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  • Hamas' Claims: True or False?

    11/16/2012 1:13:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/16/12 | IDF
    Hamas has made a number of extraordinary claims in recent days. Let's go through some of them.
  • Ex-CIA Chief Petraeus Grilled Over Ambassador Rice

    11/16/2012 1:10:05 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2012 | By KEVIN DOLAK
    ...Democratic senators who emerged from the hearing said Petraeus' testimony supported U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Rice was speaking from talking points prepared by the CIA and approved by the intelligence committee. "The key is that they were unclassified talking points at a very early stage. And I don't think she should be pilloried for this. She did what I would have done or anyone else would have done that was going on a weekend show," Feinstein said. "To say that she is unqualified to be Secretary of State I think is a...
  • The Benghazi Debacle Is About To Go Into Full Cover-Up Mode Today…

    11/16/2012 1:09:07 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies
    thehayride.com ^ | Thursday, November 15, 2012, 9:40 | MacAoidh
    …if what Eli Lake at the Daily Beast reports is true. When the CIA’s acting director, Michael Morell, testifies Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, he is expected to say that the agency never requested Europe-based special operations teams, specialized Marine platoons, or armed drones on the night of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official.The disclosure may put an end to one line of inquiry into the Benghazi affair about why reinforcements from the region were not sent on the night of the attack. “Assistance from the U.S. military was...
  • Prop. 30 Taxes Diverted to Wall Street, Students Get Shafted

    11/16/2012 1:07:20 PM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    capoliticalreview.com ^ | 11/16/2012 | Leighton Woodhouse
    Millions of dollars in new tax revenue earmarked for the University of California system as part of the state’s recently passed Proposition 30 will instead be routed to major financial firms, because of bad bets made by a Wall Street-influenced UC Board of Regents. Proposition 30 was passed last week by California voters in part to stem the tide of perpetual tuition hikes and the rapid decline of public higher education in the state. But because of the Regents’ predilection for gambling with student tuition money, much of that new tax revenue will be routed away from tuition relief and...
  • Capitalism At Work: Twinkies Soar On Ebay

    11/16/2012 12:58:21 PM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    The invisible hand at work once again as fat-fingered demand dominates union-stifled supply... $8,000 for a single Twinkie... and other offers... It seems, once again, that there are more than a few greater fools who still have no idea just how the bankruptcy process works... will Twinkies be rebranded Bimbettes?
  • Breaking Down The Religious Makeup Of The 113th Congress

    11/16/2012 12:52:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/16/2012 | Joshua Berlinger
    The Pew Forum on Religion released its latest report this morning, Faith on the Hill: The Religious Composition of the 113th Congress. Next term, the U.S. will see its first Buddhist Senator, the first Hindu member of the House of Representative and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as “none." In fact, the first Hindu member of the House, Tulsi Gabbard, won the seat vacated by Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who ran and won her race for Senate and will be the aforementioned first Buddhist member of the Senate. Catholics fared the best on November 6, picking...
  • Jill Kelley visited the White House THREE TIMES times in last three months with her twin sister

    11/16/2012 12:41:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/16/12 | Lydia Warren
    Jill Kelley, the Florida housewife whose complaint over threatening emails revealed David Petraeus´ affair, has visited the White House three times in the past three months, it has emerged. In by far the most astonishing example of her determination to reach the top, the shrewd socialite and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam, were invited to two ´courtesy´ meals in the Executive Mansion mess hall as a guest of a White House aide, an Obama administration official has revealed. She met the mid-level aide through her work with MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, where she also rubbed shoulders with the
  • FEMA: Welfare Masquerading as Disaster Relief

    11/16/2012 12:39:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Reason ^ | 11/16/2012 | Shikha Dalmia
    Hurricane Sandy hadn't even touched down when liberals started blowing kisses to FEMA, or Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal disaster relief agency. A New York Times editorial declared that the impending storm proved that the country needs FEMA-style "Big Government" solutions more than ever. Salon, New Republic and other liberal outfits heartily agreed. Why do liberals love FEMA so much? Certainly not for its glorious track record. Rather, FEMA has been a great vehicle for expanding the welfare state. FEMA's tragic missteps after Katrina earned it well-deserved disgrace. The Times blames those on the Bush administration, whose anti-government philosophy...
  • Susan Rice's miserable record at the UN (You want her to be Secretary of State?)

    11/16/2012 12:36:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/15/2012 | Richard Grenell
    Most reporters haven’t been following Ambassador Susan Rice’s performance at the United Nations since her appointment in January 2009. To many journalists, Rice’s misleading interviews on the five Sunday Shows the weekend after the 9/11/12 terrorist attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were one of the first times they had heard from her. To veteran foreign policy observers, Rice’s shameful performance that Sunday was one of many blunders over the last four years. Rice’s refusal to answer questions about why she blamed the Benghazi violence on a YouTube video was met Wednesday with a feisty defense...
  • Chris Christie: Romney's 'Gifts' Comments 'Divisive'

    11/16/2012 12:32:51 PM PST · by Arthurio · 89 replies
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday added his name to a growing list of Republicans who are rebuking Mitt Romney over his “gifts” comments. “You can't expect to be a leader of all the people and be divisive,” said Christie on MSNBC’s Morning Joe when asked if he agreed with fellow Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, who was one of the first to criticize the former GOP nominee over the comments. In a conference call with donors Wednesday, Romney said that minorities and young people voted for Obama because he offered them “gifts.” Said Christie: “You have to...
  • Allen West hearing live video: Allen West, Patrick Murphy race results challenged at 1 p.m.

    11/16/2012 11:35:54 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 61 replies
    WPTV NewsChannel5 ^ | 11-16-2012 | Jonathan Mattise
    Allen West hearing live video: Allen West, Patrick Murphy race results challenged at 1 p.m. hearing By: Jonathan Mattise, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers WPTV will be live streaming Friday's 1 p.m. hearing. CLICK HERE TO WATCH WHEN IT BEGINS ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A St. Lucie County Circuit Court judge has scheduled a hearing at 1 p.m. Friday for U.S. Rep. Allen West's latest St. Lucie challenge for an election recount. By noon, about 50 Allen West supporters have showed up outside the St. Lucie County Courthouse and were chanting scathing criticisms of county Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker. The...
  • Five EU countries call for new military “structure”

    11/16/2012 11:35:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11/16/2012 @ 09:26 | Andrew Rettman
    Five leading EU countries, but not the UK, have said the Union needs a new military “structure” to manage overseas operations. The foreign and defense ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain issued the call in a joint communiqué after a meeting in Paris on Thursday (15 November). The paper says: “We are convinced that the EU must set up, within a framework yet to be defined, true civilian-military structures to plan and conduct missions and operations.” … The communiqué also calls for more “pooling and sharing” of EU defense hardware in the context of crisis-related budget cuts. It...
  • Holder defends keeping Petraeus inquiry from White House until after election

    11/16/2012 11:26:07 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2012. | By Sari Horwitz, Carol D. Leonnig and Greg Miller,
    Jonathan Bachman/Reuters - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans November 15, 2012.Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday defended the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation that ledDavid H. Petraeus to resign as CIA director, saying that the department was right to keep the inquiry secret from the White House until after last week’s presidential election.Holder’s first public comments on the controversy came as the CIA opened an internal inquiry of Petraeus’s conduct during his 14-month tenure as director. The move means that there are three active investigations related to a scandal...
  • We will not surrender, we will not retreat and we will not "moderate" our stance!! FReepathon XL

    11/16/2012 11:19:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 447 replies
    Now that the GOP-e's anointed RINO has failed to attract sufficient numbers of conservative voters (the Republican base) to defeat the most blatantly corrupt liberal, er, communist useful idiot to ever occupy the White House, they've come up with an ingenious plan. We should "moderate" our stances against liberal causes like abortion, illegal aliens, the homosexual agenda, socialized healthcare, gun control, carbon tax, recreational drugs, resisting over taxing the "wealthy," etc. Our self-appointed Republican political "experts" now say we've lost the war against socialism and therefore must run up the white flag of surrender and become just like the godless...
  • Compassionate Conservatism Redux [Was "Compassionate Conservatism" of Bush 43 Correct?]

    11/16/2012 11:10:43 AM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    NOVEMBER 16 Compassionate Conservatism Redux Bush 43 was on to something important, and he got the votes to prove it. Jonah Goldberg I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the Right was largely a “leave me alone coalition”: religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed...
  • PERSUASION, NOT RETREAT [Future of the Tea Party and GOP]

    11/16/2012 11:08:58 AM PST · by Moseley · 13 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | November 15, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    Will the GOP have to change its positions to appeal to certain groups of voters? This question is filling the Republican Party, all the political world, and the chattering classes after Mitt Romney’s defeat. Should the Republican Party abandon its strongly-held beliefs and its positions on political issues? There is only one path to success that lays before us: Persuasion, not retreat. On every dilemma facing us, the answer is persuading voters and interest groups of what we truly believe, that these policies are best for America and the alternatives will be harmful for America. We see an impossible problem....
  • Interior Proposal Would Limit Oil Shale Development On Federal Lands (You Don't Say?)

    11/16/2012 11:08:27 AM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 9, 2012 | Zack Coleman
    The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development. The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation. The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obama’s grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is...
  • Woman in Petraeus Scandal Visited White House

    11/16/2012 10:56:01 AM PST · by LittleSpotBlog · 68 replies
    AP ^ | 11/16/12 | Jim Kuhnhenn
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration official says a Tampa Bay socialite whose emails triggered the eventual downfall of CIA director David Petraeus visited the White House three times this year with her sister, twice eating in the Executive Mansion mess.
  • Latino and Black Americans - For God's Sake, WAKE UP!

    11/16/2012 10:39:41 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 57 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | Nov 15, 2012 | Jeff Head
    LATINO & BLACK AMERICANS - FOR GOD'S SAKE, WAKE UP! The pivotal election of 2012 is over. The most liberal, progressive candidate in the history of American politics, with the worst record on the economy in his first term, Barack Hussein Obama, won re-election to a second term by 1.5-2.0% of the vote. The over-riding segments of the population that enabled his victory were the Black vote (who voted for him by over 90%) and the Latino vote (who voted for him by over 70%). And they did so, absolutely against their own best interest. Oh, in the short...
  • Romney doesn’t grasp minorities’ right to vote for Obama (LIBERALS CONTINUE TO OINK AND GLOAT)

    11/16/2012 10:37:52 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | November 15, 2012 | JUNIOR MARXIST NEIL STEINBERG nsteinberg@suntimes.com
    When the election was finally over, and Barack Obama had been re-elected despite the bad economy and other strikes against him, there was a single quiet moment where the question was raised: What would the Republicans learn from their defeat? How, chastened, would they return to the national stage, humbled but committed to fix our common problems? Ah, hahahahaha . . . “In the afterglow of Obama’s victory, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Ayatollah Khamenei, Vladimir Putin and Chris Matthews, as well as millions of pot-heads, sodomites, pro-aborts and all common moochers, are sharing a collective thrill,” wrote Joel Richardson, in his “A...
  • Union: 'Bain-style' killing of Twinkie (Romney's fault)

    11/16/2012 10:35:11 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 78 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    The Bain attack is back. This time it’s being used against Hostess Brands, the Twinkies and Wonder Bread maker that announced Friday it was closing. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka drew the comparison in a public statement Friday. “What’s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor,” Trumka said in a public statement. “Crony capitalism and consistently poor management drove Hostess into the ground, but its workers are paying the price.” Earlier Friday, Hostess Brands announced that it would be closing, which the company said...
  • David Petraeus testimony fails to satisfy Republicans over Benghazi attack

    11/16/2012 10:35:00 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Friday 16 November 2012 11.35 EST | Ewen MacAskill in Washington
    Congressman Peter King talks to reporters after David Petraeus's testimony. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty ImagesSee link for image**************************************David Petraeus, the scandal-hit former CIA chief, faced a Congressional grilling on Friday over conflicting accounts of the attack in September on the US consulate in Benghazi.Petraeus, in his first public outing since resigning from the CIA a week ago over an affair with his biographer, was smuggled into Congress for an early-morning hearing to avoid a media scrum.Appearing before a closed-door hearing of the House intelligence committee, the affair surfaced only once when he was asked if it had had an impact on...
  • In Benghazi testimony, Petraeus says al Qaeda role known early

    11/16/2012 10:28:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Susan Cornwell and Tabassum Zakaria
    Former CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress on Friday that he and the spy agency had sought to make clear from the outset that September's deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, involved an al Qaeda affiliate, lawmakers said. Petraeus told the House of Representatives intelligence committee that "there were extremists in the group" that launched the initial attack on the diplomatic mission, describing them as affiliates of al Qaeda and other extremist groups, said Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the committee's top Democrat. "The fact is that he clarified it." Some Republicans have suggested that Obama and...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,November 16,2012

    11/16/2012 10:23:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 82 replies
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  • Exclusive: U.S. gave A123 $1 million as it filed bankruptcy

    11/16/2012 10:22:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Ayesha Rascoe
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration provided struggling battery maker A123 Systems Inc with nearly $1 million on the day it filed for bankruptcy, the company told lawmakers investigating its government grant. The company, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month after a rescue deal with Chinese auto parts supplier Wanxiang Group fell apart. That same day, October 16, A123 received a $946,830 payment as part of its $249 million clean energy grant from the Energy Department, the company said in a letter, obtained by Reuters, to Republican Senators John Thune and...
  • Explosion On West Cote Blanche Platform

    11/16/2012 10:22:12 AM PST · by Joe 6-pack · 5 replies
    KPEL 96.5 FM ^ | 11/16/12 | KPEL 96.5
    The U.S. Coast Guard says an explosion took place on a platfrom near West Cote Blanche around 9 a.m. today. Four people were put on medivac transport and taken out of the area, and are now hospitalized. Two people remain missing. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, did not immediately have information on the conditions of those taken to hospitals. Lally says two helicopters, an airplane and small boats were sent to the area. The Coast Guard has now confirmed that the fire is out on the platform. The production platform is owned by...
  • Petraeus testifies that CIA always suspected terrorists in Libya attack

    11/16/2012 10:13:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press
    Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers during private hearings Friday that he believed all along that the deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya was a terrorist strike, even though that wasn't how the Obama administration initially described it publicly. Petraeus told lawmakers that the CIA's draft talking points named specific terrorist groups. But Petraeus said some federal agency changed it to "extremists."
  • Is the head of the New York Times a liar (Not a Joke)

    11/16/2012 10:09:09 AM PST · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Spero News ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | William Donohue
    Is the head of the New York Times a liar/ Friday, November 16, 2012 By William Donohue Mark Thompson, the former BBC chief and current president of the New York Times Company, has said all along that he knew nothing about a spiked BBC exposé on BBC child rapist Jimmy Savile. Most astounding of all, on October 13, he said, “During my time as director general of the BBC, I never heard any allegations” about Jimmy Savile. As I wrote on October 26, “If this is true, it makes him a rare find for the Times: everyone else had at...
  • Fraud: CNN Uses Video Footage Of Faked Palestinian 'Injuries'

    11/16/2012 10:09:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/16/12 | staff
    Last night on CNN's 360 with Anderson Cooper, video footage was broadcast that purported to show injuries and victims of Israeli military operations in Gaza. The footage was exposed as fraudulent here on Breitbart News yesterday..
  • CBS: CIA talking points for Rice never mentioned terrorism

    11/16/2012 10:00:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:01 pm on November 15, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    It seems interesting this CBS scoop comes shortly before both the current and former directors of the CIA will testify as to what they know about the terrorist attack on our consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi.  Why, it’s almost as if someone at the White House or State Department wanted to follow up on Barack Obama’s defense of Susan Rice during yesterday’s press conference and pre-empt any potential fallout from whatever Mike Morell and David Petraeus have to say today and tomorrow.Naah.  I’m sure this is just another in the series of amazing coincidences regarding timing of revelations over...
  • Twinkie Party: The Loss of 18,000 Hostess Jobs Is All a Big Joke to ABC News

    11/16/2012 9:56:40 AM PST · by chessplayer · 114 replies
    The cast of Good Morning America on Friday treated the bankruptcy of Hostess and the loss of 18,500 jobs as a hilarious joke. Josh Elliott, George Stephanopoulos and others guffawed as they handed out Twinkies and ate them on set.
  • Dems, GOP spar over Petraeus testimony on Benghazi

    11/16/2012 9:53:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Stephanie Condon
    Former CIA Director David Petraeus gave closed door briefings to Congress today. After the hearing, Democrats and Republicans disputed whether Petraeus has been consistent in his testimony, and whether the CIA talking points on the attack were altered. "The original talking points prepared by the CIA were different than the final ones put out," Reb. King [said]. Originally, he said, they were "much more specific on al Qaeda involvement." Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., didn't agree with King's recollection of the Sept. 14 briefing. Ruppersberger told reporters after the hearing, "My recollection was ... [Petraeus said] it was the result of...
  • Banks may shrink for good as layoffs near 160,000

    11/16/2012 9:39:51 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Sarah White
    (Reuters) - Major banks have announced some 160,000 job cuts since early last year and with more layoffs to come as the industry restructures, many will leave the shrinking sector for good as redundancies outpace new hires by roughly two-to-one. A Reuters analysis of job cuts announced by 29 major banks showed the layoffs were much bigger in Europe than in Asia or the United States. That is a particular blow to Britain where the finance industry makes up roughly 10 percent of the economy. The tally of nearly 160,000 job cut plans, meanwhile, is likely to be a conservative...
  • Update On Obamacare Exchanges: GOP Govs Kasich, Pence and Walker Get It Right

    11/16/2012 9:36:55 AM PST · by inkling · 17 replies
    HughHewitt.com ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    Very good news on the Obamacare front as three more states seem likely to refuse to open a state-run "health insurance exchange," thus leaving it to the feds to operate the "exchange" in their state --Ohio, Indiana and probably Wisconsin.  They join Texas, Florida, Alaska, and probably Michigan, and among the big states, only Pennsylvania and New Jersey have yet to decide, and hopefully they will study the issue and follow the lead of these governors, as should Arizona's Jan Brewer, who is being urged by big insurance forces in her state to take the poison.  It looks like the...
  • Businessman: Jill Kelley Asked For $80M, Bragged of Petraeus Connection [The Korean Deal]

    11/16/2012 9:34:20 AM PST · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2012 | BRIAN ROSS
    Businessman: Jill Kelley Asked For $80M, Bragged of Petraeus Connection By BRIAN ROSS | ABC News A New York businessman who discussed a multi-billion-dollar Korean business deal with Jill Kelley said the Tampa woman at the center of the Petraeus scandal told him Gen. Petraeus had arranged for her to become an honorary consul for South Korea and promote free trade, and then asked him for $80 million to complete the deal. "Ms. Kelley made it clear to me that General Petraeus put her in this position, and that's why she was able to have access to such senior levels...
  • Hostess bankruptcy: Twinkies-maker Hostess Brands to go into liquidation, files for bankruptcy

    11/16/2012 9:33:44 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 32 replies
    wptv.com ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | James O'Toole
    UPDATE: Twinkies-maker Hostess Brands says it has asked court to allow it to close its business and sell its iconic brands. PREVIOUS STORY: NEW YORK -- Is this the end for Twinkies? Hostess Brands said Wednesday that it will go into liquidation unless bakers striking in protest against a new contract imposed in bankruptcy court return to work by the end of the day Thursday. "We simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike," Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn said in a statement. The liquidation would result in Hostess' nearly 18,000 workers losing their jobs. The...
  • Once Again, Let's Not Increase the Debt Ceiling

    11/16/2012 9:24:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/16/2012 | Jeffrey L. Scribner
    Are our politicians all gutless wonders? Almost two years ago, I suggested that the Congress not increase the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling was increased. No budgets were adopted. Spending continued. As of November 9, 2012 (this writing), the debt now stands at $16,245,318,820,569.34. Worse yet, the debt and the prospect of more of it is weighing down the economy. GDP growth remains very low, and consequently, federal government revenues are also lagging. The recent presidential election suggests that we will see more of the same. The Speaker of the House has proposed an extension of the current tax rates...
  • Concealed gun charge against ODU student dismissed(VA)

    11/16/2012 9:22:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    hamptonroads.com ^ | 16 November, 2012 | Patrick Wilson
    Misdemeanor charges of possessing a concealed handgun and an open container of alcohol in a vehicle against an Old Dominion University student were dropped in court. The charges against Te Edwards, 22, were dismissed Nov. 2, court records show. The charges stemmed from an investigation Aug. 4 near the 7-Eleven at 4720 Hampton Blvd. when police stopped the occupants of a vehicle and questioned them. Edwards said he had a loaded handgun in the glovebox. A change in Virginia law approved by the General Assembly in 2010 allows guns to be secured in a vehicle's glove box or in a...
  • Coast Guard: 4 injured, 2 missing in oil rig fire in Gulf

    11/16/2012 9:17:39 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    VENICE (AP) — Coast Guard officials said an oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, sending four people to hospitals Friday. Two were believed to be missing. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, did not immediately have information on the conditions of those taken to hospitals.
  • Leaders call fiscal-cliff talks 'constructive'

    11/16/2012 9:10:03 AM PST · by illiac · 16 replies
    MarketWtach ^ | 11/16/12 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Congressional leaders emerging from a White House meeting to avert the fiscal cliff labeled the discussions "constructive." House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said they should have a goal to avert the cliff by Christmas, while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner both said Republicans were willing to put revenue on the table to reach a deal.
  • Compassionate Conservatism Redux (Bush 43 got the votes to prove it. Was he on to something?)

    11/16/2012 9:09:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/16/2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the Right was largely a “leave me alone coalition”: religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The foreign-policy battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned...
  • Dozen House women defend Rice over Libya comments

    11/16/2012 9:08:47 AM PST · by NCjim · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2012
    A dozen female members of the House staunchly defended U.N. ambassador Susan Rice against Republican criticism over her remarks on the deadly Sept. 11 Libya attack, suggesting the GOP lawmakers' comments were racist and sexist. "It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities," Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the next chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told reporters Friday at a Capitol Hill news conference. Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham earlier this week called Rice untrustworthy and unqualified to be the nation's top diplomat if President Barack Obama chooses her to succeed...
  • Connecticut’s Fiscal Mess. Democrats hid details of the ugly fiscal picture until after election.

    11/16/2012 9:06:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/16/2012 | Jillian Kay Melchor
    As Congress considers massive tax hikes to fix the U.S. deficit, the state of Connecticut is worth a look. There, a similar strategy is failing epically. Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget chief told the state legislature on Wednesday that Connecticut was facing a $365 million deficit for this fiscal year. That’s nearly twice as big as the $205 million estimate released last week by the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Policy and Management. And it’s more than six times what Governor Malloy, a Democrat, had estimated before the election. If you think that discrepancy is suspicious, you’re not...
  • Our National Malinvestment In President Obama Will Bring Painful Consequences

    11/16/2012 8:59:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/16/2012 | Mark Spitznagel
    The choice for the status quo made in last week’s presidential election was an uninformed one—at no fault of the voters—made in the fog of monetary distortion and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s continuous campaign of disinformation. President Barack Obama managed to overtake Republican challenger Mitt Romney on the exit poll question “Who is better for the economy?” and a strong majority of Obama voters felt that the economy is better off than four years ago. Indeed, anyone (particularly Bernanke) would concede that without the Fed’s zero interest rate policy we would be experiencing a far worse economy—the true Obama-Keynesian...
  • It’s ‘National Papa John’s Appreciation Day’

    11/16/2012 8:29:19 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 32 replies
    BEARINGDRIFT ^ | 11/16/12 | Lynn R. Mitchell
    Pizza. It’s what’s for lunch (or dinner) today, at least for many Americans who will support Papa John’s pizza chain to counter liberal calls to boycott the business. “National Papa John’s Appreciation Day” has been declared with a Facebook page as word has spread after liberals took offense to founder and owner John Schnatter’s remarks concerning Obamacare and its affect on his business. From Fox News: Daniel Wetter is just 16 years old, but his plan to support pizza chain Papa John’s amid a backlash of liberal criticism is no pie-in-the-sky idea. Wetter is part of an upstart group called...
  • The Tax Tango

    11/16/2012 8:47:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | November 15, 2012
    John Boehner isn’t selling out conservatives on taxes. All he has done is reiterate that Republicans are open to a tax-reform deal that generates extra revenues, so long as the entitlements that are driving our long-term debt explosion are also addressed. He has also said that this reform should not raise marginal tax rates, and should indeed lower them. A deal along those lines might be worth supporting, depending on the details. The White House is, however, insisting that the top tax rates have to go up as scheduled under the law — and that even more taxes should be...
  • D.C. principal accused in parking lot beat-down

    11/16/2012 8:29:25 AM PST · by twister881 · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 15, 2012 | Scott McCabe
    The principal of a District high school and two staff members have been accused of beating up a former co-worker after a homecoming football game. Thelma Jarrett, principal of Calvin Coolidge High School in Northwest Washington, surrendered to D.C. police Thursday morning on a warrant charge of simple assault. Jarrett and two other women, Donna Pixley, 52, and Bridgette V. Stevens, 42, are accused of hitting and kicking a former employee in a parking lot outside the high school football stadium in Northwest on Nov. 2. The victim, Rashida King-Hicks, told D.C. police she heard Jarrett say, "Get her, bitch!"...
  • Gaza conflict: Militant rocket targets Jerusalem

    11/16/2012 8:25:54 AM PST · by upchuck · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012
    Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip have launched a rocket on Jerusalem - the first time the holy city has been targeted from Gaza. Israel Army radio said the missile landed just outside the city - and there are no reported casualties. An earlier missile targeted Tel Aviv. It comes amid mounting violence, following Israel's killing of Hamas's military chief on Wednesday. Egypt's leader has vowed to back Gaza in the face of "blatant aggression". Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich told the BBC's Ben Brown, in Ashkelon: "We are here to defend our country" Twenty Palestinians and three Israelis have been...
  • Freep Poll for AG Ken Cuccinelli for VA Governor

    11/16/2012 8:18:19 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 8 replies
    http://bearingdrift.com/ ^ | 11/16/2012 | Bearing Drift Poll
    Bearing Drift: Virginia's Conservative Voice
  • Twinkie Maker Hostess to Close

    11/16/2012 8:17:04 AM PST · by radar101 · 55 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 16, 2012, | RACHEL FEINTZEIG
    Hostess Brands is seeking to liquidate. Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of iconic treats such as Twinkies and traditional pantry staple Wonder Bread, said Friday it is shuttering its plants and firing about 18,000 workers as it seeks to liquidate the 82-year-old business. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 in January, said it has requested bankruptcy-court authorization to close the business and sell its assets. A victim of changing consumer tastes, high commodity costs and, most importantly, strained labor relations, Hostess ultimately was brought to its knees by a national strike orchestrated by its second-largest union. The work stoppage,...