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  • Why do we keep paying for rebuilding in disaster-prone areas?

    11/19/2012 12:58:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2012 | Rick Moran
    I'm all for people pitching in to rebuild after a hurricane. But should the taxpayer be subsidizing the rebuilding, especially when an area has proven to be disaster-prone? New York Times: ******** DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. - Even in the off season, the pastel beach houses lining a skinny strip of sand here are a testament to the good life. They are also a monument to the generosity of the federal government. The western end of this Gulf Coast island has proved to be one of the most hazardous places in the country for waterfront property. Since 1979, nearly a dozen...
  • How Many 2008 McCain Voters Went Libertarian in 2012?

    11/19/2012 12:55:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    Campaign Spot reader Michael writes in, having examined the claim of the missing Republican voters — the drop off from McCain’s 2008 total to Romney’s 2012. Immediately after the election, many were left incredulous in response to the apparent news that Romney received 3 million fewer votes than McCain did. As more and more states have counted their absentees and reported 100 percent of precincts, the numbers are less shocking. Michael points to Dave Leip’s Atlas of US Presidential elections and calculates the drop off is now only 479,000.* Most intriguingly, many of those missing McCain voters may have voted...
  • Let’s go over the fiscal cliff (Give the Democrats what they want)

    11/19/2012 12:46:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/17/2012 | Marc Thiessen
    Here’s an idea for how to start the New Year in a bipartisan fashion: Let’s go over the fiscal cliff! Today, the only ones in Washington who advocate fiscal cliff-diving are liberal Democrats. It’s time for conservatives to join them. Letting the Bush tax cuts expire will strengthen the GOP’s hand in tax negotiations next year, and it may be the only way Republicans can force President Obama and Senate Democrats to agree to fundamental tax reform. Right now, Democrats believe they have the upper hand in the fiscal standoff. Patty Murray (Wash.) — the fourth-ranking Senate Democrat and the...
  • Islamic Jihad Official: All Our Weapons are From Iran

    11/19/2012 12:43:07 PM PST · by drewh · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/19/2012, Kislev 5, 5773
    Islamic Jihad deputy chief Ziyad Nahala said on Sunday in an interview with Egyptian television that all of the organization's weapons came from Iran. “I want to note that all our weapons are from Iran. The rockets fired into Israel until now have a range of 70 to 80 kilometers," he said, according to a report on Channel 10 News.
  • Welcome to Washington, for some it's the ‘state of denial’(WA)

    11/19/2012 12:37:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 November, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Passing through the sometimes crowded aisles of the Washington Arms Collectors’ monthly gun show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, there was no question that a lot of people were there doing some serious shopping in the wake of the Nov. 6 election. There was also no doubt that some people in that pavilion had voted for Obama, and were in a rather interesting quandry: how to engage in a conversation about the election while not necessarily being confrontational or combative. A couple seemed smug without daring to engage in a full debate. All of the "suspects" invariably spoke without looking us...
  • Statistical Rainiest Day Of The Year Lives Up To Billing [Seattle - Right Now!]

    11/19/2012 12:36:48 PM PST · by zeestephen · 26 replies
    KOMONews.com ^ | 19 November 2012 | Scott Sistek
    Through 10 a.m., Seattle had already set its daily rainfall record with 1.48" of rain, breaking the old record of 1.23" set in 1962, and the rain was still coming down. [Now 12:30 PM and still pouring!]
  • LFT: Teachers are under attack (Louisiana Teacher's Union squealing like stuck pigs)

    11/19/2012 11:54:40 AM PST · by abb · 17 replies
    The (Baton Rouge) Advocate ^ | November 19, 2012 | Will Sentell
    Public school teachers are “under attack” through so-called education reforms pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and others, the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers said Monday. Steve Monaghan, who heads the group, said a series of events going back to the election of a Jindal-friendly state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last year and the passage of an overhaul of public schools earlier this year shows that the LFT and public education have been targeted. “We are definitely under attack,” he said. Monaghan made his comments during the second day of the group’s 48th annual convention. The gathering...
  • West Fights On Amid Vote-Recount Mayhem

    11/19/2012 11:42:04 AM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | November 19, 2012 | John Fund
    The characters in the latest example of South Florida’s dysfunctional election system — recall the Bush v. Gore debacle in 2000 — are worthy of a Carl Hiaasen potboiler. Congressman Allen West, an outspoken tea-party favorite whose district was pushed into largely new territory by redistricting, is claiming that massive voter irregularities are robbing him of his seat. Democrat Patrick Murphy, who leads West by some 2,000 votes, is trying to stop a full recount of controversial early ballots cast in St. Lucie County. His current victory margin is just large enough to avoid triggering an automatic recall of all...
  • Spain: Residency for foreigners who buy houses

    11/19/2012 11:36:50 AM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 11-19
    MADRID (AP) — Looking for a new place to call home? Spain is hoping to give you a little bit more than a welcome basket of baked goods if you decide to move there. In an attempt to reduce the country's bloated stock of unsold homes, the government is set to offer permanent residency to any foreigner provided they buy a house or apartment worth more than €160,000 ($200,000). The plan, unveiled by Trade Ministry secretary Jaime Garcia-Legaz Monday and expected to be approved in the coming weeks, would be aimed principally at Chinese and Russian buyers. Spain has more...
  • Carlos Gutierrez, Bush-Era Commerce Secretary, Rips The Republican Party

    11/19/2012 11:35:51 AM PST · by zeestephen · 19 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 13 November 2012 | Jerry Kammer
    During his appearance on the Univision program "Al Punto," Gutierrez claimed that the Republican Party's extremism was the reason for Mitt Romney's resounding defeat last week.
  • All Eyez on Him [GQ Interview with Marco Rubio...and the man is GOOD]

    11/19/2012 11:24:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 165 replies
    GQ [link only!] | December 2012 issue | Michael Hainey
    http://www.gq.com/news-politics/politics/201212/marco-rubio-interview-gq-december-2012?printable=true&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitte
  • Coleman concedes Lt. Gov. race to Forest

    11/19/2012 10:58:45 AM PST · by South40 · 6 replies
    NBC17.com ^ | November 19, 2012
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Linda Coleman, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, called Republican Dan Forest Monday morning to concede the race. Coleman trailed by 11,000 votes after election night, but her campaign claimed that perhaps thousands of ballots hadn't been counted that should have been. As mail-in ballots and provisional ballots have trickled in since Election Day, Republican candidate Dan Forest's lead has dwindled.
  • Petraeus chose 'Jackie Kennedy' package for wedding

    11/19/2012 10:58:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner "Secrets" ^ | 11-19-12 | Paul Bedard
    The Petraeus sex scandal didn't just reveal the former CIA director's bedroom secrets. It's also shined a spotlight on a romantic facility in Berryville, Virginia, 65 miles from Washington where David and Holly Petraeus' daughter Anne married Matt Mauney last month in a picturesque setting the couple celebrated with pictures on her blog, fannetasticfood.com. Rosemont Manor owner William Genda told Secrets that he is sad about how the publicity came to his facility, but happy for the new business it is bringing from the Washington area. "It's probably been good," he told Secrets. Only in business for two years, the...
  • Check Out Maria Bartiromo's Super Bearish Column On The Fiscal Cliff

    11/19/2012 10:57:57 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-19-2012 | Linette Lopez
    Check Out Maria Bartiromo's Super Bearish Column On The Fiscal Cliff Linette LopezNovember 19, 2012CNBC This morning Politico's Ben White wrote that the fiscal cliff is basically over. Closing Bell's Maria Bartiromo couldn't disagree with him more. She wrote a super bearish column on the issue for CNBC, and to her, words like "panic stricken" are definitely in order. From the column: The Mayans may not be right about the world ending by the end of 2012, but the next month and a half is looking a lot more panic-stricken than celebratory. The ongoing fight over the "fiscal cliff" may...
  • 'Bomb' Doc Was Fired From Hospital After Stalking Allegation (mentions "Occupy militant element")

    11/19/2012 10:57:21 AM PST · by dead · 3 replies
    A doctor charged Saturday with possessing a large quantity of chemicals used in bomb-making spent 15 years on the staff of a Manhattan hospital until he was fired in 2006 for refusing to submit to a psychiatric evaluation when a nurse accused him of stalking her, court records show. Roberto Rivera, 60, was charged with recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury or damage after federal and local authorities found precursor chemicals used in the making of explosives in the basement of a Ridgewood house, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said in a release Saturday afternoon. Rivera was being held...
  • Iran's fingerprints on Hamas weaponry, but its larger role in Israel-Gaza crisis remains murky

    11/19/2012 10:39:37 AM PST · by John W · 21 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Alastair Jamieson
    It was an unguarded comment that may have strayed close to the truth: Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said he believes tensions over Iran were behind the Israel-Gaza violence. That remark – made in a radio studio when he thought he was off the air – echoes a theory that Tehran’s fingerprints are all over the current escalation of violence. Realizing that he was actually live on air, Sacks did not elaborate on his theory but Western intelligence agencies and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) do agree that longer-range rockets being fired toward Tel Aviv are Iranian-manufactured Fajr-5 missiles.
  • Surprise: CA Education Tax Hike Will Go to Wall Street Cronies

    11/19/2012 10:30:52 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    California Governor Jerry Brown hailed his signature tax-hike to fund education—known as Proposition 30—as a towering achievement that will ensure educational excellence in higher education and spare those trapped in poor and failing K-12 California public schools from budget cuts. But a new study by five UC Berkeley doctoral students titled “Swapping Our Future: How Taxpayers And Students Are Funding Risky UC Borrowing and Wall Street Profits” says that millions of dollars of the freshly raised revenues won’t go to California’s school children.
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,November 19-23,2012

    11/19/2012 10:30:08 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
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  • Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage

    11/19/2012 10:24:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage By Nile Gardiner World Last updated: November 19th, 2012 Barack Obama: hardly off to a flying start It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House. Obama's first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every...
  • MSNBC host tells Israeli amb. Hamas rockets 'rarely do damage'"response...is disproportional"

    11/19/2012 10:23:05 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 70 replies
    KFYI Radio ^ | November 19, 2012 | Sharona Schwartz
    The host then suggested that because the number of rocket attacks on Israel has dramatically increased since 2009, Israel’s policy has been a "failure" (Sharona Schwartz) Beyond its military operation targeting the Hamas terrorist infrastructure in Gaza, Israel is invested in an intense media campaign to make sure its side of the story is being heard overseas. But that’s not always easy to do. In an interview with Israel’s top envoy to the United States on Saturday, MSNBC provided yet another example of how much work Israeli officials face in their effort to pass through the filter of the mainstream media and...