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  • ´National security risk´: Far-right leader pushes Hungary to draw up list of Jews

    11/27/2012 11:46:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/2012 | Staff
    BUDAPEST, Hungary -- A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up a list of Jews who pose a "national security risk", stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust. Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary´s third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament.
  • Female military members sue to serve in combat

    11/27/2012 11:40:56 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Four female military service members have filed a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday and is the second such federal challenge filed by female service members this year.
  • Even A Stopped Clock . . .[Paul Krugman, Making Sense!]

    11/27/2012 11:39:40 AM PST · by zeestephen · 40 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 26 November 2012 | Mark Krikorian
    "Whenever you see some business person complaining how he can’t find workers with the necessary skills, ask what wage they’re offering."
  • Watch What Warren Buffett Does, Not What He Says

    11/27/2012 11:39:29 AM PST · by STARWISE · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/26/12 | Adam J. White
    Warren Buffett is by now no stranger to the national debate over federal tax policy. In 2009, he penned a New York Times op-ed calling for "truly major changes in both taxes and outlays." Two years later, he returned to the Times with a widely publicized call for large tax increases on the "super-rich," noting that his own effective federal tax rate (17 percent) was far less than his employees' rates (ranging from 33 to 41 percent). President Obama liked the idea so much, he called for Congress to pass "the Buffett Rule" in his 2012 state of the union...
  • White House: 'There Are No Unanswered Questions' On Rice's Involvement With Benghazi Misinformation

    11/27/2012 11:36:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/27/2012 | staff
    Jay Carney told the White House press pool that the focus on Ambassador Rice is "misplaced" when investigating Benghazi. Carney said that "there are no unanswered questions" when it concerns Ambassador Rice, what she knew, and who gave her the information that was the basis of her comments on the Sunday shows the weekend after the attack on the US consulate in Libya.
  • Anger as Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews (Jobbik)

    11/27/2012 11:35:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:26pm EST | Marton Dunai
    A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a “national security risk”, stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust. Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary’s third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament. Opponents have condemned frequent anti-Semitic slurs and tough rhetoric against the Roma minority by Gyongyosi’s party as populist point scoring ahead of elections in 2014. …
  • Can You Trust the President, Congress or the Courts to Protect Your Privacy Rights?

    11/27/2012 11:34:16 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://us4.campaign-archive1.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | John Whitehead
    “The game is rigged, the network is bugged, the government talks double-speak, the courts are complicit and there’s nothing you can do about it.”—David Kravets, reporting for Wired Nothing you write, say, text, tweet or share via phone or computer is private anymore. This is the reality of the internet-dependent, plugged-in life of most Americans today. A process which started shortly after 9/11 with programs like National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping and Total Information Awareness has grown into a full-fledged network of warrantless surveillance, electronic tracking and data mining, thanks to federal agents having been granted carte blanche access to...
  • Painting Depicts Obama as Crucified Christ

    11/27/2012 11:33:40 AM PST · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 11/26/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A painting that features President Obama posed as Jesus Christ crucified on is on display at a community college art gallery in Boston. The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012.” It’s on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery until Dec. 15th.
  • [American] Group [in Israel] sues US, Clinton, for 'funding terror'

    11/27/2012 11:31:34 AM PST · by topher · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-27-2012 | By YONAH JEREMY BOB
    Shurat Hadin files lawsuit on behalf of Americans living in Israel over alleged funding of Palestinian terror in West Bank, Gaza. A group of 24 Americans living in Israel, including victims of terrorism, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the US government over allegations of funding Palestinian terrorism in the West Bank and Gaza. The civil action, filed in the district court of Washington DC, alleges that the US Department of State, including Clinton, has ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements attached to US aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) under the Palestinian...
  • Vitamin D deficiency linked to Type 1 diabetes

    11/27/2012 11:24:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Science Codex ^ | November 15, 2012 | NA
    A study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found a correlation between vitamin D3 serum levels and subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes. The six-year study of blood levels of nearly 2,000 individuals suggests a preventive role for vitamin D3 in this disease. The research appears the December issue of Diabetologia, a publication of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). "Previous studies proposed the existence of an association between vitamin D deficiency and risk of and Type 1 diabetes, but this is the first time that the theory has...
  • Fox News Ends Interview after left-wing journalist calls Benghazi"small firefight"

    11/27/2012 11:02:51 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 48 replies
    http://tv.yahoo.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Sadie Gennis
    Fox News abruptly ended an interview Monday after author Thomas Ricks accused the network of bias. During an interview with Jon Scott, Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Generals, accused Fox of hyping up the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. "When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?" Scott demanded. "How many security contractors died in Iraq? Do you know?" Ricks responded. "Nobody does, because nobody cared." Ricks went on to describe the attack as a "small firefight" before adding: "I...
  • Efforts to Curb Social Spending Face Resistance

    11/27/2012 10:59:20 AM PST · by mojito · 21 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 11/26/2012 | Robert Pear
    President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in Congress were supposed to make it easier for the party to strike a deal with Republicans to resolve the year-end fiscal crisis by providing new leverage. But they could also make it harder as empowered Democrats, including some elected on liberal platforms, resist significant changes in entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. As Congress returned Monday, the debate over those programs, which many Democrats see as the core of the party’s identity, was shaping up as the Democratic version of the higher-profile struggle among Republicans over taxes. [....] Republicans insist that changes...
  • GOP lawmakers float immigration reform plan

    11/27/2012 10:40:15 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Saying they want to get the conversation on immigration reform started, top Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a version of the so-called “Dream Act” to grant young illegal immigrants legal status in the US, though not giving them a special path to citizenship. GOP Sens. Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison said they have introduced a bill that would reward those who take college classes or join the military. “We have got to get this ball rolling,” said Mr. Kyl, an Arizona Republican who is retiring this year. “We have to have a discussion that is sensible, that is calm.”...
  • The RAF pilot who dropped the Tricolor on occupied Paris

    11/27/2012 10:36:15 AM PST · by Winniesboy · 33 replies
    Daily Telegraph (London) ^ | 27th November 2012 | anon
    The audacious story of how a RAF pilot flew down the Champs-Elysees to drop a French Tricolor over Nazi-occupied Paris has emerged after his medals were put up for sale. In a daring raid intended to boost the morale of the French, Wing Commander Ken Gatward flew just feet off the ground to put the wind up the Germans. After dropping a huge French flag on top of the Arc de Triomphe, the British pilot headed towards the Gestapo headquarters which he raked with 20mm shells. The attack sent the German SS troops running for their lives, to the delight...
  • Rice: We didn't intend to mislead on Benghazi

    11/27/2012 10:32:24 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | BYRON TAU
    Under fire from congressional critics, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stressed in a Tuesday statement that she did not intend to mislead the public about the September 11th attacks on the Benghazi consulate. "Neither I nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved," Rice said. Rice has emerged as a high-profile administration for congressional critics who claim that the Obama administration tried to cover up a terrorist link to the attacks. Rice and acting...
  • Laura Ingraham leaves Talk Radio Network

    11/27/2012 10:17:37 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 53 replies
    radioinsight ^ | Lance Venta
    Story at link (am on my phone)...Laura may sign with ClearChannel/iHeart radio...bigger markets?
  • GOP Senators More Troubled About Benghazi After Talking With Amb. Rice

    11/27/2012 10:17:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    WBUR-FM ^ | November 27, 2012 | Mark Memmott
    After meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice this morning, three key Republican senators emerged to say they're more troubled — not less — by what they say were intelligence failures and misleading information concerning the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead. One, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said it's too soon to even be speculating about promoting Rice to be secretary of state. Congress needs to see "FBI interviews of survivors ... and what was said the night of the attack" about who might be responsible, Graham said, before considering the...
  • Who is Mohamed Morsi?

    11/27/2012 10:13:16 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 9 replies
    Al Jizzeer0 ^ | 11/26/2012
    Egypt has elected as its president a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was never prominent within the organisation. Mohamed Morsi was sworn in as Egypt's first civilian head of state in June 2011 and the first Islamist to lead the Arab world's most populous nation. Born in Sharqiya, in the Nile Delta, Morsi was a high-ranking figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, but he was not widely known among the Egyptian public. An engineer by trade, he studied in the US before returning to Egypt to head the engineering department at Zagazig University. He was a member of the Committee...
  • Black Friday gun sales highest ever despite system glitch, FBI spokesman says

    11/27/2012 10:05:19 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 25 replies
    TMCNET ^ | 11/27/12
    GRAY, Maine, Nov 27, 2012 (Bangor Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- So many gun dealers called the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, on Black Friday that the system went down twice and was slowed for those who did get through, Maine gun dealers said Monday. Even with the glitches, a record number of guns were sold on Black Friday all across the country, Stephen G. Fischer Jr., director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said Monday. "We had an awful time getting through all day, and sometimes we couldn't get...
  • France Surrenders Again!(Agrees to Recognize Palestinian State)

    11/27/2012 10:03:15 AM PST · by muleskinner · 4 replies
    Mike Huckabee Show/J.D. Hayworth
    France to U.N.: I'm shocked, shocked to find the nonsense going on in here! [ a member of Hamas hands France a pile of money] Abdul: Your winnings, sir.
  • Germany to ban sex with animals: report

    11/27/2012 9:59:25 AM PST · by null and void · 62 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 26, 2012 11:36PM
    Germany is about to ban sex with animals, including the 'pimping' of farm animals for sex. Source: Herald Sun THE German government is about to reintroduce a ban on bestiality, after pressure from animal welfare groups. Newspaper die Tageszeitung reports that the governing coalition are soon to amend the country's Animal Welfare Act to make sex with animals punishable with a fine of up to 25,000 euros ($31,000). Bestiality was legalised in Germany in 1969, the same year that gay sex was also removed from the criminal code. After that, sex with animals was only punishable if the animal was...
  • JFK and the Diem Coup

    11/27/2012 9:59:23 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    National Security Archive ^ | Nov. 5, 2003 | by John Prados
    A White House tape of President Kennedy and his advisers, published this week in a new book-and-CD collection and excerpted on the Web, confirms that top U.S. officials sought the November 1, 1963 coup against then-South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem without apparently considering the physical consequences for Diem personally (he was murdered the following day). The taped meeting and related documents show that U.S. officials, including JFK, vastly overestimated their ability to control the South Vietnamese generals who ran the coup 40 years ago this week. . . ". . .Supporting the Diem coup made the U.S. responsible for...
  • Joe Klein defends Susan Rice, says security fine for dead ambassador

    11/27/2012 9:54:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    Defending United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice even more than the White House, Time's Joe Klein Monday declared on MSNBC that not only was terrorism not part of the initial attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, but that slain Ambassador Chris Stevens had enough security despite reports he had begged for more. "The talking points were accurate," he said of Rice's initial claim that the attack and slaying were sparked by an an anti-Muslim movie, not terrorism, a claim later revised by the administration. On the issue of more security, Klein said of Stevens, "he wasn't requesting -- the...
  • DOD Wastes Billions on Non Military Projects

    11/27/2012 9:44:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 27, 2012
    The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for protecting national security and providing military forces to deter war, yet it blows tens of billions of dollars on preposterous things unrelated to its mission. A variety of unimaginable examples are featured in a baffling report (“Department of Everything” ) published this month by a Republican U.S. Senator, who asserts the Pentagon could easily save around $70 billion over ten years without cutting any Army brigade combat teams, Navy combat ships or Air Force fighter squadrons. It could be done simply by getting rid of the waste, according to the findings. That’s...
  • Researchers genetically alter wheat to make it nearly free of gluten

    11/27/2012 9:39:28 AM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 11-27-2012 | Staff
    —An international team of researchers has succeeded in genetically altering wheat seeds to prevent the production of gluten in subsequent plants. The effort focused, the team writes in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, on disabling the enzyme responsible for activating genes responsible for the development of gluten protein. The research team is part of an effort by many groups to solve the problem of celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten. The current treatment for patients with the disorder is to instruct them to avoid foods with gluten in it....
  • No War On Christmas Here! On Fox & Friends, Gun Club Defends Toddlers Posing With Santa… And Guns

    11/27/2012 9:35:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | Matt Wilstein
    “Everybody wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas, so why not get a real gun when you’re an adult?” If there was one place in America where you could expect to see photos of people posing with Santa Claus and their AK-47′s, it would be Scottsdale, Arizona, home of the country’s largest indoor gun range. This morning, Fox & Friends invited Scottsdale Gun Club general manager Ron Kennedy to defend the organization’s controversial practice of having members pose with Santa and their guns. Gretchen Carlson questioned the appropriateness of these types of images in Arizona in light of last...
  • Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Level Since February '08

    11/27/2012 9:25:58 AM PST · by mykroar · 37 replies
    Foxbusiness.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Reuters
    Consumer confidence rose to a four-and-a-half-year high in November as consumers became more optimistic about the outlook for the economy, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 73.7 up from an upwardly revised 73.1 the month before, its highest since February 2008. Economists had expected a reading of 73.0, according to a Reuters poll. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2012/11/27/consumer-confidence-hits-highest-level-since-february-08/#ixzz2DRcxDlqn
  • Republican senators say Rice meeting just leaves more questions unanswered

    11/27/2012 9:24:45 AM PST · by RichBruer
    FOX NEWS ^ | 11/27/2012 | FoxNews.com
    Three Republican senators who met Tuesday with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice say they left the meeting with more unanswered questions about her comments after the deadly September 11,,
  • Neighbor pulls gun on angry armed man at 23rd and Alder Thanksgiving morning (WA)

    11/27/2012 9:23:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    centraldistrictnews.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | Tom Fucoloro
    A convicted felon was found with a stolen revolver and was arrested early Thursday after a heated dispute at 23rd and Alder. A woman told police the suspect, who she had never seen before, started pounding on her door shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. She looked out the window and saw the suspect and the woman's neighbor arguing, according to police. She then saw the suspect pull a gun on her neighbor. She then went and got her legal handgun and went outside to confront the suspect. The man tried to leave, but was stopped by another person, who...
  • Walmart Workers Say Protest was a Success

    11/27/2012 9:19:55 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 47 replies
    Industry Week ^ | 26 November 2012 | Agence France-Presse
    The protest, supported by the UAW, was for 'decent pay, regular hours, affordable healthcare and respect.' Saying their walkout on 'Black Friday' had shown the world's largest retailer their determination to fight against all odds, Walmart workers hailed their wage protest Saturday. 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...
  • For 2016, Bush vs. Clinton

    11/27/2012 9:16:01 AM PST · by Arthurio · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 11-27 | LZ Granderson
    (CNN) -- For all of our post-2012 election talk about the changing culture, the changing demographics and, perhaps, a changing party, preliminary thoughts out of D.C. about the 2016 election have us headed toward not much change at all: Clinton vs Bush...again. I am as intrigued by the prospects of these two juggernauts, Jeb and Hillary, locking ideological horns as I am repulsed by the thought of half of my life being dominated by two family names. One, Clinton, has risen from the ashes after the White House. The other name, Bush, is so toxic that the past two Republican...
  • Brown-Forman Declares $4 Special Dividend Ahead of Cliff Deadline

    11/27/2012 9:02:35 AM PST · by mykroar
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Jennifer Booten
    Two weeks after raising its regular quarterly dividend, Brown-Forman (BFB n.a.) declared a special cash dividend of $4.00 a share on Tuesday as it looks to return money to shareholders ahead of the fiscal cliff deadline that could significantly raise dividend taxes. The maker of alcoholic beverages like Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Korbel and Woodford Reserve said the special dividend will be paid on Dec. 27 to shareholders of record on Dec. 12. A slew of companies, including Wal-Mart (WMT), have been moving up the date of their dividend to save shareholders a bundle of money on taxes...
  • Gay men sue conversion therapy counselors

    11/27/2012 8:56:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | November 27, 2012 | Alan Duke
    Before Sheldon Bruck told his orthodox Jewish parents he was gay, the teenager looked for a way out of homosexuality. His search led him to JONAH -- Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing -- which claimed on its website to help people "struggling with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions." JONAH co-director Arthur Goldberg promised Bruck, then 17, that "JONAH could help him change his orientation from gay to straight," according to a consumer fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against JONAH, Goldberg and a JONAH counselor.
  • Autism: Traffic pollution linked, study suggests

    11/27/2012 8:54:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/27/12 | BBC
    The possibility that autism is linked to traffic pollution has been raised by researchers in California. Their study of more than 500 children said those exposed to high levels of pollution were three times more likely to have autism than children who grew up with cleaner air. However, other researchers said traffic was a "very unlikely" and unconvincing explanation for autism. The findings were presented in the Archives of General Psychiatry journal. Data from the US Environmental Protection Agency were used to work out levels of pollution for addresses in California. This was used to compare exposure to pollution, in...
  • When the Nerds Go Marching In - Practice for Game Day was Oct-21 (not Nov-6)

    11/27/2012 8:52:35 AM PST · by GangnamNerd · 4 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Nov 16 2012 | Alexis C. Madrigal
    The Obama campaign's technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong. Josh Thayer, the lead engineer of Narwhal, had just been informed that they'd lost another one of the services powering their software. That was bad: Narwhal was the code name for the data platform that underpinned the campaign and let it track voters and volunteers. If it broke, so would everything else. They were talking with people at Amazon Web Services, but all they knew was that they had packet loss. Earlier that day, they lost their databases, their East Coast servers, and...
  • AP Exclusive: Graph suggests Iran working on bomb

    11/27/2012 8:52:21 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    AP ^ | Tuesday, November 27, 2012 | George Jahn
    A diagram obtained by The Associated Press shows that Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
  • Make those lazy job-creators pay

    11/27/2012 8:45:01 AM PST · by pgkdan · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/25/12 | Frank J. Fleming
    The US unemployment rate has been pretty lousy for a while. Luckily, no one blames President Obama for this, as the recent election showed. And why should they? The government has done everything right: It enacted a huge stimulus, built infrastructure, passed ObamaCare to make sure employees are healthy and it supplied businesses with millions and millions of people just standing around waiting for work.
  • Report: Top Florida Republicans say election law was intentionally designed to suppress the vote

    11/27/2012 8:39:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 11/27/12 | J Easley
    Two former top Florida Republicans say a new law that shortened the early voting period in the state was designed by the GOP to suppress the Democratic vote, not to curb voter fraud, according to a report Monday from the Palm Beach Post. The Palm Beach Post quoted Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer and former Gov. Charlie Crist, neither of whom is still a party member, and a handful of other party operatives, who said claims the law was designed to curb voter fraud in the state were merely a marketing ploy to provide cover for the...
  • The NO Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,November 27,2012

    11/27/2012 8:22:16 AM PST · by Biggirl · 52 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | November 27,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Do not know who will be subbing for Rush today, hopefully will be an interesting "sub". :)=^..^=
  • Police Remove Congressman-Elect Grayson From Local Walmart For Union Agitating

    11/27/2012 8:17:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Watchdog Wire ^ | November 26, 2012 | Tom Tillison
    In spite of the embarrassing antics on full display during his first term in Congress, the voters in Florida’s CD09 saw fit to send Alan Grayson back to Washington, D.C. Naturally, the extreme elements of the far left supported Grayson’s return to office, but so too did many of our friends and neighbors. Perhaps even family members. He was also a recipient of overwhelming support from the Hispanic community, particularly those of Puerto Rican descent. And labor unions. There’s no doubt he also received a fair share of votes from the disaffected and disengaged for the sheer entertainment value such...
  • GM rolls out new electric mini-car at LA Auto Show [Doubling Down on Failure]

    11/27/2012 8:17:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 85 replies
    AP ^ | 11-27-2012 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity. An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it's made. Other markets will follow. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt sedan, which can run in all-electric mode but also has a backup gas engine, the Spark EV is a pure electric. GM won't say how far the car will go on a charge, but says it will be a top performer among the small number of...
  • Obama administration sued over Palestinian aid

    11/27/2012 8:15:53 AM PST · by ilcenter · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/27/12 | BYRON TAU
    A group of Israeli-Americans has filed suit against the Obama administration, alleging that U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority funds terrorist activities. The lawsuit charges that federal aid money directed to the Palestinian Authority ultimately ends up in the hands of Hamas and other militant groups committed to war against Israel. Hamas is designed as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. government. The lawsuit charges that the State Department is ignoring congressionally-mandated safeguards to keep money out of the hands of such entities. "The American people are opposed to terror and do not want to fund it via...
  • More Democrats Willing to Go Over 'Fiscal Cliff'

    11/27/2012 8:10:26 AM PST · by bestintxas · 158 replies
    newsmax ^ | 11/27/12 | j feller
    A growing number of Democrats say they are willing to let the country go off the fiscal cliff if a deal cannot be reached by Jan. 1 that raises taxes on the top two percent of earners while protecting costly entitlement programs. Their theory in this game of chicken with Republicans is that it will be easier in January to lower taxes for 98 percent of the country while finding the best possible parts of the federal budget to cut — in line with long-held goals of the nation's liberal party. They also think they'll be in a better position...
  • Chinese paper congratulates Kim Jong Un on being named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by the Onion

    11/27/2012 8:04:46 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    Chinese paper congratulates Kim Jong Un on being named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by the Onion By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News Senior Media Reporter In a hilarious if increasingly common example of a real newspaper taking a satirical newspaper seriously, the People's Daily—the website for the Communist Party of China's newspaper—published a story on Tuesday congratulating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on being named 2012's "Sexiest Man Alive" by the Onion. "U.S. website The Onion has named North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un as the 'Sexiest Man Alive' for the year 2012," the story announces before quoting the Onion's...
  • Republican senators say Rice meeting just leaves more questions unanswered

    11/27/2012 8:04:34 AM PST · by bryan999 · 108 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Staff
    Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte meet with UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who is a leading candidate for secretary of state despite the controversy over her comments on the deadly attack in Libya.
  • McGurn: How Obama's 'Life of Julia' Prevailed

    11/27/2012 8:00:15 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 27, 2012 | William McGurn
    The name of the program now escapes me. Several months ago, while flipping channels with the remote, I stopped on an MTV show about a working mom whose whole life was upended when her partner announced that he was splitting. It caught my attention because this mother lived in a nice apartment that looked like one in my suburban New Jersey town, and she was applying for food stamps. This wasn't your caricature "taker"—the woman had a real job. With her partner leaving, however, she could no longer afford the rent, and she would have trouble providing for her two...
  • Martinez, Pearce: How To Win Hispanic Votes (NM)

    11/27/2012 7:59:09 AM PST · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 27, 2012 | Michael Coleman
    As national Republican leaders fret about their party’s showing among Hispanics in the Nov. 6 elections and consider the GOP’s future, they might want to check in with a couple of prominent New Mexico Republicans. Rep. Steve Pearce, who represents New Mexico’s border with Mexico, and Gov. Susana Martinez, who hails from the border-area town of Las Cruces, both have plenty to say about their party and Hispanic politics. In a telephone interview Monday, Martinez said Romney’s weak result among Hispanics, who chose Obama by a more than 3-1 ratio nationally, isn’t necessarily a harbinger of things to come for...
  • Homeowner pulls gun on neighbor he caught stealing metal, Volusia deputies say(FL)

    11/27/2012 7:52:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | Susan Jacobson
    <p>A Volusia County homeowner held his neighbor at gunpoint Monday after catching him stealing metal from his house, a 911 tape released shows.</p> <p>"I don't plan on shooting him, but if he does something stupid, what else am I supposed to do?" Benton Ledbetter, 59, asked a Sheriff's Office dispatcher.</p>
  • Dick Durbin: Fiscal cliff now, entitlements later

    11/27/2012 7:51:47 AM PST · by Qbert · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | November 27, 2012 | Steven Sloan
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin has a message for Republicans insisting on wholesale changes to entitlement programs in exchange for new tax revenue: not yet. In a speech later this morning that seeks to crystalize the progressive approach to deficit reduction, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat will try to split the debate about overhauling Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from the negotiations over resolving the fiscal cliff. “Progressives should be willing to talk about ways to ensure the long-term viability of Medicare and Medicaid but those conversations should not be part of a plan to avert the fiscal cliff,” Durbin...
  • Godfather of baseball free agency Miller dies at 95

    11/27/2012 7:51:23 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 27, 2012 | DAVID K. LI
    Marvin Miller, the most influential labor leader in sports history who ushered free agency into baseball, has passed away at the age of 95. The Major League Baseball Players Association this morning confirmed Miller's death.