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  • Obama Stabbing Israel in the Back Behind the Scenes

    11/17/2012 9:53:12 PM PST · by Qbert · 32 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The trajectory of conflicts like these are fairly clear. Israel bombs some terrorist targets and then launches a ground incursion into Gaza to suppress terrorist activities. But the Obama Administration is already working against a ground offensive behind the scenes, as a New York Times report mentions. Obama supposedly called Netanyahu to discuss options for “de-escalating” the situation, but all those options are going to involve signing on to another meaningless cease fire while Hamas continues carrying out attacks, on and off. Netanyahu has made calling off a ground operation contingent on an end to rocket attacks. Which Obama isn’t...
  • WORLD LEADERS BEGIN TO CRAFT CEASE-FIRE AS ROCKETS CONTINUE TO FLY OVER ISRAEL, GAZA

    11/17/2012 9:38:34 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 49 replies
    The Jerusalem Post is reporting that world leaders are beginning to fly into the Middle East in an effort to halt the violence that exploded last week between Gaza and Israel, and those that can’t fly in are weighing in remotely. Egypt, Turkey, and Qatar are already working on an agreement, according to reports, and now UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon and various European leaders are beginning to lend their voices to the endeavor, as well.
  • PA State Universities Face First-Ever Faculty Strike

    11/17/2012 9:33:30 PM PST · by chessplayer · 38 replies
    Faculty at fourteen Pennsylvania state universities voted Friday to authorize a strike if contract negotiations fail to reach an agreement in coming weeks. No one is on strike yet, but professors and coaches voted overwhelmingly that the union should be allowed to call one if progress is not made. Of the 6,000 ballots cast, 95 percent voted to authorize a walkout.
  • Chris Christie on SNL Now

    11/17/2012 9:28:44 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 65 replies
    Joling with weekend news guy. Guess they like him now that he helped Obama.
  • Police stationed along Texas border fight endless battle against drug trafficking

    11/17/2012 9:23:50 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    NBC33 TV ^ | November 17, 2012 | Robert Arnold
    Police stationed along Texas border fight endless battle against drug trafficking and human smuggling: NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Brooks County, Texas is a less than five-hour drive from Houston, but the rural community of just over 7,200 people is facing an overwhelming amount of crime. High-speed chases, smugglers and a rising body count has become a fact of life in a county made up largely of ranchers and farmers. "We have a lot to contend with," said Brooks County Chief Deputy Urbino Martinez. "It takes a toll." Houston's connection to this rise in crime can be clearly seen in the...
  • Claim: EPA Head Used Secret Email to Hide Documents

    11/17/2012 9:18:41 PM PST · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    The House Science Committee is investigating whether Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson used the secret email alias "Richard Windsor" to hide internal communications from government watchdogs—an action that may violate open-records laws.
  • Sheehan announces bid for Albany Mayor

    11/17/2012 8:50:38 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 11 replies
    Timesunion ^ | November 17, 2012 | Kristen V. Brown
    ALBANY — City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan has officially announced her candidacy in next year's mayoral race. Sheehan, 48, who was elected treasurer in 2009, had long dropped hints about a planned mayoral run. On Saturday afternoon, in front of Washington Park's Moses Statue, the Democrat made it official. "Let's face it: There is only one office in Albany that can deliver the changes many of us want," Sheehan said. "I am here to announce that I am running for mayor." Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Sheehan-to-make-a-run-for-mayor-4046442.php#ixzz2CXwLxZ3I
  • Nasrallah: Israeli Ground Assault on Gaza is 'Stupid'

    11/17/2012 8:37:41 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/18/2012 | Elad Benari
    Hizbullah’s leader said on Saturday that any attempt by Israeli forces to launch a ground assault against Hamas in Gaza would be a miscalculated step. “The Israelis will commit a stupid mistake if they decide to launch a ground operation against Gaza,” Hassan Nasrallah said during a live speech on Saturday, according to a report in NOW Lebanon. “The resistance in Gaza has acquired power, determination, and planning capabilities and has filled [strategic] gaps,” he claimed. Nasrallah also said that firepower possessed by Hamas terrorists was putting Israelis increasingly on edge.
  • Like ABC, The Snobs at NPR Laugh At Shutdown of Hostess

    11/17/2012 8:08:59 PM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    On Friday, Scott Whitlock reported ABC's Good Morning America reported the morning show milked the 18,000 jobs lost in the shutdown of Hostess for laughs. The same laughing at pink slips occurred Saturday on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. Players were given a question after NPR newscaster Karl Kasell asked in a low growl "Where are you, you spongy yellow delicious bastards?" Host Peter Sagal explained Kasell was delivering a Woody Harrelson line about Twinkies from the movie Zombieland. After a contestant answered that it was Hostess that shut down this week, Sagal started the...
  • ALLEN WEST RECOUNT - Counting has STOPPED for the night. Not completed. To resume tomorrow morning.

    11/17/2012 8:04:49 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 29 replies
    FACEBOOK ^ | 11/17/12 | Allen West Republic
    Per FACEBOOK, the latest on the Allen West recount. For not stated reason, the recount is now shutting down for the night and set to begin tomorrow at 8 am. The recount deadline is tomorrow at noon. If anyone has any updates, please post them here.
  • Ted Cruz: “I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama”

    11/17/2012 7:28:15 PM PST · by Bratch · 44 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | November 17 2012 | Doug Brady
    Heh. Too funny to pass up, and sadly apt given the Mittster’s “the president exudes an air of likability and friendliness, which is endearing” nonsense. 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 one time we actually contested ideas, presented two viewpoints  and directions for the country,” he said. “And then inevitably, there are these  mandarins of politics, who...
  • Iraq Kurds put security forces on high alert

    11/17/2012 6:59:13 PM PST · by combat_boots · 12 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 11/18/2012 | staff
    ARBIL, Iraq – The president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region has ordered its peshmerga security forces on high alert, a statement issued on Saturday said, attributing the move to clashes with central government forces. An Iraqi general however said that the clashes in question came during an arrest attempt and did not involve the peshmerga. Tensions between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq have been running high after the establishment of a new military command covering disputed territory, and over various other long-running disputes. Kurdistan president Massud Barzani called “on the peshmerga forces to exercise restraint in the...
  • Mexican druglords strike gold in coal

    11/17/2012 6:55:48 PM PST · by combat_boots · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | 11/17/2012 | By Pierre-Marc Rene (AFP)
    AGUJITA, Mexico — They may be known for flashy cars and state of the art weaponry, but Mexican druglords have found an earthy new source of wealth: dirty old coal. They are mining it themselves in a coal-rich area along the US border or buying it from small mine operators, then reselling it to a state-owned company at fabulous margins that can see them make a profit 30 times greater than their initial investment. Along the way, besides the earth's black bounty, the druglords are seeking to reap credibility as legitimate business people. First word of the Zetas drug cartel's...
  • Amnesty won’t magically make Hispanics more Republican

    11/17/2012 6:55:11 PM PST · by chessplayer · 38 replies
    Mitt Romney was one amnesty for illegal immigrants away from becoming president of the United States. That, in essence, is the conventional wisdom following an election in which the Republican presidential candidate lost the Hispanic vote by an eye-popping 71 percent to 27 percent margin. MSNBC political analyst Chuck Todd predicted last week that “immigration reform” will get “80 to 90 votes” in the U.S. Senate after the GOP’s great Latino lashing of 2012.
  • Will Twinkies be reborn through new Mexican ownership?

    11/17/2012 6:17:19 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 151 replies
    NBCLatino ^ | November17, 2012 | Adrian Carrasquillo
    Next week may be Black Friday but sweets lovers across the nation hung their heads in sorrow on a dark Friday yesterday as Hostess announced they would cease making their line of products, which include the iconic Twinkies brand, because of the Bakers Union Strike. But now as the brand heads towards liquidating and selling off their assets, a Mexican company may be angling to resurrect the golden Twinkies. According to the Christian Science Monitor, while food producers ConAgra and Flowers Food, the American company behind Nature Valley granola, have expressed interest along with Little Debbie baker McKee Foods, MexicoÂ’s...
  • Militant Muslims Cutting Out Tongues

    11/17/2012 6:04:00 PM PST · by combat_boots · 30 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/12/2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Why so much violence against the tongue? As the Sheikh of Islam himself: Ibn Tamiyyah, once wrote, "Waging war verbally against Islam might be worse than waging war against it physically." A professor of Islamic exegesis at Cairo's preeminent Islamic university, Al Ahzar, Dr. Abdullah Badr, recently proclaimed on Egyptian television that a new day has arrived: apparently from now on, there will be absolutely no more toleration for anyone who speaks against Islam—including people who speak against the implementation of Sharia law and its seventh century punishments. Badr is currently on trial for possibly libeling and defaming a female...
  • Cloud lifts over young immigrants seeking legal status, but concerns remain

    11/17/2012 5:40:15 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury Newsmercurynews.com ^ | 11/17/2012 | Matt O'Brien
    The force field protecting Jirayut Latthivongskorn comes from a glossy, federally issued work permit that wards off deportation and lets him get a job, overcoming the legal barriers that have long clouded his ambitions and shadowed his life. Mailed to homes in fast-growing numbers, the cards are changing the lives of about 300,000 young immigrants, a quarter of them from California, who took a leap of faith this fall by revealing their presence to the U.S. government. Latthivongskorn's plastic card, with its 2014 expiration date etched between his fingerprint and photograph, symbolizes what he calls his "two-year lease on life...
  • TSA Unionized – Americans Screwed

    11/17/2012 4:44:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 11-17-12 | Tim Brown
    On November 9, 2012 the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) issued a press release indicating that “Workers at the Transportation Security Administration made history today when they voted to ratify the first-ever collective bargaining agreement at the agency. The agreement between the American Federation of Government Employees and TSA was ratified with a vote of 17,326-1,774.” The AFGE represents over 650,000 employees of the federal government. It is the largest union for non-postal federal employees and the largest union for D.C. workers who report directly to the mayor. Brian Koenig writes that the AFGE “coerces members to fork over...
  • New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez [Republican] Criticizes Mitt Romney Comments, Maps Way Forward

    11/17/2012 4:43:45 PM PST · by zeestephen · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 November 2012 | James Hohmann
    "We have to start electing people who look like their communities..."
  • Intel officials unable to say who changed CIA talking points on Libya, lawmaker says

    11/17/2012 4:30:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 79 replies
    Foxnews ^ | November 16, 2012 | Fox News' Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.
    Former CIA Director David Petraeus stoked the controversy over the Obama administration's handling of the Libya terror attack, testifying Friday that references to "Al Qaeda involvement" were stripped from his agency's original talking points -- while other intelligence officials were unable to say who changed the memo, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed.  Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News that intelligence officials who testified in a closed-door hearing a day earlier, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting CIA Director Mike Morell, said they did not know who changed the talking points. He said they...
  • IDF Videos Disprove Hamas Propaganda

    11/17/2012 4:16:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/11/12 | Elad Benari
    As the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza continues, Hamas has made several totally false claims about damages it has supposedly done to Israeli cities and soldiers. This is done in order to give the public in Gaza a false image as though Hamas is defeating Israel. In response, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has put together and distributed several videos which present the truth and disproves the Hamas lies. Among other claims, Hamas said its missiles directly hit Tel Aviv. In fact, despite sirens having been sounded in Tel Aviv in recent days, there were no direct hits on...
  • Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out, Meghan

    11/17/2012 4:12:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/17/12 | John Nolte
    In yet another Daily Beast column that trains her fire on the Right, Meghan McCain hits Republicans with yet another set of MSNBC talking points that she swears are only for our own good. But this time she's making threats: "If I don’t see some changes in the next four years, I’m going to consider registering as an Independent in 2016." Oh, no. Not that.
  • LAX Union Workers To Strike On Thanksgiving Eve

    11/17/2012 3:33:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 127 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/17/12 | Tony Lee
    As many as 1000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) workers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are considering going on strike on Thanksgiving eve in what is the busiest travel day of the year. Andrew Gross-Gaitan, the director of the Southern California Airports Division of SEIU, said the protest would be in response to an LAX contractor that failed to comply with the city’s Living Wage Ordinance.
  • Secret Service investigates GIANT LIZARDS as 'potential threat' to Obama on Thailand visit

    11/17/2012 3:20:31 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/17/12
    They are supposed to be prepared to handle most anything, yet a harmless lizard managed to scare the daylights out of U.S. Secret Service agents preparing a residence for President Obama's trip to Thailand. Thai officials, however, reassured the U.S. Secret Service that the massive lizards found on the Government House grounds were not the dangerous Komodo dragons, but the harmless, lazy water lizards.
  • Ranchers, farmers brace for 'death tax' impact

    11/17/2012 3:16:39 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 16, 2012 | William La Jeunesse
    the estate tax -- also known as the "death tax."... set to soar at the beginning of 2013 ... The estate tax dates back to 1916 when then-President Woodrow Wilson imposed the tax of 1 to 10 percent on the wealthy because World War I reduced federal government revenues. Under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the tax rose to 77 percent, as Congress tried to prevent wealth from becoming concentrated among a few powerful and super-rich families. Ironically, many nations historically more concerned with class and wealth -- namely Russia and China -- have since abandoned their estate taxes.
  • CIA's language on Benghazi was barely edited, White House says

    11/17/2012 2:59:18 PM PST · by ColdOne · 42 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/17/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    The White House made only small, factual edits to the CIA's initial intelligence assessment on the September attack on Americans in Benghazi, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Saturday. "We were provided with points by the intelligence community that represented their assessment," Rhodes said aboard Air Force One en route to Asia. "The only edit made by the White House was the factual edit about how to refer to the facility.”
  • Israel hits Hamas buildings, shoots down Tel Aviv-bound rocket

    11/17/2012 2:45:58 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 34 replies
    Yahoo!news ^ | 11-17-12 | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller
    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza, and the "Iron Dome" defense system shot down a Tel Aviv-bound rocket on Saturday as Israel geared up for a possible ground invasion. Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, said Israeli missiles wrecked the office building of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh - where he had met on Friday with the Egyptian prime minister - and struck a police headquarters. Along the Tel Aviv beachfront, volleyball games came to an abrupt halt and people crouched as sirens sounded. Two interceptor rockets streaked into the sky. A...
  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Alito takes on critics [Election/First Amendment/Citizens United Case]

    11/17/2012 2:37:43 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    yahoo ^ | 11/17/12 | Mark Sherman
    Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is defending the court's 2010 decision in the Citizens United case that helped fuel hundreds of millions of dollars of spending by independent groups in the just-concluded campaign season. Alito told roughly 1,500 people at a Federalist Society dinner this week that the First Amendment protects political speech, whether from an individual or a corporation. His comments to the overwhelmingly conservative and Republican crowd were part of his broader analysis of arguments put forth by the Obama administration in recent years that Alito said would curtail individual freedoms in favor of stronger federal power. He...
  • Report: Israel negotiating imminent cease-fire

    11/17/2012 2:29:39 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | November 17,2012 | By JPOST.COM STAFF
    Truce backed by Turkey, Qatar, Egypt, US, according to Channel 2 report; Egypt's Morsi says "some indications" of truce in Gaza, warns against ground invasion; Russo: Israel will continue until rockets destroyed. Israel is currently negotiating a cease-fire with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to take effect later in the night, sources told Channel 2 on Saturday night. Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi gave credence to the report, saying there are "some indications" of a cease-fire in Gaza, but that there were not yet any guarantees. "There are some indications that there is a possibility of a ceasefire soon, but we...
  • MARK LEVIN: TEA PARTY ONLY THING THAT STANDS 'BETWEEN LIBERTY AND TYRANNY'

    11/17/2012 2:12:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 179 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | By Tony Lee
    Conservative scholar, talk radio host, and former Reagan administration official Mark Levin said conservatives need to first overthrow the Republican establishment to more successfully take on President Barack Obama and the institutional left. “We cannot get through Obama and the left until we get through the Republican Establishment,” Levin said, railing against establishment consultants who attack the base and politicians who know nothing of “Burkean reform” because they have spent their whole careers “clawing their way to the top.” In a talk at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday with his mentor, former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, for whom Levin...
  • U.N. attack helicopters hit rebels in eastern Congo

    11/17/2012 1:51:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/17/12 | Jonny Hogg | Reuters
    KINSHASA (Reuters) - United Nations attack helicopters hit rebel positions in eastern Congo on Saturday after insurgents gained ground in heavy fighting with government troops, the U.N. said. The clashes to the south of the town Kibumba mean the rebels have advanced to within 30 km (18 miles) of Goma, the closest they have been to North Kivu's provincial capital since a rebellion exploded in the eastern provinces eight months ago. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku said the army retreated to the southern outskirts of the town after M23 rebels - a group of soldiers who mutinied in April -...
  • 11-17-12 interview Phill Kline- The Conscience of Kansas radio program

    11/17/2012 1:44:41 PM PST · by 1pitech · 3 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 11-16-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    This is an interview with Phill Kline on 11-16-12 after his ethics hearing with the Kansas Supreme Court dealing with investigations of Dr. George Tiller and Planned Parenthood.
  • Exploding Daisy-Cutter Hot

    11/17/2012 1:31:03 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11/17/2012 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Women love a man in a uniform. Men love a woman out of a uniform. Old verities stand affirmed by the intelligence that ousted the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. General David Petraeus commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But what man is really in command when face-to-face with a determined Paula Broadwell? The author of the appropriately titled "All In" conquered Petraeus in a way that neither the Taliban nor al Qaeda could. Terrorists aren't the only ones who target generals. Broadwell gives new meaning to "hagiographer." The overused term, which 99 percent of the time tells us more...
  • The Ludicrous Right Wing ‘Benghazi-Gate’ Fake Scandal Gets Even More Ludicrous (Barf-o-licious)

    11/17/2012 1:17:37 PM PST · by Qbert · 70 replies
    Little Green Footballs ^ | Nov 17, 2012 | Charles Johnson (Moonbat)
    Yes, the right wing is still trying to turn the Benghazi attack into a cut-rate Watergate scandal, despite David Petraeus’s testimony backing up everything the administration said. Jennifer Rubin, the right wing hack masquerading as a Washington Post blogger, leads the charge with yet another determinedly stupid article: BREAKING: The President Knew the Truth About Benghazi - Right Turn.For some reason, the right wing echo chamber is obsessively fixated on whether the President “knew it was a terrorist attack,” and they’re going to keep hammering away at this empty nothing-burger until it’s flatter than Mitt Romney’s approval ratings. Solomon cautions...
  • Hamas Headquarters Leveled, 'Gaza Power Grid Targeted'

    11/17/2012 1:13:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 78 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF's pounding of Hamas' infrastructure in Gaza entered its fourth day Saturday, and is deemed as highly successful until this point. The Hamas government headquarters, which housed Gaza "prime minister" Ismail Haniyeh's offices, were leveled to the ground. In addition, "security compounds, tunnels and electricity transformers" were hit, according to Al Jazeera. "Missiles also knocked out five electricity transformers, plunging more than 400,000 people into darkness, according to the Gaza electricity distribution company," the news network reported. The government has approved the call-up of 75,000 reservists and massed troops, tanks and armored vehicles along the border with Gaza, signaling...
  • Barbara Bush On Obama's Reelection: 'People Spoke. Move On, Get On With It'

    11/17/2012 12:52:43 PM PST · by Abiotic · 95 replies
    WND ^ | 11-15-2012 | Melanie Warner
    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." Bush, sporting a double strand of her signature pearls, joined former first lady Laura Bush on a panel for the Enduring Legacies of America's First Ladies...
  • Intelligence Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work last month, e-mail indicates

    11/17/2012 12:51:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 11/16/12 | Chuck Goudie
    Intelligence Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work last month, e-mail indicatesChuck Goudie Friday, November 16, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The I-Team has learned that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. secretly returned to work, apparently last month, for a short time. This is the first revelation that Jackson has been well enough to conduct any public business since first being treated for bipolar disorder more than six months ago. A congressman actually doing some work shouldn't be news, but in the case of Jesse Jackson Jr., who has supposedly been too ill to fulfill the duties of his elective office...
  • Petraeus Knew Benghazi Was Terrorism - Blackmailed To Lie?

    11/17/2012 6:34:03 AM PST · by raptor22 · 45 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 17, 2012 | Staff
    Scandal: David Petraeus' admission that he knew almost immediately that Benghazi was a terrorist attack raises anew our question: Was he coerced into telling lawmakers Sept. 14 that it was caused by a video? The tangled web that is Benghazi-gate got more tangled Friday when, according to Rep. Peter King, David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that "al-Qaida involvement" was suspected — but that the line was taken out in the final version circulated to and by administration officials. "No one knows yet exactly who came up with...
  • Mike Ditka has minor stroke

    11/17/2012 12:20:22 PM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 8 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | ESPN.com news services
    ESPN NFL analyst Mike Ditka is in the hospital after suffering a minor stroke on Friday.
  • Bam: I won, deal with it ("The majority of voters agreed with me.”)

    11/17/2012 12:16:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/17/2012 | GEOFF EARLE
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Obama set the table for new talks on the fiscal cliff with a brash reminder to Republicans: He won the election.</p> <p>And that means the GOP must compromise on boosting taxes on the rich, Obama said.</p> <p>“If there was one thing that everybody understood was a big difference between myself and Mr. [Mitt] Romney, it was, when it comes to how we reduce our deficit, I argued for a balanced, responsible approach,” Obama said at a White House press conference.</p>
  • Our Kids Are Doomed. Give Them a Twinkie (Stop worrying about the future, there is none)

    11/17/2012 12:03:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/17/2012 | Frank j. Fleming
    Recently, nature punished us for our fossil fuel burning with hurricane Sandy; ask any science enthusiast, like Meghan McCain. Some people deny global warming exists, but that is foolish. It’s been proven. It is settled science. Globes have been warmed in science labs. And now we’re getting hit with massive hurricanes because… warming. It’s science — you don’t have to understand it, you just have to fear it. If we continue to pump carbon into the air, we will be hit by frequent hurricanes, flooding of the coasts, and men in white lab coats yelling at us and calling us...
  • Murder Rates Have Climbed So High In São Paulo That Residents Fear Being Out After Dark

    11/17/2012 12:00:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2012 | The Economist
    BETWEEN 1999 and 2011 São Paulo's murder rate fell by almost three-quarters, turning what had been one of Brazil's most dangerous states into one of its safest. Now the violence is rising again. In the past two months more than 300 people have died in the state capital in an undeclared war between police and the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), a drugs gang, twice the tally for the same period last year. More than 90 police officers have been slain since January; the total for 2011 was 56. This year looks certain to close with the state murder rate...
  • Hey GOP, take the Palin cure

    11/17/2012 11:59:23 AM PST · by Bratch · 147 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 18, 2012 | Charlotte Allen
    The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election. Half the conservative columnists and bloggers say the GOP lost because it overemphasized social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The other half says the party didn't emphasize them enough. And everyone denounces Project ORCA, the campaign's attempt to turn out voters via technology. But I've got a suggestion for cutting short the GOP angst: Sarah Palin for president in 2016. You think I'm joking? Think again.
  • In 6 Weeks, A New Dividend Tax Will Smack Rich People Upside The Head

    11/17/2012 11:54:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2012 | Henry Blodget
    Unless Congress intervenes, taxes are set to rise significantly on January 1st, when we hit the "fiscal cliff." Most of the focus of this tax increase has been on income taxes. Income taxes for incomes over ~$388,351, for example, are set to revert back to the Clinton-era 39.6% from the current 35%. That's a relatively modest increase, and a 39.6% tax for the top bracket is still historically low. Capital gains taxes are also set to rise, from 15% to 20%. That's a bigger percentage increase, but the resulting capital-gains rate will still be historically low. Screams about how these...
  • Wall Street Journal: Hillary’s on the hot seat, not Susan Rice

    11/17/2012 11:50:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, both Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice have a lot of questions to answer, but the Wall Street Journal is correct — the buck on the failures that led to Benghazi stop at Clinton's desk, if not Barack Obama's. Rice has to be held accountable for fronting a false narrative and explaining who told her to do so, but that's less important than getting answers as to why and how the US could have left the Benghazi consulate and diplomatic personnel in Libya at such risk, especially after a string of attacks and overwhelming intelligence pointed to the dangers in...
  • Tribal America (Our sudden political obsession with Hispanics)

    11/17/2012 11:39:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/17/2012 | Mark Steyn
    To an immigrant such as myself (not the undocumented kind, but documented up to the hilt, alas), one of the most striking features of election-night analysis was the lightly worn racial obsession. On Fox News, Democrat Kirsten Powers argued that Republicans needed to deal with the reality that America is becoming what she called a “brown country.” Her fellow Democrat Bob Beckel observed on several occasions that if the share of the “white vote” was held down below 73% Romney would lose. In the end, it was 72% and he did. Beckel’s assertion — that if you knew the ethnic...
  • Federal investigators lying through their teeth in the Petraeus probe

    11/17/2012 11:34:06 AM PST · by Renfield · 13 replies
    Nomorefakenews.com ^ | 11-16-2012 | Jon Rappaport
    The punchline of this story is an unconstitutional US imperial war machine, dedicated to empire, contributing to a Globalist planet by destabilizing and causing massive chaos in the Middle East and Africa. In this criminal effort, one American soldier has stood out above the rest. He has been made into a heroic myth. He represents the best of the best. Seeing his character, his honor, millions of Americans have concluded that whatever our Armed Forces are doing, it must be right and good. If David Petraeus is our fearless leader, we're on the side of the angels. If he succumbed...
  • Reid and Boehner split over timing for deficit-reduction deal

    11/17/2012 11:28:05 AM PST · by what's up · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov 16, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    A rift has emerged between Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over the timing of a deficit-reduction deal, which they discussed at the White House Friday. The disagreement stems from a battle for leverage. Democrats want to strike an agreement now, when their political capital is at a high point following the election. They feel their position is further strengthened by the pending expiration of the Bush tax cuts and scheduled cuts to defense spending.
  • Report: Some Dems would rather go over fiscal cliff than compromise on “balanced approach”

    11/17/2012 11:05:04 AM PST · by Bratch · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 16, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Everyone was chummy and hopeful about a deal at the White House today, but if you’re surprised to hear that some Democrats are intent on driving a very hard bargain, you must have missed the polling data last night. They promised their base a tax hike on the rich and they can make it happen by doing nothing, with voters primed to blame the GOP for the economic fallout. Under those circumstances, why not go cliff-diving? [The Gang of Six] reconvened on Tuesday, but the election results presented a new set of problems. Republican officials familiar with the talks say...
  • What seceding from the U.S. will cost you

    11/17/2012 11:02:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 11/17/2012 | Brett Arends
    Your state wants to secede from the union. What will this mean for your taxes? I have good news and bad news. The good news is really good. But the bad news is really, really bad. We’ll get to them in a moment. Talk of secession is in the air. The White House this week confirmed that residents in all fifty states had submitted petitions asking to leave the union. Will the last one left please turn out the lights? Residents in seven states, all in the former Confederacy, submitted more than 30,000 signatures each — enough that some hapless...