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  • Oh, We Forgot to Tell You...(VDH)

    11/15/2012 5:13:56 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 11/15/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The second-term curse goes like this: A president (e.g., Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, etc.) wins re-election, but then his presidency implodes over the next four years -- mired in scandals or disasters such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky, the Iraqi insurgency and Hurricane Katrina. Apparently, like tragic Greek heroes, administrations grow arrogant after their re-election wins. They believe that they are invincible and that heir public approval is permanent rather than fickle. The result is that Nemesis zeroes in on their fatal conceit and with a boom corrects their hubris. Or is the problem in...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Mobilizes for Hamas

    11/15/2012 5:09:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 15, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Muslim Brotherhood Mobilizes for HamasPosted By Ryan Mauro On November 15, 2012 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Israel has finally struck back against the terrorist enclave of Gaza after having 120 rockets fired at it since Saturday and over 700 this year alone. For now, the Obama administration is rhetorically supporting Israel, but the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt is doubling down on its support for Hamas, Gaza’s ruling terrorist organization, and has withdrawn its ambassador to Israel. U.S.-based Islamists and their non-Muslim allies can be counted on in the ensuing days...
  • Friedman: Obama's nightmare called Syria [HE BLAMES BUSH! NO JOKE!]

    11/15/2012 5:04:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Times Union ^ | 11/15/12 | Thomas Friedman
    The sex scandal engulfing two of our top military and intelligence officers could not be coming at a worse time: The Middle East has never been more unstable and closer to multiple, interconnected explosions. Virtually every American president since Dwight Eisenhower has had a Middle Eastern country that brought him grief. For Ike, it was Lebanon's civil war and Israel's Sinai invasion. For Lyndon Johnson, it was the 1967 Six-Day War. For Nixon, it was the 1973 war. For Carter, it was the Iranian Revolution. For Ronald Reagan, it was Lebanon. For George H.W. Bush, it was Iraq. For Bill...
  • Obamas Nightmare (syria)

    11/15/2012 5:00:38 AM PST · by RummyChick · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | 11/13 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    The scandal engulfing two of our top military and intelligence officers could not be coming at a worse time: the Middle East has never been more unstable and closer to multiple, interconnected explosions. Virtually every American president since Dwight Eisenhower has had a Middle Eastern country that brought him grief
  • Petraeus to testify behind closed doors on Benghazi Friday (7:30 AM)

    11/15/2012 4:32:33 AM PST · by NCjim · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 14, 2012 | Sara Dover
    Gen. David Petraeus will testify before a House Committee on the Libya embassy attack Friday morning, despite the ongoing FBI investigation into an extramarital affair that led to his resignation as director of the CIA. The hearing to be held by the House Intelligence Committee is closed to the public and the media. Petraeus is expected to answer questions about the CIA's knowledge and handling of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. Two of those Americans were with the CIA. It was unclear at first whether or...
  • Stock futures rise ahead of data, Wal-Mart, Target

    11/15/2012 4:27:02 AM PST · by John W · 15 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | November 15, 2012 | Barbara Kollmeyer
    MADRID (MarketWatch) U.S. stock futures edged higher on Thursday ahead of data such as weekly jobless claims and consumer prices, along with high-profile earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. among others. However, investors also remained cautious amid fiscal-cliff worries, which weighed on overseas markets. A heavy lineup of economic data will provide an immediate focus for investors, with weekly jobless claims and consumer prices due up first at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch are forecasting the number of first-time claims for last week at 380,000, while consumer prices are expected to have edged up...
  • Petraeus Agrees to Testify Before Senate (Behind closed-doors and probably not under oath)

    11/15/2012 3:22:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 27 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/14/2012 | SARAH PARNASS
    In light of calls from several senators and congressional representatives, Gen. David Petraeus has agreed to testify before the Senate Thursday, despite an FBI investigation that led to former Afghanistan general's resignation from his post as CIA-director. The strange scandal that implicated top U.S. general and a Florida socialite and put a hold on the Senate confirmation of Gen. John Allen was thought to have robbed intelligence committees of Petraeus' testimony about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. That attack claimed the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Petraeus had personally flown to...
  • DEATH ROCKS IRELAND ABORTION LAWS [Pro-infanticide crowd goes nuclear]

    11/15/2012 3:21:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    Discovery News ^ | November 15, 2012 | Christina Reed
    Savita Halappanavar (31), was on her first pregnancy and "on top of the world," according to her husband, Praveen Halappanavar. Then on Saturday Oct. 20, 17 weeks into the pregnancy, she started to develop back pains and began miscarrying. She went to the hospital and by Wednesday night was moved to the Intense Care Unit. But when she asked her doctors to terminate the pregnancy they refused. The doctors could still hear a fetal heartbeat and abortions are illegal in the country, if the fetus is still alive, even when it puts the mother's health at risk. But technically the...
  • Egypt's Brotherhood calls to cut ties with Israel

    11/15/2012 3:12:53 AM PST · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    YNET ^ | 11/15/2012 | Roi Kais
    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood condemned the assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Al-Jabari, and called on the authorities in Cairo to sever diplomatic and commercial ties with Israel. The powerful group said in a statement that "the Egyptian government must be the first to (cut ties), and serve as an example to Arabs and Muslims who maintain relations with this entity." The statement further called on the Palestinian Authority to immediately halt its defense cooperation with the IDF. The Brotherhood urged Egyptians to take to the streets and protest in front of major mosques in Cairo and other cities after Friday...
  • Quinn & Rose - Americas Morning Show - November 15, 2012

    11/15/2012 3:12:03 AM PST · by sneakers · 13 replies
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  • Is the Fed Losing the Fight Against Deflation?

    11/15/2012 3:06:11 AM PST · by gotribe · 30 replies
    Barron's ^ | 11/13/2012 | Randall W, Forsythe
    Prior to the financial markets' obsession over the looming fiscal cliff, their single-minded focus was on monetary policy. Now, two months after the Federal Reserve announced its so-called QE3, its third round of quantitative easing, it appears the fuss was much ado about very little. Ben Bernanke seems to be losing his battle with deflation, observes Walter J. Zimmerman, chief technical analyst for United-ICAP. So far, the Fed's scheme announced in September to buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities for however long it takes to lower unemployment has little to show for it. Quite to the contrary, market prices show...
  • Israel: Three civilians killed by rockets fired from Gaza as violence escalates

    11/15/2012 2:37:18 AM PST · by John W · 9 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | November 15, 2012 | Lawahez Jabari
    Updated 5:15 a.m. ET: Rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel killed three people and injured six on Thursday, Israeli officials said, as Israel launched numerous airstrikes across the Gaza Strip and the military showdown lurched closer to all-out war.
  • All Germans rounded up to vote (Hitler's Get Out The Vote Drive Much Like Obama's)

    11/15/2012 2:03:42 AM PST · by Arthurio · 12 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | November 13, 1933
    The Guardian, Monday 13 November 1933 08.01 EST The results of the German referendum and elections to the Reichstag yesterday show, as was expected, an overwhelming majority for Herr Hitler. A less expected result of the elections is the number of Germans who have dared to vote against Herr Hitler's policy. The electors were asked to say in the referendum whether they approved of Herr Hitler's decision that Germany should leave the League of Nations and the Disarmament Conference. In the elections to the Reichstag they were simply asked to vote for the Nazi list. There were no candidates to...
  • Jill Kelley turned to friend and Tampa FBI agent for help [shirtless photo a gag]

    11/15/2012 1:35:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 98 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | November 15, 2012 | Times staff and wires
    TAMPA Frederick W. Humphries II helped make the FBI's cases against a would-be bomber on the West Coast and a university student in Tampa. But the investigation he is most certainly going to be remembered for is one that led to the downfall of CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus. Humphries was revealed Wednesday night as the Tampa FBI agent who took the complaints from socialite Jill Kelley that started a cyberstalking investigation and uncovered Petraeus' affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. [SNIP] "He and his wife have been social friends of Mr. and Mrs. Kelley for years," the...
  • Myanmar to free 452 prisoners before Obama visit

    11/14/2012 11:51:06 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/15/2012
    Myanmar is set to free hundreds of prisoners on Thursday, officials said, just days ahead of a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama to a country emerging from decades of military rule. Relatives of the scores of political detainees still languishing in jails were waiting anxiously to learn whether they would be among those released. A prison department official said 452 prisoners would walk free on Thursday morning. "There are some foreigners included in the amnesty," he added, speaking on condition of anonymity, without giving details of their nationalities. The planned release was also announced in state media. Myanmar,...
  • Chelation-therapy heart trial draws fire

    11/14/2012 10:42:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 14 November 2012 | Ewen Callaway
    Critics not persuaded that metal-snaring treatment works. With millions of Americans regularly using complementary medicines, researchers usually applaud efforts to test and debunk folk treatments such as echinacea, a herbal supplement often deployed against the common cold. But what if a trial shows that an alternative therapy might work? That is the case for a study funded by the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The trial hints that a fringe therapy intended to sop up metal ions in the blood might reduce participants risk of...
  • Brooklyn Democrat Sides With GOP in State Senate

    11/14/2012 9:51:03 PM PST · by Arthurio · 9 replies
    By Laura Nahmias Fresh off winning election to the state Senate as a Brooklyn Democrat, Simcha Felder said Tuesday he planned to caucus with Republicans in Albany, further complicating a struggle for control of the chamber. Felders decision to vote with the GOP conference was first reported by political blog Capital Tonight and was confirmed by his campaign spokesman. Felder, who represents an Orthodox Jewish district in southern Brooklyn, will give the Republicans 31 seats in the Senate, where a party needs 32 votes to elect a majority leader. The Senate Democrats currently hold 30 seats in the chamber and...
  • Vitamin D Gene Changes May Drive Disease

    11/14/2012 10:15:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | November 13, 2012 | Cole Petrochko
    ReviewedbyRobert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner Action Points Certain variations in the vitamin D receptor gene may influence the clinical effects of low vitamin D levels in some chronic diseases.Note that patients in the cohort without the genetic polymorphism showed no association between low 25(OH)D levels and outcomes such as hip fracture, myocardial infarction, cancer, and death. Variations in the vitamin D receptor gene may influence the clinical effects of low vitamin D levels in some chronic diseases, researchers found.Among patients with low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin...
  • FM: Israel will act on Iran as it did in Iraq, Syria

    11/14/2012 10:05:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | November 14, 2012 | Staff
    Israel will handle the Iranian threat the same way it dealt with similar threats from Iraq and Syria, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Wednesday. Liberman was referencing the 1981 Israeli strike on Iraqs Osirak nuclear reactor and the 2007 attack on Syrias nuclear core at Deir al-Zor. Israel has never officially acknowledged bombing the Syrian core although it has been widely reported to have been behind the attack. Israel knows how to act to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb, he said. The public should leave the decision on how and when to act to decision-makers, the foreign...
  • Jill Kelley, Key Figure In David Petraeus Scandal, Led Lavish Life

    11/14/2012 10:02:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 48 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 14, 2012 | Shashank Bengali, David S. Cloud and Joseph Tanfani
    Jill Kelley, Key Figure In David Petraeus Scandal, Led Lavish Life The Tampa, Fla., socialite cultivated ties with military leaders and obtained honorary titles. She also has had financial troubles. Jill Kelley's license plate carries an emblem that reads Honorary Consul. Gen. David H. Petraeus helped her obtain that title from South Korea. By Shashank Bengali, David S. Cloud and Joseph Tanfani November 14, 2012 TAMPA, Fla. When Jill Kelley believed a reporter was trespassing at her white-columned mansion in a wealthy neighborhood this week, the Tampa socialite called 911 and claimed diplomatic immunity. "I'm an honorary consul general,...
  • Obama vs. the Brass: Benghazi Cover-up, Agenda to Gut Military?

    11/14/2012 9:53:54 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 November 2012 | William F. Jasper
    Obama vs. the Brass: Benghazi Cover-up, Agenda to Gut Military? The New American 14 November 2012 Is it just a coincidence that several four-star generals and a two-star admiral get the axe or resign in disgrace within the space of less than a month? Related Articles: Petraeus Resignation Suggests Possible White House Cover-UpThe Other Petraeus Scandal: Accelerated Militarization of the CIABenghazi Backfire: Was Obama Arming Jihadists?Did Obama Watch in Real Time as Benghazi Attack Unfolded?The Trouble With Leon PanettaLeon Panetta and the Institute for Policy StudiesBook Review: Barack Obama and the Enemies Within
  • Self-Healing Plastic 'Skin' Points Way to New Prosthetics

    11/14/2012 9:33:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 11 November 2012 | Tim Wogan
    Enlarge Image Cutting edge. After it was divided with a scalpel, a new polymer was able to heal itself, restoring most of its mechanical and electrical properties in 15 seconds. Credit: Benjamin Tee and Chao Wang Human skin is a special material: It needs to be flexible, so that it doesn't crack every time a user clenches his fist. It needs to be sensitive to stimuli like touch and pressure—which are measured as electrical signals, so it needs to conduct electricity. Crucially, if it's to survive the wear and tear it's put through every day, it needs to be...
  • EU: Europeans vent their anger as cuts bite

    11/14/2012 9:15:17 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/14/2012 | Bruno Waterfield
    The violent protests and strikes that flared up across the European Union on Wednesday are a sign of things to come as frustration grows over austerity measures and Europes recession peaks. A popular backlash is building against cuts to public services and the internal devaluation policies that have targeted wages and Europes high levels of social protection with the aim of restoring competitiveness to the EUs highly indebted economies. This year unemployment is expected to reach record levels of more than 11pc in the eurozone and 10.5pc in the EU. Taking a step away from the statistics, it means that...
  • The lessons of 2012 may not be what Operation Demoralize says

    11/14/2012 9:00:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 14, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Operation Demoralize, the attempt to convince you that conservatism is dead, that you live in a media cocoon, that you are incapable of learning, and that your pundits lied to you, is dominating the media. But are the quick and easy answers just say Yes to illegal immigration, higher taxes, creeping socialism based on the reality of why the election was lost? Someone clearly outside the supposed conservative media complex suggests that the reasons being peddled for the loss are not accurate, or at least not the full story. Andrew Kohut, head of the Pew Research Center, writes...
  • Basketball coach dresses up as school mascot as he proposes to his girlfriend

    11/14/2012 8:52:22 PM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Making it a marriage proposal to remember, a basketball coach decided to pop the question to his girlfriend during a halftime game, dressed as his team's mascot - a bright red panther. Craig Heatherly, 24, an assistant trainer for the Davenport University Panthers in Caledonia, Michigan, performed the stunt during his school's annual Midnight Madness event last Friday. Disguised as Pounce the cat, he appeared on the court and pretended to feign an injury, prompting his girlfriend Linaya Hass to help him, before he whipped off his headpiece and got down on one knee.
  • Republicans say they will not back down (Boehner hangs tough)

    11/14/2012 8:34:52 PM PST · by tobyhill · 56 replies
    the hill ^ | 11/14/2012 | By Russell Berman
    Congressional leaders took a hard line on taxes ahead of a meeting Friday at the White House, with rank-and-file Republicans expressing opposition to a fiscal cliff deal that would bring in more revenue to the government. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said Republicans could accept new revenues, but not tax-rate hikes, as part of a broad deficit deal, but President Obama and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said it was unlikely that eliminating loopholes and capping deductions could raise enough revenue to gain their support.
  • Israeli Embassy calls out CBS News for ignoring rocket strikes

    11/14/2012 8:25:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/14/12 | staff
    Embassy of Israel ✔ @IsraelinUSA @ScottPelley @CBSEveningNews today's show ignored the 150+ rockets fired at Israel this week. No other state would accept a similar reality. 14 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Conservatives aren’t shy about calling out American news networks for overlooking stories that doesn’t fit the liberal narrative, but the Embassy of Israel took to Twitter today to call out Scott Pelley and the CBS Evening News for not reporting on the rocket attacks on Israel this week. CBS’s Mark Knoller notes that the rare occasion of a presidential news conference dominated the news cycle today.
  • Teachers Face Investigations for Anti-Obama Messages

    11/14/2012 8:24:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 99 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    Two public school teachers are facing investigations for posting messages that some perceived as critical of President Obama on social networking sites. In Rock Hill, SC, a middle school teacher was placed on leave after she posted a message on her personal Facebook page about President Obama and food stamps. Congrats Obama, she allegedly wrote. As one of my students sang down the hallway, We get to keep our food stamps which I pay for because they cant budget their money and really, neither can you. A school spokesperson said they had received several calls complaining about the...
  • Solution to Fiscal Clift: Look No Furhter than Obama's First Term

    11/14/2012 8:21:16 PM PST · by annajones · 12 replies
    opinion | 11/14/2012 | annajones
    Pundits, Politicians, etc are looking all over the map for a solution to the fiscal clift/sequestration problem. But the solution lies in what happened during Obama's first term. Under Bush/Congress the deficit increased 43% during his 8 year term (we had a real war, 9/11, and Katrina). Under Obama/Congress the deficit "doubled" during his 4 year term or "half" the time. Rather then us having to listen to threats to cut Social Security, Defense, or severe increase in Taxes shouldn't we go back to the problem that caused this Sequestration legislation to be passed in the first place? Should the...
  • Petraeus, Allen supported Kelley's sister in child custody [Note from Whitehouse, Kerry + Sheldon]

    11/14/2012 8:04:06 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 21 replies
    Metro US NY ^ | 11/14/12
    Khawam not only tapped her military connections in her custody battle but also invoked broader contacts as she sought greater access to her son. In emails with her ex-husband, Khawam wrote that Senator Kerry asked about the son and whether he would be coming to Martha's Vineyard in the summer of 2012. She also wrote that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island invited the son to a summer clambake in the state, and that the son "would greatly appreciate attending this family clambake." Included in the court file is what appears to be a handwritten note from Whitehouse, writing, "I...
  • FBI Agent in Petraeus Scandal Has Been a Hero

    11/14/2012 7:50:13 PM PST · by Arthurio · 20 replies
    FBI Special Agent Frederick Humphries II played a key role in stopping a terrorist attack aimed at blowing up Los Angeles International Airport just as the year 2000 dawned. He fatally shot a man who threatened him and other law enforcement officers with a knife during an altercation at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base in 2010. And now Humphries finds himself in the middle of the widening scandal that has resulted in CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation. Humphries, 47, was the agent who initially saw the emails the FBI said Petraeus' biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell, sent to Tampa socialite...
  • 'Jihad'ads on CTA buses cause controversy

    11/14/2012 7:48:41 PM PST · by lex33 · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | November 14, 2012 | Manya A. Brachear and Jon Hilkevitch
    The controversial ads unveiled on the back of 10 CTA buses Wednesday read, In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. They conclude with the words, Support Copts. Defeat Jihad. Within hours of the buses' first runs, messages appeared on Facebook and Twitter denouncing the campaign. Many said degrading a spiritual tenet of Islam -- one that refers to a Muslim's personal quest to become a better person -- amounts to hate speech. This whole campaign insinuates Muslims are violent, said Asaf Bar-Tura, programs director for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, which protested...
  • There Will Be War In The Middle East

    11/14/2012 7:39:33 PM PST · by pwatson · 49 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 11/14/2012 | Michael
    The military action that we are watching in the Middle East right now is just a preview of coming attractions. Tensions in the region are rising with each passing day, and all sides have been anticipating future conflicts and preparing for war for decades. It would be wonderful if everyone could sit down, forgive each other and agree to quit fighting, but that is not going to happen. Most of us that live in the western world have a very difficult time understanding the mindset of those immersed in these conflicts. In the Middle East, there are vendettas and grudges...
  • Final speech from Cong. Ron Paul from floor of the House of Reps

    11/14/2012 7:38:48 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 77 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 11/14/2012 | Ron Paul
    Very good speech. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/4161883
  • Jindal slams Romney for 'gifts' comment about minorities, young voters

    11/14/2012 7:38:11 PM PST · by tobyhill · 76 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/14/2012 | Ashley Killough and Kevin Bohn
    Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana fiercely shot back at Mitt Romneys claim Wednesday that President Barack Obama outmatched the 2012 Republican presidential nominee by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters. I absolutely reject that notion, Jindal, who was a surrogate for Romneys campaign, said at the Republican Governors Association conference in Las Vegas. I think that's absolutely wrong. I don't think that represents where we are as a party and where we're going as a party, he continued. That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election. Romney made the comments on...
  • Petraeus to testify behind doors on Benghazi Friday

    11/14/2012 7:36:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    see bs ^ | 11/14/12 | Sara Dover
    Gen. David Petraeus will testify before a House Committee on the Libya embassy attack Friday morning, despite the ongoing FBI investigation into an extramarital affair that led to his resignation as director of the CIA. The hearing held by the Senate Intelligence Committee is closed to the public and the media. Petraeus is expected to answer questions about the CIA's knowledge and handling of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. Two of those Americans were with the CIA.
  • Petraeus Will Testify Behind Closed Doors on Benghazi

    11/14/2012 7:26:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    ABC News/Yahoo!News ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | PIERRE THOMAS and MARTHA RADDATZ
    Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify at a closed-door session of Congress to answer questions about September's terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, but he will likely also be asked about new revelations that his alleged mistress Paula Broadwell is suspected of storing classified military material, at her home. Petraeus had been reluctant to testify following his resignation as CIA chief, but pressure had been growing in Congress for him to appear. "Gen. Petraeus is willing to come before the committee and the details are being worked out," Sen. Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate...
  • Obama Administration Named Holly Petraeus to $187,605-Per-Year Job

    11/14/2012 7:26:02 PM PST · by GridSquare · 128 replies
    CNS News.Com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) The Obama administration named Holly Petraeus--wife of retired Gen. David Patraeus, who resigned last week as CIA director after revealing he had had an extra-marital affair--to $187,605-per-yer job in the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
  • Jill Kelley outraged other military liaisons with her flirty ways [Her fee was $80 million] $80MIL

    11/14/2012 7:16:32 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 119 replies
    Tampa Bay ^ | 11/14/12
    Adam Victor, president of TransGas Development in New York, was in town to network and find business opportunities. Someone introduced him to Kelley, and the two spoke in a VIP section of the convention hall. Victor said Kelley described herself as a close friend to Petraeus, which impressed him. In fact, he said, Kelley told him she might help him with a coal gasification project in South Korea. She said she could gain him access to the highest levels of the South Korean government, Victor said. Kelley told him she was an honorary consul for South Korea, and Victor said...
  • Obama takes action on 'unreliable' power grid in Pakistan!

    11/14/2012 7:12:36 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 15 replies
    WND ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Less than a week after Hurricane Sandy plunged much of the mid-Atlantic region into darkness, the Obama administration unveiled a new initiative aimed at mitigating the impact of unreliable grid power. Not across ravaged coastal New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, but in Pakistans Punjab province. The direct beneficiary of the administrations generosity is a publicly traded Pakistani cement and concrete producer, according to a planning document that WND located via routine database research. The Lahore-based Pioneer Cement Limited, or PCL, requested a grant from the U.S. Trade & Development Agency, or USTDA an independent White House entity ...
  • As Dennys franchisee preps Obamacare surcharge, liberals promise another boycott

    11/14/2012 7:09:33 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 65 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Nov 14, 2012 | twitchy staff
    If you’re in Florida and planning to join in on the Papa John’s “buycott” scheduled for this Friday, you might want to save some room for dessert and hit Denny’s afterward. A West Palm Beach restaurant owner is the latest target of a boycott campaign after floating the idea of adding a 5 percent “Obamacare surcharge” to customer checks starting in 2014. Franchisor John Metz told the Huffington Post that “although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.” In August, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter...
  • Israeli Airstrike Hits Top Hamas Commander - IDF Pinpoint Strike on Ahmed Jabari (VIDEO)

    11/14/2012 7:02:14 PM PST · by Third Person · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 14th, 2012 | Listitude
    Two videos in one - action and reaction - October and November 2012. The first video is about two weeks before the second. In the first video, Hamas released footage of its militants launching rockets from what appear to be apartment buildings in the Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel. The second video is two weeks later, showing the apparent Israeli retaliation, in which a pinpoint laser guided bomb, or a missile takes out the car carrying a military commander of Hamas, Ahmed Jabari, who is alleged to have masterminded rocket attacks against Israel, including against civilian areas....
  • Well dilute our way out of it! (re GOP/Grover Norquist Plan to Grant Amnesty to Illegals)

    11/14/2012 7:01:12 PM PST · by Arthurio · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    - The Daily Caller - http://dailycaller.com - The Grover Plan: More Cowbell!Posted By Mickey Kaus On 5:58 AM 11/13/2012 @ 5:58 AM In DC Exclusives,KausFiles | No Comments We’ll dilute our way out of it! Republicans did poorly among Hispanics last week. How to address that problem? The answer, they’re told by Washington savants, is to back an immigration reform that … increases the number of Hispanics! It’s a plan so crazy it just might be crazy.Joshua Culling, who works for Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, elaborates on the plan elsewhere on this site. It turns out the idea–let’s...
  • Fawning Fan Girl Journalist to Obama: 'Congratulations'; 'I've Never Seen You Lose'

    11/14/2012 6:51:40 PM PST · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    Barack Obama on Wednesday submitted to his first press conference since March. Some of the White House journalists didn't seem to hold the long wait against him, however. One reporter, Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune, turned into a gushing fan, congratulating the President on his reelection. Parsons cooed to Obama that she had "never" seen him "lose."
  • Petraeus mistress had substantial classified data on computer: sources

    11/14/2012 6:33:03 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | Mark Hosenball
    (Reuters) - A computer used by Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with CIA Director David Petraeus led to his resignation, contained substantial classified information that should have been stored under more secure conditions, law enforcement and national security officials said on Wednesday. The contents and amount of the classified material - and questions about how Broadwell got it - are significant enough to warrant a continuing investigation, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to comment publicly.
  • Falklands governor Sir Rex Hunt dies

    11/14/2012 6:30:45 PM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 November 2012
    Sir Rex Hunt, who was governor of the Falkland Islands during the Argentine invasion in 1982 which triggered the Falklands War, has died aged 86. A statement said Sir Rex, who had retired to Stockton on Tees, died in hospital on Sunday night. The Legislative Assembly of the Falklands said he would be forever remembered for his years of service. He was captured by the Argentine invasion force during the Falklands War and expelled from the islands. He was granted the Freedom Of Stanley in 1985 to recognise his contributions to the islands. Sir Rex, who grew up in Redcar...
  • Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Neighbors Supported His Opponents ["The Unkindest Cut of All"?]

    11/14/2012 6:21:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 59 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 14, 2012 | Bob Secter
    Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Neighbors Supported His Opponents By Bob Secter. November 14, 2012 In the closing days of his vice-presidential run, Paul D. Ryan sought to connect with voters in small- and medium-sized towns across Ohio by repeatedly telling them how much their community had in common with his own hometown of Janesville, Wis. Now, post-election, the Wisconsin congressman is blaming his Republican ticket loss with presidential contender Mitt Romney on a huge turnout of urban voters for President Obama. One flaw in that analysis may be that election results indicate the Romney-Ryan ticket didnt exactly connect with the voters...
  • Now Chris Matthews Thinks The Word 'Urban' Is Racist

    11/14/2012 6:15:24 PM PST · by chessplayer · 40 replies
    The list of words MSNBC's Chris Matthews believes are racist if uttered by a conservative got longer on Wednesday. You can now add "urban" which offended Matthews when Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said it during an interview Monday, but didn't bother the Hardball host in the slightest when Salon's Joan Walsh said it on his own program two days later (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): "There's more of this dog whistle crap going on," said Matthews before he introduced guests Walsh and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker. Really? So if a conservative talks about urban, suburban, and ex-urban...
  • Al Gore calls on Barack Obama to 'act boldly' on climate change

    11/14/2012 6:13:06 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 10/12/2012 | Suzanne Goldenberg,
    The former vice-president and climate champion, Al Gore, has called on Barack Obama to seize the moment and use his re-election victory to push through bold action on climate change. The president has faced rising public pressure in the wake of superstorm Sandy to deliver on his promise to act on global warming. But none of those calling on Obama to act carries the moral authority of Gore, who has devoted his post-political career to building a climate movement. Now, Gore said, it is the president's turn. He urged Obama to immediately begin pushing for a carbon tax in negotiations...
  • Marc Faber Warns Global Stock Markets Will Implode

    11/14/2012 6:11:00 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-14-2012 | Marc Faber
    Marc Faber Warns Global Stock Markets Will Implode Stock-Markets / Financial CrashNov 14, 2012 - 04:09 AM In this "Squawk Box" excerpt, Marc Faber warns investors to prepare for an eventual "'reset" of the global financial system: The market is going down because corporate profits will begin to disappoint, the global economy will hardly grow next year or even contract, and that is the reason why stocks, from the highs of September of 1,470 on the S&P, will drop at least 20 percent, in my view. There will be pain and there will be very substantial pain. The question is...