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  • How Obama’s Policies Led to Benghazigate

    12/28/2012 5:41:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 28, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    It took some 22 hours for American help to arrive in Benghazi after all the t’s had been crossed and the i’s had been dotted, and the body of America’s ambassador to Libya had been dragged through the streets by “rescuers” stopping along the way to pose for cell phone pictures with his corpse. By way of comparison it takes about 16 hours for a boatload of Libyan illegal immigrants to row to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Support for the Americans under fire in Libya would have arrived sooner if a few former members of the Harvard Rowing Team...
  • Hurricane Sandy Hamas Relief

    12/28/2012 5:39:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 28, 2012 | Joe Kaufman
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Hurricane Sandy Hamas ReliefPosted By Joe Kaufman On December 28, 2012 @ 12:34 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments The clean-up effort is still underway in the northeast, where Hurricane Sandy unleashed its imprint of death and destruction. A number of highly-rated charitable organizations have sent out relief workers to the area to help with things like food, clothing, shelter and medical treatment. Yet another group, ICNA Relief, is in town claiming to assist in the effort and asking for donations. Their donations have reached terror-related groups in the past, so their motives...
  • Minneapolis: R.T. Rybak won't seek fourth term as mayor

    12/28/2012 5:36:57 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-28-12 | Brian Bakst
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said Thursday he won't seek a fourth term as leader of Minnesota's largest city, creating the first open race for the office in two decades. Rybak's announcement came less than a year before voters in the city of almost 400,000 will choose a new mayor. Several potential candidates had been waiting on Rybak to make a decision before declaring whether they would run, and the field is likely to be large. The decision also should ramp up speculation about Rybak's next political move. The 57-year-old Democrat has been mentioned as a possible addition to President Barack...
  • (FM Avigdor) Lieberman on Abbas' Threat: Please Quit, We Can't Wait

    12/28/2012 5:24:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman, until recently the Foreign Minister, reacted with joy Friday as Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas threatened to quit if negotiations do not resume. Abbas has refused to negotiate in absence of several Israeli concessions, including a complete freeze on construction east of the 1949 armistice line. According to Lieberman, Israel "can't wait" for Abbas to follow through on his threat. "We congratulate Abu Mazen [Abbas] for reaching the correct conclusion, that only his leave from the PA leadership will allow the diplomatic process to resume," Lieberman said. "We anxiously await the official announcement from the...
  • Darrell Brackett, man set on fire at a Miami gas station Christmas night [Sharpton Silent]

    12/28/2012 5:19:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies ^ | 12/27/12
    Police and family members are wondering why a 44-year-old man was attacked and set on fire outside a Miami gas station on Christmas night. While Darrell Brackett was being treated for burns over 75 percent of his body at a Miami hospital on Thursday, police continued their search for answers. Brackett and his girlfriend dropped their guests off after hosting a Christmas night cookout. On their way home, the van ran out of gas and Brackett walked to the gas station.
  • Pat Buchanan: Why the War Party Fears Hagel

    12/28/2012 5:18:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/28/2012 | Pat Buchanan
    In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel's name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst. Who is Chuck Hagel? Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work in Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign, was twice elected U.S. senator, and is chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chair of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. To The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, however, Hagel is a man "out on the fringes," who has a decade-long record of "hostility to Israel" and is "pro-appeasement-of-Iran." Lest we miss Kristol's...
  • Obama vs. America's Fiscal Health

    12/28/2012 5:14:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 28, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    The reason President Obama and Republicans can't come to an agreement on the fiscal cliff negotiations is that they don't share the same goals. This is also the key to understanding why President Obama appears far less worried about going over the cliff. Republicans are focused on restoring the nation's financial health by promoting economic growth and reducing our horrendous deficits and debt. President Obama's primary aim is to complete his project of fundamentally transforming America. I ask you loyal Democrats to please consider these things. Obama has demonstrated almost no concern for our crushing debt or deficits -- at...
  • John Kerry at State: A Disaster for Israel

    12/28/2012 5:12:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/28/2012 | Moshe Phillips
    President Obama's decision to nominate Senator John Kerry as his next secretary of state will prove to be a disaster for Israel. The choice of the American Jewish establishment to vehemently protest the expected nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel while granting Kerry a free pass for his anti-Israel behavior follows a longtime pattern. Hagel is a Republican who has a history of marking foolish remarks regarding Israel and has long been seen as an independent thinker on Middle East policy with a non-interventionist outlook. Kerry, however, is the much bigger problem for Israel. Hagel as SecDef will be tasked...
  • Illinois clergy endorse gay marriage bill

    12/28/2012 5:11:18 AM PST · by 1010RD · 84 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 24, 2012 | Manya A. Brachear
    <p>More than 250 Illinois clergy — most of them in the Chicago area — have endorsed a gay marriage bill that could come up for a vote in Springfield before Jan. 9.</p> <p>On Sunday, rabbis and pastors from denominations that support gay rights in varying degrees unveiled a declaration supporting equality for same-sex couples. Fostering faith, justice and compassion is a key component of their jobs, they said.</p>
  • Former GOP candidate for governor of Arizona Mike Harris blames Israel for Newtown Massacre

    12/28/2012 5:08:38 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 47 replies
    Israel Unseen ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | admin
    Mike Harris is contributor to a publication called If you peruse through it closely, it’s basically a website for former military officers turned Ron Paul types or “vast Zionist conspiracy” kookoos for Cocoa Puffs. Here he is on Iran’s state-run PressTV blaming Israel for the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.
  • [Driving Mr Obama] Reid calls on Republicans to offer cliff solutions

    12/28/2012 4:58:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 27, 2012 | Robert Schroeder, Market Watch
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- With time running short to avoid tax increases and spending cuts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday urged House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to offer new fiscal-cliff proposals. "I would hope that the speaker and the Republican leader here in the Senate would come to us and say here's what we think will work," Reid said on the Senate floor. Boehner has said that the Senate must act first to avert the cliff......
  • Don't Tread on Six-Toed Cats

    12/28/2012 4:44:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | December 28, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    One of my New Year's resolutions is to work harder to persuade ideological friends and foes alike that the way to reduce partisanship and maximize happiness in America is to embrace federalism -- the view that we should push as many decisions as possible to the lowest local level feasible. Federalism reduces partisanship by shrinking the importance of the federal government. It increases happiness by maximizing the number of people who get to live the way they want to live. Unfortunately, proponents of federalism tend to start the conversation with the really big issues: gay marriage, drugs, guns, abortion, etc....
  • The Real Cliff: The staggering debt from decades of continuous borrowing is about to come due

    12/28/2012 4:33:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Weekly Stsndard ^ | 12/28/2012 | Christopher Demuth
    It is important to understand that the fiscal cliff is a charade. There are, to be sure, many conscientious debt reformers working to avert our proclaimed year-end epic fall​—​along with many cynics who are using the occasion to advance pet projects that will make the debt problem worse. But all concerned are working within a fiscal system that has become seriously pathological. The cliff is the latest expression of that pathology. Just last year, the president and Congress agreed by statute to (a) increase the federal government’s public debt by more than $2 trillion (up to $16.4 trillion) and (b)...
  • Media Ushers in Cowardly New World

    12/28/2012 4:20:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 28, 2012 | John Ransom
    What a difference a few month makes. Last month we were told by a fawning news media how great things were. The economy was a little engine that could.  And the declining unemployment rate was touted in headlines as significant progress toward economic recovery. Unemployment rate falls to 7.8% in September, reported the Washington Post- a four-year low...”nearly”… whatever “nearly” means. “The nation’s jobless rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly four years in September. And unlike some recent declines, this one happened for the right reason: not because people gave up looking for a job, but because far...
  • The Obama Culture Arrives

    12/28/2012 4:13:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | December 28, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    The year 2012 was a depressing time for people who are already pessimistic about the state of our common culture. Conversely, the re-election of Barack Obama, in large measure made possible by the heavy financial support of Hollywood, projects the optimism of the cultural Left. They anticipate increased blue-state voting patterns in favor of gay "marriage," legalized pot, gun regulations, and what next? Legalized prostitution? Euthanasia subsidized by Obamacare? So let's just line up the cultural winners of Obama's America, where the only impediments to progress are those who believe in religion, manners and "family values." Winner: Seth MacFarlane,...
  • Japan Aso Says US Should Seek Strong Dollar .

    12/28/2012 4:08:12 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    wsj ^ | Updated December 28, 2012, 6:46 a.m. ET | TAKASHI NAKAMICHI
    Japan's finance minister said Friday that U.S. authorities should seek a strong dollar, making the most straightforward call yet from Tokyo's new leadership on Washington to help correct the yen's strength against the U.S. currency. Taro Aso, citing the U.S. currency's level being still below where it stood versus the yen when he served as prime minister in 2008-2009, said: "The U.S. ought to work toward making the dollar strong." He also played down the notion that the recent efforts by the new administration led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to weaken the yen could spark a devastating global race...
  • Russia's Putin signs anti-U.S. adoption bill [Obama and Hillary "Reset" is MASSIVE FAILURE]

    12/28/2012 4:00:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/28/12
    President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial measure banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families, the Kremlin said Friday. The action could affect hundreds of American families seeking to adopt. Americans adopted close to 1,000 Russian children last year, according to U.S. State Department figures.
  • U.S. Taxpayers Will Continue to Pay More Than One-Fifth of U.N. Budget

    12/28/2012 4:00:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the formula that has U.S. taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the world body’s regular budget. No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution confirming the contributions that each country will make for the 2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a two-year U.N. budget of $5.4 billion. The U.S. has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget every year since 2000, and will now continue to do so for...
  • Atty: Hobby Lobby won’t offer morning-after pill

    12/28/2012 3:51:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 27, 2012 7:12 PM EST
    An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day. Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills. The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of...
  • Hatch’s Warning: Obama Will Need to Raise Taxes on Middle Class

    12/28/2012 3:39:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 07:09 PM | Stephen Feller and Kathleen Walter
    President Barack Obama will eventually raise taxes on the entire middle class because he has no plans to stop spending, the GOP’s soon-to-be senior senator tells Newsmax. And the success or failure of the president’s bid to increase tax rates for the top two percent of earners is irrelevant in the matter, said Sen. Orrin Hatch in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. The Utah senator—who will become the senior Republican in the new Congress set to convene next week—said that Republicans are leery of increasing taxes on Americans in any income bracket because they believe Obama will spend the money...