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  • Operation Pillar of Defense: In Support of a Ground Offensive

    11/24/2012 4:23:33 AM PST · by forty_years · 8 replies
    BESA Center Perspectives Paper ^ | November 19, 2012 | Efraim Inbar and Max Singer
    For nearly a week, Israel has been under attack from terrorist elements in Gaza, primarily Hamas. As the Israeli air force and navy respond with surgical, targeted strikes on Hamas facilities, the government is weighing the possibility of ordering a ground offensive too.In our view, an armored push into Gaza in order to deal the Hamas military wing a decisive blow is necessary. From a strategic, long-term perspective, Israel cannot avoid confronting Hamas head-on, and must take action sooner rather than later. For Israel to restore quiet to its borders and ensure its survival in the new Middle East, Arab...
  • How the 'Fiscal Showdown' Impacts Gay and Transgender Americans

    11/24/2012 4:23:28 AM PST · by Salman · 22 replies
    Center for American Progress (leftist think tank) ^ | November 20, 2012 | Andrew Cray, Crosby Burns, and Erin Fitzgerald
    Avoiding sequestration remains a critical policy goal for Congress. Doing so is important for all Americans, including gay and transgender Americans and their families. As this report details, many federal programs, both directly and indirectly, function to support and serve the gay and transgender population. If across-the-board budget cuts go into effect, this population will experience a host of negative outcomes, including the following: Sequestration would hurt gay and transgender workers and threaten their employment security because federal agencies would have fewer resources to investigate claims of employment discrimination. Sequestration would compromise gay and transgender health by reducing programmatic funding...
  • 4 Reasons The GOP Would Be Foolish To Dump Social Issues

    11/24/2012 4:19:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Win, lose or draw, we're always supposedly hitting a tipping point where social issues just no longer work for the Republican Party. At first glance, this would appear to be a rather puzzling sentiment. After all, in 2010, despite the fact that the GOP was just as socially conservative as we were this year, the Republican Party had its best year in half a century. Furthermore, in 2008 and 2012, the GOP lost despite running moderate candidates who were soft on social issues and who barely brought them up at all. If anything, you'd think that seeing two non-social conservatives...
  • Navy Releases Major Updates to Service Member HIV Policy

    11/24/2012 4:15:43 AM PST · by Salman · 13 replies
    OutServe (gay military magazine) ^ | 19 Nov 2012 | Katie Miller
    Military policy prohibits HIV-positive service members from being stationed outside the United States. But on Aug. 13 the Pentagon quietly released a revision to the Department of the Navy policy, which now allows HIV-positive Sailors to be stationed at U.S. military installations outside of the country and on select large ship platforms. The policy change, listed under Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 5300.30E, is intended to “reflect current knowledge” of HIV and marks the biggest change in military HIV policy since the late 1980s when mass testing for HIV went into effect. Though the update removes logistical barriers to...
  • Cleared of Ethics Charges, Maxine Waters Ready to Write Bank Laws

    11/24/2012 4:06:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Ransom
    The last time we met “This Old Socialist,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters, (D-Delusional), she was being probed for “ethics violations,” which is fed-speak for “things for which you and I go to jail, but which is legal for congress.” Waters, then, was gamely trying to vie for a leadership position on the Financial Services Committee despite a dogged investigation regarding her finances and influence peddling that had dragged out for months. She was doing so in the wake of the announcement that the committee’s ranking Democrat, Barney Frank (D-Dope) (pun intended) was leaving congress to fulfill his lifelong dream of getting...
  • Crushing Ambition

    11/24/2012 3:57:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    The left-wing media went wild after the election when analysis showed that many poorer Americans supported President Obama and entitlements could have been a major reason why. Liberals always like to think of themselves as noble, and the thought that some vote-buying could have occurred is deeply offensive to them. Nevertheless, the facts speak for themselves. Americans earning less than $30,000 a year gave the president about 7 million more votes than Gov. Romney. All told, Obama defeated Romney by 3.5 million votes. The math is clear. But what about motivation? How can you assign entitlements as a voting factor?...
  • Foster parents 'stigmatised and slandered’ for being members of Ukip

    11/24/2012 3:23:34 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 55 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10:00PM GMT 23 Nov 2012 | By Sam Marsden
    A couple had their three foster children taken away by a council on the grounds that their membership of the UK Independence Party meant that they supported “racist” policies. The husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, said they were made to feel like criminals when a social worker told them that their views on immigration made them unsuitable carers. Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, described the actions of Rotherham borough council as “a bloody outrage” and “political prejudice of the very worst kind”. The husband was a Royal Navy reservist for more than 30...
  • Spain fears break-up as Catalonia votes - "We're sick of being robbed...."

    11/24/2012 2:43:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    DNA - Daily News Analysis ^ | November 24, 2012 | Fiona Govan | The Daily Telegraph
    In Madrid, the central government of Mariano Rajoy has pledged to fight any move towards independence. There are fears that fellow separatists in the Basque region and even Galicia will follow suit, provoking a constitutional crisis. One association of retired and active members of the military even warned that war should be declared on Catalonia if the region broke away and others have suggested Mas [ Artur Mas, the incumbent regional president and leader of the centre-Right Convergence and Union Party (CIU)] should be tried for treason. Something is missing at the top of the flagpole outside the town hall...
  • The Democrats' Big Problem

    11/24/2012 12:38:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 24, 2012 | Bruce Walker
    The left's post-election celebrations are wholly unwarranted. Consider.................................. In fact, every other Republican seat is in a state which Romney carried handily, while four other Democrat seats -- in New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, and Colorado -- came from states in which Romney ran close to Obama. That translates in 2014 into gains, and very likely gains which will translate into a Republican Senate majority. That very fact -- because Senate Democrats can do the math -- means that Harry Reid's plan to make filibusters harder will almost certainly fail: in two years, and perhaps for years thereafter, Republicans may control...
  • Hindu-Americans Rank Top in Education, Income

    11/24/2012 12:20:22 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 57 replies
    Hindu-Americans have the highest socioeconomic levels among all religions in the United States, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life. Experts say U.S. immigration policy is the main reason Hindus do so well. Both the 1965 Immigration Act and the more recent H1-B visa program set the table for Hindus to succeed. The former encouraged the immigration of professionals, particularly doctors and engineers, while the latter was designed to encourage the immigration of highly skilled “guest workers.” The number of H1-B visas issued to Indians grew steadily in the late 1990s...
  • Obama Legitimizes Morsi’s Protection Racket

    11/23/2012 11:13:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Right Side News ^ | Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:03 | David P. Goldman
    Hamas fires 275 rockets at Israel and is rewarded with de facto acceptance as a legitimate negotiating partner in the Middle East peace process, as well as with a relaxation of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza coast. Israel is prevented from exacting a price for Hamas’ actions sufficient to deter future attacks or degrade Hamas’ capabilities. In one stroke, the Obama administration has overturned thirty years of American policy, which rejected negotiations with Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Secretary of State Clinton, to be sure, did not negotiate directly with Hamas, but rather with Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi, who...
  • Black Friday shoppers smash door at Urban Outfitters

    11/23/2012 10:50:52 PM PST · by Arthurio · 15 replies
    Shoppers surged into an Urban Outfitters store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica after midnight Friday and smashed a tall glass door, injuring about five people, authorities said. Paramedics treated a few shoppers for minor cuts but no one was transported to the hospital by ambulance, said Sgt. Marty Fine of the Santa Monica Police Department. "It was just too many people, too fast," Fine said.
  • Congressional Black Caucus Discovers Entire English Language is a Racist Code Word

    11/23/2012 10:48:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 23, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Responding to Republican criticism of UN Ambassador Susan Rice for claiming that the Benghazi attack on the US mission and annex there had been caused by a photo of a stuffed teddy bear named Mohammed, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus and Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on 40 Acres, an Obamaphone and a Mule denounced any attacks on Rice as “horridly and unspeakably racist.” While Fudge could not point to any single word that was racist, she insisted that every single word used to criticize Rice was a racist code word. “If the language is...
  • Republican Super Pac Aims To Win Over Hispanics With Immigration Reform {STOP All Immigration!]

    11/23/2012 10:41:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 23, 2012 | Ed Pilkington
    Republican Super Pac Aims To Win Over Hispanics With Immigration Reform After Obama won 71% of the bloc, GOP campaigner Carlos Gutierrez turns to convincing party to embrace a shift in tone Ed Pilkington in New York 22 November 2012 The head of Mitt Romney's campaign to attract Latino voters during the presidential election has warned fellow Republicans that unless they embrace immigration reform they are in danger of destroying the party's reputation as the guardian of economic freedom and prosperity. Carlos Gutierrez, former commerce secretary under George Bush and the man who spearheaded of Romney's outreach to the Hispanic...
  • Man accused of leaving 2-year-old to buy 51-inch TV

    11/23/2012 10:34:00 PM PST · by Arthurio · 37 replies
    There is nothing wrong with Black Friday. Save for the fact that it seems to bring out behaviors that may well have perplexed Neanderthals. One example might be that of a man who pulled a gun on a line-cutter at a Sears in San Antonio, Texas. Another might be the following joyous, spirit-lifting tale from Springfield, Mass. According to police, 34-year-old Anthony Perry was very much excited by a 51-inch TV at his local K-Mart. He allegedly drove to the mall at around 1:30 a.m., his girlfriend's 2-year-old in tow. As WWLP News tells it, the police claim Perry then...
  • Norquist Blasts Back after Chambliss Reneges on Pledge

    11/23/2012 10:30:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 23 Nov 2012 07:12 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald and Greg McDonald
    Conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist blasted back at a Republican senator on Friday for backing off his promise to oppose tax increases. Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss said he has dumped his pledge to Norquist about the tax increases, telling a Macon television station he “more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” referring to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge he signed when he first ran for the Senate. Norquist, who heads the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform, created the pledge, which nearly every Republican member of congress has signed. … Norquist responded, saying, “I miss his point in...
  • Horowitz: Democrats Groom the Mentally Disabled to Vote

    11/23/2012 10:12:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 23 Nov 2012 09:52 AM | David Horowitz
    I am incredibly steamed this Thanksgiving Holiday over what the Democrats are doing to my country. Everybody by now knows—or should know—how readily Democrats conduct election fraud, and how determined they are to defend it. James O’Keefe and others have taken videos of paid Democratic operatives encouraging citizens to vote twice. O’Keefe was even able to claim Attorney General Eric Holder’s own ballot at a district polling place by claiming to be him, and then to vote in his place. … But even knowing this, I was not prepared for a conversation I had at Thanksgiving dinner with my brother-in-law,...
  • Brotherhood May Have Stoked Gaza

    11/23/2012 10:04:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 02:49 PM | Tawfik Hamid
    Now that a cease-fire has been declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, there are several concerns that still must be addressed: Who was behind this escalation in the first place and why did it occur at this particular moment in time? Egyptians have been turning against the Muslim Brotherhood in recent weeks, which could help explain the situation in neighboring Gaza. This is mainly because of the deteriorating economic situation in Egypt since the Brotherhood came to power. … It was not difficult for the MB to request—and probably help their sister Hamas organization—in flooding Israel with rocket attacks...
  • WSJ: Obama Mulling Corporate Donations for Inauguration

    11/23/2012 9:54:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 23 Nov 2012 10:17 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    President Barack Obama’s advisors say the White House should accept corporate donations for his inauguration celebration in January, rather than hit up donors who underwrote his $1 billion campaign. Four years ago, Obama barred corporations from donating, in a bid to show he would not be beholden to big business. …
  • The Talk Begins: Jeb Bush in 2016

    11/23/2012 9:49:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 112 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 23 Nov 2012 11:13 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    The talk has already started about a possible 2016 presidential bid by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, but before that happens friends say he’ll be busy rebuilding his personal wealth and restoring his family’s relationship with the Republican Party. If he decides to seek the GOP nomination, it could put a damper on any plans by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to run in four years, according to The New York Times. … After this year’s loss to President Barack Obama, Republicans are looking for a candidate who can appeal to a different voter demographic that’s no longer dominated by white...