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  • “Satellites show Iran moving quickly to rearm Hamas”

    11/25/2012 2:13:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/25/2012 09:54 | (JPost.com staff)
    Israeli intelligence satellites have spied the loading of rockets and other materiel believed to be destined for the Gaza Strip, The Sunday Times reported citing Israeli officials. According to the report, Iran began preparing the weapons shipment around the same time Israel and Hamas negotiated cease-fire understandings late last week. The shipment is said to include Iranian-made Fajr-5 medium-range rockets, the same model that was fired into the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas during Operation Pillar of Defense, the Times reported. …
  • Jackson Jr.’s political demise quickens search for fresh faces in black leadership [teachers union]

    11/25/2012 2:07:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | DAN MIHALOPOULOS
    Before scandal would shatter his grand ambitions, when he was still a Democratic congressman and the heir apparent to one of Chicago’s most prominent political dynasties, Jesse Jackson Jr. did not shy from criticizing other politicians with heavy baggage. [SNIP] “The future of black politics is bright, actually,” Maze Jackson [radio host not related to J. Jackson] said. “You’ll see a new generation of black politicians with new, innovative thought processes. The old generation looked to protect the safety net as a way to empowerment. The new generation is more interested in banking, finance, utilities — things that can be...
  • Howie Carr thread week of Nov. 25, 2012

    11/25/2012 12:56:47 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 11 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 11/25/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column, "Moonbats' Remorse". Excerpt: "as strange as it seems, a plurality of Obama voters probably have real jobs, some even in the Dreaded Private Sector. Man, are they in dire straits. Take the instructors at Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh. Their hours are being cut back so the college can get around Obamacare. All you teachers, hope you enjoy being adjunct professors, because you ain’t getting tenure anytime soon. Wonder who they all voted for on Nov. 6?"
  • Abbas Warns UN Bid is 'Last Chance' for Peace

    11/25/2012 12:54:14 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas claimed Saturday the entity's renewed bid for United Nations membership is the “last chance” for Arab peace with Israel. The PA is hoping to create an independent, sovereign state in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and parts of Jerusalem that were restored to the Jewish capital in the 1967 Six-Day War. Previous efforts to evade the necessity of final status talks with Israel through application for membership in the United Nations have been stymied by Western nation, led by the United States. Speaking with students at his headquarters in the PA capital of Ramallah, Abbas said, “The...
  • The money behind the method

    11/25/2012 12:52:32 AM PST · by ilcenter · 7 replies
    DEFENCE MANAGEMENT JOURNAL ^ | Winter 2012 | Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
    The widely held assumption that terrorists are merely violent fanatics might be accurate for many of the terror organisations' low-level operatives. Nonetheless, a terror group's leader sees subsequent acts of terror as a way to impress their financial patrons and their ensnared populations. On a day-to-day level, terror groups are primarily financial organisations, expending the bulk of their efforts to raise, invest, allocate and transfer money. These violent groups are just like a drug cartel, and it is therefore a misunderstanding to believe that terrorists need funds just to make cheap bombs. The creation of a terrorist is a long...
  • Bankrupting terrorism – one interception at a time

    11/25/2012 12:50:31 AM PST · by ilcenter · 34 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/24/2012 21:47 | AKIVA HAMILTON
    A Facebook friend of mine recently posted: “I love you, Iron Dome, and I want to have your babies.” Such is the outpouring of love and appreciation for an extraordinary piece of Israeli technology that has saved many lives in southern and central Israel. Nevertheless, despite this appreciation, there has been little analysis of the true strategic significance of Iron Dome. Iron Dome is a game-changer that not only consigns Hamas’ and Hezbollah’s current terror model to the trash can, it completely undermines the military doctrines of all of Israel’s enemies. Before we discuss this fundamental strategic shift in detail,...
  • At the Crossroads

    11/25/2012 12:48:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2012 | John Steinreich
    Still scrambling to develop a strategy for the future in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, the Republican Party is quite clearly at a crossroads. As America dives headlong into the next term of Obama's America, it is critical for the Republicans to take the right path at this crossroads, which can be summed up with this paradigm: There is no justification for the GOP to continue running moderate candidates for president....... [~~SNIP~~must read] ...The culture may be too far gone down the leftist yellow brick road to turn back on its journey to a European-style, social democratic Oz...
  • Putting Themselves to Sleep

    11/24/2012 11:24:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 21 November 2012 | Greg Miller
    Enlarge Image Self-medicated. A new study suggests that some people suffer from excessive sleepiness due to a naturally occurring compound that acts like a sedative. Credit: Digital Vision/Thinkstock Hitting the wall in the middle of a busy work day is nothing unusual, and a caffeine jolt is all it takes to snap most of us back into action. But people with certain sleep disorders battle a powerful urge to doze throughout the day, even after sleeping 10 hours or more at night. For them, caffeine doesn't touch the problem, and more potent prescription stimulants aren't much better. Now, a...
  • Israel Pushing Ahead with Next Anti-Missile System

    11/24/2012 10:44:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 11/24/12 | Elad Benari
    In the wake of the great success of the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which was able to intercept many of the rockets fired from Gaza at populated areas during Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel is now pushing ahead with the development of Magic Wand, which is supposed to be able to intercept short-range and medium-range rockets. According to a report in the Boston Globe on Saturday, Israel will test the system in the Negev in the coming days. Magic Wand, the report said, is being developed by the Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. in cooperation with the American company...
  • Russia Sends Warships To Gaza Coast

    11/24/2012 10:21:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/24/12 | Tyler Durden
    For the entire 8 day duration of Operation Pillar of Defense, there was one major geopolitical player who had been largely quiet and certainly absent from the scene: the same player whose unflinching position over the Syria conflict has so far prevented any intervention in the civil war torn country: Russia. The same Russia which has a military base in the Syrian port city of Tarsus, and thus in its own eyes, a very substantial "national interest" role to play in the middle east, one that is certainly opposing that of the US and the pro-NATO forces, a tension that...
  • Robber fed Viagra and kept as sex slave by salon owner

    11/24/2012 10:14:32 PM PST · by Fred · 62 replies
    http://www.thesun.co.uk ^ | 112412 | The Sun News
    A GUNMAN who tried to rob a hairdressers came a cropper when he was beaten and tied up naked by the female owner – who then fed him Viagra and used him as a sex slave. Viktor Jasinski, 32, had gone to the salon with the intention of robbing it. But after demanding the day’s takings he instead found himself overcome by the owner – karate black belt Olga Zajac, 28, – who floored him with a kick and tied him up with a hair dryer cable. She then took him into a back room at the salon at Meshchovsk,...
  • U.S. Election Speeded Move to Codify Policy on Drones (in case Obama lost and got prosecuted?)

    11/24/2012 9:38:33 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2012 | SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON — Facing the possibility that President Obama might not win a second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures, according to two administration officials. The matter may have lost some urgency after Nov. 6. But with more than 300 drone strikes and some 2,500 people killed by the Central Intelligence Agency and the military since Mr. Obama first took office, the administration is still pushing to make the rules formal and...
  • Nasrallah to Israel: You lost in Gaza, so who can you defeat?

    11/24/2012 9:31:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | November 24, 2012
    Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah congratulated the Palestinians in Gaza on their "first victory" over Israel's armed forces. In a televised address on Friday, the ninth day of the Shiite Muslim festival of Ashura, Nasrallah said, "The first victory of the resistance was that it prevented the enemy from achieving his goals, the greater victory was that it did not let the enemy impose his conditions, and the greatest victory was that it imposed its own conditions. "The resistance, which lost a martyr, was able to fight efficiently (…) resistance movements in the region no longer depend on individuals," Nasrallah said...
  • Romney aides blast 'hypocrites' who asked for cabinet jobs and are now trashing him

    11/24/2012 9:15:02 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 165 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 23, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    Former senior aides to Mitt Romney have hit back at the 'craven hypocrites' in the Republican party who just days before the election were clamouring for jobs in a Romney administration and are now belittling him. 'There were one or two well-known figures who were late committing to support him, were the most eager to curry favour when it looked like we would win and are now out there trashing the governor. (snip) But the other senior adviser, who declined to be named when criticising senior Republicans, singled out Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Newt Gingrich as among those...
  • China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier

    11/24/2012 8:54:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    English.news.cn ^ | 2012-11-25
    China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said. A new J-15 fighter jet was used as part of the landing exercise. After its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Sept. 25, the aircraft carrier has undergone a series of sailing and technological tests, including the flight of the carrier-borne J-15. Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility, the PLA Navy said. Since the carrier...
  • Treasured ENTREPRENEURS Lost (my title)

    11/24/2012 8:35:07 PM PST · by Varmint Al · 9 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | TPTsubmissions
    It seems that every couple of days New Orleans loses one of its treasured ENTREPRENEURS NOW, THE  REST OF THE  STORYHe was  25 and had 3  sons and 6  daughters. NINE welfare  recipients  collecting $950  each….. That  equals $8,550 a month  !!!  Now add  Food  Stamps, Free  medical, Free  school  lunches, and  on and onDo the  math… $102,000+ /year.Anyone  out there,  sittin’ on  their butt while reading  this  e-mail, makingA HUNDRED GRAND doing  nothing?Now  that, to me,  is a real  Entrepreneur.Read how $11.7 of tax revenues are wasted a year.Here is the link: NOW, THE  REST OF THE  STORYHe was ...
  • Jaws ’12

    11/24/2012 8:29:08 PM PST · by chessplayer · 6 replies
    FORGIVE THE MIXED METAPHOR, but did the mainstream media jump the shark this summer? The expression “jump the shark” comes from the long-running 1970s sitcom Happy Days. In the 1977 fifth-season premiere, Fonzie (Henry Winkler) dons water skis, swim trunks, and his trademark leather jacket and launches over a trapped shark. The episode marked the point at which the show’s writers ran out of ideas and began substituting extravagant gimmicks in place of the solid plots that had made it a success in the first place. “Jumping the shark” has since become a metaphor for the beginning of such a...
  • A third President Bush? No thanks. The Oval Office is no place for nepotism

    11/24/2012 8:28:27 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 75 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Nov 24 2012 | Foon Rhee
    As Barack Obama and many others never tire of telling us, part of the American Dream is that anyone can grow up to be president. That's not exactly true, of course. It takes smarts and charisma, ambition and ego, money and key allies, and quite a bit of luck to get anywhere close to the White House. Still, we're not supposed to have political royalty in our democracy, born of a revolution against the British king. So it made me cringe to see the story on the front page of Friday's New York Times, also published in The Bee, about...
  • Walmart workers laud their wage protest as success

    11/24/2012 8:27:40 PM PST · by Arthurio · 30 replies
    SECAUCUS, New Jersey - Walmart workers hailed their wage protest Saturday, saying their walkout on ‘Black Friday’ had shown the world’s largest retailer their determination to fight against all odds. Hundreds of protesters targeted Walmart stores across the United States on Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, accusing the bargain superstore of ripping off its own employees. The protests were designed to disrupt the Black Friday shopping frenzy, after Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, when deep discounts pull in waves of customers. “Today’s protests at Walmart stores across the country are a reminder of the enormous power of working people...
  • Real War on Women: Saudi Arabia Implements ‘Wife-Tracking’ System

    11/24/2012 8:11:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    Remember the “war on women” the GOP is supposedly waging? I wonder what progressive women would dub this: Saudi Arabia has long been the only country in the world that does not allow women to drive. Now, there appears to be a new development in controlling the movements of its female population: the Kingdom has reportedly introduced an electronic tracking system alerting male guardians when a woman has left the country. Reports emerged of the system last week when Manal al-Sherif, a women’s rights campaigner who has urged women to defy the driving ban, was alerted by a husband who received...