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  • Tony Blair's father Leo dies at the age of 89

    11/16/2012 4:34:52 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 16, 2012
    Leo Blair, the father of the former Labour prime minister Tony Blair, has died at the age of 89 Mr Blair was an academic whose jobs included lecturing in law at the Universities of Adelaide and Durham.
  • Fatal Yakima gang shooting draws 94-year sentence

    11/16/2012 4:28:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | November 16, 2012 | Chris Bristol
    YAKIMA, Wash. — A 19-year-old gang member from Yakima was sentenced to nearly 94 years in prison today for a 2010 shooting that claimed the life of a 15-year-old gang rival.Erik R. Carrasco’s sentence of 1,126 months works out to 93 years and 10 months. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Michael McCarthy issued the sentence, which includes more than 33 years in firearms enhancements and gang aggravators.“You would have to be the oldest man in the world to ever get out, and that’s appropriate given your mind-set,” McCarthy told the defendant, who remained silent. “You are dangerous.”A jury earlier this...
  • Two More Stimulus-Backed Solar Companies Announce Layoffs

    11/16/2012 4:13:56 PM PST · by knak · 7 replies
    heritage ^ | 11/16/12 | markay
    A pair of foreign-owned solar companies that benefited from a combined $84 million in Energy Department tax credits have announced they will lay off employees. One of the companies, German-owned SolarWorld, was integral in the fight for tariffs against the importation of Chinese photovoltaic solar panels. The other, Chinese company SunTech, blamed those tariffs for its own layoffs. Both companies benefited from the Energy Department’s stimulus-funded Advanced Energy Manufacturing (48C) Tax Credit. The 48C credit is worth up to 30% of the cost of manufacturing qualifying green energy projects. SolarWorld received a credit worth $82 million, while SunTech’s was worth...
  • Petition wants Obama to save Twinkies

    11/16/2012 4:09:33 PM PST · by Belteshazzar · 36 replies
    politico.com ^ | 11/16/2012 | Byron Tau
    A new White House petition wants President Obama to nationalize the "Twinkie industry," saving the popular junk food from possible extinction. "We the undersigned, hereby request Barack Obama to immediately Nationalize the Twinkie industry and prevent our nation from losing her sweet creamy center," a petition on the White House "We the People" website requests ...
  • Bible Publisher Wins Stay of Obama Contraceptive Mandate

    11/16/2012 4:09:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | November 16, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Bible Publisher Wins Stay of Obama Contraceptive Mandate By Stephen Dinan - November 16, 2012 A federal court on Friday said a Bible publisher doesn't have to offer health insurance coverage for contraceptives if it has moral objections, blocking the Obama administration from imposing its contraceptive care mandate on the business for now. Judge Reggie B. Walton said the Obama administration's contraceptive coverage mandate puts companies that companies such as Illinois-based Tyndale House Publishers in an "untenable position" — either violate their beliefs, or face major penalties for failing to comply. Tyndale House Publishers Inc., a Christian publishing company, said...
  • Man demoted for Facebook comments wins case (Christian had posted opposing view on gay marriage)

    11/16/2012 4:07:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/16/12 | AP
    LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court ruled Friday that a Christian was unfairly demoted for posting his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook. Adrian Smith was stripped of his management position with the Trafford Housing Trust in northwest England and had his salary cut by 40 percent after posting that gay weddings in churches were "an equality too far." The trust said Smith broke its code of conduct by expressing religious or political views that might upset co-workers. But High Court judge Michael Briggs ruled Friday that Smith had been "taken to task for doing nothing wrong" and found his...
  • The NO Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,November 16, 2012

    11/16/2012 3:18:35 PM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | November 16,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Tom McClintock: Sequestration is the only way to cut spending

    11/16/2012 3:07:59 PM PST · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    While most of official Washington is panicking over the prospect of budget sequestration set to kick in on Jan. 1, one congressman says the fiscal trigger is the best prospect the country currently has for getting spending under control. “Sequestration’s the only hope we have to get spending under control,” Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), who sits on the House Budget Committee, told Human Events this week. “I would like to see adjustments made within the sequestration levels to reduce the cuts to defense spending, spending. But it’s the only chance we have to avoid a sovereign debt crisis.”
  • Exclusive: Kerry Says UBL Tape Cost Him Election (American voters acted out of fear)

    11/16/2012 2:59:55 PM PST · by Arthurio · 34 replies
    Fox ^ | November 21, 2004
    John Kerry (search) believes he lost to President Bush because of the video from Usama bin Laden (search) that surfaced just days before the Nov. 2 presidential election. The Massachusetts senator told FOX News' senior correspondent Geraldo Rivera that he believes he lost because the tape may have scared the American electorate. -snip- Kerry went on saying the Bush administration is planning "a right wing assault on values and ideals we hold most deeply" and that diverse opinions are being "eliminated" from the State Department and CIA with the personnel reshuffling, and the Bush Cabinet is being remade to "rubber...
  • David Petraeus: Benghazi attack 'was terror strike' [lax security]

    11/16/2012 2:53:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | November 16, 2012
    ...Congressional officials familiar with the briefings told the Associated Press that Gen Petraeus testified that security at the consulate was so lax that the attackers walked in and set fire to the facility. Security at the CIA annex was much better, the AP reported, but the attackers had arms and broke in. Republicans were also critical of the Obama administration's handling of security situation. Florida Senator Marco Rubio said Gen Petraeus testimony showed that "clearly the security measures were inadequate despite an overwhelming and growing amount of information that showed the area in Benghazi was dangerous, particularly on the night...
  • Rep. West vows to keep fighting for partial recount after judge denies request

    11/16/2012 2:50:48 PM PST · by Ron C. · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    Republican Rep. Allen West vowed Friday to keep fighting for a partial recount in his re-election race, after a Florida judge denied his request to revisit the count that showed Democrat Patrick Murphy winning. Attorneys for the Tea Party-backed Florida congressman, who was elected in the 2010 Republican wave, argued that all 37,000 ballots cast during early voting in St. Lucie County should be recounted. But after a judge turned him down, West blasted Murphy's "army of lawyers" and made clear he was not conceding the race. "While we respect the court's decision, we remain concerned the voters in St....
  • Former Hostess workers in Rocky Mount 'relieved' at plant closing (Can't get much dumber)

    11/16/2012 2:14:27 PM PST · by tobyhill · 249 replies
    NBC 17 ^ | 11/16/2012 | JUSTIN QUESINBERRY
    Several former workers at a Hostess Brands plant in Rocky Mount said Friday they were relieved after the company filed for bankruptcy, seeking to close its operations. The closings will mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs overall. “They’ve been holding this over our head for a long time and now it’s here,” said Lamont Phillips, an oven operator and the president of the local union. “They had to do it. “I don’t have to deal with that anymore. The things that they were trying to do to us, it wasn’t fair. “They always hold that over our heads, that...
  • Medical giant Stryker cuts 1,170 jobs, citing ObamaCare

    11/16/2012 2:08:04 PM PST · by Arthurio · 21 replies
    Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan. The company will cut 1,170 jobs, or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Medical tech scion Jon Stryker, whose net worth is currently estimated at $1.2 billion, contributed $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC and has given $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the...
  • Obama and Erdogan: Gaza violence hurts Mideast peace hopes

    11/16/2012 2:06:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | November 16, 2012
    US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed concern Friday that renewed violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip would damage the Middle East peace process. "The two leaders shared their concerns about the dangers to civilian populations on both sides and expressed their common desire to see an end to the violence," the White House said, after Obama called the Turkish leader. The White House had previously made it clear that it blames the Islamist movement Hamas for the latest round of fighting, urging it to halt the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip...
  • Atheist group at Dartmouth plans anti Mother Teresa event

    11/16/2012 1:55:51 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 23 replies
    An atheist group at Dartmouth College is planning an event aimed at skewering the reputation of the late Mother Teresa. The Atheists Humanists Agnostics (AHA) club sent out a campus-wide e-mail announcing the program on Tuesday and promising a “full-out romp against why one of the most beloved people of the century, Mother Teresa, is as Hitchens put it… ‘a lying, thieving Albanian dwarf.’”
  • Univ of CA student gov accuses Israel of ‘institutionalized violence’ & ‘human rights abuse’

    11/16/2012 1:53:52 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 25 replies
    Cheers erupted Tuesday evening at the University of California Irvine (UCI) as the school’s student senate passed a resolution, 16-0, accusing Israel of “human rights abuse and institutionalized structural violence against the Palestinian people.” The resolution was passed just hours before Israeli warplanes began an air offensive on Wednesday against Hamas terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza strip in retribution for sustained attacks rocket attacks on Israeli civilian populations.
  • The time-bomb at the heart of Europe. Why France could become the biggest danger to the Euro.

    11/16/2012 1:47:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Economist ^ | 11/16/2012
    THE threat of the euro’s collapse has abated for the moment, but putting the single currency right will involve years of pain. The pressure for reform and budget cuts is fiercest in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy, which all saw mass strikes and clashes with police this week (see article). But ahead looms a bigger problem that could dwarf any of these: France. The country has always been at the heart of the euro, as of the European Union. President François Mitterrand argued for the single currency because he hoped to bolster French influence in an EU that would otherwise...
  • Barbara Bush: "People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly."

    11/16/2012 1:47:52 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 103 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/15/2012 | Melanie Warner
    (Reuters) - Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush said on Thursday that she's ready to move beyond this year's campaign season, in comments that came at an Austin conference the week after President Barack Obama's re-election. "I'm tired now of the elections," Bush, who had endorsed Republican Mitt Romney, said at a forum on America's first ladies. "People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly."
  • Bipartisan group of senators looking for a meeting with Obama on Keystone pipeline (Good Luck Folks)

    11/16/2012 1:42:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/16/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    I've wondered before about how this new, more "flexible" second-term Obama is going to approach climate change, energy policy, and environmental issues --- I remain unconvinced that "all of the above" was anything more than a rhetorical stalling tactic. I'm betting that we're going to see President Obama's more zealous nature re-reveal itself --- and the Keystone XL pipeline battle that the administration left unresolved before the election is likely to force the issue pretty quick here.Environmentalists (who long ago determined that the pipeline proposal warranted their especial fanatical attention) are planning demonstrations in DC next week to ask the...
  • How Karl Rove, Inc. wasted conservative donors’ $300 million

    11/16/2012 1:31:21 PM PST · by lward99 · 57 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 11/15/12 | Larry Ward & Carter Clews
    Oddly enough, perhaps the biggest loser in last week’s Republican debacle wasn’t even on the ballot. He didn’t shake a single hand, nuzzle the napes of any newborn babes or promise eager voters pie in the sky or peace on Earth. His name was Karl Rove. And all he actually did was squander a staggering $300 million by backing candidates who turned winnable races into laughable routs, producing tepid ads transforming would-be zealots into couch potatoes and firmly establishing himself as the political world’s pre-eminent empty-suit analyst. Perhaps even worse, he set himself up as the clearinghouse for wealthy conservative...