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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 · 64 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...