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  • Building on a Kernel of Truth

    11/28/2012 3:24:22 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 5, 2012 | Michael Reagan
    This summer, friends and I took a cruise in Alaska where the tourist shops often featured the Russian matryoshka dolls.  The dolls originated in Japan but were made popular in Russia around the time of the Russian Revolution, a century ago.  You've seen them -- you pop open an outer doll, and nested inside is another.  The magic of the art is that you keep opening layer after layer, only to find another even smaller doll, until at last the final incarnation is just a kernel in size.  The successive dolls vary from near exact duplicates with hard-to-identify slight...
  • U.S. Pushes to Keep Entrepreneur Jobs in the Country

    11/28/2012 3:20:15 PM PST · by Rio · 12 replies
    The Obama administration's top immigration official is visiting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to unveil an online resource intended to help entrepreneurs navigate their immigration options. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director Alejandro Mayorkas will unveil so-called "Entrepreneur Pathways" on Wednesday.
  • Sen. Collins 'troubled' by Rice comments on Benghazi attack (Also Brings up '98 Embassy Bombings)

    11/28/2012 3:17:48 PM PST · by what's up · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Julian Pecquet
    Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) on Wednesday became the latest GOP senator to raise questions about Susan Rice. After an almost two-hour meeting with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Collins said she's unconvinced by Rice's explanation of her role after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya. “I continue to be troubled by the fact that the UN ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election ... by agreeing to go on the Sunday shows to present the administration's position,” the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee said.
  • What's driving gun sales spike? Federal law, women and zombies

    11/28/2012 3:07:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies ^ | November 27, 2012 | CHRIS DANIELS
    What's driving gun sales spike? Federal law, women and zombies. BELLEVUE – Karen Manley stood strong in the range Tuesday afternoon, her right hand firmly gripping a handgun. “There had been a rash of home invasions,” said Manley, of Brier. “If anything happens, I could defend myself, my kids, and my home.’ Women are just one factor behind a recent spree of gun sales, locally, and across the nation, according to gun lobbyists. The FBI reported Tuesday that it received 154,873 buyer background check requests on Black Friday, up roughly 20 percent over the same day last year. The requests...
  • Saudi King Abdullah, the great reformist?

    11/28/2012 3:05:46 PM PST · by bayouranger · 16 replies ^ | 27NOV12 | By Katerina Nikolas
    Saudi King Abdullah is rumoured to be clinically dead. If the rumours are true then the death of a great reformist will bring sycophantic tributes from weapon-selling oil-guzzling nations. But by whose standards is the Guardian of the Kingdom a reformist? Perhaps in comparison to the Taliban King Abdullah could be considered reformist, but not by any standards in the west. Digital Journal reported the Saudi monarch has been acclaimed as topping the list of the 500 most influential personalities in the Muslim world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center (RISSC). The RISSC proclaimed the King's assurance of women’s...
  • Pushing Conservatives Off the Fiscal Cliff

    11/28/2012 2:55:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 28, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    The conventional wisdom has emerged that in order to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," politicians in Washington must agree to some method of tax increases ("revenue") -- which will be real, even if low taxes are not the cause of our ills -- alongside some kind of promise of spending restraint on entitlement programs, which is our problem, and which no one believes Washington will restrain. The American left and our "objective" journalists -- same thing, I know -- are not helping the nation balance its budget. As usual, these partisan hacks are obsessed with tearing the Republican coalition apart,...
  • Grover Norquist is the problem with Washington DC, not the solution

    11/28/2012 2:49:58 PM PST · by LSUfan · 32 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 28 Nov 12 | Patrick Poole
    One of the bigger political stories of the past few days has been the backlash by some members of the GOP to the manner in which Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform wields some legislators’ tax pledges as a bludgeon to Grover’s own agenda. Some of the criticism of these lawmakers is on target as they lose their nerve following Obama’s reelection and are contemplating various “revenue enhancements” or “tax reform” schemes as mechanisms to raise taxes on American citizens. Fair enough. But that in no way makes Grover Norquist the guy in the white hat as a review...
  • Next Rice critic to emerge not exactly a sexist conservative cavedweller

    11/28/2012 2:44:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:31 am on November 28, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    So far, defenders of Susan Rice’s attempts to flack a false narrative on behalf of the White House have tried smearing her critics as either racist or sexist conservative troglodytes. After Kelly Ayotte took the lead among the Senate Republican caucus in opposing Rice’s rumored nomination to State, at least temporarily, the same defenders dismissed her as window dressing.  However, the next potential critic won’t be so easily dismissed.  Maureen Dowd checked in with Susan Collins, one of the GOP’s moderates, who will meet with Rice today to get answers to a few questions on her mind as well: Collins...
  • It's Not Just Taxes: Benefit Cuts Divide Democrats (No cuts, no deal!)

    11/28/2012 2:42:21 PM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/28/2012 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
    It's not just about taxes. There's another big obstacle to overcome as Congress and President Barack Obama work to skirt the fiscal cliff: deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether to consider cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Much of the focus during negotiations seeking an alternative to $671 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts beginning in January has centered on whether Republicans would agree to raising taxes on the wealthy. Obama insists that tax increases on the wealthy must be part of any deal, even as White House officials concede that government benefit programs...
  • Holder, Malloy give a new look at an old idea on guns

    11/28/2012 2:38:16 PM PST · by matt04 · 18 replies
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave a high-profile roll out Tuesday to an anti-gun violence strategy that targets hundreds of young minority men deemed most likely to kill or be killed in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven. In an era of tight resources and a political unwillingness to squeeze the supply of guns, "Project Longevity" is an ambitious, if politically easy new take on an old strategy: Focus existing social-services and law-enforcement resources on those most at risk. The basics are simple: identify a pool of young men involved in gangs and street violence, then...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, November-28-2012

    11/28/2012 2:38:06 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 55 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Madison civil rights panel looks at making homelessness a protected class

    11/28/2012 2:33:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    madison dot com ^ | 11-27-12 | PAT SCHNEIDER
    Should homelessness be a protected trait — like sex, race, age and many others — in the city of Madison? The city’s advisory Equal Opportunities Commission is beginning to look into adding homelessness to the list of characteristics which may not be considered in housing, employment and public accommodation under Madison’s Equal Opportunities Ordinance. Interest in exploring whether homeless people should be designated a protected class to ensure their civil rights goes back to a controversy early this year about efforts to dissuade the homeless from hanging out in the lobby of the City-County Building, committee Chairman Brian Benford told...
  • Our view: Limit illegal immigrant license plan

    11/28/2012 2:27:33 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Northwest Herald ^ | November 28, 2012 | Shaw Media
    There are two ways to look at the recent push by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The first is to say absolutely not. Illegal immigrants, after all, are here illegally. They’re not supposed to be living in the U.S. They shouldn’t be able to buy and register automobiles. Employers aren’t supposed to hire them, so they shouldn’t have jobs that they need a car to drive to each day. And so on. Giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses also sends the message that, yes, we will accept you in our...
  • Parting Company

    11/28/2012 2:23:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 104 replies ^ | November 28, 2012 | Walter Williams
    For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways. Since Barack Obama's re-election,...
  • Nobel Peace Laureates Call for 'Military Embargo Against Israel'

    11/28/2012 2:20:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/11/12 | Rachel Hirschfeld
    A group of Nobel peace-prize winners, prominent artists and activists issued a call for a “comprehensive military embargo against Israel” following the recent hostilities in Gaza. In a letter, the group denounces the United States, European Union and several developing countries for what it describes as their "complicity" through weapons sales and other military support for the Jewish state, The Guardian reported. The 52 signatories include the Nobel peace laureates Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Perez Esquivel; film directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach; author Alice Walker; notorious anti-Israel academic Noam Chomsky; Roger Waters of Pink Floyd; and Stephane Hessel, a...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: The most dangerous leader in the world today

    11/28/2012 2:19:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Philippine Star ^ | 11/28/2012 | William M. Esposo
    Israel Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu should be considered the world’s most dangerous leader today. It’s not because of what Bibi Netanyahu and Israel are capable of inflicting but because of what Bibi Netanyahu and Israel could ignite - a far greater conflict than just an Israel-Iran War that could extend all the way here. Alone, Israel might not even be able to defeat Iran. The Israelis should remember the heavy price they paid for the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel War that was fought in Lebanon. That was a shocking experience for Israel. A mere neighborhood bully stopped this mighty tiny Jewish...
  • One fiscal cliff fix: Raise the gas tax

    11/28/2012 2:17:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CNN Money ^ | November 28, 2012 | Steve Hargreaves
    As lawmakers race to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, some experts say one tax increase should be on the table: a gas tax hike. Currently at 18.4 cents a gallon, the federal gas tax is used primarily to build and repair roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure. The tax raises about $32 billion a year. But that's not enough. The government hands out about $50 billion a year to states and towns to help with road costs. The difference comes out of general funds or has to be borrowed. Meanwhile, the gas tax hasn't been raised since...

    11/28/2012 2:07:20 PM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    human events ^ | november 28, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration is set to reopen a crossing station at the Texas and Mexico border that was closed after the September 11 terrorist attack for security concerns, yet is newly constructed to be monitored by Border agents stationed hundreds of miles away. Federal officials estimate the Boquillas crossing located in the Big Bend National Park will accommodate 20,000 visitors a year, whose entry into the U.S. will by monitored by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers 300 miles away in El Paso through surveillance cameras that will observe kiosks where identification cards are scanned for access. “Remote technology would...
  • 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.