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  • Petraeus to Try to ‘Put Life Back Together’ Before Any Benghazi Testimony

    11/11/2012 12:16:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 262 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 11/11/12 | Bridget Johnson
    The ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said he’s spoken to former CIA Director David Petraeus about still testifying on the Benghazi attack — and the answer is not now. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said on ABC’s This Week this morning that his committee wasn’t told about the Petraeus investigation — reportedly centering around his mistress and emails — until Friday, when the general’s resignation was announced. “He and I have already had a conversation. You know, he’s trying to put his life back together right now and that’s what he needs to focus on,” Chambliss said in regard...
  • Libs call for boycott of Papa John’s as CEO anticipates cut in workers’ hours

    Yesterday Twitchy reported that the unhinged Left was targeting Applebee’s because one monstrous franchisee may implement a hiring freeze to deal with the financial realities of Obamacare. Today, the target is Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter.
  • Snyder Brothers, Patton’s Third Army Recalled

    11/11/2012 9:01:07 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register ^ | November 10, 2012 | DANIEL DORSCH
    In early January 1943, the United States Third Army was assembled on the large terrace in front of Peover Hall near Knutsford, England. Before them stood a man in a tailored, brass-buttoned battle jacket with four rows of battle ribbons and decorations. On his legs were riding breeches and polished, high-topped boots with spurs. Around his waist was an old-fashioned leather belt with a large, shiny brass buckle, and he carried a long riding crop with a hidden sword in it. Fifteen stars in total were placed on his shirt collar, helmet and shoulders. "I've been given command of the...
  • The Broader Implications of the Petraeus Resignation: Personal Behavior and Public Office

    11/11/2012 12:02:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 11, 2012 | Barry Rubin
    General David Petraeus was the hero of the winning surge in Iraq. But he also has the distinction of becoming America’s first politically correct field commander. His strategy in Afghanistan was in line with that of the Obama administration by putting the emphasis on winning Muslim hearts and minds as a higher priority than military victories or even at times the safety of American soldiers. There’s a reason why President Barack Obama made him CIA director. Leaving aside the question of the resignation’s relationship to the Benghazi debacle, in some ways, his fall is more discouraging than the election results....
  • The Koch Brothers Turn On Chris Christie and Warn Him About Setting Up Obamacare

    11/11/2012 11:48:12 AM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    Politics USA ^ | November 11th, 2012
    The Koch Brothers think-tank, Americans for Prosperity, handed down a warning to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for not rejecting provisions in the ACA to submit health insurance exchange plans ahead of the health law’s full implementation. Republicans were already furious with Christie for praising President Obama’s rapid response to the super-storm Sandy that ravaged parts of the East Coast last week, and now the Koch Brothers are pressuring him to reject a New Jersey exchange bill to rebuff the ACA’s requirement before a November 16 cutoff date for states to set up health insurance exchanges. If states fail to...
  • The Voters who stayed Home (bitter pill: Republicans re-elected Obama)

    11/11/2012 11:27:31 AM PST · by pabianice · 261 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/10/12 | 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...
  • Concealed Carry Referendum Passes In Ten Illinois Counties

    11/11/2012 11:25:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | 8 November, 2012 | NA
    SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - The point man for “concealed carry” in Illinois is somewhat encouraged by the results of advisory votes in 10 counties Tuesday. “I think it shows the frustration that people have with the lack of advancement on the issue with the legislature,” says Todd Vandermyde, lobbyist for the National Rifle Association in Illinois. While some would say an advisory referendum carries no weight, Vandermyde disagrees, saying it spotlights the Chicago and suburbs vs. Downstate divide on concealed carry. He says he’s awaiting the results of a federal court case which could strengthen concealed carry as a right,...
  • Spokesman: House majority leader knew of Petraeus matter in October (I give up!)

    11/11/2012 11:22:45 AM PST · by tobyhill · 81 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/11/2012 | staff
    House majority leader Eric Cantor talked to an FBI official in late October about former CIA Director David Petraeus' involvement in an affair, a spokesman for the congressman told CNN Sunday. Doug Heye said Cantor had a conversation with the whistleblower about the affair and the national security concerns involved in the matter. The New York Times reported Saturday that on October 31, Cantor's chief of staff phoned the FBI to inform the agency about the call between the congressman and the FBI official. The Times reported Cantor learned of the whistleblower through Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Washington. A spokeswoman for...
  • A watershed election. A Weimar election?

    11/11/2012 11:12:37 AM PST · by SumProVita · 30 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | November 8, 2012 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    The state, with its main duties, the taking care of everyone, defines what is important from now on. One might say that our people coldly looked the Leviathan in its eyes. They did not flinch as he brought them into his body. These are dramatic observations, no doubt. We now wait to see what happens next. We have established who is in power. We will not pass this way again. And in establishing who is to rule us, we reveal our own souls. The liberty to do whatever we want that Aristotle spoke of while describing democracies is now firmly...
  • Exclusive: Clinton Would Dominate 2016 Iowa Caucuses (Hillary 56% Biden 17%, Cuomo 6%)

    11/11/2012 10:54:15 AM PST · by drewh · 43 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 11/8/12 4:36 PM EST | By ALEXANDER BURNS
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would start out as a dominant favorite in the 2016 Iowa caucuses if she chooses to run for president, a new survey from Public Policy Polling finds. The PPP poll, which was shared exclusively with POLITICO, shows Clinton taking 58 percent of the Iowa vote in a hypothetical presidential run. Vice President Joe Biden trails far behind at 17 percent, followed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at 6 percent and Massachusetts Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren at 3 percent. None of the other Democrats tested – Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Massachusetts Gov....
  • The Inside Track On Obama's Victory And Romney's Defeat [Why Romney's Silence on Benghazi]

    11/11/2012 10:50:55 AM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 11, 2012
    The Inside Track On Obama's Victory And Romney's Defeat As some of the campaign's richer inside scenes and better kept secrets, here are some of the highlights... The Obama quants Basically, the Obama campaign had a roomful of Nate Silvers, physically separated from the rest of its campaign operation and the precise nature of their work a closely held secret. From the beginning, campaign manager Jim Messina had promised a totally different, metric-driven kind of campaign in which politics was the goal but political instincts might not be the means. Romney on Benghazi: "We screwed up" (snip) Mitt Romney felt...
  • In Defeats, Evangelicals' Political Unity at All-Time High

    11/11/2012 10:43:47 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 45 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 11/7/2012 | Tobin Grant and Ted Olsen
    While evangelical leaders have long protested that evangelicalism is politically diverse and is a theological identifier rather than a political one, it appears that evangelicals are more politically unified than ever before... We know less about evangelical voters this year than we did four years ago because exit polls did not ask as many voters about being a "born again or evangelical" Christian. According to pre-election polls, white evangelicals backed Romney by nearly a four-to-one margin. Romney received a larger slice of the evangelical vote than any previous Republican presidential candidate. At nearly 80 percent, evangelical support for Romney was...
  • VOTE FRAUD IN WISCONSIN Pictures released by media trackers

    11/11/2012 10:43:15 AM PST · by Passionate Pachyderms · 33 replies
    http://mediatrackers.org/2012/11/06/federal-job-corps-vans-used-to-bus-voters-in-wisconsin/
  • Ice Cream Store Worker Fired After Posting Racial Slur About Obama On Facebook

    11/11/2012 10:35:30 AM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    NBCNews ^ | November 11, 2012
    Ice Cream Store Worker Fired After Posting Racial Slur About Obama On Facebook By NBC News staff A California woman has been fired from her job as an ice cream store manager after she referred to President Barack Obama with a racial slur on Facebook and wrote “maybe he will get assassinated.” Denise Helms, 22, of Turlock, posted the Facebook statement on Tuesday night after Obama won re-election to a second term. The post referred to the president using the N word. “Maybe he will get assassinated this term..!!” Helms wrote, according to the Modesto Bee. Helms later deleted the...
  • Chairman of the Republican Party of St. Lucie County on the Allen West vote recount (vide0)

    11/11/2012 10:04:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/11/2012 | BizPacReviewPolitics
    http://www.bizpacreview.com/ Chairman of the Republican Party of St. Lucie County on the Allen West vote recount
  • Failure to appeal to middle class doomed GOP ticket [not in the way it's usually spun]

    11/11/2012 10:00:15 AM PST · by dirtboy · 39 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 11/10/2012 | Robert W. Patterson
    President Obama may have scored a narrow victory Tuesday night ... Yet his squeaker of a triumph not only represents a bigger loss for the Party of Lincoln, but also offers a critically important lesson. [snip]In contrast, 21st-century Republicans have traded a devotion to "average Americans" for a love affair with free-market and limited-government abstractions. Consequently, the Romney-Ryan ticket invested heavily in the notion that naked market forces, especially fiscal austerity and tax cuts for investors, would magically lift all boats. The anxious electorate didn't buy this pitch, especially in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, where free-trade and...
  • Kristol: "Won't Kill Country If We Raise Taxes A Little Bit On Millionaires" (video)

    11/11/2012 9:58:55 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 83 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 11, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    BILL KRISTOL: The leadership in the Republican party and the leadership in the conservative movement have to pull back. Let people float new ideas, let's have a serious debate. Don't scream and yell when one person says, 'You know what? It won't kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires.' It really won't, I don't think. I don’t really understand why Republicans don't take Obama's offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000 -- make it $500,000, make it a million. Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch...
  • Did Petraeus mistress reveal secret CIA prison?

    11/11/2012 9:37:36 AM PST · by maggief · 71 replies
    WND ^ | November 11, 2012 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – Did Paula Broadwell, the alleged mistress of ex-CIA Director David Petraeus, reveal a secret CIA detention center in Benghazi during a public speech she gave last month? Broadwell, a former counterterror operative, co-authored a bestselling biography of Petraeus, titled “All In.” She discussed the book during a keynote speech on Oct. 26 at a University of Denver alumni symposium. The speech is available in full on YouTube. During a question-and-answer session, Broadwell was asked about this year’s Sept. 11 attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi. She stated: “Now I don’t know if a lot of you...
  • 'Stay away from my guy': The harassing emails 'sent by Petraeus biographer'

    11/11/2012 9:27:21 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/11/12
    The recipient of those emails, fearing for her safety, contacted the FBI - which found that Broadwell had sent them. A government official told the New York Post that the emails contained such language as: 'I know what you did,' 'back off' and 'stay away from my guy.' The official added: '[Broadwell] clearly thought something was going on' and thought she was in a 'lovers triangle.' Little is known about the recipient of those emails, including her identity, but the paper reported that she was not Petraeus' wife. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231321/David-Petraeus-scandal-Emails-sent-Paula-Broadwell-second-lover-revealed.html#ixzz2Bw4UaDOW Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Advice to California's GOP: Leave — or better yet, change

    11/11/2012 9:26:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 12, 2012 | by Steve Lopez
    Memo to the California GOP: Rough couple of weeks, huh? What could be worse? I'll tell you what. In the state Legislature, Democrats won supermajorities in both houses. Do you know what that means? It's like handing your teenager a credit card, a checkbook and the car keys so he can drive to an all-night orgy.
  • Media Ignore New Emails Detailing Obama Energy Dept. Corruption

    11/11/2012 9:08:39 AM PST · by kristinn · 14 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | Sunday, November 11, 2012 | Kristinn Taylor
    One week before the presidential election, a Congressional committee released Obama administration emails that showed a pattern of political pressure from President Barack Obama and others in his administration. The emails indicate favoritism toward Democrat politicians and donors in the awarding of federal energy loans. The mainstream media chose not to report on the emails, even though just days before their release, Obama had flatly stated in an interview that politics played no part in awarding the loans. In the old days of hard-nosed journalism, i.e., before the Age of Obama, if the president was caught lying about his involvement...
  • The Obamacare Layoffs Begin...

    11/11/2012 8:24:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/09/12 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The Obamacare Layoffs Begin...By Jillian Kay Melchior November 9, 2012 12:25 P.M. The Obama health-care law’s adverse effects on employment are no secret. But it’s one thing to look at the economics, and it’s quite another to hear it firsthand from a small-business owner who’s being forced into an untenable position. Yesterday, a Las Vegas business owner fired 22 of his 144 employees, phoning in anonymously to a local radio host and explaining how the decision was directly caused by President Obama’s reelection. The interview is articulate and nuanced, worth listening to in its entirety. But here’s the jist of...
  • The Col. West Recount: Any updates?

    11/11/2012 8:21:18 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 75 replies
    The recount started at 7 am this morning. Any word how it's going? Was only for one county.
  • Senators restart talks on U.S. immigration reform plan (More "freebies" to illegals)

    11/11/2012 7:51:42 AM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/11/2012 | Will Dunham
    Two key U.S. senators are restarting bipartisan talks on U.S. immigration reform that will include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country, Senator Charles Schumer said on Sunday. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," the Democrat Schumer said he has spoken with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and they have agreed to resume talks that broke off two years ago. "And I think we have a darned good chance using this blueprint to get something done this year. The Republican Party has learned that being ... anti-immigrant doesn't work for them politically. And they know it," Schumer...
  • Half of us strive for success; half of us are suspicious of it

    11/11/2012 7:45:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-11-12 | joe soucheray
    The real problem is that about half the country believes that business and the success that might flow from business is somehow contrived. About half the country believes that success is assigned, whimsically or arbitrarily, by guys in blue blazers who flick their cigar ashes at those whom they do not wish to succeed. It doesn't work that way, and we know it doesn't work that way. Mitt Romney, for example, was successfully portrayed to about half the country as a fellow who had it made from the beginning. His old man headed up a car company. He must have...
  • FBI Probed Woman Linked to Petraeus

    11/11/2012 7:29:39 AM PST · by billorites · 67 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 11, 2012 | EVAN PEREZ, DEVLIN BARRETT, and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    A complaint about potentially harassing emails sent by a woman romantically linked to Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus to a second woman sparked the security investigation that led Mr. Petraeus to suddenly resign on Friday, according to people familiar with the investigation. U.S. officials familiar with the probe said the Federal Bureau of Investigation began its investigation following a complaint from a woman in Florida about Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus's biographer and the woman identified by officials familiar with the probe as having had an extramarital affair with him. Enlarge Image image image Associated Press David Petraeus in September...
  • Seven ways to save on 2013 health insurance bills (First find list of IRS-approved expenses)

    11/11/2012 7:15:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Day ^ | 11/11/12 | MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS
    Seven ways to save on 2013 health insurance billsBy MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS Sun Sentinel Updated 11/11/2012 12:15 AM **SNIP** • Set pre-tax dollars aside. Use a flexible spending account either from your employer or a third party, such as a bank, to deposit money to cover health costs not covered by insurance. Find the list of IRS-approved expenses on your health insurer's website. Note that contributions in 2013 for flexible spending accounts have been lowered to $2,500 in 2013, but Byers said she doesn't think it will affect most people. "I don't see many people using the full $5,000," she...
  • NRA v. BATFE: A Misinterpretation of History (Fifth Circuit)

    11/11/2012 6:56:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    jurist.org ^ | 9 November, 2012 | Stephen Halbrook
    Recently, in NRA v. BATFE, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the ban on the sale of handguns by federally licensed dealers to persons under the age of 21. The law in question, which was codified in sections of 18 USC § 922 and was passed as part of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 [PDF], raises serious issues under the Second Amendment. Persons in the 18 to 20-year-old age group at issue have borne arms in military service since the US was founded and are entitled to vote under the Twenty-Sixth...
  • Did the Election Save ObamaCare?

    11/11/2012 6:51:49 AM PST · by Alex Baker · 31 replies
    RealityBatsLast.com ^ | November 10, 2012 | Bryce Buchanan
    In an imaginary world, government does things efficiently and economically. In that world, you would want government to provide health care. In the real world, politicians cobbled together a monstrous piece of legislation called Obamacare, with a structure that cannot possibly be efficient or economical. John C. Goodman at Townhall.com has a superb analysis of what Obamacare will do when reality comes up to bat. If you read this at the source, you will see links to other supporting information. John Goodman: The morning after Tuesday’s vote, there is one thing every commentator agreed on. The election of Barack Obama...
  • Local health providers have their eye on ‘fiscal cliff’

    11/11/2012 6:46:48 AM PST · by Smokeyblue · 5 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | November 11, 2012 | Kelsey Ryan
    A lack of compromise by lawmakers in Washington could result in spending cuts that could affect local health providers within the next two months. The cuts, also known as sequestration, have been a top issue for providers – especially hospitals – that receive federal dollars. The money at stake is caught up in the package of spending cuts and tax increases that are to start taking effect Jan. 1 – unless Congress and the president act to modify the plan. Approved as part of a deal made by Democrats and Republicans last year, the package is now commonly known as...
  • Benghazi Consulate attack back on front burner in Congress

    11/11/2012 6:29:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/11/12 | Julian Pecquet, Jordy Yager
    Benghazi Consulate attack back on front burner in CongressBy Julian Pecquet and Jordy Yager - 11/11/12 06:00 AM ET The terrorist attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya is back on the front burner in Congress now that President Obama has won reelection. No fewer than four House and Senate panels plan to hold closed-door briefings with administration officials about the attack this week, while one committee is holding a public hearing. Members of both parties say they expect the Benghazi probe to last well into Obama's second term. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who has...
  • The Petraeus Espionage File

    11/11/2012 6:23:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/11/2012 | Michael Ledeen
    I may have awakened him. The late James Jesus Angleton, once the chief of CIA counterintelligence, sounded kinda groggy to me after I got him–loud and clear!–on my famously untrustworthy ouija board. Of course I have no idea whether he gets to sleep at all. I don’t quite know exactly “where” he is, after all, and he doesn’t answer direct questions on the subject. Anyway, there he was, and I started right in. ML: So what am I supposed to think about Petraeus? JJA: That you’re living in a country where espionage is rampant. ML: Huh? JJA: Have you read...
  • Stop talking about the Hispanics for a moment — what about Asian-Americans?

    11/11/2012 6:21:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 9, 2012 - 9:22 am | 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...
  • No charges against owner of gun that Glynn County 2nd-grader brought to school(GA)

    11/11/2012 6:20:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | 11 November, 2012 | Terry Dickson
    BRUNSWICK, GA. | No charges will be filed against the owner of a handgun that an 8-year-old boy brought to C.B. Greer Elementary School last week, said Rodney Ellis, chief of the Glynn County school system’s police force. School police investigator Ricky Hilburn determined that the .25-caliber pistol belonged to a close friend of the child’s family and that the boy found the gun while visiting the elderly man, Ellis said. The man was in another part of the house and was unaware the second-grade student was looking around, Ellis said. The boy found the gun in a shoebox stored...
  • Republican Bigwig Raises Big Stink on Facebook (Wasserman Schulz gets sheriff luggage carriers)

    11/11/2012 6:15:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Tamarac Talk ^ | 11/09/12
    Republican Bigwig Raises Big Stink on FacebookDate posted: November 9, 2012
  • Handgun carrier shoots multiple suspects(OK)

    11/11/2012 6:13:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    krmg.com ^ | 10 November, 2012 | Michael Purdy
    Tulsa, Okla. — A man licensed to carry a gun shoots two men attempting to rob him at a motel Friday evening. Tulsa police tells KRMG it happened just before 7:30 p.m. at the Economy Inn at the 5600 block of West Skelly Drive in Sapulpa. TPD were called out to the Oklahoma State University Medical Center after two men showed up shot. Police said they were dropped off by two people believed to have been involved in the attempted robbery. The investigation shows the victim was invited into a motel room by a female, where multiple men were waiting...
  • Israel Fires Warning Shots into Syria in Response to Errant Shell Landing

    11/11/2012 6:00:47 AM PST · by maggief · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 11, 2012 | Sharona Schwartz
    For the first time since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israeli forces on Sunday fired over the country’s northern border to Syria as a warning after a mortar shell fired from Syrian territory exploded in the Golan Heights, officials say. Israeli newspaper Ynet reported the Israeli Defense Forces Artillery Corps fired at a post in Syria in response. On Thursday, three Syrian mortar shells struck in and around an Israeli village in the Golan Heights. The IDF vowed in a statement, “Further attacks [from Syria] will illicit a vigorous response,” the Jerusalem Post reported. A longer statement posted on the...
  • Boehner Tells House G.O.P. to Fall in Line

    11/11/2012 5:54:34 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 90 replies
    NYT ^ | 11-10-12 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    WASHINGTON — On a conference call with House Republicans a day after the party’s electoral battering last week, Speaker John A. Boehner dished out some bitter medicine, and for the first time in the 112th Congress, most members took their dose. Their party lost, badly, Mr. Boehner said, and while Republicans would still control the House and would continue to staunchly oppose tax rate increases as Congress grapples with the impending fiscal battle, they had to avoid the nasty showdowns that marked so much of the last two years. Members on the call, subdued and dark, murmured words of support...
  • The Real Reason Obama Got Elected ("Freebie" Nation)

    11/11/2012 5:48:20 AM PST · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/8/2012 | Gerri Willis
    Here’s an interesting plot twister; Republicans made the assumption, incorrectly as it turns out, that voters in states with high-unemployment would kick the bums out. That is, that they’d vote Obama out of office and try to find someone who could solve the jobs problem in this country. Turns out, the opposite has happened. Voters in high-unemployment states actually like the president, and the reason is obvious; the Federal Government is paying the jobless, extending unemployment benefits, food stamps, and even underwriting disability payments from Social Security. Think we’re different from the Europeans? Think again. The proportion of Greek men...
  • No, Mr. Boehner, the Constitution is the Law of the Land

    11/11/2012 5:44:25 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies
    Red State ^ | 11-9-2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    Yesterday, Diane Sawyer asked John Boehner in an interview if he planned to push for repeal of Obamacare. He responded that “the election changes that” and “Obamacare is the law of the land.” No, Mr. Boehner, the Constitution is the law of the Republic. In April 2011, following the failure of Republicans to defund Obamacare during the first budget battle, I wrote the following at Red State: If it is reckless to shut down the government over Obamacare, then there is nothing in the budget worth fighting for. Due to the degree of entrenchment of the existing entitlement, even Paul...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 11 November 2012

    11/11/2012 5:06:53 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 241 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 11 November 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows November 11th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Tom Price, R-Ga.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Rep.-elect Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.FACE THE NATION (CBS): David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Reps. Donna Edwards, D-Md., and Aaron Schock, R-Ill.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.,...
  • The Reason Obama is President

    11/11/2012 4:46:38 AM PST · by kronos77 · 68 replies
    Pravda ^ | 07.11.2012. | Xavier Lerma
    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 the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever." The revisionist historians have tried to "cover up" God himself by not allowing recent generations to know that America was once a nation of...
  • 'Meatless Mondays': LA urges residents to turn vegetarian one day a week

    11/11/2012 4:39:33 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 66 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 10, 2012 | Melissa Pamer
    Los Angeles is hoping to persuade people to become vegetarian – at least one day per week. Under a resolution unanimously approved by the city council this week, all future Mondays in the City of Angels have been declared "Meatless Mondays." It's part of an international campaign to cut down on meat consumption for health and environmental reasons. Both the spiritual home of the hamburger and a haven for the health-obsessed, Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to support the Meatless Monday campaign. The nonprofit initiative, started in 2003, is associated with Johns Hopkins University's public health...
  • ’13 health premium will top $2,000

    11/11/2012 4:37:28 AM PST · by gotribe · 60 replies
    Dispatch.com ^ | 11/11/2012 | Ben Sutherly
    As local employees sign up for their 2013 benefits, many are learning that they’ll lose a bigger chunk of their paychecks to health-care costs. For the first time, central Ohio employers will deduct, on average, more than $2,000 from their workers’ paychecks next year to help pay ever-pricier health-care premiums, according to a recent survey by benefits consultant Aon Hewitt. The survey included 113 employers in the Columbus area that represent 79,000 employees. Cost-shifting is just one way that employers have long tried to handle higher health-care costs. Local health-benefit experts say they’re seeing several other strategies emerge, too. For...
  • IDF fires warning shots into Syria after shell hits Golan

    11/11/2012 4:36:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 11/11/2012
    The IDF fired warning shots into Syrian territory on Sunday after a mortar shell fired from Syria hit an IDF outpost in the Golan Heights. The incident follows a similar spillover from Syria on Thursday, when a shell from Syria exploded in Moshav Alonei Habashan. "Further attacks [from Syria] will illicit a vigorous response," the IDF Spokesman's Office stated. The military also sent a letter to the United Nations warning Syrian forces to be careful in avoiding fire into the Golan. Just hours earlier, Defense Minister Ehud Barak threatened that Israel would respond should stray Syrian ordnance continue to strike...
  • FBI probe of Petraeus' emails purportedly led to discovery of extramarital affair

    11/11/2012 3:59:54 AM PST · by tobyhill · 49 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/10/2012 | fox news
    The FBI investigation that led to the discovery of CIA Director David Petraeus’ extramarital affair and his resignation Friday started when the agency began monitoring Petraeus’ email, Fox News has learned. The agency was alerted that biographer Paula Broadwell, with whom Petraeus had the affair, may have had access to his personal email account. The FBI investigation began when someone reported suspicious emails allegedly sent from Broadwell. The agency then determined that she allegedly had emailed a number of government employees. The FBI was at one point trying to determine whether any of the employees were being stalked, sources told...
  • Military Timeline From Night of Benghazi Attack Begs More Questions

    11/11/2012 3:30:50 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/11/2012 | Jennifer Griffin/Adam Housley
    After more than nine weeks of trying to reconcile their story line with that of the State Department and the CIA, the Pentagon finally released its timeline of the Libya terror attack during a Friday afternoon, off-camera briefing with an official who could only be quoted anonymously. The news was overtaken almost immediately by the announcement that Gen. David Petraeus had resigned, purportedly due to an extramarital affair. He was slated to testify in closed-door hearings on Capitol Hill this coming week before the Senate and House intelligence committees. Petraeus no longer plans to testify. However, while the Petraeus resignation...
  • Oakland robbers attack TV cameraman

    11/11/2012 3:27:36 AM PST · by massmike · 15 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/11/2012 | Henry K. Lee
    A KPIX news cameraman was punched and robbed during a live broadcast outside an Oakland high school, the latest in a spate of holdups targeting the media, police said Thursday. Reporter Anne Makovec and cameraman Gregg Welk were on the air shortly after noon Wednesday outside Oakland Technical High School near the corner of 42nd Street and Broadway. They were at the school to do a story on the passage of Proposition 30, the tax measure preventing deep cuts to education. As Makovec was finishing her report, police said, five men rushed up and grabbed a $6,000 camera from the...
  • UK court orders Apple to pay Samsung's legal fees in full after 'false and misleading' notice

    11/11/2012 3:09:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | November 10, 2012
    UK court orders Apple to pay Samsung's legal fees in full after 'false and misleading' notice The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has ordered Apple to pay the legal fees of competitor Samsung on an 'indemnity basis' after the company published a "false and misleading" notice in the wake of a patent lawsuit over the iPad. The judgement, intended to humiliate Apple, will require the company to pay for all expenses associated with Samsung's legal defense, with any disputes over the exact amount likely to be resolved in the latter firm's favor.
  • School Children Taught About Gay Foreplay, Saran Wrap

    11/11/2012 2:48:43 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 85 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | November 8, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    A school district in Maine is apologizing after middle school students learned about homosexual foreplay during what was supposed to be a “Diversity Day” presentation. “I don’t want my child taught heterosexual foreplay, let alone homosexual foreplay,” outraged parent Kristy Howard told Fox News. The principal of Gorham Middle School sent a letter to parents apologizing for the graphic nature of the presentation by PRYSM, Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine. “They went beyond the scope of our intentions and discussed topics that we do not deem appropriate for our middle school,” Robert Riley wrote in a letter obtained by...