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  • Black Friday Begins (Early): Walmart Workers Already Striking in at Least Seven States

    11/22/2012 11:31:32 PM PST · by matt04 · 126 replies
    It’s on. A year and a half after retail workers announced the founding of a new Walmart employee group, five months after guest workers struck a Walmart seafood supplier, and seven weeks after the country’s first multi-store Walmart strikes, the Black Friday strike has begun. ... Expectations are high for a historic strike. Given Walmart’s role as the dominant employer of our era, the current wave of work stoppages is already among the country’s most consequential twenty-first century strikes. But in interviews this month, workers and organizers described today’s actions as a turning point, not a climax, in their struggle...
  • Obama given servant's greeting by Cambodian first lady

    11/22/2012 11:25:38 PM PST · by Arthurio · 33 replies
    -snip- Before the dinner, Sen introduced Obama to his wife, Bun Rany, who greeted Obama with a traditional "sampeah" pressed-hands greeting that is normally reserved for servants. "Was the first lady getting her own back over the president's harsh words earlier to her husband or did she simply forget that she was shaking hands with the leader of the free world?" the Daily Mail asked. According to the Daily Mail, the slight was not noticed by Obama or his advisers, but it "would have been picked up by a great many people throughout Southeast Asia region."
  • Israel says it arrests Tel Aviv bus bomber

    11/22/2012 11:02:14 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 22, 2012 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities arrested an Arab Israeli on Thursday on accusations he planted a bomb on a bus in Tel Aviv that wounded 27 people and threatened to sabotage efforts to broker a cease-fire to end the fighting in Gaza, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man, from the village of Taybeh in Israel, was connected to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups.
  • Slash “outrageous” pay and perks, Cameron tells EU as he clashes over Brussels’ budget

    11/22/2012 10:21:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:50 EST, 22 November 2012 | James Chapman
    David Cameron brandished a list of the “outrageous” pay and perks of tens of thousands of Eurocrats last night as he clashed with EU leaders over British demands for cuts to Brussels’ vast budget. The Prime Minister insisted tens of billions of pounds could easily be slashed from the EU’s spending plans for the next seven years. He highlighted the Brussels gravy train, a new EU diplomatic service and infrastructure investment as key targets. … The Commission wants to increase its budget by 350 percent—from Ł6.5 billion ($10.4 billion) to Ł29 billion ($46 billion). Britain said that, at most, it...
  • Ł86/week better off in public sector: equivalent of luxury family holiday every year

    11/22/2012 10:08:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:57 EST, 22 November 2012 | Becky Barrow
    The average public sector worker is paid Ł4,500 ($7175.70) a year more than their private sector counterpart—and the gap is getting wider. A full-time state employee typically earns Ł565 ($900.95) a week, compared to Ł479 ($763.81) in the private sector, according to figures released yesterday. That leaves public sector workers an astonishing Ł86 ($137.14) per week better off—the equivalent of a luxury family holiday every year, and up from Ł84 ($133.95) a week last year. Over the past year, it found that the average weekly pay of a full-time public sector worker has risen by 1.6 percent, compared to 1.5...
  • Earthquack

    11/22/2012 9:56:42 PM PST · by LynnHam · 82 replies
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  • For Fourth Straight Year, Obama's Thanksgiving Message Doesn't Thank God

    11/22/2012 9:52:34 PM PST · by mojito · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/22/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Yet again, President Obama’s Thanksgiving message eschewed any direct reference to thanking God, making this the fourth straight year in which the President of the United States has ignored the central message of the holiday in favor of political grandstanding. This year, Obama’s central message was that now that he’s been re-elected, Americans should agree with all of his policies. His unity routine sounds strangely empty after a campaign in which he focused on dividing Americans: "But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy." "That’s especially important this...
  • WH Won't Release Photos of Obama Team During Benghazi Attack

    11/22/2012 9:41:57 PM PST · by mojito · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/21/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Today, the White House officially refused to release photos of US officials during the September 11 terrorist attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that ended with the deaths of four Americans. CBS News requested the photos on October 31; the White House has routinely released photos showing members of the Obama administration in their hero poses during national security crises. That happened most famously with pictures of the Obama administration key players clustered into the White House situation room during the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
  • Jill Kelley Awarded Prestigious Medal From Joint Chiefs In 2011 [Second-Highest Civilian Honor!]

    11/22/2012 9:12:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    NYPost ^ | November 22, 2012 | JEANE MacINTOSH
    Jill Kelley Awarded Prestigious Medal From Joint Chiefs In 2011 JEANE MacINTOSH November 22 They’ll give a medal to anyone. Military schmoozer Jill Kelley — a central figure in the investigation of Gen. David Petraeus — in March 2011 was awarded a prestigious medal from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The award, the country’s second-highest honor for a civilian, was given to acknowledge Kelley’s “selfless contributions” and “willingness to host engagements” for top pols and military brass. Petraeus recommended her for the award while he was commander of Tampa’s US Central Command, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff...
  • Israeli Iron Dome Stops a Rocket With a Rocket

    11/22/2012 9:05:54 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The New York TImes ^ | November 18, 2012 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    Israeli defense forces say their anti-rocket interceptor system has taken down most of the rockets fired at the country. 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...
  • Citing Deadlock, Egypt’s Leader Seizes New Power and Plans Mubarak Retrial

    11/22/2012 9:04:39 PM PST · by lbryce · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 22, 2012 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MAYY EL SHEIKH
    CAIRO — With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court as the guardian of Egypt’s revolution, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak. Mr. Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first elected president, portrayed his decree as an attempt to fulfill popular demands for justice and protect the transition to a constitutional democracy. But the unexpected breadth of the powers he seized raised immediate fears that...
  • Argentina at risk of default after US court ruling on debt

    11/22/2012 8:45:46 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/22/2012 | Garry White
    Argentina is at risk of defaulting on $24bn (Ł15bn) of debt after hedge funds were awarded more than $1.3bn by a US court, a move which its economy minister called “legal colonialism”. “All we need now is for [Judge Thomas] Griesa to send us the Fifth Fleet,” said Hernán Lorenzino. However, New York District Court Judge Grisa was firm. “Argentina owes this and owes it now,” he said. “After 10 years of litigation this is a just result.” A deadline for payment was set for December 15. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina’s outspoken president, had vowed that the government will...
  • Boehner comments show tough road ahead for "fiscal cliff" talks

    11/22/2012 8:33:45 PM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - New comments from top Republican lawmaker John Boehner slamming health care reforms illustrate how hard it will be for Washington to reach a deficit reduction deal when talks resume next week, analysts said on Thursday. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress will begin negotiating next week on a plan that could avert tax hikes and spending cuts set to begin in January that economists worry could push the U.S. economy over the "fiscal cliff" and into recession. Boehner did not explicitly mention the "fiscal cliff" talks in an opinion piece published in the Cincinnati...
  • Massive pileup shuts I-10 in Texas; 2 dead

    11/22/2012 8:20:56 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 50 replies
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | November 22, 2012 | unattributed
    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 100 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage. The collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions at about 8:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast city about 80 miles east of Houston. A man and a woman were killed in a Chevy Suburban SUV crushed by a tractor trailer, the Texas Department of Public Safety told KFDM-TV. Officials...
  • Doctor disputes common acceptance of ‘brain death’

    11/22/2012 8:17:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 26 replies
    The Catholic Free Press ^ | 11.15.12 | Patricia O’Connell
    Organ transplants are big business and patients are often declared “brain dead” in order to harvest their organs, neonatologist Dr. Paul A. Bryne said during a talk last Sunday at the Knights of Columbus hall. The event was sponsored by the St. John the Baptist Pro-Life League of Saint Benedict Center in Still River. Dr. Byrne, past president of the Catholic Medical Association (USA), has directed the neonatology and pediatrics departments at Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. He is president of Life Guardian Foundation, a pro-life organization based in Vancouver, Washington. He has appeared on television’s “Good Morning America”...
  • After Butt Fumble, The Jets Are Officially The Worst Football Team

    11/22/2012 8:14:42 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 178 replies
    BuzzFeed Sports ^ | 11-22-2012 | Kevin Lincoln
    November 22, 2012 After Butt Fumble, The Jets Are Officially The Worst Football Team Let me show you why with a few horrifying, hilarious GIFs. Kevin Lincoln 1. EXHIBIT A: In their Thanksgiving night game against the Patriots, the Jets trail 14-0. Then Mark Sanchez runs into Brandon Moore's ass, fumbles, and the Pats take it for a score.
  • Exclusive: US urges Israel not to build in E-1 areas

    11/22/2012 7:26:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 11/23/12 | HERB KEINON
    Washington is urging Israel not to allow construction in the area known as E-1 between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim as a possible response to the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition next week at the UN, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Building in E-1, which would create contiguity between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim to the northeast beyond the Green Line, is something various Israeli governments have long wanted to do, but which US opposition has prevented.
  • Sly, others laid off from WTDY radio in Madison, Wisconsin

    11/22/2012 6:45:32 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 16 replies
    Several news staffers at the Madison-based radio station WTDY have been laid off, including talk-show host John "Sly" Sylvester. A company memo says the layoffs included all but one member of the news, traffic and on-air staff at 1670 WTDY-AM and 106.7 WTDY-FM. The WTDY website has been replaced by a holiday message, and the station began airing Christmas music Wednesday. Station operations manager Randy Hawke says officials will announce the new format after the holidays. Sylvester tells WISC-TV ( http://bit.ly/UMT7Mh) he was surprised to hear he and six or seven others were being let go. He says his show...
  • Barack Obama’s open mockery of the Sign of the Cross

    11/22/2012 6:32:26 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11-22-12 | Judi McLeod
    ‘Father Barack Obama‘ mocked the Sign of the Cross at the White House yesterday. It was an open mockery of the Christian prayer that is accompanied by the immortal words used by peasants and kings over the centuries: “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. Obama, who is left-handed, made the sign of the cross with his left hand, which out of respect for the centuries-long Christian practice, no one ever does. Obama’s left-handed sign of the cross was made over a gobbling turkey during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation Ceremony, that takes place at...
  • CBS Incorrectly Claims Hamas Was Elected to Power in Gaza

    11/22/2012 6:32:10 PM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    One of the recurring myths sometimes repeated about the Gaza Strip's relationship with Hamas is that the terrorist group gained control through the electoral process. On both the Monday and Tuesday editions of the CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley devoted a brief segment to providing background information on the Gaza Strip. And, on both nights, he erroneously suggested that Hamas came to power through election. (Video below) But, in reality, Hamas came to control the Gaza Strip by staging a violent coup in June 2007 overthrowing the rival Fatah party's executive authority. After Hamas narrowly won the popular vote...
  • Did Obama Allow Morsi to Become a Tyrant in Exchange for Hamas Ceasefire?

    11/22/2012 6:29:05 PM PST · by Arthurio · 13 replies
    As with so much else about this war, the timing is “intriguing”. A day after the ceasefire, Morsi assumed near-dictatorial powers in Egypt. The timing of that is not likely to be a coincidence. Either Morsi had cleared the assumption of such powers beforehand with Obama or assumed that he had demonstrated his importance to such an extent that Obama would not dare protest this action. It’s likely to be one or the other. And that raises one more troubling question. Did Morsi give Hamas the go-ahead to launch a conflict with Israel in order to be able to broker...
  • A Funny Song in Honor of Jimmy Carter's 2nd Term

    11/22/2012 6:28:59 PM PST · by Vigilanteman · 1 replies
    You-Tube Extract ^ | 1942 | Schnicklefritz Band
    Is everyone stuffed from Thanksgiving? Holding your tongue to keep from arguing with jag-off relatives? Need something to cheer you up over Jimbo Carter's pending second term? Try this in honor of turkey day.
  • Schultz expects more voter fraud arrests in Iowa

    11/22/2012 6:13:59 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, November 22, 2012 | DAVID PITT
    <p>DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's top elections administrator is vowing to continue to ferret out fraud and to push lawmakers for a voter ID law. Secretary of State Matt Schultz says the voter fraud cases resulting in arrests so far are only the beginning. Three more cases involving a Bosnian citizen living in Clive and two Canadians who were living in Shenandoah were announced on Wednesday. They are charged with election fraud for registering and voting in Iowa without U.S. citizenship. Two Canadian citizens and a citizen of Mexico and two convicted felons who allegedly registered to vote also have been charged. Schultz says it's likely more arrests will come as the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division works through a list of more than 1,200 people he believes registered to vote without citizenship.</p>
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites ~ 23 November 2012

    11/22/2012 6:06:12 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 104 replies
    November 22, 2012 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Fabulous FRiday FAVORITES Tell us about your favorite Thanksgiving memory or tradition. For me it's always my mom's cooking.Now is nap time.Hope you enjoyed tonight's threadand will keep those favorite memoriesclose to your heart. Until next time. Remember, the Canteen is a family friendly place. We welcome the military, our allies, and their families.Continued prayers for the success and completion of your mission. Prayers for your safe return home.
  • MSNBC vs. Thanksgiving: Blasts Genocidal Pilgrims; Gives Tips to ‘Shut Up’ the ‘Family Conservative’

    11/22/2012 5:59:39 PM PST · by montag813 · 53 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 11-22-2012 | John Hill
    One would think hosts on MSNBC would be very thankful this holiday that the President they so tirelessly worked to re-elect prevailed on Election Day. But there is truly no rest for the weary, bitter leftists on Comcast's disgraceful propaganda outlet. MSNBC host and professional race-baiter Melissa Harris-Perry starts things off by trying to dampen our spirits by attacking the Thanksgiving story: “The kindergarten story that you learned about grateful Pilgrims and happy Indians is not even close to the historic reality of how European settlers brought violence, disease and land theft to the indigenous peoples who were already in...
  • Another Republican lawmaker ditches Norquist tax pledge (Sen. Saxby Chambliss - Ga.)

    11/22/2012 5:56:24 PM PST · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    http://thehill.com ^ | november 22, 2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) on Wednesday said that addressing the nation’s looming “fiscal cliff” took precedence over honoring the anti-tax pledge he signed for conservative activist Grover Norquist. “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” said Chambliss to local Georgia television station 13WMAZ. “If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.” Chambliss said he expected that Norquist and some conservatives might hold his decision against him when he is up for reelection in 2014, but said he was confident he...
  • New California Legislators Get A Warm Welcome — From Lobbyists

    11/22/2012 5:47:42 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 22, 2012 | Patrick McGreevy
    New California Legislators Get A Warm Welcome — From Lobbyists The incoming lawmakers are taken on trips to places like Hawaii, China, Brazil and New Zealand. Some Democratic freshmen enjoy a luxury suite at a basketball game in Sacramento. Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) and other veteran legislative leaders attended a Sacramento Kings game in AT&T's suite at the Sleep Train Arena with more than a dozen Democratic freshmen state lawmakers. By Patrick McGreevy November 22, 2012 SACRAMENTO — The day after being elected to the state Assembly, several incoming lawmakers were in AT&T's luxury suite at the Sacramento...
  • The GOP Turnout Myth ["Modest Minority-Voter Shifts" Needed]

    11/22/2012 5:38:02 PM PST · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | November 22, 2012 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    November 22, 2012 The GOP Turnout Myth To win future elections, Republicans will need more than better get-out-the-vote software. By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL To win the next presidential race, the GOP will have to understand what went wrong in 2012. To do that, they've got to come to grips with what did, and did not, happen with turnout. Even as Republicans have engaged in some agonizing over their candidate and agenda, many have sought comfort in the notion that a big part of the loss came down to simple mechanics. President Obama had a stunning Election Day operation, which turned...
  • Egypt Brotherhood leader blasts peace with Israel

    11/22/2012 4:58:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2012 5:06 PM EST
    The top leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday—one day after the country's president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting. “The enemy knows nothing but the language of force,” said Mohammed Badie. “Be aware of the game of grand deception with which they depict peace accords,” he said in a statement carried on the group’s website and emailed to reporters. His statement was a sharp deviation from the role played by President Mohammed Morsi...
  • Just How Deadly Is Assad's Arsenal? (Much Worse Than You Can Imagine)

    11/22/2012 4:54:28 PM PST · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Foeign Policy ^ | July 16, 2012 | John Reed
    The latest estimates say that the Assad regime has hundreds of tons of mustard gas, a blister agent, and large stockpiles of sarin and possibly VX, both of which are nerve agents -- all of which can be launched by Scud missiles, artillery, or aircraft, according to Charles Blair, a specialist in chemical and biological weapons at the Federation of American Scientists. "I've heard that Syria has 100 to 200 missiles with nerve agents loaded and ready to go, but that seems extreme," said Blair, noting that the nerve agents are usually stored separately from the weapons and that exact...
  • Report: Egypt Warned Israel that a Ground Op would End Peace

    11/22/2012 4:53:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Israel decided to refrain from a ground invasion of Gaza after it was warned that such a move could spell the end of the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, Channel 2 reported Thursday. According to the report, Mossad Head Tamir Pardo, who went to Cairo as Israel's representative in the contacts that preceded the ceasefire, was told in messages from Cairo and from Washington that the peaceful relations between Israel, Jordan and Egypt were at risk. .....
  • Demonstrators: Bibi is a Coward

    11/22/2012 4:48:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12
    About 100 activists from MK Michael Ben-Ari’s newly-formed “Power to Israel” party demonstrated on Thursday evening near the Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva, against the failure of Operation Pillar of Defense. Ben-Ari was among the protesters. The demonstrators yelled “Bibi is a coward” and called to topple the Hamas regime in Gaza in order to restore the quiet to southern Israel. MK Ben-Ari said during the demonstration that “an enemy is fought with an iron fist and not an iron dome. ....
  • Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Jihad to 'Free PA'

    11/22/2012 4:42:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is calling for a jihad (“holy war”) to liberate the Palestinian Authority areas. "Jihad is obligatory” for Muslims, top Islamic cleric Mohammed Badei said, adding that peace deals with Israel are a “game of grand deception". .....
  • Susan Rice Lays All Blame on Intel Community for Her Misleading the American People

    11/22/2012 4:35:09 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 11/22/2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Ambassador Susan Rice has finally explained, in her opinion, why she misled the country about what happened during the September 11 terror attack against Americans in Benghazi, Libya. According to Rice, all the blame should be given to the intelligence community for her misleading comments made five days after the attack, since she was just repeating what they had told her. A reporter asked, the American ambassador to the United Nations, "Ambassador Rice, would you explain your view of the controversy concerning your comments about Benghazi? And have—is Senator McCain fair in what he has said?" "As a senior US...
  • Egypt's Morsi assumes sweeping powers, branded new pharaoh (0bama taking notes?)

    11/22/2012 4:32:37 PM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    CAIRO — Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi assumed sweeping powers on Thursday, drawing criticism that he is seeking to become a "new pharaoh" and raising questions about the gains of last year's uprising which ousted Hosni Mubarak. The move is a blow to the pro-democracy movement that toppled the long-time president, himself derided by many as a pharaoh, and raises concerns that Islamists will be further ensconced in power. Opposition forces denounced the declaration as a "coup" and called for nationwide protests on Friday. "The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution," according to a decree...
  • (Muslim Brotherhood) Egyptian President and Obama Forge Link in Gaza Deal

    11/22/2012 4:28:31 PM PST · by Arthurio · 11 replies
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama skipped dessert at a long summit meeting dinner in Cambodia on Monday to rush back to his hotel suite. It was after 11:30 p.m., and his mind was on rockets in Gaza rather than Asian diplomacy. He picked up the telephone to call the Egyptian leader who is the new wild card in his Middle East calculations. Over the course of the next 25 minutes, he and President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt hashed through ways to end the latest eruption of violence, a conversation that would lead Mr. Obama to send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham...
  • How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims

    11/22/2012 4:13:44 PM PST · by Founding Father · 23 replies
    Hoover Institution Stanford University ^ | January 30, 1999 | Tom Bethell
    When the Pilgrims landed in 1620, they established a system of communal property. Within three years they had scrapped it, instituting private property instead. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell tells the story. There are three configurations of property rights: state, communal, and private property. Within a family, many goods are in effect communally owned. But when the number of communal members exceeds normal family size, as happens in tribes and communes, serious and intractable problems arise. It becomes costly to police the activities of the members, all of whom are entitled to their share of the total product of the...
  • Iranian Parliament Ordered to Abandon Ahmadinejad Probe

    11/22/2012 4:05:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    The Iranian parliament has been ordered to drop its probe of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported Wednesday. The country's "Supreme Leader," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, allegedly expressed concern Iran's enemies would benefit from the interrogation. Khamenei himself initiated the probe, carried out by his own supporters in the parliament. For the first time in Iranian presidential history, Ahmadinejad was summoned for questioning by the legislative body in March of this year. However, this week Khamenei said, “We demand that the respected representatives not continue” with the probe over the economic crisis and the nosedive in the value...
  • Dem operative suspected in serial rapes

    11/22/2012 4:03:11 PM PST · by wesagain · 20 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 22, 2012 | Jack Minor
    Links to cold cases found when activist arrested for knocking man down!An attack by a Colorado man with close ties to the Democratic Party on an elderly petition gatherer for Personhood USA has led to the identification of a suspect in a series of unsolved sexual assault cases, officials have confirmed to WND. William Costello, a real estate broker with ties to some of the state’s top political figures in the Democratic Party, was charged after his DNA was tied to unsolved sexual assault cases from 2008, 2010 and 2011. The Denver Post reported Costello was driving the SUV of...
  • Libya probe into consulate attack stalls

    11/22/2012 3:54:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11/21/12
    Libya probe into consulate attack stallsAssociated Press Updated 10:49 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Benghazi, Libya -- After more than two months, Libya's investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi appears in limbo. Key security commanders and witnesses say they were never questioned. No suspects have been named, and gunmen seen participating in the assault walk freely in the eastern Libyan city.
  • Thanksgiving Is A Good Holiday To Come Out As Gay or Lesbian [And Be Shown The Door]

    11/22/2012 3:53:19 PM PST · by Steelfish · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Ned Martel
    Essay: Thanksgiving Is A Good Holiday To Come Out As Gay or Lesbian By Ned Martel November 21 Word to the wise: Thanksgiving is the proper holiday to tell your family that you’re a homosexual. It’s arguably secular, so you’re confronting tradition, not faith. Even though National Coming Out Day is in October, this is the day when gays and lesbians, newly announced or otherwise, are really driving it all home. This no longer needs to be such a big deal, even if this month’s election somehow emboldens waves of guess-what conversations Thursday night. Awkwardness is predictable, but expect the...
  • Turkey pardoned by President Obama last Thanksgiving, euthanized

    11/22/2012 3:16:59 PM PST · by Capt. Canuck · 41 replies
    wptv ^ | 22 Nov 2012 | By: Mike M. Ahlers, CNN Senior Producer
    Washington -- Peace, one of two turkeys pardoned by President Obama last year, was euthanized Monday, according to an official who insisted the timing of the death - days before the Thanksgiving holiday - was not suspicious. Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend "illness." But Aloise knew neither the nature of the illness, the manner of death, nor what had been done with the remains of the large, edible bird. "I appreciate where you're going with this," Aloisi told CNN. "But I assure you that these...
  • Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare

    11/22/2012 3:14:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Reason ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Jim Epstein
    Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry: He posted online a list of prices for 112 common surgical procedures. The 51-year-old Smith, a self-described libertarian, and his business partner, Dr. Steve Lantier, founded the Surgery Center 15 years ago, after they became disillusioned with the way patients were treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the two men worked as anesthesiologists. In 1997, Smith and Lantier bought the shell of a former surgical center with...
  • Pakistan Taliban vow to attack Indian targets over Mumbai gunman

    11/22/2012 3:11:30 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, November 22, 2012 | Uncredited
    Islamabad (Reuters) - Pakistan's Taliban movement threatened on Thursday to attack Indian targets to avenge the country's execution of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the militant squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008. Kasab was hanged on Wednesday amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the November 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India. "We have decided to target Indians to avenge the killing of Ajmal Kasab," said Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan by telephone from an undisclosed location.
  • Obama SBA Head Hasn't Heard Of ObamaCare Impacting Small Business

    11/22/2012 3:11:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Obama SBA Head Hasn't Heard Of ObamaCare Impacting Small BusinessPosted on November 21, 2012 **SNIP** "You know, I travel all around the country, every week I go to a different part of the country. I'm with small businesses. And I'm not hearing that," Mills said about the negative impact ObamaCare has on small business.
  • Gun sales, background checks soar after President Barack Obama re-election

    NAPLES, Fla - Sleeping with a knife under her pillow wasn't enough anymore. Denise Barra needed a gun for protection. Fearing more stringent gun laws could soon be enacted after the reelection of President Barack Obama, the single mother of two stopped by an East Naples gun shop to get educated and maybe purchase a new weapon for her bedside table. "This is a right I have in this country," said Barra, 34, a Naples resident. "Why not take advantage of it and be safe and secure in my own home and not rely on calling 911 or the police...
  • Obama drops God from Thanksgiving address for fourth year straight

    11/22/2012 2:52:40 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 22, 2012 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    November 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For the fourth year straight, President Obama has omitted any direct statement thanking God in his Thanksgiving address. In 2009 President Obama made history when he issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation that failed to directly thank God. There was an outcry, and Obama’s subsequent proclamations have made prominent mention of God. However, as Ben Shapiro of Breitbart points out, his Thanksgiving addresses (as opposed to the proclamations), which he reads to the camera, have continued to eschew mention of God. In his 2012 Thanksgiving address, Obama says that Thanksgiving is “a time to give...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress, acknowledges federal investigation for first time

    11/22/2012 2:29:45 PM PST · by GalaxyAB · 22 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 21, 2012 | NATASHA KORECKI
    Ambitious, bright and a powerful orator, Jesse Jackson Jr. once saw himself following in the footsteps of his father and running for president.
  • Assault of pro-life advocate leads to arrest of alleged serial rapist

    11/22/2012 2:26:12 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | November 21, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    Everett Stadig recuperating in the hospital after being shoved and breaking his hip. Photo courtesy of Everett Stadig. Denver, Colo., Nov 21, 2012 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The arrest of a prominent Denver relator who allegedly assaulted a senior citizen collecting signatures for a pro-life petition has lead to new developments in three unsolved rape cases. “Were it not for Mr. Costello’s arrest at the grocery store in July, there would have been no new leads, and there would have been no charges filed in connection with these three unsolved sexual assaults,” Lynn Kimbrough of the Denver District...
  • For Fourth Straight Year, Obama's Thanksgiving Message Doesn't Thank God

    11/22/2012 2:09:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/21/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Yet again, President Obama’s Thanksgiving message eschewed any direct reference to thanking God, making this the fourth straight year in which the President of the United States has ignored the central message of the holiday in favor of political grandstanding. This year, Obama’s central message was that now that he’s been re-elected, Americans should agree with all of his policies. His unity routine sounds strangely empty after a campaign in which he focused on dividing Americans: But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy. That’s especially important this...