up Bangor TV anchors quit on air

    11/21/2012 7:46:01 AM PST · by bigbob · 28 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 11-20-12 | Andrew Neff
    Citing a longstanding battle with upper management over journalistic practices at their Bangor TV stations, news co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced their resignations at the end of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast. Michaels and Consiglio, who have a combined 12˝ years’ service at WVII (Channel 7) and sister station WFVX (Channel 22), shocked staff members and viewers with their joint resignations Tuesday evening. “I just wanted to know that I was doing the best job I could and was being honest and ethical as a journalist, and I thought there were times when I wasn’t able to do that,”...
  • Doctor: Bus bomb explosive was not big like prior attacks

    11/21/2012 7:44:42 AM PST · by topher · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/21/2012 | By BEN HARTMAN
    The bomb that exploded in a Tel Aviv bus did not appear to be a large explosive device, head of emergency medicine at Ichilov Hospital said Wednesday, citing the types of injuries as previous terror attacks. The victims brought to the hospital did not have the same type of shock and shrapnel injuries that were typical of larger terror attacks in the past, Prof. Halperin told The Jerusalem Post. Of the 21 victims brought to the hospital, the two most seriously wounded are teenagers, Prof. Halperin said, although he noted that none of them had life-threatening injuries. Of the 21,...
  • PETA to Obama: Don't Pardon Turkeys...(Don't worry! Turkeys can't pardon turkeys)

    11/21/2012 7:44:24 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/20/12 | Sarah Parnass
    It's a White House tradition with a century and a half of history behind it, but PETA is asking the White House to skip it this year. Today President Obama is set to pardon two turkeys - Cobbler and Gobbler - just as every president since George H. W. Bush has. The tradition finds its roots in a moment of sympathy Abe Lincoln's son, Tad, had for their table's turkey back in the 1860s. Now Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, says the turkey pardon has got to go. "It makes light of the mass...
  • Morning Bell: Should We Pay Government Employees More?

    11/21/2012 7:43:35 AM PST · by IbJensen · 59 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 11/21/2012 | Amy Payne
    Federal employees—who work on average a month less than private-sector workers and get paid more—are lobbying for higher pay. Government unions know that Congress is looking for ways to nip and tuck the federal budget, and they’re counting on being left out of the deal. “The Federal-Postal Coalition—a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions—pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the ‘fiscal cliff,’” Government Executive reports. Government unions went all out to re-elect the President—the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) spent more than any other outside group on Obama’s campaign....
  • SOME DEMS: DRIVE OVER 'FISCAL CLIFF,' THEN BARGAIN

    11/21/2012 7:42:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Big Story ^ | 11/21/2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON and ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats are pushing an unorthodox idea for coping with the "fiscal cliff": Let the government go over, temporarily at least, to give their party more bargaining leverage for changes later on. The idea has plenty of skeptics, and the White House regards it frostily. But it illustrates the wide range of early negotiating positions being staked out by Republicans and Democrats as lawmakers gathered Tuesday for their first postelection talks on how to avoid the looming package of steep tax hikes and program cuts. Just as brazen, in the eyes of many Democrats, is the GOP...
  • Unskewed Polling' Creator Launches New Site On How Obama's Win Might Be Based On Voter Fraud

    11/21/2012 7:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    The creator of the so-called "Unskewed" Polling site is now unskewing the actual votes. Last week, Dean Chambers — who admitted he was wrong about the polls shortly after the election — launched BarackOFraudo.com, which attempts to expose "how they stole the election." Its premise centers on the admittedly eye-popping fact that Republican Mitt Romney received sometimes as little as zero votes in certain precincts in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Chambers also alleges that there are "questions" with how votes were counted in Florida and Virginia. You see where this is going — without those four states, President Barack Obama has...
  • Appeasement on Parade: U.S. Treasury Targets Hezbollah Commander With Sanctions Over U.S. Deaths

    11/21/2012 7:31:46 AM PST · by LSUfan · 3 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 21 Nov 12 | Unknown
    In a move that illustrates the incredible weakness of US counterterrorism efforts, the US Treasury, in what can only be described as a cynical gesture, has “triumphantly” announced sanctions against a Hezbollah jihadist terrorist who killed and tortured US GIs in Iraq. The US could have and should have remanded this monster into permanent custody, but the Obama administration has neither the stomach for such action, nor the motivation to pursue Hezbollah as the terrorist enemy that it is. Instead, the US turned Ali Musa Daqduq over to Iraqi authorities and Iraqi authorities set him free, despite a personal appeal...
  • Alan Dershowitz: Chief Justice Roberts Voted For Obamacare To Get 'Street Cred' (Video)

    11/21/2012 7:28:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2012 | Abby Rogers
    Even though Obamacare was decided months ago, pundits are still dissecting the court's actions. CNN's top legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and famed lawyer and author Alan Dershowitz sat down on Friday at New York's 92nd Street Y to debate why Chief Justice John Roberts used his deciding vote to pass President Barack Obama's controversial health care law. And, according to Dershowitz, Roberts did it just so he could side with Republicans from now on without getting called out for being too conservative. "Roberts is very political," Dershowitz said in the interview, posted by Above The Law. "And what he did...
  • The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost

    11/21/2012 7:22:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/21/2012 | William J. Becker Jr.
    As TV networks began to call the race for President Obama in the 2012 general election earlier this month, Karl Rove fumbled with his white board insisting the race wasn't over and that the votes from vital Ohio counties had not yet been fully tallied. A glimmer of hope that Mitt Romney could snatch victory from the jaws of certain defeat remained visible through the squinting lens of Rove's roseate stubbornness. As his recount was underway last weekend in Florida, Congressman Allen West basked in the glow of adulation conservatives attending an event at the Breakers Hotel in West Palm...
  • Misreading the Fiscal Cliff. No one, including Republicans, is focusing on the right issues.

    11/21/2012 7:18:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/21/2012 | Michael Tanner
    The fiscal cliff is now less than six weeks away. Negotiators are reportedly locked away behind closed doors working on a grand bargain to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts that will hit on January 1. Most of the debate so far has centered on how best to raise taxes on the wealthy: whether to increase tax rates, as the president demands, or eliminate deductions and loopholes, as some Republicans seem to be open to considering. Unfortunately, these priorities are almost entirely upside down. Therefore, let me offer some unsolicited advice for the negotiators: You can’t hike taxes on...
  • Thomas Sowell - Tough Teachers (video)

    11/21/2012 7:13:32 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Oct 4, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
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  • Pelosi: Obama Could Be Most Famous Person ‘In the Whole Galaxy’ Spent ‘Like, a Billion Dollars’..

    11/21/2012 7:11:22 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Pelosi: Obama Could Be Most Famous Person ‘In the Whole Galaxy’ Spent ‘Like, a Billion Dollars’ in Battle of Ideas By Eric Scheiner November 21, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made her case for reducing the role of money in politics by claiming current laws forced the president of the United States, “the most famous person in the world, maybe in the whole galaxy” to spend “like, a billion dollars.” The House minority leader was discussing the impact of money on the election. “Some people say that all that big money didn’t have a big impact on the...
  • What's Obamacare Cost? Obama Small Biz Chief: 'I Bought Jam For My Friends!'

    11/21/2012 7:06:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hector Camacho might be in rough shape in hospital, but someone is out there bobbing and weaving like a champ. Meet Karen Mills, President Obama's head of the Small Business Administration. When Joe Scarborough asked her straight-up to state the cost per worker of Obamacare, Mills ducked like a pro, switched the subject, and wound up describing . . . how last year, she bought blueberry jam at a Maine farmers market as gifts for her friends! Not a joke—just a world-class non sequitur from an Obama administration that would rather talk about anything other than the cost of its...
  • The American dream is alive and well — in Canada

    11/21/2012 7:06:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | 11/21/2012 | Jesse Kline
    Speaking at an event in Burlington, Ont., on Monday, Liberal Senator Art Eggleton warned the audience about the growing level of income inequality in Canada. “I think our future level of prosperity depends on us addressing our current level of poverty,” he said. And who would disagree? Most people would prefer not to live in a society where people suffer in poverty. But, he continued, “I think in the income inequality context we are able to reach out to a much larger part of the population, who see the unfairness in the way we are going and the danger in...
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier disrespect not tolerated

    11/21/2012 7:03:42 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 107 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Nov 20, 2012 | Scott Paulson
    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier disrespect not tolerated November 20, 2012 By: Scott Paulson Taking the expression “some people just don’t think!” to a new level, Lindsey Stone thought she was being funny when she posted a picture of herself giving the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery "the finger" - the middle finger - while appearing to shout at the national memorial in October. After posting the pic to Facebook, somehow thinking her friends would enjoy the photo, she most definitely found out otherwise. As of Monday, the backlash has been severe for Stone. Veterans Day:...
  • Americans donate $8 million to cut national debt

    11/21/2012 6:59:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | November 20, 2012 | Olivia Smith
    The debate about the national debt has already paid off: Individual Americans pitched in nearly $8 million of their own money to help reduce it in fiscal 2012. That's more than double the total from the year before... But even this year's hefty total of $7.7 million is barely a drop in the bucket. That sum represents just 0.000007% of the approximately $1.1 trillion deficit the U.S. ran in the latest fiscal year.
  • Illinois may grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants(Voted for Barry? Get a drivers licence!)

    11/21/2012 6:57:32 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/20/12 | Mary Wisniewski
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois may soon become the most populous U.S. state to grant a form of driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, after the nation's growing Hispanic population boosted the power of Democrats in national and state elections on November 6. A bipartisan group of Illinois politicians announced on Tuesday they would propose such a law when the legislature convenes on November 27. Washington state and New Mexico are the only states that currently allow illegal immigrants to get licenses. Utah allows driving permits. As the fifth most populous state, Illinois would be the biggest state to adopt such a...
  • Target keeps Thanksgiving opening despite complaints

    11/21/2012 6:56:40 AM PST · by OriginalChristian · 22 replies
    Despite getting an earful from some critics and employees over its plan to open stores on Thanksgiving evening this year, Target Corp. said it will press ahead with the plan. KSTP reports that a Target retail worker on Monday delivered a petition with more than 350,000 signatures asking the retailer to reverse its decision to open at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving this year.
  • Are Budget Cuts Or Tax Hikes Better For The Economy?

    11/21/2012 6:53:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/21/2012 | Alberto Alesina
    Should debt-ridden and economically struggling Western governments be doing everything possible to reduce their deficits? Those in favor of immediate deficit-reduction argue that it is a necessary precondition of economic growth. Today's deficits become tomorrow's debt, they say, and too much debt can bring fiscal crises, including government defaults. Markets, worried about solvency, will require high interest rates on government bonds, making it more costly for countries to service their debts. Defaults could cause banks holding government bonds to collapse, possibly leading to another financial meltdown. There can be no sustained growth, say the deficit hawks, unless we start balancing...
  • Thanksgiving Day: The True Story

    11/21/2012 6:52:30 AM PST · by Skeez · 7 replies
    Reprinted from The Progress Report ^ | November 22, 2004 | Fred Foldvary
    The Thanksgiving Day that millions of Americans celebrate, with turkey and stuffing, is a myth. The true history was forgotten long ago, and even most of the history books have it wrong. The myth goes like this: The Pilgrims landed in 1620 and founded the Colony of New Plymouth. They had a difficult first winter, but survived with the help of the Indians. In the fall of 1621, the grateful Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving Day and invited the Indians to a big Thanksgiving-Day feast with turkey and pumpkins. There was indeed a big feast in 1621, but it was...
  • Keep Both Eyes On Your Retirement Funds As Fiscal Cliff Nears

    11/21/2012 6:51:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 21, 2012 | Bob Livingston
    Americans hold about $17.9 trillion in retirement assets. These are found in the form of 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts and pension funds.That money is not your own. If it were, you would be able to access it without penalty. But that is not the case. Taxes and onerous fees are tacked on if you take the money when you need it as opposed to when your “benevolent” government masters believe you should have it.Congress established retirement programs like IRAs and 401(k)s in order to prop up the stock markets for the big banksters and make themselves look good. Americans have...
  • American Bulldog is stabbed 23 times by irate pet owner after it had a fight with another dog

    11/21/2012 6:50:00 AM PST · by Cronos · 128 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12 October 2012 | Emily Allen
    Her dog had got in a fight with another dog in a walkway near her Hampstead home in north London. The owner of the other dog Wayne Stearman, 41, left the scene and returned with two 10-inch knives before stabbing the bulldog. One of the blows was so forceful that the knife bent in half in what one witness described as a ‘blood bath’. Today, Mr Stearman said he knifed the dog because he was only trying to stop it killing his own terrier Monty. Mr Stearman said: 'The dog’s a lunatic. I’d just stepped out my house and the...
  • Vermont Goes For Gold (Silver, Bronze And Platinum, Too)

    11/21/2012 6:49:34 AM PST · by Eagle of Liberty · 13 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | August 27th, 2012 | Bob Kinzel
    Vermont is the only state in the nation on a path to a single payer health system. That could take a while, though. And in the meantime, the state has to set up an insurance exchange to comply with the Affordable Care Act. While some states are still struggling with the basic question of whether to do their own exchanges, Vermont is moving ahead at a rapid clip, digging into the details of how much various health plans will cost on its exchange. The Green Mountain Care Board this week released the basic outline of benefit packages that will be...