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  • Networks Blame Congress, Not Obama, for Fiscal Cliff

    11/16/2012 5:14:37 PM PST · by chessplayer · 17 replies
    BMI Assistant Editor Julia Seymour appeared on "Your World" with Neil Cavuto to discuss the media's coverage of the Fiscal Cliff on November 15. Seymour cited a BMI study which found that the three major networks blamed Congress 16 more times than they blamed President Obama for the approaching Fiscal Cliff. Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mike-ciandella/2012/11/16/bmis-julia-seymour-fnc-networks-blame-congress-not-obama-fiscal-clif#ixzz2CRCrTZ29 BMI Assistant Editor Julia Seymour appeared on "Your World" with Neil Cavuto to discuss the media's coverage of the Fiscal Cliff on November 15. Seymour cited a BMI study which found that the three major networks blamed Congress 16 more times than they blamed President Obama...
  • Cardinal Dolan: Catholic Church will ‘not obey’ immoral HHS mandate

    11/16/2012 2:51:21 PM PST · by NYer · 56 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 16, 2012 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Cardinal Dolan. BALTIMORE, November 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The head of America’s Catholic bishops’ conference declared Tuesday that the Catholic Church will “not obey” the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, a policy he classified as “immoral.” The mandate, which takes effect in eight months, forces employers to cover sterilizations, contraception, and abortifacient medications. Although churches themselves are exempt the mandate applies to religiously affiliated institutions such as hospitals, colleges, charities, and social service agencies. Asked if the Church is prepared to close its hospitals and other agencies, or instead pay the exorbitant fines levied for non-compliance, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New...
  • Obama commends Egyptian efforts on Israel-Gaza: White House

    11/16/2012 5:11:43 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 16, 2012
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Friday to commend the country's efforts to help calm the situation in Israel and Gaza and underscored his hope of restoring stability there, the White House said.
  • 300+ Uncounted Ballots in Allen West Race Found in Office of St. Lucie Election Supervisor

    11/16/2012 5:04:03 PM PST · by kristinn · 169 replies
    The Palm Beach Post via Twitter ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | George Bennett
    At least 304 uncounted ballots appear in St. Lucie County. From PBP article before the ballots were found:At least 304 ballots from the early vote totals may be missing, a state elections official said. A lawyer for St. Lucie Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker said the missing ballots are believed to be in a box in her office, but she has been out of the office all day. She has been undergoing tests at the hospital, her lawyer said.
  • Taliban Reveal Identities of Their Mailing List Members

    11/16/2012 4:58:34 PM PST · by IndispensableDestiny · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | MUHAMMAD LILA
    In a Dilbert-esque faux pax, a Taliban spokesperson sent out a routine email last week with one notable difference.He publicly CC'd the names of everyone on his mailing list. The names were disclosed in an email by Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, an official Taliban spokesperson, on Saturday. The email was a press release he received from the account of Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesperson. Ahmedi then forwarded Mujahid's email to the full Taliban mailing list, but rather than using the BCC function, or blind carbon copy which keeps email addresses private, Ahmedi made the addresses public.
  • Ted Cruz: Mitt Romney ‘French-kissed’ Barack Obama

    11/16/2012 4:44:24 PM PST · by Arthurio · 68 replies
    By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 11/16/12 4:38 PM EST Sen.-elect Ted Cruz believes Mitt Romney got a little too close to Barack Obama in the third presidential debate. “I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama,” Cruz said in a speech at the Federalist Society’s annual conference Friday. Cruz said that conservatives failed to make their case to the American people, leaving Romney no choice but to move toward the president. “We didn’t win the argument, we didn’t even make the argument” throughout much of 2012, Cruz said. But in the first debate, he argued, that changed. “It was the...
  • Regulators R Us: Feds Crank Up Regulations — on Everything

    Get set for the Obama administration’s post-election tsunami of business-killing, job-killing, economy-killing federal regulations. It’s already begun. Take a look at www.regulations.gov, the administration’s regulatory website. The home page informs us that in the last 90 days, the administration has posted 5,934 new regulations. Yes, our federal bureaucrats have been very diligent. The above-mentioned website informs us of their daily productivity of regulations over the past 90 days: Today (121) Last 3 Days (274) Last 7 Days (371) Last 15 Days (826) Last 30 Days (1,915) Last 90 Days (5,934) How will these regulations affect you, your family, your job,...
  • House Dems Call McCain Racist, Sexist and Say He 'Battered' Susan Rice

    11/16/2012 4:37:57 PM PST · by chessplayer · 72 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Several House Democrats on Friday attacked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) as a racist, a sexist, and said that his criticism of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice amounted to mugging and battering. “There is a clear, a clear in my opinion, sexism and racism that goes with these comments that are being made by – unfortunately – Senator McCain and others,” Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Rep. Marsha Fudge (D-Ohio.) said in a press conference Friday on Capitol Hill. During the same press conference, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) said that McCain and other “men” should not be...
  • 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
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  • 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...
  • Advice to the GOP: Fold [The Case For Letting Obamugabe Own It All]

    11/16/2012 1:28:01 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/16/12 | Jeffrey Anderson
    First off, it’s not a “fiscal cliff.” What we’re slated to hit as of New Year’s Day, as the Wall Street Journal notes, is a tax cliff. Our fiscal cliff, which drops off into a far deeper canyon, is what looms because of our $16,000,000,000,000 debt and the runaway entitlement spending that fuels it — Medicare, Medicaid, (and now) Obamacare. In truth, the debt deal passed in the summer of 2011 — which the press now says we must scrap if we are to avoid the “fiscal cliff” — was designed to postpone our going over the (actual) fiscal cliff....
  • Japan's PM Dissolves Parliament

    11/16/2012 1:25:33 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 11/16/2012 | Steve Herman
    Japan's prime minister Friday dissolved the Lower House of the Diet (Parliament), compelling a national election. This comes as Japan teeters on a return to recession and amid increased tensions between Japan and its neighbors. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has set parliamentary elections for December 16 - a move that comes despite the objection of many members of his own party. They fear what opinion polls overwhelmingly predict: the Democratic Party of Japan in power for the last three years is now in disarray and likely will lose the election. An opinion poll taken Wednesday, before Noda announced he would...
  • Wal-Mart files U.S. labor charge against union

    11/16/2012 1:20:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Jessica Wohl
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc is taking its first legal step to stop months of protests and rallies outside Walmart stores, targeting the union that it says is behind such actions. Wal-Mart filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW, asking the National Labor Relations Board to halt what the retailer says are unlawful attempts to disrupt its business. The move comes just a week before what is expected to be the largest organized action against the world's largest retailer, as a small group of Walmart workers prepare to strike on Black Friday,...
  • Rasmussen: 54% now call themselves pro-choice, 38% pro-life

    11/16/2012 1:14:40 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 15, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Wait a sec, you say. Didn’t Gallup find just six months ago that the number who describe themselves as “pro-choice” was at a record low? Indeed they did.But as the saying goes, my friends: Elections have consequences.More voters than ever now identify themselves as pro-choice when it comes to abortion, and most rate the issue as important to how they vote.The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that 54% describe themselves as pro-choice on the issue of abortion, while 38% say they are pro-life.Let’s look at trends on abortion in a few recent polls. This...
  • 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.