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  • Land O'Lakes woman arrested during Black Friday

    11/23/2012 9:24:05 PM PST · by Arthurio · 43 replies
    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS -- A Land O' Lakes woman's holiday weekend got off to a rough start. According to officials, Samantha Chavez, 28, was arrested at a Walmart in Altamonte Springs. Police said the Land O'Lakes resident was arrested at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Officers said Chavez was seen approaching the crowded checkout lines. She attempted to bypass the long lines and walk past the officer controlling the lines. Chavez said she was trying to find her sister-in-law and explained what happened a different way. "I came back and the lines kind of moved and I couldn’t find her. Her cellphone...
  • Dave Roberts Brings Diversity To The San Diego County Supervisors [Gay Married Father of 5!]

    11/23/2012 9:21:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Tony Perry
    Dave Roberts Brings Diversity To The San Diego County Supervisors He is the first Democrat on the board in more than two decades. He's also the first new supervisor in 18 years. And he's a gay, married father of five. Newly elected San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, right, and his spouse, Wally Oliver, center, with their five children, from left: Alex Oliver, 12, Robert Roberts, 17, Natalee Roberts, 4, Joe Roberts, 5, and Julian Oliver, 8, at Del Mar City Beach. By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times November 23, 2012 DEL MAR — In January, when he joins the...
  • Prince of Wales: It is an 'act of suicide' to ignore green issues (British Algore)

    11/23/2012 9:16:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11/23/12 | Hannah Furness
    Prince of Wales: It is an 'act of suicide' to ignore green issuesBy Hannah Furness 7:25AM GMT 23 Nov 2012 The Prince of Wales warned the current generation is “heading to the terrifying point of no return” when it comes to green issues, with humanity and the Earth soon to suffer some “very grim consequences”. Saying he had been vindicated by science after being labelled a “crank" for his views years ago, he warned the human race was “pushing nature beyond her limits”. “If we go on as we are the impact of these scarcities and declines on human societies...
  • Gov't Tells Americans What to Discuss at Holiday Dinner

    11/23/2012 9:04:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 22, 2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Thanksgiving holiday comes with a series of advisories and admonitions from your favorite Uncle Sam: The Transportation Department wants you to "buckle up and slow down," especially on Sunday; the Food and Drug Administration wants you to store your medications safely when traveling; the surgeon-general wants you to "create a family health portrait" when you sit down to your turkey dinner with relatives; and the U.S. Agriculture Department wants you to "sample local businesses" when you start your holiday shopping. Aside from the by-now-familiar tips on safe food handling and turkey cooking times (found at the USA.gov...
  • WHERE'S GOD.. WHEN WE NEED HIM?

    11/23/2012 8:38:07 PM PST · by carlo3b · 65 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 11/23/12 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
    WHERE’S GOD...? Have you ever wondered where in the world is GOD, when we are witnessing unspeakable horrors throughout the world each and every hour of each and every day? Forget listening to the news, local, national, or heaven forbid international news, there isn’t a moment’s peace in the world if we accept what we are told... Heck, we can’t even turn on the TV, log on to the computer, or flip on the radio at the top of any hour of the day or night, without being reminded of the suffering of our fellow humans, not just in countries...
  • How Ohioans voted in 2012

    11/23/2012 8:27:43 PM PST · by Catsrus · 49 replies
    http://www2.sos.state.oh.us/pls/enrpublic/f?p=212:6:0::NO:::
    Here's a breakdown of how each county in Ohio voted in 2012. If it weren't for the most populace counties such as Franklin, Cuyahoga and Hamilton - Mitt would have won as would Josh Mandel. Something needs to be done about these large counties winning states in the elections. Someone on here (don't remember who) suggested that the winner should be by who wins the most counties or to proportion the electoral votes accordingly. Anyway, for those interested - here it is.
  • State Dept Official Attends OIC Meeting on Banning ‘Defamation of Islam’ UPDATE: OIC Scrubs Website

    11/23/2012 8:25:47 PM PST · by thouworm · 29 replies
    PJMedia ^ | Nov 18, 2012 | Patrick Poole
    State Dept. Official to Attend OIC Meeting Today on Banning ‘Defamation of Islam’ UPDATE: OIC Scrubs Website, Screenshot Added, Cover-Up Begins byPatrick PooleBio November 18, 2012 - 11:18 pm UPDATE: Well, that didn’t last long. Earlier this morning before I posted this item the OIC press release noted that U.S. Consul General in Jeddah Anne Casper would be attending the OIC’s meeting: The Session will be attended by Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the OIC Secretary General. It will be chaired by Ambassador Ahmad Taib , Director General of the Branch of the Saudi Foreign Ministry, Makkah Al-Mukarrammah region. It will...
  • Larry Hagman of "Dallas" Dead at 81

    11/23/2012 8:05:46 PM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 180 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | November 23, 2012 | Staff
    Actor Larry Hagman, notorious and beloved as 'Dallas' villain J.R. Ewing, dies From staff reports Larry Hagman, the North Texas native who played the conniving and mischievous J.R. Ewing on the TV show Dallas, died Friday at a Dallas hospital. He was 81. Mr. Hagman died at 4:20 p.m. Friday at Medical City Dallas Hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer, members of his family said.
  • TSA offers holiday travel guidelines: No gravy in carry-ons

    11/23/2012 8:04:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/22/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    TSA offers holiday travel guidelines: No gravy in carry-onsBy Alexandra Jaffe - 11/22/12 04:21 PM ET Holiday travelers cannot bring certain Thanksgiving food favorites on planes, according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines that ban the carrying of food items ranging from cranberry sauce to gravy. In a post Thursday on the TSA's blog, agency blogger Bob Burns warns holiday travelers to pack liquids, including "gravy, jams, jellies, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer," in their checked bags. "Eggnog can be an alternate to fuel depending on who’s mixing it. Sometimes there’s a fine line...
  • Obama hits the links for post-Thanksgiving golf

    11/23/2012 7:51:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/23/12 | Sheldon Alberts
    Obama hits the links for post-Thanksgiving golfBy Sheldon Alberts - 11/23/12 11:44 AM ET President Obama hit the links for some post-Thanksgiving exercise on Friday morning, taking advantage of an unusually mild late November day in the Washington area. Obama played his round at Joint Base Andrews with White House assistant Eugene Kang, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson — the president's most frequent golfing partner — and Nicholson's brother, Walter. Obama is an avid golfer — he played his 100th round as president in June — but played less frequently during the stretch run of the election campaign. The...
  • Israeli soldiers pose on the floor to spell out 'Bibi loser' as insult to Netanyahu

    11/23/2012 7:50:25 PM PST · by the scotsman · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th November 2012 | Leon Watson
    'After nights of relentless pounding by rockets and a rising death toll, the fragile ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers has been tentatively welcomed by civilians on both sides. But it appears the truce was not a pleasing outcome to a group of battle-hungry Israeli soldiers which wanted to carry on the fighting and invade the Gaza Strip. To spell out their frustration, 16 Israeli Defence Force soldiers arranged their uniformed bodies on the ground, to spell out the Hebrew words 'Bibi loser' in an angry reference to Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu. The photo has now gone viral...
  • Asian Americans Turn Democratic [73% Voted Obama: End H1B Visas & Chain Migration]

    11/23/2012 7:39:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 67 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Taeku Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan
    Asian Americans Turn Democratic Their support for President Obama on Nov. 6 caught many political pundits by surprise. By Taeku Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan November 23, 2012 As the dust settles on the presidential election, there seems to be a new theory daily as to why Mitt Romney lost and what it signals for the future of the Republican Party. Common to nearly all the speculation are the partisan implications of demographic change. The United States is shifting gradually toward a majority-minority electorate, with ever-growing numbers of Latino and Asian American voters. Notably, these groups are increasingly voting as Democrats....
  • Occupy 2.0 : Destroy U.S. Economy with Lawlessness

    11/23/2012 7:20:52 PM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    Where is the Occupy Wall Street movement headed? It’s not back to long term camping in the parks. Their explicit goal for the next step of the movement is the destruction of the United States financial system. Anyone doubting this isn’t listening, because not only have leading leftist thinkers like Francis Fox Piven laid out this strategy, but the Occupy Wall Street movement has even written the instruction manual. First, the theory. In the last section of the Stephen K. Bannon film Occupy Unmasked, viewers are warned that the Occupy movement is just beginning. One of the left’s most revered...
  • Extreme couponer claims attack by store manager

    11/23/2012 7:14:52 PM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    wmctv.com ^ | 11-22-12 | Michael Clark
    GERMANTOWN, TN - (WMC-TV) - An extreme couponer claims she was attacked at a dollar store when she said the manager refused to honor her coupons. The entire ordeal was caught on camera. The sign at the store states coupons are accepted at Dollar Tree but a shopper is now nursing a busted lip and popped blood vessels in her eye after she says the manager refused to deal with her "wad of coupons". She said she was attacked while leaving the store. Missy Monzo-Marte says she was shopping at the Dollar Tree in Germantown with a friend, both of...
  • Report: White House considering corporate donors for inauguration (Walmart?)

    11/23/2012 7:13:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/23/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Report: White House considering corporate donors for inaugurationBy Alexandra Jaffe - 11/23/12 09:47 AM ET President Obama is considering allowing corporate donors to help fund his inauguration in 2013, the Wall Street Journal reports. Such a move would be a reversal of Obama's 2009 ban on such donations, which was then meant as a symbolic gesture. In 2009, the president raised over $50 million from donors, sans any contributions from corporate donors, to fund his inauguration. But he did not pursue corporate donors, "a gesture meant to show that well-heeled interests wouldn't have undue influence in his administration," according to...
  • New “fiscal cliff” compromise idea: Let’s raise taxes on the rich without raising their tax rates

    11/23/2012 7:08:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/23/2012 | AllahPundit
    I don't understand why either side would want to do this. Actually, wait, that's not true: I kind of understand why Democrats would want to do it. If it happens, it'll be a heavy bludgeon to use against Republicans in the next election cycle. One possible change would tax the entire salary earned by those making more than a certain level — $400,000 or so — at the top rate of 35 percent rather than allowing them to pay lower rates before they reach the target, as is the standard formula. That plan would allow Republicans to say they did...
  • Firms to be paid to take on long-term jobless

    11/23/2012 7:04:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Nov 12 11:15 CET | (The Local/bk)
    German companies should receive a subsidy if they take on the long-term unemployed, state governments are set to propose on Friday. Up to 75 percent of the new salary should be paid by the state, if necessary for several years. As many as 200,000 people across Germany could get a job via the new scheme, the Brandenburg Labor Ministry estimated. It is to present the idea—along with five other states—to the upper house of the German parliament on Friday, the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported. … The proposal would see companies receive the wage subsidy if they employ someone who “cannot...
  • A red state-blue state divorce plan: Secessionists, here's how some of us want to divide the country

    11/23/2012 6:42:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 133 replies
    The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune ^ | November 23, 2012 | Paul Vandevelder
    We in the blue states hear from the talking heads on Fox News and MSNBC that many of you in the red states are so distressed about the outcome of the elections that you would like to secede from the Union. Now, it seems that at least six of you -- Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina -- have submitted enough signatures (25,000) on petitions to the White House website to merit a formal response, with more petitions on the way. We wish you the best of luck with this. We feel your pain. If we can speak...
  • Iran Thrilled Over Obama Re-Election

    11/23/2012 6:40:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran Thrilled Over Obama Re-Election By Reza Kahlili November 23, 2012 In his first news conference after re-election, President Obama said there was still time for a diplomatic solution on Iran’s nuclear program and that Iran could enjoy “peaceful nuclear power” if it meets international obligations. Diplomacy has failed and international sanctions, though having some effect, have not persuaded the radicals ruling Iran to stop their illicit nuclear program. The economic screws must be tightened. Iranian leaders did not hide their satisfaction in Mr. Obama’s re-election and the prospect of more negotiations, which, in their view, will buy them more...
  • Emboldened Gay-Marriage Supporters Now Want More [Marriage Sodomy Constitutionalized!]

    11/23/2012 6:31:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Emboldened Gay-Marriage Supporters Now Want More By Cheryl Wetzstein November 22, 2012 Bolstered by their recent wins at the ballot box, gay-marriage activists say they are looking to build on their newfound momentum at the ballot box and in the courtroom. Having broken a long losing string at the polls Nov. 6, gay marriage backers already have targeted several states for statewide voting drives, even as they await an imminent announcement from the Supreme Court that could reignite the battle over same-sex marriage in California. Among the states being primed for marriage battles are New Jersey, one of just two...
  • Judge: Northside ISD CANNOT Expel Student for Rejecting RFID Tracking Chip

    11/23/2012 6:15:04 PM PST · by brityank · 41 replies
    1200 - WOAI News/Radio ^ | Thursday, November 22, 2012 | Jim Forsyth
    Judge: Northside ISD CANNOT Expel Student for Rejecting RFID Tracking Chip says district's tracking program 'violates fundamental Constitutional Rights' A judge in Texas has barred a school district from expelling a student because she refused to wear a Radio Frequency Identification chip as part of an effort by the school to track students and make sure they attend class, 1200 WOAI news has learned. "This is a national issue," John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, a free market advocacy from which filed the lawsuit, told 1200 WOAI news. "Do we want to live in a surveillance state where everybody...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes for Our Troops - 24 Nov 2012

    11/23/2012 6:04:01 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 450 replies
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  • Egypt's Islamist Coup: Muslim Brotherhood's man claims more power than Mubarak had

    11/23/2012 5:34:24 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/23/112 | WSJ Editorial Board
    The Egyptian revolution took another bad turn Thursday, as President Mohamed Morsi gave himself dictatorial powers over the legislature and courts. The world has feared that the Muslim Brotherhood would favor one-man, one-vote, once, and the Morsi coup is an ominous sign. "The people wanted me to be the guardian of these steps in this phase," Reuters quoted Mr. Morsi as saying on Friday. "I don't like and don't want—and there is no need—to use exceptional measures. But those who are trying to gnaw the bones of the nation" must be "held accountable." Mr. Morsi says his diktat will merely...
  • Jeb Bush in 2016? Not Too Early for Chatter

    11/23/2012 5:16:22 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 185 replies
    New York Times ^ | Nov 25 2012 | JIM RUTENBERG and JEFF ZELENY
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Now that the Obama and Romney campaigns have closed their headquarters in Chicago and Boston, the attention of the political world is shifting to an office suite tucked behind the colonnades of the Biltmore Hotel complex here. The suite is where former Gov. Jeb Bush manages his consulting business, his education foundation and, now, the (very) early decision-making process for a possible presidential run in 2016.
  • Fetuses Yawn in the Womb, 4D Scans Suggest

    11/23/2012 4:52:37 PM PST · by Salman · 9 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Nov. 21, 2012 | Science Daily
    ... While some researchers have suggested that fetuses yawn, others have disagreed and claim it is simple mouth opening. But the new research clearly distinguished 'yawning' from 'non-yawn mouth opening' based on the duration of mouth opening. The researchers did this by using the 4D video footage to closely examine all events where a mouth stretch occurred in the fetus. Using their newly developed criteria, the research team found that over half of the mouth openings observed in the study were classed as yawns. The study was carried out on eight female and seven male fetuses from 24 to 36...
  • 'Islam Is Like Nazism': Top Sweden Democrat

    11/23/2012 4:45:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    The Local ^ | 22 Nov 12
    The Sweden Democrats' new justice policy spokesman, unveiled on Thursday as part of a reshuffle in the wake of a racist video scandal, has already made headlines for his comparison of Islamism to Nazism. “We’re presenting a new team today after what happened last week,” Jimmie Ĺkesson said at a press conference, referring to the scandal after the publication of a video showing three party members in a drunken and racist tirade from 2010. Ĺkesson presented Richard Jomshof, a former high school teacher who was previously the editor in chief for the Sweden Democrat paper SD–Kuriren, as the replacement for...
  • WMass Walmart stores picketed on Black Friday(by activists)

    11/23/2012 4:44:11 PM PST · by matt04 · 26 replies
    On the biggest shopping day of the year, some people here in western Massachusetts participated in one of the largest protests against Walmart, America’s largest retailer. At stores in Springfield, Ware, and Northampton, protestors chanted slogans like: “Walmart rich and rude… we don’t like your attitude.” As Black Friday shoppers walked in with their holiday gift shopping lists, they were given flyers from protesters. The local demonstrations were part of a larger nationwide rally for workers’ rights. In Northampton, the majority of those rallying were nearby residents and not store employees, though at other locations, employees joined the protests after...
  • Walmart protests draw crowds, shoppers largely unfazed

    11/23/2012 4:41:41 PM PST · by Arthurio · 12 replies
    By Emily Bryson York, Chicago Tribune reporter 3:52 pm, November 23, 2012 Dozens of local workers, and hundreds nationally, took advantage of Black Friday crowds and camera crews at major retailers like Walmart to call for wage increases. But there was little evidence that the chanting disrupted holiday shoppers. Steven Restivo, a spokesman for Wal-Mart Stores, said the chain had done its "best Black Friday event ever" despite protests organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union in Chicago and other cities. At a Walmart in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood on the south side, only one of the store's...
  • Iowahawk says he might write a book? Yes, please!

    11/23/2012 4:39:23 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 23, 2012 | Twitchy Staff
    As Twitchy readers are well aware, we have major love for the hilarious and irreverent Iowahawk. So, when we heard that he’s considering writing a book, we couldn’t help but feel thrills up our legs.
  • Natural gas explosion rocks downtown Springfield

    11/23/2012 4:29:17 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 23, 2012 | Samantha Tatro
    A natural gas leak at a Springfield strip club late this afternoon has left two-and-a-half blocks of houses and stores in shambles, authorities said. The “whole city block went up due to a gas explosion,” Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said.
  • For O.C. Republicans, party's immigration stance is a millstone

    11/23/2012 4:28:39 PM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    Orange County was once an instant synonym for Republican power, and the GOP's dominance looked impregnable. Now, battered by the recent election results and dismayed by the slow, steady decline in party registration, Republicans here are struggling to craft a new strategy. The percentage of registered Republicans has eroded — it now stands at 41% — and the party has long since lost control of the political districts that envelop the county seat of Santa Ana, a Latino-dominated city of 330,000, and surrounding communities in the county's core. This month's election brought more blows. For the second time, the once-red...
  • Can House Stop U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Gun Grab?

    11/23/2012 4:14:54 PM PST · by raptor22 · 52 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 23, 2012
    Second Amendment: A House resolution, as futile as it may be, represents growing opposition to another administration bow to the U.N. encroachment on U.S. sovereignty at the expense of its laws and even our Constitution. Treaties are ratified by a two-thirds majority of the Senate, and the final version of the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) may likely be signed by this president and ratified by this Senate, especially if presented as a "sensible restriction" on international arms trafficking with no impact on our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. But some House members are not going to...
  • Report: Egypt Constitutional Court Seeks Morsi Impeachment

    11/23/2012 3:54:56 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Nov 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    According to reports from Egypt, the Constitutional Court is seeking to impeach new Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi after Morsi seized quasi-dictatorial power, sparking protests around the country. Morsi waited for the Obama administration’s praise over the Israel-Hamas ceasefire to make the move. Local media reports a courts spokesperson stating, “the judges are prepared to exercise the right to shift the head of state after he flouted the laws and the constitution.” The problem is that there is no operating constitution in Egypt; the constitution was suspended in March 2011, after the revolution, and no new constitution has been approved....
  • Homeland Security Uses Local Police to Set Up Surveillance Buffer Zones

    11/23/2012 3:50:05 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    New American ^ | Friday, 23 November 2012 17:00 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Friday, 23 November 2012 17:00 Homeland Security Uses Local Police to Set Up Surveillance Buffer Zones Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. In order to sweeten the pot of federalization, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is giving gifts of expensive gadgets to local police forces. Cops in North Jersey, for example, were showered with gifts from their would-be overseers. As reported by The Record: Oradell, Emerson, Closter and Harrington Park police have car-mounted night-vision technology and video and recording equipment that can watch over the Oradell Reservoir and dam — and the hikers and anglers entering it. West Milford...
  • Greed, Lack of Transparency Caused Financial Crisis, Says Greenberger

    11/23/2012 2:28:04 PM PST · by ex-Texan · 90 replies
    The Epoc Times ^ | 11/15/ 2012 | Gary Feuerberg
    Bad mortgage loans, obscured through complex and unregulated investment instruments, cost taxpayers billions WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy is slowly making a recovering from a near-collapse and the worst recession since the Great Depression. But what brought on the subprime mortgage crisis that led to huge financial losses, a decline in wealth for much of the country, a GDP drop of 5 percent for the period from Dec. 2007 to June 2009, and an official unemployment rate that peaked at 10.0 percent in Oct. 2009? “Very few people understand [what happened],” said University of Maryland Professor Michael Greenberger at the Center for...
  • First Lady Welcomes Christmas Tree (The tree is "perfect".)

    11/23/2012 2:25:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/23/12 | ABC OTUS News
    First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C. The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn carriage. It will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. The first lady says the tree is "perfect."
  • Morsi opponents, backers clash in widest violence yet as Islamist president defends powers

    11/23/2012 2:23:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/23/2012
    CAIRO – Thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president clashed with his supporters in cities across the country Friday, burning several offices of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the most violent and widespread protests since Mohammed Morsi came to power, sparked by his move to grant himself sweeping powers. The violence, which left 100 people injured, reflected the increasingly dangerous polarization in Egypt over what course it will take nearly two years after the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Critics of Morsi accused him of seizing dictatorial powers with his decrees a day earlier that make him immune to judicial oversight...
  • 'United Nations Wants to Use Drones'

    11/23/2012 2:19:09 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 14 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11-23-12 | Daniel Halper
    The U.N. wants to use drones, the French news agency Agence France-Presse reports. "The United Nations wants to use drones for the first time to monitor fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Rwanda has been accused of aiding rebels," says the report, quoting U.N. officials. The international body "is considering a range of ways to strengthen the capabilities of MONUSCO to protect civilians from the threat of armed groups in the vast area of eastern DR Congo," a U.N. spokesman says. "Unarmed aerial vehicles, drones for monitoring the movements of armed groups, are one tool we are...
  • Obamacare will make us a part time nation

    11/23/2012 2:14:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/23/2012 | Rick Moran
    There are already 8 million Americans working part time who want to work full time. It seems likely that number will skyrocket once Obamacare is implemented. An Obamacare supporter is as stupid as the Democrats who passed the legislation in the first place: ******** When my better half told me that her boss was thinking about cutting all full-time employees to part time in order to avoid the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance requirements (for full-time employees), my initial response was, "Surely the federal government wouldn't have allowed such a blatantly obvious way of getting out of the...
  • Heckler Ridicules Black Friday Shoppers

    11/23/2012 2:14:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    1045wfla.com ^ | November 23, 2012 | Staff
    A heckler openly mocked shoppers at an Oceanside, California Best Buy as they waited for Black Friday deals. The man can be heard shouting 'you zombies are the reason Thanksgiving and the holidays are being destroyed' and other anti-Black Friday comments as shoppers filed in the store.
  • The Phrase That Lost Romney the Election

    11/23/2012 2:11:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 167 replies
    RCP ^ | 11/23/2012 | Heather Higgins and Alex Cortes
    What if we told you that the election was decided by a phrase? You might not believe it, but assume we’re right for a minute. What word would you guess decided the election? Hurricane Sandy? The answer lies in perhaps the single most illustrative exit poll question conducted, where CNN asked “What is the most important candidate quality to your vote?” The response options were “Strong Leader,” “Shares Your Values,” “Has a Vision for the Future,” and “Cares about People.” Among folks that chose one of the first three responses, Mitt Romney won between 54-61% of their vote. But, among...
  • Egypt's Morsi Takes Dictatorial Powers

    11/23/2012 2:04:58 PM PST · by robowombat · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 05:03 PM
    Egypt's president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising. Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly. Liberal and Christian members withdrew from the assembly during the past week to protest what they say is the hijacking of the process by Morsi's allies, who they saw are trying to push through a document that will have an...
  • Saxby Chambliss Shows His True Colors (RINO Blue)

    11/23/2012 1:53:06 PM PST · by possum john · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2012 | Mike Emanuel
    Top Republican Senator ditches Norquist anti-tax pledge A top Republican senator is casting aside an anti-tax pledge he signed, saying that solving the country’s looming fiscal crisis is more important than honoring the decades-old pact. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., broke ranks with other conservatives Wednesday when he made the remarks to a local television station. Chambliss is a member of the Gang of Six, a bipartisan group of senators tasked with finding a solution to the country's fiscal woes.
  • Obama’s pledge of US troops to Sinai next week won Israel’s nod for ceasefire

    11/23/2012 1:50:13 PM PST · by tired&retired · 43 replies
    Debka ^ | November 23, 2012 | Debka
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a ceasefire for halting the eight-day Israeli Gaza operation Wednesday night, Nov. 21, after President Barack Obama personally pledged to start deploying US troops in Egyptian Sinai next week, DEBKAfile reports. The conversation, which finally tipped the scales for a ceasefire, took place on a secure line Wednesday morning, just hours before it was announced in Cairo. Clinton was sympathetic to this argument. Soon after, President Obama was on the phone to Netanyahu with an assurance that US troops would be in place in Sinai next week, after he had obtained President Morsi’s...
  • Cap-and-trade tax inevitable in near

    11/23/2012 1:47:11 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | November 21, 2012 | James Barrante
    With the result of the Nov. 6 election being what it was, it is pretty clear a cap-and-trade tax is just around the corner. The cap-and-trade tax is a tax on the production of carbon dioxide. This will affect primarily the energy-producing industries. They will, in turn, undoubtedly pass the tax down to the consumer. The price of electricity should skyrocket, and gasoline prices are estimated to increase by at least 20 cents a gallon. This will bring the United States in line with the rest of the world, which, obviously, the citizens of this country (well, at least half...
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Offers Black Friday Discount

    11/23/2012 1:42:52 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Life News ^ | November 23, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in souther Florida is offering a black Friday discount — including $10 off a visit to the abortion center today.Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast offered the special, saying, “Visit our West Palm Beach or Kendall Health Center for special after Thanksgiving savings on Friday, November 23rd.”Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek noticed the Black Friday discount and responded, “Planned Parenthood brings new meaning to the term, “Black Friday,” doesn’t it?”This is the same abortion business where the chair of the national Democratic party headlined a small rally last year.Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was...
  • Violence Erupts In Egypt Over Morsi's Power Grab

    11/23/2012 12:23:38 PM PST · by zeestephen · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 23 November 2012 | Edmund Blair and Marwa Awad
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution.
  • 'Gaza ceasefire gave Morsi green light for drastic action' (Just another terrorist dictator)

    11/23/2012 12:05:16 PM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    RT ^ | 11/23/2012 | staff
    A day after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, he widely expanded his own powers. It’s been met with both approval and anger, with accusations that he cares only about his followers, not all Egyptians. Clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents swept the nation on Friday, with police firing tear gas at demonstrators in Cairo. Rallies sprung up in several different cities, after Morsi signed a controversial decree expanding his powers – a move that has divided the country on whether the leader has the right to do so. And as the controversy around Morsi...
  • Iran’s Death Spiral – II

    11/23/2012 12:02:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Energy Tribune ^ | November 8, 2012 | Steve H. Hanke
    By Steve H. HankeMy October 2009 Globe Asia column was titled “Iran’s Death Spiral.” In light of the recent events that have transpired in Iran, I think I might have been onto something back in 2009.Since early September, there has been an accelerated slide in the value of the Iranian rial. This slide has been punctuated by dramatic collapses in the demand for the rial. With each collapse, there has been something akin to a “bank run” on rials – with a sharp rise in the black market (read: free market) IRR/USD exchange rate (see the accompanying chart). Ironically, Iranians...
  • FreedomProject Education: The Online Homeschool Revolution

    11/23/2012 11:34:40 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    FreedomProject Education ^ | 23 November 2012 | FreedomProject
    [Video] FreedomProject Education: The Online Homeschool Revolution === FreedomProject Education FreedomProject Education examines the end result it hopes to achieve in its education of today's youth and tomorrow's leaders. - Learn More: http://www.fpeusa.org/ History: FreedomProject Education is a K-12 virtual education institution, founded by the American Opinion Foundation. Established in 2005, American Opinion Foundation, Inc. performs charitable, scientific, literary and/or educational services through community outreach activities. In keeping with AOF charter, FreedomProject began as an extensive free online resource for Americanist education in the classical style, based on the principles and core values modeled in the era of America's founding....