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  • London's Mega-Mosque: "Recruiting Ground for Al Qaeda"

    11/18/2012 3:14:12 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | November 14, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    A radical Islamic group has applied for a permit to build one of the largest mosques in the world, in London. The East London super-mosque, known as the Abbey Mills Riverine Center, would hold up to 10,000 worshippers. It would be the largest religious building in Britain and the largest mosque in Europe. By comparison, Britain's largest cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, can hold no more than 3,000 worshippers, and St. Paul's Cathedral, one of the iconic features of the London skyline, has a capacity of 2,500. The 16-acre site near the Olympic Village in West Ham in the...
  • (C-130H) Hercules makes final flypast over Sydney

    11/18/2012 3:00:33 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th November 2012
    TWO Hercules aircraft will end more than 30 years of service with a final low level flight over Sydney. The Hercules C-130H planes will fly over Sydney on Monday morning before retiring from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on Friday. ..... The C-130H has provided tactical and strategic airlift for Australian Defence Force personnel around the world since 1987. This includes operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Timor. The planes were used in the aftermath of the Bali bombings in 2002 to carry the injured from Bali to Darwin. The planes were also used to drop hay to stranded...
  • Veterinarian Ted Yoho Headed to Congress [Sarah Endorsed Conservative Defeated 12 Term Demon Rat]

    11/18/2012 2:39:34 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    Florida veterinarian Ted Yoho was elected to Congress on Tuesday with a convincing victory over a Democratic challenger and less than three months after he narrowly defeated 12-term incumbent Cliff Stearns in the Republican primary. Dr. Yoho, 57, turned his attention to politics while working as a large animal veterinarian in Gainesville, Fla. His years in practice and his interaction with farmers, ranchers and business owners made him concerned for "the state of our nation" and led him to realize it was time to "stand up for America," according to his campaign website.
  • "Castle Doctrine" in New Mexico; Good Next Step for "Shall Issue" State

    11/18/2012 2:35:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Albuquerque Firearms Examiner ^ | 16 November, 2012 | Winston Dorian
    It's no secret that there are a lot of concealed carry permit (CCW) holders in New Mexico. As of the last count there are 22,000 licensees in the state according to: Legally Armed. Thanks to Governor Bill Richardson the law was passed and even our state's current governor, Susanna Martinez packs heat and has her CCW license. See the New Mexico Concealed Carry Act HERE. After all this is the Wild, Wild West and known acclaimed outlaws like "Billy the Kid" have been known to frequent these parts. Let's face it Guns and the Frontier way are a part of...
  • Belgium Will Become an Islamic State

    11/18/2012 2:25:11 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/9/12 | Soeren Kern
    Two Muslim politicians, who just won municipal elections in Belgium's capital, Brussels, on October 14, have vowed to implement Islamic Sharia law in Belgium. The two candidates, Lhoucine Aďt Jeddig and Redouane Ahrouch, both from the fledgling Islam Party, won seats in two heavily Islamized municipalities of Brussels, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean and Anderlecht, respectively. During a post-election press conference in Brussels on October 25, the two future councilors, who will be officially sworn in on December 3, said they regard their election as key to the assertion of the Muslim community in Belgium. "We are elected Islamists but above all we are...
  • This Graph Should Scare You

    11/18/2012 2:18:34 PM PST · by lbryce · 65 replies
    Washington Post WonkBlog ^ | November 18, 2012 | Staff
    A new study from the Congressional Budget Office starts with the scariest graph you’ll see today. Source: Congressional Budget Office In other words, you’re not imagining it: This economic recovery has been a big disappointment relative to what the United States has usually experienced after a recession. Growth has been 9 percent below what was seen in past recoveries on average in its first three years. The CBO report tries to disentangle where that underperformance is coming from and its answer is deeply unsettling: The U.S. economy just isn’t as good at growing as it used to be. The new...
  • Timeline of events in generals scandal [She emailed generals weeks before she ever emailed Kelley]

    11/18/2012 2:09:09 PM PST · by thouworm · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    May 2012 — Anonymous emails, ultimately traced to Broadwell, were [FIRST] sent to Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and several other generals warning them to stay away from Kelley, the Florida socialite. The emails came from the pseudonym "Kelleypatrol" and included notes on Allen's plans to see Kelley in Washington the following week. Concerned about how anyone else would know about his personal plans, Allen forwarded the emails to Kelley to see whether she was playing a prank on them. Other generals also forward to Kelley copies of emails they received. Early June 2012 — Kelley...
  • Texas only border state to allow aerial shooting

    11/18/2012 2:07:51 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Valley Central.com ^ | November 18, 2012 | Action 4 News Staff
    AP) -- AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas is the only border state that allows and trains its officers to fire on suspects from airborne helicopters
  • Manhandling Hostess, Big Labor Costs 18,500 Workers Their Jobs

    11/18/2012 2:02:15 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 17 Nov 2012 | Editorial
    Politics: Union intransigence and unrealistic expectations at Hostess Brands have forced the bakery to shut its doors permanently and throw 18,500 people out of work. So much for Big Labor caring about the little guy. A down economy and two restructurings in three years left Hostess, maker of Twinkies and Sno Balls, in dire fiscal straits. The company warned its workers, union and nonunion, to make concessions or everyone would go down in a liquidation. Instead, one union, the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International (BCTGM), imagined the company was bluffing and went on strike.
  • Horrors of FEMA disaster relief

    11/18/2012 1:44:47 PM PST · by wesagain · 16 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 18, 2012 | Chuck Norris
    "Exclusive: Chuck Norris applauds private efforts to help Hurricane Sandy victims"Those wise and yet haunting words spoken by one of our nation’s greatest presidents couldn’t ring more true – especially today, as winter sets in on an estimated 130,000 of our fellow Americans who are still struggling without power. Many live without heat, hot water or inhabitable homes and question the government’s efforts to alleviate their condition. Amid the election frenzy, several mainstream media outlets instantly praised the Obama administration’s response to the Hurricane Sandy devastation in the Northeast. But let’s look beneath the congratulatory headlines to see the real...
  • Is Black Friday edging out Thanksgiving? (Shoppers started camping out last week)

    11/18/2012 1:17:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/18/12 | Bob Greene
    Is Black Friday edging out Thanksgiving?By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor updated 10:27 AM EST, Sun November 18, 2012 (CNN) -- The debate over whether the hand-to-hand-combat excesses of Black Friday represent a grotesque over-commercialization of the holiday season has lost its meaning. The point is no longer whether or not Black Friday tarnishes the holidays. The point is that Black Friday has become a holiday of its own. It will arrive again this week, even as Americans are still sitting at their Thanksgiving dinner tables. Black Friday -- with its door-buster sales, hordes of frenzied shoppers shoving for position, employees...
  • Future for Republicans is not so bad [4 reasons for optimism]

    11/18/2012 1:14:38 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/18/12 | Chris Cillizza
    It’s not a good time to be a Republican. The circular firing squad — it was Mitt Romney’s fault! Demographics did it! Conservatives messed everything up! — has begun in earnest even though the 2012 election is less than two weeks gone.... That said, things aren’t that bad for Republicans. Here are four reasons for optimism. 1. The party’s superstars are coming of age... 2. There are an historic number of Republican governors... 3. The electoral map is bad, but not that bad. We’ve written extensively on how where Republicans currently find themselves in terms of the electoral map is...
  • Fox News and those Benghazi detainees

    11/18/2012 12:54:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies
    The Washington Post (blogs) ^ | 01:26 PM ET, 11/14/2012 | Erik Wemple
    Fox News’s now-famous Oct. 26 story on the tragedy of Benghazi carried this headline: “EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say.” Reaction to the story skewed toward the monster revelations in its first paragraph: namely, that the CIA chain of command had told security officials to “stand down” instead of jumping immediately to the assistance of a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of Sept. 11. The CIA, too, denied requests for military backup, according to the Fox News story. Far, far less attention attached to a contention deep down in the...
  • Libyans, diplomats: CIA's Benghazi annex a secret

    11/18/2012 12:38:24 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 47 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/12/2012 | Nancy A. Youssef -- McClatchy
    Just more than a mile from the group of villas that served as the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was another set of U.S.-leased villas — — an...Just more than a mile from the group of villas that served as the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was another set of U.S.-leased villas — an annex where the CIA had set up shop, and from where would-be rescuers set out on the night of Sept. 11 in response to the attack at the consulate. Despite speculation to the contrary, no Libyan or non-American diplomats stationed in Benghazi say they knew of the existence...
  • The GOP's biggest loss

    11/18/2012 12:30:23 PM PST · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Las VegasR-J ^ | 18 nov 2012 | Glenn Cook
    http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/the-gop-s-biggest-loss-179849271.html ---link only----
  • Father, Son and Daughter Arrested in Bank Robberies [Single Dad Had To Take Care of Kids]

    11/18/2012 12:17:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 18, 2012
    Nov 18, 2012 Father, Son and Daughter Arrested in Bank Robberies A father, son and daughter may be responsible for robbing as many as seven banks in two states, according to authorities. Ronald Scott Catt, 50, and his two children, 20-year-old Hayden and 18-year-old Abby were arrested last week on charges they robbed a credit union in Katy, Texas. Deputies with the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office in Texas say the family, which recently moved to the area, could also be responsible for several other robberies in Texas and their native Oregon. During the Oct. 1 robbery in Texas, two figures,...
  • IDF kills Hamas rocket launching unit chief

    11/18/2012 11:57:07 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | 11/18/12 | ynetnews.com
    The IAF hit the home of Ihya Abia, Hamas's chief rocket launching unit on Sunday. Abia, a senior Hamas official was killed. He was responsible for the majority of rockets fired at Israel in the past days. (Yoav Zitun)
  • Romney Adviser: We Lost Because Far Right Has Taken Party to Place It Doesn’t Belong

    11/18/2012 11:48:22 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 284 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 18, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Carlos Gutierrez, adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, said Sunday he was “shocked” by Romney’s comments this week on minorities.“I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn’t belong.”Ugh.CNN reported: In an interview set to air in full Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley, Gutierrez also sharply criticized Romney’s remarks made on a call Wednesday with donors following his loss in last week’s election. Romney explained his loss in part by pointing to “gifts” President Barack Obama gave to certain groups...
  • Walmart Files Charges Against UFCW Union

    11/18/2012 11:42:16 AM PST · by ColdOne · 93 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/18/12 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, Walmart filed an unfair labor practice charge against UFCW with the National Labor Relations Board to stop what Walmart says are illegal disturbances against its businesses. A group of Walmart employes, encouraged by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and OUR Walmart, are expected to strike on Black Friday. Black Friday is the store’s busiest day of the year, and this may be the largest strike against the company in its history. Two groups affiliated with the UFCW -- OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart -- have been organizing demonstrations and flash mobs outside...
  • Petraeus Retains Super Washington Lawyer Barnett Amid Potential Probes

    11/18/2012 11:38:30 AM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 18, 2012
    Petraeus Retains Super Washington Lawyer Barnett Amid Potential Probes November 18, 2012 Former CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair, has retained powerful lawyer Robert Barnett of the Washington-based Williams & Connolly law firm. Barnett specializes in crisis management and has represented some of the most powerful political figures in the country, including President Obama; former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; Hillary Rodham Clinton; Sarah Palin and former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney.
  • The ‘Hybrid View’ of Benghazi

    11/18/2012 11:36:24 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 2:30 PM, Nov 17, 2012 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The Washington Post reports that “the CIA and other intelligence analysts have settled on what amounts to a hybrid view” of September 11, 2012, “suggesting that the Cairo protest sparked militants in Libya, who quickly mobilized an assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi.”  What the Post doesn’t say is that the Cairo protest was itself an al Qaeda-infused, if not outright orchestrated, event.The “hybrid” explanation is a compromise, of sorts, between two competing narratives. The first suggested that a protest against an anti-Islam film in Benghazi led to a “spontaneous” assault on the US consulate there. We know that version...
  • Pelosi: Tax rates must go up on rich

    11/18/2012 11:21:31 AM PST · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/18/12 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Pelosi: Tax rates must go up on richBy SEUNG MIN KIM | 11/18/12 10:30 AM EST **SNIP** “The president made it very clear in his campaign that there is not enough -- there are not enough resources,” Pelosi said in an interview aired Sunday on ABC's “This Week. “Just to close loopholes is far too little money … If it's going to bring in revenue, the president has been very clear that the higher income people have to pay their fair share.”
  • Report: Hamas Preparing Chemical Weapons

    11/18/2012 11:19:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/18/12 | Ben Shapiro
    According to Britain’s Sunday Times, Israeli special forces are already on the ground in Gaza seeking out rockets and weapons for targeting. The Times is also reporting that Hamas may place chemical weapons on its long-range missiles. “Hamas might go for a desperate attempt to launch rockets with chemical warheads if the worst came to the worst,” one unnamed source reported. It has been reported that Hamas is hiding its rockets underground, particularly near civilian areas including mosques, hoping that Israel will not strike such targets out of concern for civilian life. The same report gave a timeline of the...
  • Petraeus mistress and her partner arm in arm on night out for first time since scandal broke

    11/18/2012 11:05:16 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 72 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 18 November 2012 | James Nye
    Paula Broadwell arrives back at her brother's Washington D.C. home with husband Scott Linked arm-in-arm, Paula Broadwell and her husband Scott were seen together yesterday evening for the first time since the news broke of her affair with shamed former CIA Director David Petraeus. Arriving at her brother's home in the Mount Pleasant suburb of Washington D.C. in a black SUV, the two put on what was a clear show of solidarity as they marched from the garage to the back door of the $2.3 million property. Since the scandalous revelations surrounding his wife first surfaced just over a week...
  • Obama seeks to head off Israeli ground invasion in Gaza

    11/18/2012 11:03:03 AM PST · by ColdOne · 49 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/18/12 | JOSH GERSTEIN and JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    "Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired onto its territory. If that can be accomplished without the ramping up of military activity in Gaza that's preferable," Obama said. "That's not just preferable for the people of Gaza. It's also preferable for Israelis, because if Israeli troops are in Gaza, they're much more at risk of fatalities or being wounded."
  • Stress Best (How Surprises Make You Stronger)

    11/18/2012 11:02:49 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    The Economist ^ | 12-17-2012
    Stress Best (How Surprises Make You Stronger)Randomness, Probability And Uncertainty Nov 17th 2012The Economist Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder. By Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Random House; 519 pages; $30. Allen Lane; Ł25. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk WHAT is the opposite of fragility? Though not quite right, “resilience” and “robustness” are two words that come to mind. If fragility means something that breaks under stress, its exact opposite should mean something that grows stronger under pressure. There is no word that quite captures this, says Nassim Nicholas Taleb, an American essayist and scholar, so he has invented one: “antifragile”. The neologism...
  • Flames engulf 34-story luxury high-rise in Dubai

    11/18/2012 11:01:36 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 18 November 2012
    Rescue crews in Dubai have evacuated a 34-story residential tower after a fire gutted portions of the building. The blaze on Sunday charred the outside of the structure and send gray smoke drifting over a major development known as Jumeirah Lakes Towers, a cluster of high-rise apartment buildings and shops on the southern edge of Dubai. Civil defense officials did not give immediate details on the possible cause of the predawn fire.
  • Republicans say Rice must testify on Benghazi statements

    11/18/2012 11:00:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/18/12
    Republicans say Rice must testify on Benghazi statementsWASHINGTON | Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:40pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. lawmakers turned up the heat on Sunday on Susan Rice, saying the U.N. ambassador - seen as a possible nominee to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state - must testify before Congress on her remarks after the September attack that killed the American envoy to Libya. **SNIP** "She's going to have to come in and testify at some point, whether it's in a closed hearing or an open hearing," Republican Saxby Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee,...
  • Primary School Teachers 'Could Face Sack' For Refusing To Promote Gay Marriage [Faith Schools Too!]

    11/18/2012 10:27:16 AM PST · by Steelfish · 111 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | November 18, 2012 | John Bingham
    Primary School Teachers 'Could Face Sack' For Refusing To Promote Gay Marriage By John Bingham 18 Nov 2012 Liz Truss, an education minister, refused to rule out the possibility that teachers, even in faith schools, could face disciplinary action for objecting on grounds of conscience. Miss Truss said simply that it was impossible to know what the impact of the legislation would be at this stage. Her admission came in a letter to a fellow Conservative MP, David Burrowes, last month. Mr Burrowes, a practising Christian, originally wrote to Maria Miller, the equalities minister, raising concerns about the impact on...
  • In the Name of National Security, Media Declares Libya a Non-Scandal

    11/18/2012 10:25:31 AM PST · by Bratch · 24 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | November 17 2012 | John Nolte
    After yesterday's closed-door testimony of David Petraeus on the Hill, we now know for a fact that for two weeks the Obama Administration repeatedly and relentlessly lied to the American people about what they knew was the truth behind the September 11 anniversary attack on our consulate in Libya. Unfortunately, we also now know that they're going to get away with it. Within 24 hours of a coordinated assault that left four Americans dead, then-CIA Director David Petraeus was convinced the intelligence proved a local Libyan militia affiliated with al-Qaeda was responsible, and said so in his report. Then the...
  • Hamas threatens to fire rockets at Israeli civilians: "We may get you in your sleep"

    11/18/2012 10:10:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/18/12 | palwatch
    "From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionists: Don't go to sleep because we may get you in your sleep." [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]
  • Bam hides terror truth

    11/18/2012 10:07:26 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 11/18/2012 | Michael Goodwin
    Until Friday, there were two possible explanations for why the White House failed to immediately call the Benghazi attack an act of terrorism. One was incompetence, the other was worse. Now there is only one, and it is the worse one. Based on the persuasive testimony of ex-CIA boss David Petraeus, it is clear the Obama administration made a deliberate decision to mislead Congress and the American people. The repeated claim that the attack was spontaneous and grew out of a demonstration against an anti-Islam video — a claim made by the president and secretary of State as they stood...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $9k!! [FReepathon thread XLI]

    11/18/2012 10:06:55 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 404 replies
    Woo hoo!! Now closing in on NINETY percent!! We're less than ten or so donations shy of the YELLOW!! Then it'll be the sprint to the GREEN!! We can do this, baby!! And I_be_tc's "300 FReepers with $100 for FR Challenge" is still going strong!! We now have 140 FReepers who have met that challenge!! Way to go, "300/100 Challenge" FReepers!! Almost half way there!! Thank you all very much!! Great job, everyone!! Let's keep it moving. If you enjoy reading and participating on FR, if you think it's a worthwhile endeavor and would like to help us keep it...
  • Pitchfork Petitions - Why Funcational Secession Is Possible

    11/18/2012 10:04:41 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 40 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 11/18/2012 | Guy Smith
    When a million people knock on your door, you should pay attention. Since FDR’s dark days, the divide between Americans who keep faith with the Constitution and those who use it for personal hygiene has grown deeper. Many like to blame Barack Obama for our perpetual political antagonism. Yet he is merely the latest manifestation of that eroding evil known as concentrated power. The backlash Barack suffers from those who seek enforcement of America’s express written will started its current fevered pitch via bank bailouts under Bush the Lesser. His errors were preceded by Clinton not serving time for perjury,...
  • 'Occupy' Doctor Had Bomb-Making Chemicals In Ridgewood Basement, Authorities Charge

    11/18/2012 9:54:12 AM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    A New York doctor who was active in the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 was charged Saturday with possessing a large quantity of chemicals used in bomb-making, hours after authorities conducted a raid on the Ridgewood house in which he lived, officials said. Roberto Rivera, 60, a medical doctor, was charged with recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury or damage after FBI agents and members of the Bergen County bomb squad found precursor chemicals used in the making of explosives,
  • Romney's 'gifts' gaffe (ELECTION OVER - LIBERAL SWINE ATTACKS CONTINUE)

    11/18/2012 9:10:45 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 18, 2012 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page cpage@tribune.com
    Mitt Romney finally has it figured out. He knows why he lost. Guess what? It was all President Barack Obama's fault. Of course, that's not exactly the way Romney puts it. He puts it in a way that sounds even more silly than that. Or perhaps, depending on your worldview, more tragic. In a 20-minute afternoon conference call with his major donors and fundraisers eight days after Election Day, Romney blamed his loss on Obama's showering groups with what Romney called "gifts" to various groups of voters, "especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people." Zounds! As we...
  • Arianna Huffington Uses the Onion to Support Anti-Petraus, Anti-'the Generals' Argument

    11/18/2012 8:51:55 AM PST · by walford · 10 replies
    News Busters ^ | 11/18/2012 | Tom Blumer
    In her "Sunday Roundup" post at the site which bears her last name, Arianna Huffington supported that notion that "This week, America finally began questioning the judgment of its generals," but lamented that the scrutiny is over "sexual conduct rather than military conduct." Fine, that's her opinion. But what's really odd is that she apparently thought that referencing a headline found at the Onion would be seen by readers as meaningful support for her argument (HT to a NewsBusters tipster): If our failed military strategy in Afghanistan had gotten half the airtime of Petraeus' failed marital strategy in Tampa, there...
  • Construction of an Amazing Underground Hotel in Songjiang Begins

    11/18/2012 8:36:39 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 39 replies
    Amazing Planet ^ | 10/31/12 | James Holloway via Amazing Planet
    Some years ago, a British engineering firm Atkins proposed an extravagant design for a five-star hotel located deep within a 100-meter, abandoned and half flooded pit near the base of Tianmashan Mountain in the Songjiang District of Shanghai. Construction on the 19-story, 380-room Shimao Intercontinental Hotel finally is already underway. Initially the hotel was expected to be completed by May, 2009, but construction commenced only in March early this year. The innovative design of the luxury resort hotel stands two levels higher than the rock face of the 100 meter deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms. Instead...
  • Remembering Thanksgiving, Family, FRiends, and FReedom..

    11/18/2012 8:28:40 AM PST · by carlo3b · 109 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 11/18/12 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
    Remembering Thanksgiving Day The Mayflower 1620- 2002 The voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 from Plymouth England, to Plymouth Rock started as a journey to find peace and justice in a new world. It began as a fervent prayer to give freedom a chance, and remains today as the promise each year for a new beginning. Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of hope, and remembrance. Today, we bring our families and friends together to share our tables and our hearts, and give thanks for all that we have to be grateful for in our new and glorious country. From this...
  • Technical Glitch Knocks Out EBT Cards In Georgia And Nine Other States

    11/18/2012 8:23:08 AM PST · by Gorilla44 · 49 replies
    AP/CBSAtlanta ^ | November 16, 2012
    <p>MIAMI (AP)— Millions of food stamp recipients in 10 states were unable to use their debit cards for about six hours Friday after an outage at JPMorgan Chase.</p> <p>Bank spokesman Mike Fusco apologized for the inconvenience and said the technical glitch was resolved around 1 p.m. Friday, but he declined to discuss details of what exactly went wrong.</p>
  • Government By Deceit = Government By Cynicism

    11/18/2012 8:16:58 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 5 replies
    Right Side News ^ | November 18, 2012 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
    Benghazi And Petraeus: Too Many Obvious Questions And Too Many Non-Answers, as Col Snodgrass lists them. The Obama administration is obfuscating the truth about the Benghazi and Petraeus issues. There are too many obvious questions and too many non-answers. There are at least 22 key questions that need to be answered. 1. Why was security for the U.S. mission in Benghazi so totally inadequate after the U.S. ambassador repeatedly requested that it be increased and improved following recurrent jihadist attacks against Western diplomatic and Red Cross activities in the area and because of the well-known and growing presence of al...
  • I Went To Buy Some Ho Ho's, But They Were Gone.

    11/18/2012 7:51:43 AM PST · by jdsteel · 58 replies
    Free Republic Original Content (Vanity) | 11/18/12 | jdsteel
    I went to buy some Ho Ho’s but they were gone, and so was a part of America. When I heard that Hostess was declaring bankruptcy it made me sad. Probably not as sad at the 18,000 people that used to work for them but it did affect me. Oh, I knew that I was partly to blame. When I was a child I would gobble down Ho Ho’s and chocolate cupcakes with abandon. I could burn through a half of a box of Ho Ho’s and a half gallon of Vitamin D milk in about 15 minutes. My elementary...
  • Susan Rice will not be nominated for Secretary of State

    11/18/2012 7:02:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/17/2012 | Scott Varland
    After the 9/11/2012 murders of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama Administration was in full covereup mode. They required that someone go on five 9/16/2012 Sunday talk shows to make the case that our diplomats had died because of a YouTube video and not a terrorist attack. The Administration did not want to pick an individual familiar with any aspect of Benghazi. He or she would have been subjected to challenging questioning (?) beginning with, "What did you know and when did you know it?" So United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice was trotted out. Her relatively clean hands allowed...
  • Kaiser Permanente lays off 530 employees in Southern California

    11/18/2012 6:59:46 AM PST · by Baynative · 29 replies
    Long Beach Press Telegram ^ | 11/16/2012 | Canan Tasci
    Kaiser Permanente officials have confirmed 530 union employees in Southern California have been laid off. At least 85 position were eliminated at the Fontana and Ontario medical centers, officials said Friday. Officials at the health-care provider did not release the locations of the other 445 positions. The layoffs do not include physicians.
  • Eliminate the death tax (one can't even mourn the death of a parent without worrying about taxes)

    11/18/2012 6:59:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2012 | Rick Moran
    Is it "fair" that the federal government be able to take more than half the wealth created by estates of more than $3.5 million at the time of death? Of course it is, says the left - even if 97% of farmers and ranchers will be impacted. Fox News: ****** Two decades ago, Kester paid the IRS $2 million when he inherited a 22,000-acre cattle ranch from his grandfather. Come January, the tax burden on his children will be more than $13 million. For supporters of a high estate tax, which is imposed on somebody's estate after death, Kester is...
  • The Amnesty Fantasy (illegal immigration)

    11/18/2012 6:40:10 AM PST · by dennisw · 22 replies
    nationalreview. ^ | nov 16th | Rich Lowry
    The networks had barely called the election for President Barack Obama before GOP elites rushed to embrace an amnesty for illegal immigrants. Getting killed almost three-to-one among Latino voters understandably concentrates the mind, but it’s no reason to lose it. The post-election Republican reaction has been built on equal parts panic, wishful thinking, and ethnic pandering. It’s one thing to argue that amnesty is the right policy on the merits. It’s another to depict it as the magic key to unlocking the Latino vote. John McCain nearly immolated himself within the Republican party with his support for amnesty and did...
  • Cortland County district attorney admits acting in porn movies in 1970s

    11/18/2012 6:19:02 AM PST · by billorites · 29 replies
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | November 18, 2012 | John O'Brien
    Mark Suben, the Cortland County district attorney, said today he acted in pornographic movies in the 1970s. In a 3 p.m. news conference today, he admitted that he lied about his history to The Post-Standard and other news operations in the days before the Nov. 6 election. He was re-elected to a second term. He said he would continue as district attorney. After he was done, he walked out without responding to reporters' questions. Suben is a Democrat. He defeated Republican defense attorney Keith Dayton 9,815-7,507, according to unofficial results. Speaking from a conference room in his private-practice law office,...
  • Netanyahu: Israel prepared for 'significant expansion' of Gaza operation

    11/18/2012 6:05:18 AM PST · by John W · 6 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | November 18, 2012 | NBC News staff and wire reports
    Updated at 8:32 a.m. ET: TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel was prepared to substantially broaden its operation in the Gaza strip, the country's prime minister said on Sunday. "The Israel Defense Forces have attacked more than 1,000 terror targets in the Gaza Strip," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting. "We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the terrorist organizations and the Israel Defence Forces are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation." He gave no specifics and made no mention of the possibility of a ground offensive. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama said he fully...
  • Video: Republican commissioner now in charge of West-Murphy vote tabulation

    11/18/2012 5:55:13 AM PST · by SmileRight · 28 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 11/18/2012 | Michele Kirk
    Commissioner Tod Mowery is a Republican who was charged with overseeing Saturday’s vote tabulation in the District 18 race. Mowery is the vice-chair of the board of county commissioners in St Lucie County. After a full 12 hour day of counting, the poll workers finalized the bulk of the work, and plan to be back at 8 a.m. to finish up and announce the results. Mowery talked about the process in an interview with BizPac Review. He expressed a desire to restore public trust in his county’s voting system. Despite the 304 ballots found at the end of the night...
  • Some Hostess Workers Feel 'Relief' at Losing Jobs (just wait)

    11/18/2012 5:36:15 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 73 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 11/18/2012 | Tony Lee
    Hostess employees in Nash County, North Carolina on Friday were relieved that they would lose their jobs because union workers would not agree to an 8-percent pay cut, which was approved by a bankruptcy judge, and end their strike, which crippled the company's factories across the United States. Their reactions were surprising, because Nash County has an unemployment rate of 11.1 percent. Lamont Phillips, an employee, said the company had been, “holding this over our head for a long time,” and he was relieved he did not “have to deal with that anymore.” “They always hold that over our heads,...