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  • The Voters Who Stayed Home (The Key to Understanding the Results of the 2012 Elections)

    11/10/2012 5:13:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 334 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/10/2012 | Andrew McCarthy
    The key to understanding the 2012 election is simple: A huge slice of the electorate stayed home. The punditocracy — which is more of the ruling class than an eye on the ruling class — has naturally decided that this is because Republicans are not enough like Democrats: They need to play more identity politics (in particular, adopt the Left’s embrace of illegal immigration) in order to be viable. But the story is not about who voted; it is about who didn’t vote. In truth, millions of Americans have decided that Republicans are not a viable alternative because they are...
  • Extend and Pretend (Going over the Fiscal Cliff is part of the solution)

    11/10/2012 5:04:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/10/2012 | Peter Schiff
    Now that President Obama has been re-elected, the media is finally free to focus on something besides the clueless undecided voters in Ohio, Florida, and Colorado. The brightest and shiniest object that has attracted its attention is the "fiscal cliff" that we are expected to drive over at the end of the year unless Congress and the President can agree to turn the wheel or apply the brakes. Fresh from his victory, the President took time today to let the nation know how he proposes to avoid the cliff: to raise taxes on those Americans who make more than $250,000...
  • Campaign Sources: The Romney Campaign was a Consultant Con Job

    11/10/2012 4:52:22 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 36 replies
    RedState ^ | 11-9-2012
    (More Project Orca fallout, and Romeny being blindsided) If you spend your time watching politics and haven’t been hiding in a deep depression since Tuesday, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about “ORCA.” According to the Washington Post, ORCA “was designed as a first-of-its-kind tool to employ smartphones to mobilize voters, allowing them to microtarget which of their supporters had gone to the polls.” There is now widespread condemnation of the program as being sloppy and poorly deployed. ....... Specifically Targeted Victory, FLS Connect, and The Stevens and Schriefer Group. While the Romney campaign did work with other consultants, they...
  • Sean Hannity, John Boehner say GOP should tackle immigration reform

    11/10/2012 4:29:07 AM PST · by floridavoter2 · 71 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/10/2012 | Liz Goodwin
    Well, that was fast. Just two days after President Barack Obama won a second term, boosted by more than 70 percent of the Latino vote, some Republicans are striking a new tone on illegal immigration. Conservative Fox News and radio host Sean Hannity said Thursday that his views on immigration have "evolved."
  • 'Next Bush' makes campaign filing in Texas

    11/10/2012 3:13:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    My Way News ^ | 11-9-12 | By SCHUYLER DIXON
    George P. Bush, a nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of one-time Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has made a campaign filing in Texas that is required of candidates planning to run for state office, an official said Thursday night. The younger Bush, a Fort Worth resident, filed a campaign treasurer appointment Wednesday, a requirement for someone to become a candidate under campaign finance law, Tim Sorrells, general counsel for the Texas Ethics Commission, told The Associated Press. Sorrells said the report does not specify what office Bush might seek, if any, and he had no other details...
  • Is Petraeus Falling on His Sword?

    11/10/2012 2:36:46 AM PST · by advance_copy · 91 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/10/12 | Fay Voshell
    Was General Petraeus told by the Obama administration to fall on his sword? Was the general told he would be exposed unless he clammed up about Benghazi? Did he decide to blow his own cover before the president could? Could it be he is sitting on stuff that would tempt some in ccongress to consider the president's impeachment -- and Obama knows it? There are so many unanswered questions. [snip] If he is ordered to tell the truth and does so, the consequences for the administration could be catastrophic.
  • House panel invites Clinton to testify at Libya hearing (she can't do it - traveling abroad)

    11/10/2012 2:22:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/08/12
    House panel invites Clinton to testify at Libya hearingPublished November 08, 2012 FoxNews.com The House Foreign Affairs Committee has scheduled an open hearing for next Thursday on the Libya terror attack and has invited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify, Fox News has learned. The committee joins two others planning to hold hearings, albeit closed ones, that day. **SNIP** Obama has vowed that his administration will do whatever it takes to bring the attackers to justice, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken responsibility for any security failures, though she also has cautioned that a full investigation of...
  • TSA uniform perks more expensive than Marine Corps

    11/10/2012 1:45:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 9, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Under their new collective bargaining agreement, Transportation Security Administration officers get to spend more taxpayer money on their uniforms every year than a United States Marine Corps lieutenant can spend in a lifetime. “TSA employees will see their uniform allowances nearly double to $446 per year,” the House Transportation Committee noted in a press release on the TSA’s new collective bargaining agreement. “By comparison, a combat Marine Lieutenant receives a one-time uniform allowance of $400. The cost of the increase in TSA uniform allowance is an estimated $9.63 million annually.”
  • Gay donors now pressing for top spots for LGBTs in Obama administration

    11/10/2012 1:16:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 9, 2012 | Emily Heil
    Various supporters of President Obama — the ones who pulled out their wallets and turned out their constituencies for his reelection — will soon be coming to call at the White House. Knock, knock... Hey, it’s the Human Rights Campaign, which wants to see a second Obama administration make gay rights an even bigger priority than it did in the last four years. HRC president Chad Griffin told our colleague Ned Martel the day after the election that his organization would love to see an openly gay Cabinet secretary and an openly gay ambassador to a G-20 nation. Both would...
  • The Reason Obama is President

    11/10/2012 1:24:07 AM PST · by AmericaUnited · 58 replies
    Pravda Russia ^ | 11-7-2012 | Xavier Lerma
    The reason America has the trillion dollar war monger Obama as president today is because of immorality and materialism in America. President John Adams once said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." -October 11, 1798. "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible" - George Washington. Thomas Jefferson wrote: "God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of...
  • Lockheed’s Incoming Chief Forced Out Over Ethics Violation (replacement is woman)

    11/10/2012 1:21:01 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | Nov. 9, 2012 | By CHRISTOPHER
    Lockheed Martin’s incoming chief executive was forced out on Friday after an investigation showed he had had an improper relationship with a subordinate. The official, Christopher E. Kubasik, 51, was vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of Lockheed, the world’s largest military contractor. He was to become chief executive on Jan. 1. ---------------------------snip-------------------- Lockheed’s board selected a longtime company executive, Marillyn A. Hewson, to replace Mr. Kubasik as president and chief operating officer now and to become chief executive on Jan. 1. . .
  • John Schnatter Papa John's CEO: Obamacare likely to raise costs, employee's hours being cut

    11/10/2012 12:23:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    WPTV-TV ^ | November 8, 2012 | Jessica Lipscomb
    A day after Barack Obama earned a second term in the White House, Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter said the president's signature health-care reform law would increase his business costs and possibly result in employees' hours being cut. Schnatter, a part-time Naples resident, made the comments Wednesday night inside a small auditorium at Edison State College's Collier County campus. In August, he made national headlines after telling shareholders the Affordable Care Act — commonly known as Obamacare — would result in a 10- to 14-cent increase for customers buying a pizza. "I got in a bunch of trouble...
  • Mitt Romney's sister blames media's vilification for brother's loss

    11/10/2012 12:25:01 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 97 replies
    Daily New & Analysis ^ | Saturday, November 10, 2012 | ANI
    New York - Mitt Romney's sister Jane has come to the defense of her younger brother slamming media over the way they had treated the Republican Presidential contender, and blaming them for making him lose the White House race. Jane, the eldest Romney sister, told Inside Edition about how she felt the media "vilified" Mitt after it was reported that he traveled with Seamus, the family dog, strapped to the roof of their car. "He was my dog...It's a crate. That's how they travel. Here's the deal. All these stupid little stories are fabricated and it hurt," the New York...
  • Stop talking about the Hispanics for a moment — what about Asian-Americans?

    11/10/2012 12:13:30 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 42 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 9, 2012 | David P. Goldman
    Apart from some fatuous self-congratulation from Asian-American liberals, there has been very little discussion of the 73-26 Asian-American margin of support for President Obama in last Tuesday’s election. That’s slightly smaller than the highest estimate of Latino support for Obama, at 75-23. Asian-Americans are a small minority now but their numbers are growing rapidly. Most conservatives consider Asian-Americans poster-children for the American model of self-motivated success. The facts bear this out. The Pew Research Center reported last July: Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general public...
  • Mary Bono Mack Concedes House Race To Raul Ruiz [Ruiz Part of Native Am. Protest of Thanksgiving?]

    11/09/2012 10:05:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 09, 2012 | Phil Willon
    Mary Bono Mack Concedes House Race To Raul Ruiz By Phil Willon November 9, 2012, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs) on Friday conceded defeat in her Coachella Valley congressional race against Democratic emergency room doctor Raul Ruiz. "Today, I called Dr. Ruiz and congratulated him on his impressive victory. Dr. Ruiz will do a fine job if he is guided as well by the people of the congressional district as I was. Please give him the opportunity to succeed," Bono Mack said in a statement. Ruiz said he thanked Bono Mack for her dedicated public service when the two...
  • Hertling leaves USAREUR without fanfare, retires

    11/09/2012 8:52:54 PM PST · by Rabin · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 8, 2012 | Matt Millham
    Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, the now-former commander of U.S. Army Europe, quietly departed Germany last week and retired days later at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “Lt. Gen. Hertling’s decision to retire was a matter of personal choice... "The command didn’t alert the press to, nor issue a news release on its website, where Hertling’s official biography now says he “was” USAREUR commander from March 25, 2011, through Sunday.
  • Petraeus forced to quit after FBI investigation found he was cheating on his loyal wife

    11/09/2012 9:12:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 132 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | Hugo Gye
    'Affair': Paula Broadwell and David Petraeus, pictured, reportedly had an affair that led to his resignation CIA Director David Petraeus dramatically resigned today after allegedly having an affair with his biographer, it has been claimed. The alleged affair was uncovered after the FBI launched an investigation into the biographer, Paula Broadwell, for allegedly hacking into the former general's email, NBC News and Slate reported. Broadwell, who researched the book 'All In' for three years, had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan. Yet sources told NBC it is unlikely she will face criminal charges after the alleged hacking, stressing that Petraeus himself...
  • Murphy lead widens in District 18 race but U.S. Rep. West questions St. Lucie ballot count

    11/09/2012 8:57:13 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 31 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 | Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
    West’s re-election fight suffered both mathematical and symbolic setbacks on Friday, as provisional ballots from St. Lucie County added to Democrat Patrick Murphy’s narrow lead and a judge denied West’s motion to impound ballots and voting machines in Palm Beach County.
  • Mitch McConnell: 'We Have a Voter Mandate Not to Raise Taxes' (Let it go!)

    11/09/2012 8:57:03 PM PST · by tobyhill · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/9/2012 | By STEPHEN MOORE
    In the wake of President Barack Obama's electoral victory, gleeful Democrats believe that the impending "fiscal cliff" has Republicans trapped into finally accepting higher tax rates. But as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sits for an interview in his Capitol office 48 hours after the election, one thing is certain: He is in no way chastened by Tuesday's results. If Mr. Obama wants fiscal hand-to-hand combat, he will get it. "Let me put it very clearly," says the five-term Republican senator from Kentucky. "I am not willing to raise taxes to turn off the sequester. Period." On Jan. 1, Washington...
  • Non-Zombie Americans Brace for Obama’s ‘Flexibility’

    11/09/2012 8:48:05 PM PST · by kindred · 10 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | November 9, 2012 | Gina Miller
    Back in March, we heard Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) tell Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” At the time, news outlets reported this as if Obama did not realize he was being recorded, yet there were cameras and microphones all over the place recording every second. Obama had to know the world could hear his words, but I am certain he did not care. When I heard those words, I knew the fix was in, although I still hoped I would be wrong. Obama knew he would...