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  • Gay Mosque to Open in Paris, Address to Be Secret

    11/28/2012 1:54:24 PM PST · by billorites · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 28, 2012 | DRAGANA JOVANOVIC
    Ludovic Mohammed Zahed is braced for controversy, maybe even worse. A gay Muslim and an expert on the Koran, Zahed plans to open Europe's first gay-friendly mosque in Paris at the end of this month. He calls it a place of shelter as well as a place of worship. "We need to have a safe space for people who do not feel comfortable and at ease in normal mosques," Zahed told ABC News. "There are transgender people who fear aggression, women who do not want to wear head scarf or sit in the back of the mosque. This project gives...
  • Few female Marines step forward for infantry

    11/28/2012 1:45:12 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 53 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2012 | Kristia Wong
    Female Marine officers are unlikely to join the infantry anytime soon, in part because of a lack of volunteers for the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course, which was opened to women in September. Only two of about 80 eligible female Marines have volunteered for the course -- a grueling, three-month advanced regimen conducted at Quantico, Va., that was opened to women to research their performance. Of the two female volunteers, one washed out on the first day, along with 26 of the107 men, and the other dropped out two weeks later for medical reasons, a Marine Corps spokesman said.
  • WH: Obama 'Is Not Particularly Concerned' Whether Susan Rice Misled the American People

    11/28/2012 1:44:35 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 22 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 28, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    In response to a question from reporter Major Garrett on whether the Obama administration's mishandling of Benghazi raises "core questions of basic competency," press secretary Jay Carney revealed that Barack Obama "is not particularly concerned" about whether Susan Rice misled the American people: (See Video at link) "What the president is worried about, Major, is what happened and why in Benghazi. He is not particularly concerned about whether the ambassador or I went out and talked about the fact that we believed extremists might have been responsible. And whether we named them as al Qaeda or not does not--no, it...
  • 9 lawmakers want to arrest U.S. officials who implement Obamacare

    11/28/2012 1:44:19 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 11-13-12 | Patrick Marley
    <p>Madison - As Gov. Scott Walker contemplates whether to create a state health care exchange under Obamacare, he will have to contend in the coming legislative session with nine lawmakers who have said they back a bill to arrest any federal officials who try to implement the health care law.</p>
  • Fiscal Cuts in Connecticut

    11/28/2012 1:41:31 PM PST · by whattajoke · 6 replies
    The Governor's Office ^ | 11/28/12 | Dannel Malloy
    Connecticut is hurting. We have a Democratic Governor with a stacked state house. We've been cooking the books for 20 years (with RINO gov's too). Today, a giant list of cuts was released... Now we'll see what happens. The cuts are here.
  • Student Loan Debt Hits Another New Record: Study

    11/28/2012 1:32:16 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    CNBC ^ | 18 Oct 2012 | Scott Cohn
    As costs of college soars (with thanks to absurd union salaries and benefits, as well as absurd administrator salaries and benefits), those attending college have increasing trouble paying back loans. ... a stunning 37.8 percent of recent graduates are working in jobs that do not require a college degree. The study said that means wages are depressed, making the situation for graduates even more difficult.
  • Mel Reynolds to announce run for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s old seat in Congress

    11/28/2012 1:27:38 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    ABC Local ^ | November 28, 2012
    November 28, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- More people are lining up to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress. Former Congressman Mel Reynolds plans to announce his candidacy for the special election in a news conference at 12 p.m. An official letter of resignation from Jesse Jackson Jr. was read aloud in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday. In 1995, Reynolds lost his congressional seat after a conviction of sexual assault and child pornography charges. He was later pardoned by then-President Bill Clinton.
  • Senator Vows to Block Any Clinton Successor

    11/28/2012 1:26:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated November 27, 2012, 10:55 p.m. ET | SARA MURRAY
    By SARA MURRAY WASHINGTON—Ambassador Susan Rice's attempt to repair her standing with Senate Republicans fell short Tuesday, as a trio of GOP senators emerged from a meeting with her even more harshly critical of the comments she made following the U.S. consulate attack in Libya. Ambassador Susan Rice's attempt to repair her standing with Senate Republicans appeared to fall short Tuesday, as a trio of GOP senators remained harshly critical of comments she made following the U.S. consulate attack in Libya. Sara Murray has details on The News Hub. Photo: AP. Susan Rice meets with three GOP senators who have...
  • Poland against new UN internet 'censorship threat'

    11/28/2012 1:21:18 PM PST · by knighthawk · 33 replies
    The News PL ^ | November 27 2012
    Poland is to oppose a UN agency proposal to renegotiate an international internet treaty which critics say would threaten freedom of expression on the web. The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is to meet behind closed doors in Dubai between 3 and 14 December, where 193 countries are being asked to agree a new information and communications International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR) treaty, which would change the way domain names are monitored and IP addresses are assigned. The effect of the new treaty would be to take away the domain name system and other technical specifications, currently run by organisations in...
  • U.N. summit may usher in more Internet regulations

    11/28/2012 1:17:54 PM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    CNet ^ | November 28 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    Next week's Dubai summit could lead to more control by national governments, speakers at a Stanford University event say, unless Internet users take action to protect their rights. PALO ALTO, Calif.--A United Nations summit next week could imperil Internet freedom and lead to a deluge of intrusive new national regulations, Google and a member of the U.S. delegation warned. "We want to maintain a platform of a free and open Internet as a platform for free expression," Patrick Ryan, an attorney at Google, said at a forum organized by Stanford Law School here yesterday afternoon. Google has organized a new...
  • Second Dem hints at alliance to keep Senate in GOP hands

    11/28/2012 1:16:18 PM PST · by Arthurio · 3 replies
    Newsday ^ | 11-28
    Second Dem hints at alliance to keep Senate in GOP hands 12:35 PM By Yancey Roy ALBANY — In what appeared to be a coordinated effort, a Mohawk Valley senator on Wednesday became the second Democrat to signal he might support a “bipartisan coalition” to govern the New York State Senate — that could keep Republicans in power. Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida) issued a statement that hinted four members of the “Independent Democratic Conference” could join with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) to form a governing alliance. “I believe the time is right for a true bipartisan coalition...
  • High-fructose corn syrup linked to type 2 diabetes

    11/28/2012 12:58:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 113 replies
    The Ssaratogian ^ | November 28, 2012 | Annie Hauser
    Countries using high-fructose corn syrup have diabetes rates 20 percent higher than countries that do not, a new international analysis finds. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in national food supplies around the world might help explain the rising rates of type 2 diabetes around the world, researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Oxford report in the journal Global Public Health. After studying 42 countries, researchers found that those that use HFCS in their food supply had a 20 percent higher prevalence of diabetes than those that did not use HFCS, suggesting an association with diabetes independent...
  • Iran’s Gazan Proxy War

    11/28/2012 12:52:51 PM PST · by Mr. Doctor · 6 replies
    The Energy Tribune ^ | Peter Glover
    While the Israeli-Hamas cease-fire holds and the TV pundits argue over who initiated the recent Gazan spat, the evidence for an Iran instigated proxy war is overwhelming. Iran’s fingerprints are all over Hamas’ weaponry. For Iran, it’s essential, in the face of a potential ‘nuclear’ showdown, that Israel remains occupied on its border with Teheran’s proxies: Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. It’s a strategy confirmed by the Arab worlds’ most-read newspaper. The long-range rockets currently being fired towards Tel Aviv are Iranian-manufactured Fajr 5 missiles. The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) website cites Sudan as assisting in the transit of these weapons....
  • Second North Korean missile launch would be unprecedented.

    11/28/2012 12:50:46 PM PST · by teflon9 · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | November 27th, 2012 | Jennifer Rizzo
    While new satellite images show preparations for what is believed to be a coming long-range missile launch by North Korea, a second attempt in 2012 would be unprecedented, a top satellite image analyst told Security Clearance. There have been four launches of this scale since 1998, including a failed attempt in April of this year. A second launch in 2012 would be the first time North Korea has launched two systems of this class, their largest missile class, in less than three years. "The fact that they are now apparently preparing for a second launch in 2012 indicated that the...
  • Study: More Guns Equal Less Crime

    11/28/2012 12:48:37 PM PST · by South40 · 9 replies
    TPNN ^ | 11/28/2012 | Greg Campbell
    Gun control is a less-discussed issue these days compared to the mid-‘90’s. It was around this time that gun control hysteria swept the nation as it served as an electable quality for all leftist leaders to crusade against those evil man-killers. As they created further restrictions and instituted a federal assault weapons ban, we were all told that it was for our own good. After all, guns kill people and lead to increased crime rates. It turns out that not only is that not true, but the exact opposite seems to be true. A recent study in Virginia has shown...
  • John Heilemann Makes Lindsey Graham Joke on ‘Morning Joe;’

    11/28/2012 12:44:54 PM PST · by upchuck · 8 replies
    mediabristo ^ | Wednesday, November 28, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    Just after 6am, on “Morning Joe” this morning, Joe, Mika and guest John Heilemann were talking about yesterday’s New York Times article about “the three amigos” Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, who have bonded over the last decade through international travel putting themselves at the center of the foreign policy debate at home. With Lieberman leaving the Senate, McCain and Graham have brought in another “amigo” Senator Kelly Ayotte. That prompted Heilemann to make a bad joke, at the expense of Graham: Heilemann: They need a third amigo at all times. So now they have — now...
  • 6-month sentence in stabbing death of parrot

    11/28/2012 12:37:08 PM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    Heraldnet ^ | November 27, 2012 | Rikki King
    EVERETT -- An Everett man was sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday for the stabbing death of his former girlfriend's parrot. Richard J. Atkinson, 63, pleaded guilty last month in Snohomish County Superior Court to first-degree animal cruelty and second-degree domestic-violence malicious mischief. He's been held at the Snohomish County Jail since the Aug. 19 attack. Police alleged that Atkinson was alone at the former couple's Everett home when he killed the bird with a serving fork and then trashed the house.
  • Entitlements Are Another Form of Slavery [Video: Black Leader Speaks Truth!]

    11/28/2012 12:36:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Victoria Jackson Show ^ | November 28, 2012 | Victoria Jackson
    Appearing in the award-winning documentary, “Runaway Slave,” is Dr. Timothy Johnson, the founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation based in Washington D.C. In November of 2008, after being frustrated with the election of Obama, Dr. Tim had a dream, a calling. “I got tired of hearing there were no black Republicans.” The Frederick Douglass Foundation is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage; it is “the largest Christ-centered, multi-ethnic and Republican ministry.” Dr. Tim explains that Martin Luther King was a Republican, as is Alveda King, as was Frederick Douglass, and the Republican Party was formed to defeat slavery, and ensure equality for all...
  • TERRORIST BREAKS INTO ISRAELI MOTHER’S HOUSE WITH A KNIFE AND PIPE AND SHE TAKES HIM DOWN

    11/28/2012 12:31:28 PM PST · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | november 28, 2012 | erica ritz
    Yael Matzpun was sleeping in a room with her four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son when she was awoken by heavy footsteps in the hall. She knew that her husband, an IDF officer, was not due at home. “Suddenly I saw a terrorist in a kefiyyeh [head scarf] standing opposite me,” she told Maariv. “I decided that if I didn’t fight, he would murder me and my four children, there would be a massacre like in Itamar, where the Fogels and three of their children were murdered in their home.” The terrorist turned on the light and said something in Arabic,...
  • Can you opt out of Obamacare?

    11/28/2012 12:30:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Citizens Council for Health Freedom ^ | 11-27-12 | twila brase
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out Section 1555, one of the major chinks in PPACA's armor according to an attorney at the Goldwater Institute. Section 1555 is in the law under "Subtitle G - Miscellaneous Provisions." Since bringing this up, I've heard from some who believe that this section is limited solely to those who sell ("issue") health insurance. Here again is Section 1555: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made...
  • To Vilify Israel, NYT Claims Slain Terrorists Were Journalists

    11/28/2012 12:29:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/20/12 | William Bigelow
    The New York Times, in its reprehensible campaign to vilify Israel and whitewash Hamas, has resorted to lying about terrorists Israel has killed by pretending the targets were journalists. The author, one David Carr, reported in a piece titled “Using War as Cover to Target Journalists” that two senior Hamas terrorists Israel killed last week were “journalists.” Carr claims that the two terrorists, Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, were cameramen for Al-Aqsa TV, which is run by Hamas. They were supposedly covering the Gaza conflict when a missile struck their car. What Carr didn’t report was that the two men...
  • Mitt Romney: A good man. The right fight.(Look at THIS BS)!

    11/28/2012 12:23:53 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 45 replies
    The Washington ComPost ^ | November 28 2012 | By Stuart Stevens
    Stuart Stevens was the chief strategist for the Romney presidential campaign. Over the years, one of the more troubling characteristics of the Democratic Party and the left in general has been a shortage of loyalty and an abundance of self-loathing. It would be a shame if we Republicans took a narrow presidential loss as a signal that those are traits we should emulate. I appreciate that Mitt Romney was never a favorite of D.C.’s green-room crowd or, frankly, of many politicians. That’s why, a year ago, so few of those people thought that he would win the Republican nomination. But...
  • First-Year Corporate Lawyer Can't Believe His Job Is THIS Soul Crushing

    11/28/2012 12:20:34 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 45 replies
    BI ^ | 11/28/2012 | Law & Order
    "You know it's going to be boring, but you just don't appreciate how boring it actually is," one first-year associate at a large New York law firm tells us. The young lawyer describes long days of reading dense papers, which he only barely understands, and which seem to have no bearing on any actual case. "Doc review is the most boring experience of your life, but strangely nerve-wracking because you know you're messing it up, but you just can't bring yourself to care that you're messing it up. And you're probably going to mess it up even if you did...
  • Andrew Cuomo’s fracking follies (NY has the resources to create an energy boom, thousands of jobs)

    11/28/2012 12:09:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/26/2012 | Brad Gill
    Last week’s news that the state Department of Environmental Conservation will miss a Nov. 29 deadline to release regulations guiding future natural-gas exploration in New York was another blow to a beleaguered industry — an industry, by the way, that has operated safely in New York for decades and isn’t asking for a dime of public money to expand here. This latest delay is necessary, according to the state, for three “experts” chosen by the state Health Department to review the potential health impacts. Never mind that these experts have already made public statements that suggest a bias against natural-gas...
  • Who changed the Benghazi talking points?

    Who within the Obama administration deleted mention of "terrorism" and "al-Qaeda" from the CIA's talking points on the deadly Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi? It isn't the only unanswered question in the wake of the tragedy, but it's proven to be one of the most confounding.
  • Accused Beacon Hill rapist sprung from custody twice in 5 months

    11/28/2012 11:54:25 AM PST · by massmike · 4 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 11/28/2012 | John Zaremba And Colneth Smiley Jr.
    The Level 3 sex offender arrested yesterday in a horrifying Beacon Hill home invasion and rape was sprung from custody twice in the past year, prosecutors said. Anthony G. Williams, 45, made bail in July on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender — and then again in September in an assault and battery charge, Suffolk District Attorney spokesman Jake Wark said. Prosecutors at that hearing had asked Judge Mark Summerville to revoke his earlier bail and keep him in custody on an additional $200, Wark said. Summerville denied the request; Wark did not know why. Williams...
  • THE KEY ‘R’ WORD IS REPUBLICAN, NOT ROMNEY

    11/28/2012 11:48:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/28/2012 | Newt Gingrich
    With all the efforts to understand the recent election defeat, a lot of the focus has been on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his campaign. That is exactly the wrong way to begin analyzing the outcome of the 2012 campaign.The focus on Romney as a candidate is profoundly misleading for those who want to prepare for future Republican victories.Any analysis of recent Republican presidential results will reveal a systemic failure which can’t be ascribed to Romney.The last clear Republican presidential victory was in 1988 when Vice President George H W Bush won with 53.37 percent over Dukakis.Since then we...
  • WH: Obama 'Is Not Particularly Concerned' Whether Susan Rice Misled the American People

    11/28/2012 11:44:19 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 116 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 28, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    In response to a question from reporter Major Garrett on whether the Obama administration's mishandling of Benghazi raises "core questions of basic competency," press secretary Jay Carney revealed that Barack Obama "is not particularly concerned" about whether Susan Rice misled the American people: "What the president is worried about, Major, is what happened and why in Benghazi. He is not particularly concerned about whether the ambassador or I went out and talked about the fact that we believed extremists might have been responsible.
  • Claptrap About Compromise - It is the establishment's euphemism for collusion in corruption.

    11/28/2012 11:35:51 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11.28.12 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    The Bolsheviks, according to historians, robbed banks before they rose to power in Russia. That foreshadowed their economic policies. The Marxism they implemented once in power was just an extension of their armed robbery. Today's redistributionists in America don't have bank robbery in their pasts but they do accept organized theft as the norm of politics. They see all wealth belonging to the state automatically, which is why they count all tax cuts as "government spending" and why they feel entitled to hike up taxes whenever a self-inflicted "crisis" appears. Taxpayers didn't cause the "fiscal cliff" emergency; derelict pols did....
  • AP Under Attack for Removing Islamophobia, Homophobia from Stylebook

    11/28/2012 11:35:11 AM PST · by bayouranger · 28 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 28NOV12 | Daniel Greenfield
    First the Associated Press announced that it would continue using “Illegal Alien” instead of “Undocumented American”, “Accidental Border Crosser” or “Beautiful Dreamer” on the grounds that it was well… technically accurate. Now the AP is throwing out Homophobia and Islamophobia on the grounds that they are inaccurate and conflate prejudice with mental illness. And that has led to outrage hysteria from the usual organs of the left who like sticking to their politicized words once they’ve made enough people aware of them. “Ethnic cleansing is a euphemism for pretty violent activities, a phobia is a psychiatric or medical term for...
  • Montana tribal elder who 'adopted' Obama dies

    11/28/2012 11:34:38 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 28, 2012
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- An elder from Montana's Crow Indian Tribe who ceremoniously adopted then-Sen. Barack Obama into his family during the 2008 presidential race has died. Tribal officials say 78-year-old Hartford "Sonny" Black Eagle Jr. died Monday at his home in Lodge Grass on the tribe's reservation in the southeastern part of the state.
  • Norquist: Obama Placing ‘Left-Wing Fantasies’ Above American Families

    11/28/2012 11:27:18 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    CBS DC ^ | Nov. 28, 2012
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist, dismissed discussion of GOP defections from his “no new taxes” pledge, and President Obama’s tax theories, as pure fantasy. In a Tuesday interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” the conservative activist reinforced that support for his “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” — which was signed by 95 percent of Republican congressmen earlier this month – is not waning. Norquist stated that Democrats’ openness to substantial spending cuts is like imagining a “pink unicorn.”
  • Iran: Uranium enrichment to be speeded up

    11/28/2012 11:22:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 28 Nov. 2012 11:38 AM ET | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran will step up its uranium enrichment program by sharply increasing the number of centrifuges used to make nuclear fuel, a senior official said Wednesday, in direct defiance of Western demands. The statement by Iran’s nuclear chief, Fereidoun Abbasi, is likely to escalate tensions. The West suspects Iran’s nuclear program could be headed toward weapons production and has imposed punishing sanctions to try to persuade Tehran to stop enrichment. Iran has denied the charges, saying its program is peaceful and geared toward generating electricity and producing radioisotopes to treat cancer patients. …
  • First cracks in GOP resolve on tax rates

    11/28/2012 11:21:45 AM PST · by John W · 21 replies
    AP via Yahoo news ^ | November 28, 2012 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first cracks are developing among Republicans over whether to accept a quick deal with President Barack Obama on allowing the top two income tax rates to expire. Conservative Oklahoma GOP Rep. Tom Cole told GOP colleagues in a private meeting on Tuesday that it's better to make sure that tax cuts for the 98 percent of taxpayers who make less than $200,000 or $250,000 a year are extended than to battle it out with Obama and risk increasing taxes on everyone. Cole's remarks are noteworthy because he's a longtime GOP loyalist and a confidant of House...
  • Is the GOP Doomed by the ‘Generation Gap’?

    11/28/2012 11:20:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/28/2012 | Rick Moran
    Winston Churchill has been quoted as saying, “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.”And any man who writes on politics for New York Magazine has neither heart nor brains --- especially if his name is Jonathan Chait: How doomed are conservatives? Pretty doomed, if you look carefully at the Pew Research Survey’s close analysis of the youth vote in the 2012 elections. The Republicans’ long-term dilemma has generally been framed in racial terms, but it’s mainly a...
  • Whatever happened to the right to be left alone?

    11/28/2012 10:55:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 28, 2012 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    <p>The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written in order to keep the government from invading the right to be left alone--today known as the right to privacy. The Framers who wrote the Constitution, and Jefferson and his colleagues who insisted on the Fourth amendment among others, had suffered grievously at the hands of the British king and his soldiers.</p>
  • EPA suspends BP from new federal contracts

    11/28/2012 10:51:18 AM PST · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Washington Post Business ^ | November 28, 2012 | Steven Mufson
    The Environmental Protection Agency has suspended BP from bidding on any new federal contracts as a result of the company’s conduct during the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster that led to 11 deaths and the largest U.S. offshore spill. The EPA said the suspension would not affect BP’s current contracts or leases, which are crucial to the company. The London-based oil giant is the largest leaseholder in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, with more than 700 leases, and it is the gulf’s largest producer of oil and gas from more than 20 fields there. Although the EPA did not say how...
  • Obama on tax cuts: Don’t ‘screw this up,’ Washington

    11/28/2012 10:43:41 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 28, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    President Barack Obama urged Americans on Wednesday to help him pressure Congress to prevent a Jan. 1 tax hike on the middle class, saying it was up to the public to make sure Washington doesn't "screw this up." "When the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold Congress listens," Obama said, flanked by Americans who answered the White House's call to detail what that tax increase would cost them personally. "We really need to get this right. I can only do it with the help of the American people," the president said. "It's too important for Washington to screw...
  • Surveillance video shows violent confrontation at gas station

    11/28/2012 10:43:25 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 58 replies
    KHOU 11 ^ | 11-27-12 | Rucks Russell
    HOUSTON—As family members of a man who was shot by a Valero clerk in southeast Houston called for the store clerk’s arrest, the store owner released surveillance video. Alexander Calloway, 21, and his two cousins were trying to enter the gas station on Martin Luther King and Belarbor around 3:30 a.m., but the store was locked. The young men got into an argument with the clerk, who unlocked his door and came outside, police said. Someone punched the clerk in the face and the clerk pulled out his gun and shot Calloway in the stomach, according to HPD. Calloway’s cousins...
  • Federal Student Lending Swells (so are delinquencies)

    11/28/2012 10:36:38 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    The federal lending program designed to make college education available to everyone is creating a pile of debt so large it is fanning worries that it has become too easy to borrow too much.
  • Chris Matthews: Maybe a Susan Rice nomination isn’t such a great idea after all (Video)

    11/28/2012 10:35:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/28/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    When even Chris Matthews can see the dangers in pushing Susan Rice as Hillary Clinton's replacement, maybe the White House should pay attention. Via Eliana Johnson at NRO, the second term hasn't yet begun and Barack Obama needs as much political capital as possible to win on the "fiscal cliff." Why take on this fight, especially when an easy option --- and a better one --- in John Kerry is at hand? Matthews predicts a "very messy and hot" fight over the nomination if it indeed comes, which will be "not helpful," and Matthews hears it may not come at...
  • Gingrich: The key 'R' word is Republican, not Romney

    11/28/2012 10:33:56 AM PST · by GVnana · 49 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/28/2012 | Newt Gingrich
    The key 'R' word is Republican, not Romney With all the efforts to understand the recent election defeat, a lot of the focus has been on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his campaign. That is exactly the wrong way to begin analyzing the outcome of the 2012 campaign. The focus on Romney as a candidate is profoundly misleading for those who want to prepare for future Republican victories. Any analysis of recent Republican presidential results will reveal a systemic failure which can’t be ascribed to Romney. The last clear Republican presidential victory was in 1988 when Vice President George...
  • Incredible Raw Image of Saturn’s Swirling North Pole (Saturn's Enigmatic Swirling Hexagon)

    11/28/2012 10:32:10 AM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Universe Today ^ | November 28, 2012 | Jason Major
    Are you ready for this? I know… WOW. This swirling maelstrom of clouds is what was seen over Saturn’s north pole earlier today, November 27, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This is a raw image, acquired in polarized light, from a distance of 238,045 miles (383,097 kilometers)… all I did was remove some of the hot pixels that are commonly found on Cassini images taken with longer exposures. Again… WOW. My attempt at a color composite can be seen below, plus another treat: It’s rough, and a little muddy because the clouds were moving between image channels (not to mention the...
  • Video: Bill Warner "Islam and the Golden Rule"

    11/28/2012 10:31:16 AM PST · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    europenews ^ | 28NOV12 | Sun News
    Dr. Bill Warner appeared tonight on Michael Coren’s program to talk about what he means by "political Islam”, and why Islam is fundamentally and irreconcilably different from all other religions: Vid - 8:42
  • #My52k vs. #My2k

    11/28/2012 10:30:11 AM PST · by CriticalThinking · 4 replies
    Critical Thinking ^ | 11/28/12 | CriticalThinking
    In response to President's #My2K Hashtag twitter request (estimated increase in taxes for middle class), I recommend instead we all twitter with the Hashtag #My52k - the amount every grandparent, parent, and child individually owes on the national debt. Republicans should offer no new revenue without a capitulation on spending. Please make this viral....
  • 96% of political donations from Ivy League faculty & staff went for Obama

    11/28/2012 10:28:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 11/28/2012 | Oliver Darcy
    96% of the faculty and staff at Ivy League colleges that contributed to the 2012 presidential race donated to President Obama's campaign, reveals a Campus Reform investigation compiled using numbers released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). From the eight elite schools, $1,211,267 was contributed to the Obama campaign, compared to the $114,166 given to Romney. The highest percentage of Obama donors came from Brown University and Princeton, with 99 percent of donations from faculty and staff going towards his campaign. Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania’s faculty contributed to the President’s campaign in the lowest numbers, with only...
  • WaPo/ABC poll: Six in ten favor raising taxes on $250K+ households for fiscal-cliff solution

    11/28/2012 10:25:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/28/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, that $80 billion a year will come in handy, no? That's the impression that six in ten Americans have as a solution to the trillion-dollar deficits in the latest Washington Post/ABC poll — and 39% of Republicans, too. The result demonstrates the political leverage of Democrats in the fiscal-cliff fight, and perhaps the leeway for the House GOP to compromise as well: Sixty percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll support raising taxes on incomes more than $250,000 a year, long a popular option overall, but also a divisive one: While 73 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of...
  • WSJ: Yep, the feds are totally unprepared to launch ObamaCare exchanges

    11/28/2012 10:19:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/28/2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    The blaming of governors for not implementing ObamaCare is in hyperdrive for a reason— the federal government and liberals backing ObamaCare overestimated the federal government's ability to build a system of the complexity and technological intricacy necessary to pull this off. They counted on states to do some heavy lifting (with a hefty price tag) to make this happen, yet have given them very little regulatory guidance and passed the bill in a way least likely to engender cooperation. The current rumpus is over ObamaCare’s “exchanges,” the bureaucracies that will regulate the design and sale of insurance and where 30...
  • Now they tell us: Majority against government health insurance guarantee

    11/28/2012 10:16:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/28/2012 | Rick Moran
    The low information voter will be the death of America. New Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans now disagree with liberals that it is the government's responsibility to see that all Americans have health insurance: ***** For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to 2009, a majority always felt the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all, though Americans' views have become more divided in recent years. The current results are based on Gallup's annual Health...
  • Fourteen Is the New Fifteen! (The global warming doomsday cult quietly changed an important number)

    11/28/2012 10:01:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/28/2012 | Arvind Kumar
    According to the leaders of the global warming doomsday cult, the average surface temperature of Earth is 14 degrees Celsius (57.2 degrees Fahrenheit), but this is a new value which has quietly replaced the original average of 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). In March 1988, a few months before NASA's James Hansen asserted before the Congress that global warming was in progress, the New York Times quoted him as saying that he used 59 degrees Fahrenheit as the average global temperature to calculate the temperature variations. ***** "One of the scientists, Dr. James E. Hansen of the National Aeronautics...