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  • Why ObamaCare Is Still No Sure Thing (Republican Governors have the power to disarm it)

    11/19/2012 7:21:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/18/2012 | JAMES C. CAPRETTA AND YUVAL LEVIN
    Champions of ObamaCare want Americans to believe that the president's re-election ended the battle over the law. It did no such thing. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act won't be fully repealed while Barack Obama is in office, but the administration is heavily dependent on the states for its implementation. Republicans will hold 30 governorships starting in January, and at last week's meeting of the Republican Governors Association they made it clear that they remain highly critical of the health law. Some Republican governors—including incoming RGA Chairman Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Ohio's John Kasich, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Maine's...
  • Hostess employees hope buyers will put them back to work (Yeah right!)

    11/19/2012 7:17:46 AM PST · by tobyhill · 74 replies
    Jacksonville Business Journal ^ | 11/19/2012 | Michael Clinton
    Former employees of Hostess Brands Inc. are now hoping that a buyer will save pieces of the liquidating company and put them back to work. Hostess set a 5 p.m. Nov. 15 deadline for workers involved in a union-organized strike to return to work. The company warned that if the ongoing labor strike continued it would force the company into liquidation, and it wasn’t bluffing — having announced plans to liquidate and lay off 18,000 employees. But now those that are out of work, including nearly 200 in Jacksonville, are hoping that someone will buy the popular Hostess products and...
  • Men only Muslim barbershop in Canada faces discrimination lawsuit

    11/19/2012 7:17:36 AM PST · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | November 18, 2012 | Ryan Lee Hall
    A woman is suing a men’s only barbershop after they refused to cut her hair. Faith McGregor went into the Terminal Barber Shop asking for a haircut but the men refused to cut her hair because they are Muslims and their religion does not allow it. In June, McGregor, 35, asked a Muslim man at the salon for a men’s style haircut, but Co-owner Omar Mahrouk explained that his Muslim faith forbids him to touch a woman who is not a member of his family, therefore he or any of his employees cannot give McGregor a haircut.
  • Gallup Blew Its Presidential Polls, but Why?

    11/19/2012 7:15:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/18/2012 | Steven Shepard
    Last week's presidential election has widely been seen as a victory for pollsters who, on balance, saw President Obama as the favorite before Election Day. But that wasn't the case for the esteemed Gallup Organization. Its polling showed Republican Mitt Romney with a significant lead among likely voters 10 days before Nov. 6 and marginally ahead of Obama on the eve of an election that Obama won by about 3 percentage points. At an event on Thursday at Gallup's downtown Washington offices, Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport told a gathering of fellow pollsters that the organization was reviewing its...
  • Homeland Security promotes welfare to new immigrants in government ‘welcome’ materials

    11/19/2012 7:13:11 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/18/2012
    Homeland Security promotes welfare to new immigrants in government ‘welcome’ materials Posted By Caroline May On 11:53 PM 11/18/2012 @ 11:53 PM Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your new country can do for you. “Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits. “Depending on your immigration status, length of...
  • The EPA vs. State Economies. It's Regulations Drive Up the Price of Corn

    11/19/2012 7:04:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2012 | Marlo Lewis
    On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected petitions from the governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina to suspend the biofuel-blending requirements established by the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. This program requires refiners to blend increasing quantities of biofuel — mostly corn ethanol — into the nation’s motor-fuel supply. The 2012 target is to blend 13.2 billion gallons of biofuel into our gasoline, a quantity that ratchets up to 13.8 billion gallons in 2013. This year, about 4.7 billion bushels, or 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop, will be consumed by ethanol...
  • Investment Falls Off a Cliff

    11/19/2012 6:59:29 AM PST · by The Sons of Liberty · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 11/19/2012 | SUDEEP REDDY and SCOTT THURM
    U.S. companies are scaling back investment plans at the fastest pace since the recession, signaling more trouble for the economic recovery. Half of the nation's 40 biggest publicly traded corporate spenders have announced plans to curtail capital expenditures this year or next, according to a review by The Wall Street Journal of securities filings and conference calls. Nationwide, business investment in equipment and software—a measure of economic vitality in the corporate sector—stalled in the third quarter for the first time since early 2009. Corporate investment in new buildings has declined. At the same time, exports are slowing or falling to...
  • Senate to Vote on NSSF-Backed Sportsmen Act After Thanksgiving (VIDEO) (Protects ranges and ammo)

    11/19/2012 6:54:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    guns.com ^ | S.H. Blannelberry
    After several preliminary votes on the Sportsmen’s Act (S.3525), the U.S. Senate has decided it will take a final vote on the measure after Thanksgiving break. Thus far, the bipartisan bill, which contains all sorts of goodies for gun owners, hunters, shooters and sportsmen (see priority provisions below), has garnered a ton of support from lawmakers. On Thursday, the Senate advanced the Sportsmen’s Act by an 84-12 preliminary vote, a sign of the bill’s overwhelming popularity. "Sportsmen and -women across Montana and the nation are calling for responsible decisions that strengthen our outdoor economy and secure our outdoor heritage for...
  • The Parasite That Kills Its Hostess

    11/19/2012 6:52:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/18/2012 | Robert Tracinski
    The news about the bankruptcy of Hostess, maker of the Twinkie and other legendary junk foods, touched off some memories of growing up in a mid-sized Midwestern town in the 1970s and '80s. No, not that kind of memory, though come to think of it, the 1980s was the last time I actually ate a Hostess snack. What I'm recalling has a lot less nostalgic charm: the whole phenomenon of a kamikaze labor union that keeps demanding more for workers--who end up getting nothing when their employer goes belly-up. That's pretty much what the unions did, or tried to do,...
  • Pizza Hut Going to 29 Hour Weeks As Well (vanity)

    11/19/2012 6:49:33 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    More boycott lib targets. 29 hour shifts for Pizza Hut workers were I live. Not sure if national policy. Was the goal here to get as many people as possible 100% reliant on government healthcare? These workers will now need 2 jobs where they had one.
  • The truth about federal salary numbers (Are they paid much less than those on the private sector?)

    11/19/2012 6:49:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/18/2012 | Andrew G. Biggs and Jason Richwine
    Should federal workers get a raise? With salaries and benefits paid to the government’s civilian workers totaling $271 billion in 2011, deciding whether to extend the freeze enacted last year on cost-of-living increases has important budgetary consequences. Unfortunately, the government’s methodology for comparing pay is too flawed to offer real guidance. The Federal Salary Council, an advisory body of academics and leaders of public employee unions, suggested last month that federal workers are underpaid by an average of 35 percent relative to nonfederal employees. The council’s data come from the “President’s Pay Agent,” the bureaucratic entity that conducts the federal...
  • Concealed Carrier Walks into Robbery Trap, Shoots His Way Out (OK)

    11/19/2012 6:46:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    guns.com ^ | dabneybailey
    The Tulsa Police Department got a call from Oklahoma State University Medical Center last Friday night, warning them that two men had shown up with bullet wounds. This was kind of a backwards crime. Usually, police start with a crime and have to figure out where the criminals are. This time, they started with two wounded criminals and had to figure out what crime had been committed. Police investigated and puzzled out the source of this mysterious double shooting. According to their report, it all started when a woman invited a man back to her room at the Economy Inn,...
  • There Will be a Deal: We'll Never Reach the Fiscal Cliff, And It Wouldn't Matter If We Did

    11/19/2012 6:42:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/18/2012 | John Tamny
    Supply-siders and Keynesians don’t agree on much these days, but when it comes to the alleged “fiscal cliff”, both sides are in agreement that jumping off this ledge would bring tragic economic consequences. Though a strong believer in supply-side principles, I believe even more strongly that conventional wisdom is nearly always wrong. It’s wrong here. Before getting into why the grand assumptions surrounding the fiscal cliff are ridiculous, it’s best to explain why we’ll never reach this ranch-style house “plunge” onto soft ground. We won’t because the incentives that drive politicians ensure a deal. That’s the case because with the...
  • Concealed Carrier Accused of Affair Pulls Gun on Attacker(OH)

    11/19/2012 6:36:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    guns.com ^ | dabneybailey
    An altercation at a Walmart parking lot in Norwalk, Ohio ended when a man drew his concealed carry handgun on another man who punched him in the face and accused him of having an affair with his wife. Police said 37-year-old Eric Meade and 29-year-old Zachary Crumrine were both shopping at the department store on Monday afternoon. Meade spotted Crumrine pushing his shopping cart out the exit of the building and then confronted him, accused him of sleeping with his wife and proceeded to punch him in the nose, according to the Norwalk Reflector. Meade continued to attack him and...
  • Even Cows Flee California Seeking a Better Economic Climate

    11/19/2012 6:36:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/18/2012 | Bill Frezza
    It's not just millionaires and billionaires who are fleeing the economic madness in California. Even cows are starting to depart for greener pastures. That's right, 400 bovine refugees shuffled off to Kansas just this month, with more expected to follow as over 100 dairy farms in California close their doors. Why are cows voting with their hooves? It's hard to find a government program as insane as the complex web of price supports, market orders, direct payments, diversion programs, herd reductions, import barriers, export subsidies, and stacked-to-the-rafters cheese warehouses that characterize Uncle Sam's efforts to "rationally manage" the dairy market....
  • Welfare Bait Homeland Security 'welcome' materials promote benefits to new immigrants

    11/19/2012 6:32:13 AM PST · by grimalkin · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2012 | The Daily Caller
    Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your new country can do for you. “Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits. “Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page reads.
  • Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Knife…Gunfight…You Know the Rest Edition(FL)

    11/19/2012 6:17:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Come on, how many times does it have to be said? Austin Lee Harvey (no really) and a pal, Justin Slivinski, tried to stick up a guy using an ATM from his car Friday night in Fern Park just north of Orlando. But while the two yoots brought knives, the motorist had…well, you guessed it. From cfnews13.com: “The man, armed with a gun, shot at them and hit the other suspect, 24-year-old Justin Slivinski. Slivinski was taken to Florida Hospital Altamonte where he was pronounced dead.” So that’s one inmate the people of Florida won’t have to pay to support....
  • Taxing the Rich doesn't cost you anything. Really?

    11/19/2012 6:16:10 AM PST · by econjack · 71 replies
    The Growth Stock Wire ^ | Nov. 19, 2012 | Jeff Clark
    A Shocking Story About Greed and Taxes By Jeff Clark Monday, November 19, 2012 Raising taxes on the rich raises taxes on everyone. My home state of California just passed Proposition 30, which increases income taxes on residents who make $250,000 a year or more. The top marginal tax rate is now 13.3%, the highest of any state. Proposition 30 was sold to the voters as "this won't cost you a dime, but it'll make the rich pay their fair share to put our schools back in shape." Since so many voters thought they were excluded from the tax, and...
  • Pic: Twitter users creeped out by Obama mural in Burma

    11/19/2012 6:15:09 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 34 replies
    Twitchy via Drudge ^ | by Twitchy Staff | Posted at 7:46 am on November 19, 2012
    Pic: Twitter users creeped out by Obama mural in Burma
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,November 19-23,2012

    11/19/2012 6:11:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | November 19-23,2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • New York Times: (Petraeus) A Phony Hero for a Phony War

    11/19/2012 6:06:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 85 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 16, 2012 | Lucian K. Truscott IV
    Fastidiousness is never a good sign in a general officer. Though strutting military peacocks go back to Alexander’s time, our first was MacArthur, who seemed at times to care more about how much gold braid decorated the brim of his cap than he did about how many bodies he left on beachheads across the Pacific. Next came Westmoreland, with his starched fatigues in Vietnam. In our time, Gen. David H. Petraeus has set the bar high. Never has so much beribboned finery decorated a general’s uniform since Al Haig passed through the sally ports of West Point on his way...
  • Reports show gun ownership increases(MA)

    11/19/2012 6:05:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    masslive.com ^ | 17 November, 2012 | Frank Sousa
    Guess what? Firearms ownership by private citizens is at all-time high while violent crimes are near an all-time low. This is not a report from the National Rifle Association, but rather from the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In addition, a recent ABC News Poll showed that nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of the public endorses the Second Amendment, which protects rights of individuals to own guns. This is interesting, the high percentage of ownership, as I know from limited experience there are many gun owners who do not claim ownership as their mate does...
  • Fargo Faints: Catholic Teen Refused Confirmation After Pro-Gay Marriage Photo Posted on Facebook

    11/19/2012 6:05:33 AM PST · by servo1969 · 69 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | November 19, 2012 | Tim Graham
    The media in Fargo, North Dakota were scandalized when a nearby Minnesota priest informed the parents of Lennon Cihak that he would not be confirmed in the local Catholic church after he posted a picture on Facebook supporting gay marriage (or a No vote on the traditional-marriage ballot initiative). Naturally, the liberal parents – who agree with their son – were shocked, shocked that the church would stand for something. “You kind of know the Catholic beliefs, but I never thought they would deny somebody confirmation because you weren’t 100 percent. I guess that’s what shocks me,” Shana Cihak said....
  • Florida AG Bondi fights against gun rights(FL)

    11/19/2012 5:57:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | Raquel Okyay
    The Florida Supreme Court is currently reviewing the case of Mackey v. State of Florida to determine whether an investigatory stop, and a search and seizure of a person suspected to be carrying a concealed firearm, is lawful. Conflicting case law lands this matter at the highest court in the State. By statute 190.01(2), the Florida legislature has deemed carrying a concealed firearm a felony crime in the third degree. Statute 190.01(3) says, however, carrying a concealed firearm is permissible with a valid permit.The petitioner asserts that a police officer conducted an illegal investigatory stop and a search of his...
  • Oil taxes top session agenda, but some GOP lawmakers say it's time to look at social issues

    11/19/2012 5:18:25 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 18, 2012 | BECKY BOHRER
    Republicans are looking to capitalize on their newfound control of the Alaska Legislature, taking on oil taxes and raising social issues dear to more conservative members. This month's elections helped dismantle the bipartisan coalition that has ruled the Senate since 2007 and resulted in Republicans controlling both legislative chambers - and holding the governor's office - for the first time since 2006. Gov. Sean Parnell, who arguably stands to gain the most politically in this new environment with re-election or a possible U.S. Senate bid looming, said he was pleased with the results. GOP gains, particularly on the Senate side,...
  • President Obama Defends Historic Trip to Burma

    11/19/2012 5:10:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2012 | David Nakamura
    President Obama on Sunday defended his trip to Burma, insisting that the visit Monday is “not an endorsement” of the nation’s long-repressive leadership but rather an acknowledgment that the country is making progress toward reform. “I don’t think anybody is under any illusion that Burma has arrived, that they’re where they need to be,” Obama said at a joint news conference with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to begin his three-country Asia trip. President Obama arrived in Thailand on Sunday on his first foreign trip since winning a second term. His visit is designed to expand the U.S. economic and...
  • 1 step forward, 2 back {impact of Alaska Oil Taxes}

    11/19/2012 5:05:54 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of November 18, 2012 | Kristen Nelson
    BP Exploration (Alaska) and ConocoPhillips Alaska, the North Slope’s major operators, delivered similar messages to the Resource Development Council’s annual conference Nov. 14 in Anchorage: The state’s oil and gas tax system needs to be changed. It’s not a new message, but Nick Olds, ConocoPhillips Alaska’s new vice president, North Slope operations and development, said a better business climate in Alaska is necessary to draw the investment needed for continued development of legacy fields, including high-risk satellite opportunities. John Minge, president of BP Exploration (Alaska), called ACES — Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share — a good short-term fiscal policy for...
  • Conspire, Divide & Smear

    11/19/2012 4:46:31 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 5 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 11/19/2012 | William L. Gensert
    Let's start with Benghazi. As a writer of fiction, read by dozens, I love a good conspiracy. If you give me enough time, I can explain how Hurricane Sandy was directly caused by the introduction of New Coke years before, and how Morgan Freeman, the inventor of the teleprompter, is actually Barack Obama's true father. Obama betrayed us and now it's up to Petraeus to save us. To use a crass analogy, the entire episode in Libya was an abortion from the start. We all know the President's preference for abortion -- partial or otherwise -- funded by the wealthy...
  • HOW THE TORIES COVERED UP THE PAEDOPHILE RING JIMMY SAVILE PROCURED FOR

    11/19/2012 4:36:12 AM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies
    The  letter written below is penned  by Simon Regan  Editor of Scallyway Magazine   who's  half  Brother  Angus  James Wilson,  co founder of Scallywag  and editor of its sucessor Spiked  died  in Cyprus  around  1996  whilst the magazine  was investigating  the elite paedophile ring operating in North Wales children's homes and beyond.  In his letter dated February 2000 Simon documents Scallywag's investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse scandal   and the tragic  cover-up by the Courts and the Establishment. Whilst the Establishment stole  the affidavits the  abused children had made,  naming their high profile abusers,  the notes of the interviews were...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 19, 2012

    11/19/2012 2:42:05 AM PST · by sneakers · 15 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Israel Sends Hamas 36-Hour Ultimatum

    11/19/2012 12:11:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 88 replies
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | 11/19/2012 | Gil Ronen
    Diplomatic message to Egypt: Hamas terrorism must cease by Tuesday evening or we step up attack. Israel has delivered an ultimatum to Hamas through Egypt, according to which the IDF will widen its offensive in Gaza in 36 hours unless Hamas ceases firing rockets and smuggling arms into Gaza, IDF Radio reported Monday morning. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told the station that the time left before Israel steps up its attack can be measured in "hours, not days." "We are at a junction," he said. "Either we go toward a calm or toward a meaningful widening of the operation… including...
  • French Right descends into farce with bitter battle to become Sarkozy's heir

    11/19/2012 12:02:48 AM PST · by Cincinna · 12 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 11/19/2012 | Henry Samuel
    A bitter election battle to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as new leader of France’s main centre-Right party, UMP, has gone down to the wire in a contest that could decide whether or not the group swings farther Right. Jean-Francois Cope, the party’s firebrand secretary-general, was more than 3,000 votes ahead of the moderate Francois Fillon, with some 155,000 ballots counted from the election among the party’s 300,000 members. With the outcome still unclear, the surprise of the night was the higher-than-expected score of Mr Copé, 48, who was expected to finish well behind Mr Fillon, 58. Last night members of the...
  • EU: Merkel's day of reckoning as taxpayer haircut on Greece looms

    11/18/2012 11:53:03 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/18/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Germany, Holland, and the creditor states of northern Europe have not lost a single cent on eurozone rescue packages, so far. They have lent money, at a theoretical profit. They have issued a fistful of guarantees to Europe’s twin bail-out funds, covering Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and soon Cyprus. They have taken on opaque and potentially huge liabilities through the European Central Bank. Yet little has disturbed the illusion that the euro is a free lunch for the surplus powers. An assumption persists that the creditors will be spared the consequences of flooding Southern Europe with excess capital. All the...
  • America, Israel, Gaza, the World

    11/18/2012 11:12:27 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 13 replies
    The American Interest ^ | November 18, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    As Israeli airstrikes and naval shells bombarded Gaza this weekend, the world asked the question that perennially frustrates, confuses and enrages so many people across the planet: Why aren’t the Americans hating on Israel more? As in Operation Cast Lead, the last big conflict between Israel and Hamas, and as during the operation against Hezbollah in Lebanon, much of the world screams in outrage while America yawns. If anything, many of Israel’s military operations are more popular and less controversial in the United States than they are in Israel itself. This time around, President Barack Obama and his administration have...
  • Homeland Security promotes welfare to new immigrants in government ‘welcome’ materials

    11/18/2012 10:59:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/18/12 | Caroline May
    Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your new country can do for you. “Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits. “Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page reads. “Government assistance...
  • Santa Monica Forced To CANCEL Christmas After Atheist Campaigner Launches Protest...

    11/18/2012 9:31:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 18, 2012
    Santa Monica Forced To CANCEL Christmas After Atheist Campaigner Launches Protest Against Town's Holiday Decorations 18 November 2012 A California town has been forced to axe its Christmas decorations after an atheist protester objected to a 14-piece religious display in the town centre and set up his own booths mocking Christianity and preventing church groups from celebrating the holidays. Officials in Santa Monica, California have snuffed the city's holiday tradition this year rather than intervening in the religious fight - prompting churches which have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama every year for decades to sue over freedom of speech...
  • Why We Should Stop Obsessing About The Federal Budget Deficit

    11/18/2012 9:29:56 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 40 replies
    http://robertreich.org/ ^ | November 18 2012 | Robert Reich
    wish President Obama and the Democrats would explain to the nation that the federal budget deficit isn’t the nation’s major economic problem and deficit reduction shouldn’t be our major goal. Our problem is lack of good jobs and sufficient growth, and our goal must be to revive both. Deficit reduction leads us in the opposite direction — away from jobs and growth. The reason the “fiscal cliff” is dangerous (and, yes, I know – it’s not really a “cliff” but more like a hill) is because it’s too much deficit reduction, too quickly. It would suck too much demand out...
  • Why Obama Care Is Still No Sure Thing

    11/18/2012 9:26:03 PM PST · by FreedomNotSafety · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/19/2012 | Capretta and Levin
    Link only. Can't copy with my phone.
  • Soros increases his stake in AIG

    11/18/2012 8:56:04 PM PST · by bronxville · 8 replies
    muckety.com ^ | 11-18-2012 | Laurie Bennett
    Soros increases his stake in AIG By Laurie Bennett November 18, 2012 at 5:56am One of the likely beneficiaries of the government-backed recovery of American International Group: billionaire George Soros. Soros Fund Management has upped its investment in AIG, bringing its holdings to 15.2 million shares, worth $484 million. The fund last week reported AIG as its third largest investment (after Micron and Lucent). Soros is a longtime supporter of liberal causes and Democratic politicians. In the last election, he gave $1 million to the major super PAC supporting President Obama’s re-election, and another $1 million to American Bridge 21st...
  • FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling

    11/18/2012 8:40:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    KARN News Radio ^ | November 18, 2012 | ABC News Radio
    (WASHINGTON) -- A vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu, or bird flu, has been approved by a panel of experts to be stockpiled for emergency use in case of a pandemic. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 14-0 in favor that the vaccine, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Quebec, was in compliance with licensing standards under accelerated approval regulations, reports MedPage Today. H5N1 currently does not spread as easily among humans as it does among domestic foul, but flu experts have feared it could mutate and potentially lead to a pandemic. In infected humans, the virus is...
  • Autopsy Identifies Man Shot And Killed After Trying To Rob Beer Store(PA)

    11/18/2012 7:51:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    yourerie.com ^ | 18 November, 2012 | NA
    A man attempted to rob a Beer For Less store in Millcreek is identified Coroner Lyell Cook tells us Patrick Atkins, 21 years old, was pronounced dead at Hamot yesterday just before 9 pm. Cook says he died of a single gun shot wound to the chest, and Cook ruled it a homicide. The shooting happened just after 8 tonight at the Presque Isle Beer For Less store at 2756 West 12th Street. Atkins reportedly walked into the store with a small handgun in an apparent attempt to rob the store. The clerk in the store was armed with a...
  • EPA rules Ariz. power plants must upgrade

    11/18/2012 7:47:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met a deadline Thursday on a plan to control emissions from three Arizona power plants that it contends have impaired visibility at places like the Grand Canyon. The Associated Press reports that the EPA had proposed approving Arizona's air-quality plan to reduce sulfur dioxide and soot at the Apache coal-fired plant in Cochise, along with the Cholla and Coronado plants. But when it came to nitrogen oxide emissions, the EPA suggested the state's plan didn't go far enough and came up with one of its own. The conflict highlights the tension between the EPA and...
  • Maryland’s Endemic Corruption: An Object Lesson for the Nation

    11/18/2012 7:01:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | November 15, 2012 | James Simpson
    Maryland is one of the most corrupt states in our nation. Nowhere is this fact more evident than with the state’s treatment of illegal aliens. Maryland politicians have literally become lawless in their efforts to cultivate illegals, and this lawlessness flows downhill from the very top. I will focus on a few of the more egregious examples. In 2011, we published a report on CASA de Maryland, a Silver Spring-based illegal immigrant advocacy group that parrots ACORN in both its methods and associates—which include the Communist Party USA, FMLN, (a former Salvadoran communist guerilla group, now a political party), ACORN...
  • Fillon and Cope claim win in French UMP vote

    11/18/2012 6:51:12 PM PST · by Cincinna · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | Staff
    Both candidates have claimed victory in the race to become France's next opposition leader, in a contest marred by allegations of vote-rigging. Hundreds of votes are said to separate right-wing candidate Jean-Francois Cope and ex-PM Francois Fillon. As the neck-and-neck result emerged, supporters of both UMP candidates made accusations of vote fraud. The party has been without a leader since Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated in the May presidential election. Mr Cope has been secretary general of the conservative UMP since 2010 while his rival was prime minister for five years during Mr Sarkozy's presidency. More than 50% of the party's...
  • Obama Supporters 'Not Responsible Enough To Own A Firearm,' AZ Gun Store's Sign Declares

    11/18/2012 6:10:07 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 49 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 11/18/12 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    It was reported over the weekend that the owner of a gun store in Arizona is telling Pres. Obama's supporters he doesn't want their business. Cope Reynolds, the owner of Southwest Shooting Authority, a gun store located in Pinetop, Arizona, took out a full page ad in a local newspaper that read: "If you voted for Barack Obama your business is not welcome." The New York Daily News reports that Mr. Reynolds also posted a sign on the store's front door: "If you voted for Obama, please turn around and leave! You have proven you are not responsible enough to...
  • LA Demonstrators Clash Over Renewed Middle East Violence

    11/18/2012 6:07:33 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 17 replies
    KNBC Los Angeles ^ | 11/18/2012 | Ted Chen and Jason Kande
    Police stand guard on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood where two groups of protesters demonstrating against recent violence in the Middle East clashed on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.Pro-Israel and pro-Muslim demonstrators clashed on Sunday outside the Federal Building during a protest over renewed violence in the Middle East. Hundreds of demonstrators waving Israeli and American flags stood on one side of Wilshire on the Westside of Los Angeles, while a smaller number of pro-Palestinian demonstrators stood on the other. “My family is over there. They have to sit in shelters. And they’re very stressed out, but unfortunately the world doesn’t realize...
  • Biden Calls Obama 'Homeboy'

    11/18/2012 5:51:47 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    Biden Calls Obama 'Homeboy' Daniel Halper November 18, 2012 6:01 PM Visiting victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey today, Vice President Joe Biden told them not to worry, saying, "you’ve got a homeboy in the deal who gets it." Biden was referring to President Barack Obama. Here are Biden's remarks, via the pool report: "If you’re not an Easterner it’s hard to understand that the ocean to us is the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park and everything else combined. It is a gigantic part of not only our economy but who we are. It’s a gigantic part of the culture...
  • 'Gifts': 2016 Frontrunners Already Caving to Media

    11/18/2012 5:29:40 PM PST · by Bratch · 69 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | November 18, 2012 | John Nolte
    Late last week, in a conference call with donors, Governor Mitt Romney said what we all know to be the truth: that Obama's reelection plan was to divide Americans across various lines and dole out government freebies, such as health insurance, amnesty, and birth control. The promise of these "gifts" (or the fear of losing them) would then drive out turnout, specifically among those who did turn out: blacks, students, and Hispanics -- and lo and behold, it worked. For days now, Romney's been blistered by the media for telling a truth about a political tactic that the media itself...
  • Muslim Brotherhood now targeting Jordan

    11/18/2012 5:23:01 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 49 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/18/2012 | Unknown
    Jordan’s anti-government riots aimed ultimately at removing King Abdullah from power are so severe that the government has turned 10,000 of its soldiers into riot police. Religious Freedom Coalition President and Founder William Murray said the ruthlessness of the rioting prompted the move. Ads by Google The king has given police uniforms to 10,000 soldiers to try to maintain order,” he said. Those soldiers-turned-police are not the only ones guarding the king. Terrorism analyst and Act for America President Brigitte Gabriel said there are U.S. troops on the ground in Jordan. “We have actually positioned troops in Jordan to protect...
  • Video: ‘Count the votes’ chant erupts at Allen West recount

    11/18/2012 5:15:50 PM PST · by SmileRight · 7 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 11/18/2012 | Michele Kirk
    When the crowd of Allen West supporters heard the news that Patrick Murphy had declared victory in his battle for Congressional District 18 with West, they weren’t very happy. The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board missed the noon deadline to recount all the early votes in the race...