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  • Pentagon Developing Underwater Sub Drones

    11/24/2012 5:16:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 02:44 PM | Paul Scicchitano
    The Pentagon is hoping to one day be able to patrol the seas with unmanned submarine drones, according to website The website reports that the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a contract valued at more than $58 million to Science Applications International Corporation of McLean, Va. to perfect similar technology for the sea that has proved so successful in the air. …
  • Black voters look to leverage their loyalty

    11/24/2012 5:12:17 PM PST · by haffast · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Fri, Nov 23, 2012 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When black voters gave President Barack Obama 93 percent support on Election Day in defiance of predictions that they might sit it out this year, black leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief. That encouraged those leaders to try to leverage more attention from both Obama and Congress. Although they waver over how much to demand from the president — particularly in light of defeated GOP challenger Mitt Romney's assertion that Obama gave "gifts" to minorities in exchange for their votes — they are delivering postelection wish lists to the president anyway. snip Blacks made up 13...
  • Chicago Man Faces Life for Hacking Private Intelligence Company

    11/24/2012 5:11:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 03:49 PM | Stephen Feller
    A computer hacker connected to the group Anonymous could face life in prison for stealing credit card, email, and other personal information from a private intelligence company, and posting it on the Internet. The compromised information already has cost the company, Strategic Forecasters, several million dollars in a class-action lawsuit with its customers, one of which is the judge overseeing the criminal case against alleged hacker Jeremy Hammond’s, reported Hammond, a member of LulzSec, an offshoot of the hacktivist collective Anonymous, is accused of breaking into Strategic Forecasters’ servers and collecting thousands of emails, credit card numbers and pieces...
  • NASA Not Sharing a "Historic" Find On Mars.... yet

    11/24/2012 5:03:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 80 replies
    C-Net ^ | Novembe 21 ,2012 | Eric Mack
    Data that NASA's discovery wee a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work. NASA's not sharing a 'historic' find on Mars... yet Data from a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work. SAM, a mobile sample analysis lab, is currently mounted on Curiosity and finding interesting stuff in Martian soil. It seems NASA and the Curiosity rover have found something exciting and nerd-tastic on Mars, but the space agency's scientists are holding back for now, despite how painful...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ What I've Learned From Life ~ 25 November 2012

    11/24/2012 5:02:54 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 121 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM LIFE “I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit, I’m secretly glad by parents are strict with me.” (Age 14) “I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.” (Age 24) “I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater the need to cast blame on others.” (Age 16) “I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.” (Age 53) “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same as making a life.” (Age 58)...
  • <Vanity> Bump Stocks for AR's......anyone own them?

    I just ordered one, and cannot wait to shoot it. Looks like a real blast. There are several on the market and I do not want this to be an advertisement for one or the other. For those who are unaware of bump firing, it uses the recoil of the gun to fire at a high rate of speed. It looks like FA, but is not. Needless to say, if hickock45 has a blast shooting it, you know it is fun.
  • 9 More Iraq, Afghan War Veterans Joining Congress

    11/24/2012 4:56:27 PM PST · by haffast · 11 replies
    ABC OTUS News ^ | 11/24/2012 | ABC OTUS News
    As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm. Months of agonizing therapy lay ahead. As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj. Duckworth became the go-to person for soldiers complaining of substandard care and bureaucratic ambivalence. snip Veterans' groups say the influx of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is welcome because it comes at a time when the overall number of veterans in Congress is on a steep...
  • How to rebuild America (Rahm tells us how American can become Chicago)

    11/24/2012 4:55:24 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/24/2012 | Rahm Emanuel
    Too much post-election analysis has focused on voter demographics and campaign mechanics, leaving Democrats in danger of drawing the wrong lessons from our electoral success. Demographics alone are not destiny. There is nothing in this year’s election returns that guarantees Democrats a permanent majority in the years to come. President Obama and the Democratic Party earned the support of key groups — young people, single women, Latinos, African Americans, auto workers in the Rust Belt and millions of other middle-class Americans — because of our ideas. But we cannot expect Republicans to cede the economic argument so readily, or to...
  • HORN LAKE, MS SOLDIER INJURED ( BAD) & 0 & military REFUSE to pay for the full transportation home.

    11/24/2012 4:55:00 PM PST · by GailA · 26 replies
    Horn Lake soldier injured 2012 Horn Lake High School graduate, Army Pvt. Taylor Odom, who currently awaits transfer from a hospital in Colorado home after a tragic incident. Training accident leaves 2012 Horn Lake High School graduate in critical condition in Colorado Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:10 PM CST TIM SUMMERS Managing Editor According to his mother, all Army Pvt. Taylor Odom wanted to be was a soldier, and now as a result of a training accident at Fort Carson in Colorado, he awaits approval from military officials for an ambulance ride back home. His mother, Jenniffer Palazola-Herrin, said...
  • Lincoln, Liberty and Two Americas

    11/24/2012 4:41:35 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | CHARLES M. BLOW
    The gap is growing between liberals and conservatives, the rich and the not rich, intergenerational privilege and new-immigrant power, patriarchy and gender equality, the expanders of liberty and the withholders of it. And that gap, which has geographic contours — the densely populated coastal states versus the less densely populated states of the Rocky Mountains, Mississippi Delta and Great Plains — threatens the very concept of a United States and is pushing conservatives, left quaking after this month’s election, to extremes. Some have even moved to make our divisions absolute. The Daily Caller reported last week “more than 675,000 digital...
  • Likud Primaries: Rain could Wash Away Meridor

    11/24/2012 4:24:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Rain is forecast for many parts of Israel Sunday, and this has supporters of Binyamin Netanyahu worried. They believe that a downpour would favor Netanyahu's nemesis within Likud, Moshe Feiglin, in Sunday's Likud primaries, and endanger the political future of Likud "prince" Dan Meridor. Feiglin's supporters within Likud are considered to be a highly organized and dedicated group, in comparison with the average Likud member. Common political wisdom says that when a vote is held in unfavorable weather, it is the more dedicated and organized group that benefits. Netanyahu's people are concerned that Feiglin will attain a position on the...
  • A Lesson in Irony – Take the Food Stamp program

    11/24/2012 3:32:46 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | 11-23-2012 | Harvey Miller
    A Lesson in Irony – Take the Food Stamp program November 23, 2012By Harvey Miller This year the Food Stamp Program (SNAP) administered by the U.S.Department of Agriculture is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever – to 47 million people.Meanwhile, the National Park Service administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals” because animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves… Animals that are fed by people become dependent on human food, and may lose their natural...
  • VIDEO: Dan Savage: America’s ‘bully-in-chief’

    11/24/2012 3:18:00 PM PST · by caldera599 · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/23/2012 | Life Site News
    Nov. 23, 2012 ( – A leading pro-family group has released a telling exposé charging that Dan Savage, the founder of the massively popular ‘It Gets Better’ homosexual anti-bullying campaign, is himself the country’s “bully-in-chief.” Savage writes the syndicated sex column Savage Love, where, in his own words, he “traffics the skeeziest sex practices known to man.” He is famous for his campaign defaming Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum by using a technique known as “Google-bombing” to associate his name on the search engine with a grotesque aspect of sodomy. In the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign, Savage encouraged people...
  • Editorial: Obamacare, the ultimate job killer

    11/24/2012 3:17:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Editorial: Obamacare, the ultimate job killerPublished on November 24, 2012 **SNIP** Total: ~6,000+ jobs Of course, the latest is causing quite a stir. Hostess, maker of the ever-love Twinkie, is closing their doors and letting 18,500 employees go. This has hit America’s obese population like a sugar brick. Unfortunately, they have no one to blame but themselves and their votes. While the headlines read that labor negations are to blame, the bigger story is an uncertain economy and new taxation. Part of the increased labor cost is Obamacare, and as a result the union was asked to reduce benefits and/or...
  • Palermo Villa: NLRB decision 'vindicates' company

    11/24/2012 3:05:15 PM PST · by Jean S · 8 replies
    The Business Journal ^ | 11/21/12 | Jeff Engel, Reporter
    Palermo Villa Inc. said Wednesday’s National Labor Relations Board decision on its labor dispute “vindicates” the company. Palermo properly followed immigration law in firing 75 workers earlier this year for not having proper documentation, the NLRB said Wednesday. The investigation into allegations of unfair labor practices against the Milwaukee pizza manufacturer found no evidence Palermo fired the workers in retaliation for union-organizing efforts, Irv Gottschalk, NLRB regional director in Milwaukee, told The Business Journal Wednesday.“It looks like they properly followed immigration procedures, but I’m no immigration expert,” Gottschalk said. “Under the (National Labor Relations Act) that I enforce, there’s no...
  • History of Socialist Progression: From Healthcare to the Holocaust

    11/24/2012 2:35:08 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 November 2012 | Michael Tennant
    Children with "hereditary defects" such as Down syndrome were among the first victims of the Nazi euthanasia program, which killed those deemed "unworthy of life." From Healthcare to Holocaust The New American 24 November 2012 It all started modestly enough. Hoping to stem the rising tide of socialism in the late 19th century, German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck decided to institute a welfare state, the theory being that finding a middle ground between laissez-faire capitalism and full-blown socialism would blunt the popularity of the latter without unduly interfering with the former. Bismarck convinced the Reichstag to create four programs:...
  • 'Son of Hamas' Says Israel Made a Mistake with Ceasefire

    11/24/2012 2:28:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12 | Elad Benari
    Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist organization and author of the book “Son of Hamas,” said on Friday that Israel made a mistake by agreeing to a ceasefire with Gaza’s terrorist rulers. Yousef has spent a number of years abroad following a decade in which he risked his life working undercover as an agent for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). His code name during that time was 'The Green Prince.' "What is important is that at the moment there is a ceasefire, and I think we need to look at things...
  • Russia to Conduct Open Skies Surveillance Flight over US

    11/24/2012 2:27:05 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies ^ | 11/24/2012
    MOSCOW, November 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russian military inspectors will begin a survey flight this week above the United States under the international Open Skies Treaty, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said. Russian experts will conduct the survey flight over the US territory in a Tupolev Tu-154 M/LK-1 aircraft during the period from November 25 and December 3, a spokesman said. The flight will start from the Travis Air Force Base, California. Its maximum range will be 4,250 kilometers (2,600 miles). During the flight, Russian and US specialists will operate surveillance equipment on board of the aircraft as set out in...
  • Suspected Terrorist's Mother: He Didn't Do It

    11/24/2012 2:18:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12 | Elad Benari
    The bombed Tel Aviv bus Reuters The mother of the Arab with Israeli citizenship, who was arrested on Thursday for involvement in the terrorist attack on a Tel Aviv bus this week, said on Friday she does not believe her son is guilty. The man is originally from Beit Lakiya but married an Israeli Arab and today lives in Tayibe, an Arab city located in the Triangle, an area west of Hadera populated mainly by Israeli Arabs, whose towns form a large triangle on the map. The man’s family members live in Tayibe as well, in a neighborhood of the...
  • Gold Confiscation Not A Possibility by Jim Sinclair

    11/24/2012 2:00:55 PM PST · by dennisw · 53 replies
    jsmineset. ^ | November 24, 2012, at 2:24 am | by Jim Sinclair
    Gold Confiscation Not A Possibility Hi Jim,I know you receive tons of emails, so I will get right down to the core of my question. In a note on today Richard Russell wrote:“At any rate, I’m personally torn between putting all my assets into bullion gold coins or leaving half in gold and half of my assets in US dollars. In their demand to making Fed notes the only legal tender money, I believe the Fed (and the government) would stoop to any trick or law or machination to ensure that Americans must accept Fed notes as the...
  • More Voter Fraud Arrests Possible In Iowa

    11/24/2012 1:36:00 PM PST · by patriot08 · 36 replies
    WOWT Channel 6 Omaha, NE ^ | 11/22/12 | WOWT Channel 6
    (excerpt) 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. (excerpt) 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.
  • The Fiscal Cliff – Don't Jump!

    11/24/2012 1:14:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | November 24, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    As the nation nears the so-called fiscal cliff, Republicans in Congress must be wary of the solutions being put forward for a "grand bargain" by President Obama and Democrats in Congress. Unsurprisingly, the President and the Congressional Democrats are using tempting but dishonest rhetoric – calling for "fairness," a "balanced approach," and a "return to Clinton Era tax rates" to balance the budget. This rhetoric is misleading for several reasons. First, Democrats are not really proposing going back to the Clinton Era tax rates. If income, capital gains and other tax rates were raised to Clinton Era levels, these higher...
  • Islam Sunni Awakening in Lebanon

    11/24/2012 1:06:27 PM PST · by Katechon · 15 replies
    In-Extremis | November 24 | Katechon
    Syria’s Civil War is leaking out of its borders into Lebanon. The two countries share a porous border and very close communal ties. As tensions between Sunnis and Shiites rise in Syria, so too do they mount in Lebanon. The Sunni-Shiite faultline in Lebanon is being projected onto the Syrian civil war. Sunni militants view their jihad against the Shiite movement as a mirror image of the Syrian rebels’ fight against the Alawite-dominated regime of Assad. They see the Lebanon’s Shiite movement of Hezbullah and the Assad regime as both enemies of the Sunnis. In 1970, Hafez al-Assad, an...
  • TriHealth fires 150 employees for not getting flu shots: Co. offered shots for free (Cincinnati)

    11/24/2012 1:04:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 257 replies
    WLWT-TV ^ | November 22, 2012
    CINCINNATI — One of Cincinnati’s largest employers fired approximately 150 employees Wednesday for failing to get a required flu shot. TriHealth offered all of its 10,800 employees free flu shots. Employees had a month to get the flu shot. The deadline was Nov. 16. Employees who did not get the shot were terminated Wednesday, a company spokesperson said...
  • A Simple Lesson of Policy Diversity from “The Black Swan” Author: ...(Thomas Sowell mentioned)

    11/24/2012 12:58:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | November 24, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Several months ago, I wrote a rather wonky post explaining that the western world became rich in large part because of jurisdictional competition. Citing historians, philosophers, economists, and other great thinkers, I explained that the rivalry made possible by decentralization and diversity played a big role in both economic and political liberalization. In other words, it’s not just a matter of tax competition and tax havens (though you know how I feel about those topics).Now I want to provide another argument in favor of the jurisdictional differences that are encouraged by national sovereignty. Simply stated, it’s the idea of diversification....
  • Scientist makes bold prediction that war is on the wane

    11/24/2012 12:47:07 PM PST · by the scotsman · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th November 2012 | Leon Watson
    'It may be difficult to believe, but according to research published next month a world without war may be getting nearer. Futurologists from the University of Oslo in Norway and the Peace Research Institute Oslo have predicted that global conflict will halve in the next 40 years. Their study claims the combination of higher education, lower infant mortality, smaller youth cohorts, and lower population growth are a few of the reasons why the world can expect a more peaceful future. That will mean in the next five years the current conflicts in Libya, Tajikistan, Syria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mauritania and...
  • Livni Set to Announce She is Running

    11/24/2012 12:14:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will announce that she is running for Knesset at the helm of a political party this week – most likely on Tuesday, according to reports. Livni will not form a new party but rather take over a non-functioning party, Hetz, which was registered several years ago by ex-Shinui minister Avraham Poraz. Leftist pundits are unanimous in estimating that Livni's party will further split the already fractured left wing in the next election. Polls project that Livni's party will receive as many as 10 seats, and according to a Maariv poll it is expected to take...
  • Arabs Attack Drivers, Police Watch

    11/24/2012 12:08:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12 | Maayana Miskin
    A new video showing police inaction in the face of Arab rock attacks has caused anger among residents of the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. The video was taken as an Arab gang attacked Israeli drivers who were stuck in traffic. A massive traffic jam forms daily between the Adam junction, just minutes north of Jerusalem, and the Hizme checkpoint at the entrance to the city. “We just sat there and got hit,” related one of the drivers. “We had no way to respond.” The video showed that it was not only the drivers who found themselves silent in the...
  • Yasser Arafat to be Exhumed Tuesday, Reopening the Mystery of his Death

    11/24/2012 11:47:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Saturday, Nov. 24 2012
    Yasser Arafat’s death always has been shrouded in mystery. Now his remains and entire tomb are shrouded in tarps as the Palestinian Authority has given permission for his body to be exhumed Tuesday from its burial place below a memorial in the muqata, the Palestinian presidential headquarters. After a lengthy legal and diplomatic process, Mr. Arafat’s French widow, Suha Arafat, has won a court order, and received French support for an examination of her husband’s body to determine if the iconic figure had been poisoned, as long has been rumored. The leader of the Fatah resistance movement, chairman of the...
  • We’re living the dream; we just don’t realize it (minitrue barphalert)

    11/24/2012 11:45:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 10:12 AM EST, Sat November 24, 2012 | Steven Johnson
    We’ve finally emerged from the season in which Americans were asked by the pollsters and politicians: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” But sometimes it’s important to contemplate the question of progress from a longer view: How are we doing on the scale of a generation? To answer that question, take this brief quiz.Over the past two decades, what have the U.S. trends been for the following important measures of social health: high school dropout rates, college enrollment, juvenile crime, drunken driving, traffic deaths, infant mortality, life expectancy, per capita gasoline consumption, workplace injuries, air...
  • AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 rejects Gaza arms halt

    11/24/2012 11:35:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 24, 2012 11:24 AM ET | Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Gaza's ruling Hamas will not stop arming itself, the No. 2 in the Palestinian group told The Associated Press on Saturday, signaling tough challenges ahead for indirect negotiations between Israel and the Islamist militants on a new border deal for Gaza. The talks are being brokered by Egypt, which also helped forge a cease-fire deal that ended eight days of Israel-Gaza fighting earlier this week. The truce went into effect late Wednesday and has largely held. Residents in Gaza said Israel has begun easing some border restrictions, allowing fishermen to head further out to sea and permitting farmers inspect land...
  • LIPA customers who spent weeks without power due to Sandy get zapped with normal electric bills

    11/24/2012 11:20:04 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 95 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/24/2012 | NY Post
    LIPA customers who spent weeks without power got zapped with their normal electric bills — as if the outages never happened. The clueless utility charged Sandy-soaked Long Island residents an estimated rate that covered the entire billing cycle, and the statements made no mention of potential refunds to account for the prolonged blackouts. Jonathan Saporta was slapped with a double whammy by the Long Island Power Authority — a $649 bill for the Long Beach home he left in October and a $281 bill for his new Great Neck pad.
  • North Carolina Town Split Over Sheriff's Treatment of Latinos [Town Whites Drop From 80% To 66%]

    11/24/2012 11:17:11 AM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | David Zucchino
    North Carolina Town Split Over Sheriff's Treatment of Latinos The Justice Department has accused Sheriff Terry Johnson of discriminatory policing in Graham. Some locals stand against him while others show vigorous support. Comments 49 Email Share Sheriff Terry Johnson, center, talks with resident Charles Smith, right, at a local eatery in 2009. "We don't have enough work in this country to support people who are here legally. Why should we be keeping illegal immigrants?" Smith says. By David Zucchino November 23, 2012 GRAHAM, N.C. — In this southern mill town, tortillas and bolillos are as common as Carolina barbecue sandwiches....
  • On a Largely Blue Island, an Exception: Trump Tower (91 NYC districts 100% Obama?)

    11/24/2012 11:07:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
    Its black glass exterior soars high above Fifth Avenue, and its gold-tipped revolving doors have spun the likes of Bruce Willis and Anne Hathaway into its waterfall-splashed atrium. But on Election Day, Trump Tower earned a different sort of distinction: a tiny island of Romneyville amid Manhattan’s deep, blue-state sea. … Mr. Romney won a single Manhattan precinct outright, a stretch of Park Avenue near the Waldorf-Astoria, where six voters showed up and four chose the Republican. But he suffered a resounding defeat in New York, a rare outbreak of consensus in a city famous for fevered disagreement: in 91...
  • A Family Business In Disarray {The Jackson Family- No, Not The Michael Jackson Family]

    11/24/2012 11:00:50 AM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    NYTimes ^ | November 23, 2012 | MONICA DAVEY
    A Family Business In Disarray By MONICA DAVEY November 23, 2012 IF there’s a crisis unfolding somewhere, it’s a good bet that the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. is on his way. Over the years, Mr. Jackson, 71, who has a fondness for staring into the lens of a television camera, has jetted to tense locales around the world to negotiate the release of hostages. When President Clinton’s White House was engulfed in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Mr. Jackson showed up to offer spiritual guidance, including some advice he described to a reporter at the time: “Keep your eyes open...
  • 15 members of Joe Berrios' family on county, state payrolls (Chicago, cook county democrat)

    11/24/2012 10:56:31 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies ^ | november 16, 2012 | DAN MIHALOPOULOS
    For Joe Berrios, the Cook County assessor who is also the county Democratic Party chairman, government is the family business. That got him in trouble with the county ethics board, which called for Berrios to fire three family members who are on his staff and fined him $10,000 for violating the county?s anti-nepotism ban by hiring two of them -- his son and sister -- after he was elected assessor in 2010. But the Berrios family's presence on government payrolls goes far beyond that. In September, his nephew Stephen Berrios got a job working for the Cook County judiciary. That...
  • Pat Caddell: Republican 'Consultant-Lobbyist-Establishment' Complex Responsible For Romney Defeat

    11/24/2012 10:47:25 AM PST · by Bratch · 97 replies
    Big Government ^ | 24 Nov 2012 | Tony Lee
    Speaking at The David Horowitz Freedom Center's "Restoration Weekend" in Florida on November 16, Pat Caddell indicted what he called the Republican "consultant-lobbyist-establishment" complex for losing a presidential campaign in 2012 President Barack Obama had no business winning. “No presidential campaign should be run by consultants,” Caddell said. “They should be run by people who are committed to the candidate and not into making big money.” Caddell said “Republicans never attempted to put a frame around the national election” because “the people who run the messaging in the Republican party and their consultants refused to do it.” Caddell, the former...
  • Young voter drop in Obama support unprecedented

    11/24/2012 10:44:00 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 58 replies ^ | November 21, 2012 | Michel F. Haverluck
    In post-election analyses, the 11-point drop in the president's support among 18- to 29-year-olds indicates that particular voting bloc is falling away from Barack Obama on major issues. ------- One polling trend that isn't going in Barack Obama's favor after the presidential election is the drop in his support among young voters. Even though it might not be as unbelievable as winning 100 percent of the vote in 59 Philadelphia precincts ─ and nine Cleveland precincts ─ an 11-point swing in support away from Obama is lifting some eyebrows on both sides of the political spectrum ... particularly because that...
  • Benghazi police reject new chief (last one gunned down)

    11/24/2012 10:34:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 11/24/12 | Maha Ellawati
    Benghazi police reject new chiefMaha Ellawati Last Updated : Saturday, November 24, 2012 12:47 AM BENGHAZI – Benghazi’s police force have rejected the appointment of Colonel Saleheddin Awad Daghman as the new chief of police in Benghazi, following the assassination of his predecessor Colonel Faraj Mohammed Idris Drissi. Daghman was previously rejected by the police in the aftermath of the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens on Sept. 11, after the government attempted to place him in charge of security in the eastern region. Members of the force are said to be angry at the rapid appointment of Daghman, declaring...
  • Holiday Miracle as Man Awakes From Monthlong Coma

    11/24/2012 9:58:49 AM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 24, 2012
    Jennifer Abbey Nov 24, 2012 Doctors told Benjamin Pessah’s family he might not live after he was shot in the head. But after waking from an almost month-long coma, Pessah said his first words and took his first steps just in time for Thanksgiving. Pessah, of Burlingame, Calif., was walking home from a Halloween party in San Francisco Oct. 28 with two friends and his girlfriend when a stranger came up and touched his girlfriend inappropriately. Pessah, 21, stepped in to protect her when the man pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. “It was pretty bizarre...
  • Scaling Back, Moving Forward

    11/24/2012 9:35:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | November 24, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    For as long as I can remember, I've always thought about waking up obscenely early the morning after Thanksgiving, to check out the goings-on at the toy or department store. Not because I wanted to shop, but to visit the safari -- it's always struck me as quite the exotic mystery, why anyone would want to walk away from a calm morning with family or friends to fight for a parking spot. Of course, now indelibly imprinted in our brains are news images of packed stores on Thanksgiving night itself. For as long as I can remember, my friend...

    11/24/2012 9:28:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/24/2012 | Scott Johnson
    In the new issue of the Weekly Standard Jay Cost undertakes a retrospective on what happened in the election just passed. Cost detects a mystery. It’s the case of the missing voters: ******** In 2008, some 131.5 million Americans went to the polls; while the votes are still being tallied, this time around there probably were between 127 and 130 million votes cast. Most of the decline came from white voters; in fact, between 6 and 9 million white voters went missing this year, relative to 2008. It is a reasonable guess that the number of white votes in 2004...
  • Walmart says Black Friday "best ever" despite walk-out threat

    11/24/2012 9:21:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    WSFA ^ | 11/23/12 | John Shryock
    Walmart says Black Friday "best ever" despite walk-out threatBy John Shryock Updated: Nov 23, 2012 1:23 PM EST **SNIP** Threats to derail the company's plans came from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) which seeks to unionize Walmart's workforce. Walmart has fought such efforts to unionize for years. Last week, the company filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board to stop the UFCW's attempts to encourage employee walk-outs. "Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates," Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon said. "We...
  • Whispers build of change to special election rules

    11/24/2012 9:17:41 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 24, 2012 | Hillary Chabot
    Power-hungry Bay State Democrats — eyeing another potential Senate opening if U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry joins the Obama Cabinet— are quietly discussing reinstating a 2004 law that would let Gov. Deval Patrick appoint a permanent replacement to help keep the seat under party control until at least 2014. “I think that would be preferable. It would certainly save the taxpayers money if they don’t have to pay for another election,” said Phil Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. “I think people are campaigned out. I think the governor is very popular and most voters would be happy...
  • Call volume shuts down FBI’s firearm background checks, stops Maine sales on Black Friday

    11/24/2012 9:15:29 AM PST · by aimhigh · 44 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 11/23/2012 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    Sometime early on Black Friday, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, went down and stopped all gun sales, Bangor-area gun dealers said. High call volumes caused “intermittent outages” in the system, an FBI spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon.
  • Gun-related violent crimes drop as gun sales soar in Va.

    11/24/2012 9:03:07 AM PST · by aimhigh · 29 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 11/23/2012 | MARK BOWES
    The total number of firearms purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent from 2006 to 2011. When state population increases are factored in, gun purchases per 100,000 Virginians rose 63 percent. But the total number of gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent over that period, and when adjusted for population, gun-related offenses dropped more than 27 percent, from 79 crimes per 100,000 in 2006 to 57 crimes in 2011.

    11/24/2012 8:53:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/24/2012 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    In an article referenced by Scott earlier today, Byron York shows that Mitt Romney did not lose the election because of his failure to win the Hispanic vote. Romnwy would have lost in Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire even if he had gained a large portion of the Hispanic votes in these key battleground states.York also demonstrates that, as we have argued, Hispanics are not a natural Republican constituency. If anything, they are natural Democrats for reasons unrelated to the immigration issue. Exit poll information suggests that Hispanics based their votes on a number of issues beyond...
  • A Physician’s New Reality: Patients Ask Me to Break the Law

    11/24/2012 8:49:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/24/2012 | Dr. Peter Weiss
    Obama won, Obamacare is the law, and, as my wife says, I will just have to learn to dance to a new song. Now, don’t get me wrong, Obamacare is awful. Forget all the “free stuff” it provides. Children covered on their parents’ plan until 26 years of age? A scam, making young adults — excuse me, children — pay for complete, comprehensive health insurance when all they need and should pay for is major catastrophe insurance. Then there is the “annual ” or “preventative” exam, which according to Obamacare is “free.” You gotta love this stuff. I wish I...
  • Professor: Thanksgiving Is A ‘White Supremacist Holiday’

    11/24/2012 8:30:53 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 90 replies
    Professor: Thanksgiving Is A ‘White Supremacist Holiday’ Forget all that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, today should be a day of fasting and atonement for American “sin.” That’s according to Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen, known for his hard-left politics, also calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.” Jensen’s opinion piece “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” appeared on the far-left, Soros-connected website Alternet on Thanksgiving eve. In it, he wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went on to compare the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany. “How does...
  • Woman 'stabbed brother, 23, in the neck with serving fork over Thanksgiving dinner'

    11/24/2012 8:13:37 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 92 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 23, 2012
    A 27-year-old Maryland woman has been arrested and charged with stabbing her half-brother in the neck with a serving fork following an argument over Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, police said. Annapolis police were called to an apartment on Madison Street where they found 23-year-old Deonte Wallace in the parking lot with two stab wounds.