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  • Unskewed Polling' Creator Launches New Site On How Obama's Win Might Be Based On Voter Fraud

    11/21/2012 7:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    The creator of the so-called "Unskewed" Polling site is now unskewing the actual votes. Last week, Dean Chambers — who admitted he was wrong about the polls shortly after the election — launched BarackOFraudo.com, which attempts to expose "how they stole the election." Its premise centers on the admittedly eye-popping fact that Republican Mitt Romney received sometimes as little as zero votes in certain precincts in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Chambers also alleges that there are "questions" with how votes were counted in Florida and Virginia. You see where this is going — without those four states, President Barack Obama has...
  • Alan Dershowitz: Chief Justice Roberts Voted For Obamacare To Get 'Street Cred' (Video)

    11/21/2012 7:28:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2012 | Abby Rogers
    Even though Obamacare was decided months ago, pundits are still dissecting the court's actions. CNN's top legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and famed lawyer and author Alan Dershowitz sat down on Friday at New York's 92nd Street Y to debate why Chief Justice John Roberts used his deciding vote to pass President Barack Obama's controversial health care law. And, according to Dershowitz, Roberts did it just so he could side with Republicans from now on without getting called out for being too conservative. "Roberts is very political," Dershowitz said in the interview, posted by Above The Law. "And what he did...
  • The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost

    11/21/2012 7:22:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/21/2012 | William J. Becker Jr.
    As TV networks began to call the race for President Obama in the 2012 general election earlier this month, Karl Rove fumbled with his white board insisting the race wasn't over and that the votes from vital Ohio counties had not yet been fully tallied. A glimmer of hope that Mitt Romney could snatch victory from the jaws of certain defeat remained visible through the squinting lens of Rove's roseate stubbornness. As his recount was underway last weekend in Florida, Congressman Allen West basked in the glow of adulation conservatives attending an event at the Breakers Hotel in West Palm...
  • Misreading the Fiscal Cliff. No one, including Republicans, is focusing on the right issues.

    11/21/2012 7:18:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/21/2012 | Michael Tanner
    The fiscal cliff is now less than six weeks away. Negotiators are reportedly locked away behind closed doors working on a grand bargain to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts that will hit on January 1. Most of the debate so far has centered on how best to raise taxes on the wealthy: whether to increase tax rates, as the president demands, or eliminate deductions and loopholes, as some Republicans seem to be open to considering. Unfortunately, these priorities are almost entirely upside down. Therefore, let me offer some unsolicited advice for the negotiators: You can’t hike taxes on...
  • Thomas Sowell - Tough Teachers (video)

    11/21/2012 7:13:32 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Oct 4, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
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  • Pelosi: Obama Could Be Most Famous Person ‘In the Whole Galaxy’ Spent ‘Like, a Billion Dollars’..

    11/21/2012 7:11:22 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Pelosi: Obama Could Be Most Famous Person ‘In the Whole Galaxy’ Spent ‘Like, a Billion Dollars’ in Battle of Ideas By Eric Scheiner November 21, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made her case for reducing the role of money in politics by claiming current laws forced the president of the United States, “the most famous person in the world, maybe in the whole galaxy” to spend “like, a billion dollars.” The House minority leader was discussing the impact of money on the election. “Some people say that all that big money didn’t have a big impact on the...
  • What's Obamacare Cost? Obama Small Biz Chief: 'I Bought Jam For My Friends!'

    11/21/2012 7:06:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hector Camacho might be in rough shape in hospital, but someone is out there bobbing and weaving like a champ. Meet Karen Mills, President Obama's head of the Small Business Administration. When Joe Scarborough asked her straight-up to state the cost per worker of Obamacare, Mills ducked like a pro, switched the subject, and wound up describing . . . how last year, she bought blueberry jam at a Maine farmers market as gifts for her friends! Not a joke—just a world-class non sequitur from an Obama administration that would rather talk about anything other than the cost of its...
  • The American dream is alive and well — in Canada

    11/21/2012 7:06:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | 11/21/2012 | Jesse Kline
    Speaking at an event in Burlington, Ont., on Monday, Liberal Senator Art Eggleton warned the audience about the growing level of income inequality in Canada. “I think our future level of prosperity depends on us addressing our current level of poverty,” he said. And who would disagree? Most people would prefer not to live in a society where people suffer in poverty. But, he continued, “I think in the income inequality context we are able to reach out to a much larger part of the population, who see the unfairness in the way we are going and the danger in...
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier disrespect not tolerated

    11/21/2012 7:03:42 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 107 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Nov 20, 2012 | Scott Paulson
    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier disrespect not tolerated November 20, 2012 By: Scott Paulson Taking the expression “some people just don’t think!” to a new level, Lindsey Stone thought she was being funny when she posted a picture of herself giving the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery "the finger" - the middle finger - while appearing to shout at the national memorial in October. After posting the pic to Facebook, somehow thinking her friends would enjoy the photo, she most definitely found out otherwise. As of Monday, the backlash has been severe for Stone. Veterans Day:...
  • Americans donate $8 million to cut national debt

    11/21/2012 6:59:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | November 20, 2012 | Olivia Smith
    The debate about the national debt has already paid off: Individual Americans pitched in nearly $8 million of their own money to help reduce it in fiscal 2012. That's more than double the total from the year before... But even this year's hefty total of $7.7 million is barely a drop in the bucket. That sum represents just 0.000007% of the approximately $1.1 trillion deficit the U.S. ran in the latest fiscal year.
  • Target keeps Thanksgiving opening despite complaints

    11/21/2012 6:56:40 AM PST · by OriginalChristian · 22 replies
    Despite getting an earful from some critics and employees over its plan to open stores on Thanksgiving evening this year, Target Corp. said it will press ahead with the plan. KSTP reports that a Target retail worker on Monday delivered a petition with more than 350,000 signatures asking the retailer to reverse its decision to open at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving this year.
  • Are Budget Cuts Or Tax Hikes Better For The Economy?

    11/21/2012 6:53:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/21/2012 | Alberto Alesina
    Should debt-ridden and economically struggling Western governments be doing everything possible to reduce their deficits? Those in favor of immediate deficit-reduction argue that it is a necessary precondition of economic growth. Today's deficits become tomorrow's debt, they say, and too much debt can bring fiscal crises, including government defaults. Markets, worried about solvency, will require high interest rates on government bonds, making it more costly for countries to service their debts. Defaults could cause banks holding government bonds to collapse, possibly leading to another financial meltdown. There can be no sustained growth, say the deficit hawks, unless we start balancing...
  • Keep Both Eyes On Your Retirement Funds As Fiscal Cliff Nears

    11/21/2012 6:51:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 21, 2012 | Bob Livingston
    Americans hold about $17.9 trillion in retirement assets. These are found in the form of 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts and pension funds.That money is not your own. If it were, you would be able to access it without penalty. But that is not the case. Taxes and onerous fees are tacked on if you take the money when you need it as opposed to when your “benevolent” government masters believe you should have it.Congress established retirement programs like IRAs and 401(k)s in order to prop up the stock markets for the big banksters and make themselves look good. Americans have...
  • The United States of Twinkies

    11/21/2012 6:44:08 AM PST · by morethanright · 6 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-11-20 17:11:21 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Nothing in my youth was more ubiquitous than Wonder Bread, Twinkies and the Hostess chocolate cupcake with its signature white frosting swirl on top. These cultural icons will soon go the way of the Dodo Bird thanks to Americas' contracting economy and union entitlements. According to the Teamsters Union, which represents 6,700 Hostess workers, the company demanded a 30% cut in worker's wages and benefits. The union responded by telling their members to strike."... We do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," said Hostess Chief Executive Gregory Rayburn in a statement released to...
  • Mitt Romney Pumps His Own Gas At La Jolla Station

    11/21/2012 6:33:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies
    Vibe ^ | November 21, 2012
    After losing to President Obama in the election earlier this month, his former political opponent Mitt Romney has kept in the shadows of defeat. The former Republican nominee was spotted at La Jolla gas station Monday pumping gas, looking rather disheveled. TMZ reports that he and his wife were on a movie date, catching the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and grabbed some pizza afterwards. The flick of Romney at the tank was snapped up by Reddit user mkb95, who wrote "Mitt Romney at my local gas station. He looks tired and washed up." He even got to interact with...
  • Hey President Obama, Clinton Prosperity Requires Clinton-Sized Government

    11/21/2012 6:30:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/21/2012 | Steve Forbes
    There is a way for Congressional Republicans to reach an accord with Democrats that would enable the nation to avoid falling off “the fiscal cliff” into a searing recession. Obama Democrats argue that the President only wants to restore the top rates that reigned during the Clinton presidency, which was a prosperous time. We should say: Absolutely, let’s do it. But in order to achieve a Clinton economy, you also must enact the other Clinton policies critical to the prosperity of those years: They include: I. A Freer Economy The oppressive ObamaCare of that time was HillaryCare, which was never...
  • New ‘Kardashians’ - Petraeus-case sisters shoot for the ‘stars’

    11/21/2012 6:25:13 AM PST · by maggief · 13 replies
    NYPost ^ | November 21, 2012 | ANDREA PEYSER
    Move over, Kardashian sisters. All we need now is a sex tape. Tampa military groupie Jill Kelley and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam, are the new K sisters of the US Armed Forces — greedy star-lovers raising their 15 minutes to pornographic levels. (snip) Now, it was Natalie’s star turn. With stringy hair hanging into her eyes and enough makeup to give her an uncanny resemblance to the late Michael Jackson, Khawam took the microphone at a DC press conference next to horror lawyer Gloria Allred, a lady with a truffle-sniffing pig’s ability to unearth the bimbo of the moment.
  • N.H. lawyer held on sexual exploitation, porn charges

    11/21/2012 6:22:53 AM PST · by massmike · 13 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 11/21/2012 | O’Ryan Johnson and Matt Stout
    A Granite State lawyer is now in federal custody after authorities say she brought an underage girl to Canada and forced her to perform sexual acts in front of a camera. Lisa Biron, 43, of Manchester has been ordered held pending her January trial on federal sexual exploitation and child porn charges. Biron — arrested last week on those charges — was already facing seven counts of possession of child abuse images in Manchester District Court, where a criminal complaint alleges she had five videotapes and two photographs of an underage female engaged in sexual conduct with an unknown male.
  • Half Your Paycheck To The Government In 2013

    11/21/2012 5:48:15 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 40 replies
    fox ^ | 11-21-12 | gerri willis
    Come January 1, you're probably not going to be happy with the amount of taxes you're paying. That's because it's not just Federal taxes that you pay. A middle class taxpayer pays 25% percent of their income in Federal Income Tax. Sounds, ok? Then there is the Federal Social Security and Medicare payroll tax of 13.3%. You pick up 5.65% while you're employer pays 7.65%. Add them up and that's 38.3% of middle class family incomes going to Uncle Sam. But we aren't done, not by a long shot. According to the Tax Foundation, the average state's income tax rate...
  • Take this job and shove it: Fed-up Bangor TV anchors quit on air

    11/21/2012 5:48:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Andrew Neff
    Citing a longstanding battle with upper management over journalistic practices at their Bangor TV stations, news co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced their resignations at the end of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast... Both Michaels, 46, and Consiglio, 28, said frustration over the way they were allowed or told to do their jobs —something that has been steadily mounting for the last four years —became too much for them...
  • Jobless claims fall 41,000 to 410,000

    11/21/2012 5:41:51 AM PST · by John W · 48 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | November 21, 2012 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - First-time claims for state unemployment benefits fell sharply in the latest week but remained elevated due to Hurricane Sandy, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. The number of initial claims in the week ending Nov. 17 fell 41,000 to 410,000. Claims in the previous week were revised to an increase of 90,000 to 451,000 compared with the initial estimate that they rose 78,000 to 439,000.
  • Federal government releases long-awaited health reform rules

    11/21/2012 5:30:07 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    Long-awaited federal rules for health insurance plans came out Tuesday, and they make clear that insurance plans that people can buy on the open market next year will look a lot like some of the most popular plans on offer now – with a few big differences. As the 2010 health reform law requires, insurers will no longer be able to dump patients who are starting to cost too much, they won’t be able to charge women more than men, they have to cover anyone who can pay and they’ll have to pay for maternity care, eye exams for kids...
  • How The Press Helped Obama Over The Finish Line

    11/21/2012 5:10:59 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/21/2012 | IBD Staff
    Bias: It's hard to see how press coverage of President Obama's re-election bid could have gotten any more biased, but a new report shows the media managed to outdo themselves the week before voters went to the polls. The Pew Research Center's latest analysis puts hard numbers against the claim that the press went out of its way to get Obama re-elected. According to the report, after months of positive press, "Obama's coverage improved dramatically" in the crucial final week of the campaign. In fact, 29% of the stories about Obama that week were positive and just 19% were negative....
  • The Million Dollar Question On Benghazi No One Is Asking

    11/21/2012 4:59:01 AM PST · by maggief · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 21, 2012 | Duane Patterson
    On Hugh Hewitt’s show Tuesday, we had the pleasure of speaking with Vince Flynn, America’s preeminent thriller writer. His latest in the Mitch Rapp series, The Last Man, deals extensively with the relationship in remote parts of the world between the dipomatic corps and CIA operators. And while you would think since they’re isolated and technically on the same side, those relationships are often times strained at best. During Hugh’s interview, the parallel between the book and the 9/11 attack on our consuate, and the CIA annex buiding in Benghazi, came up, and here’s what Flynn had to say: (snip)...
  • PETA: Handle Hunting Magazines Like Porn--Keep Away from Kids

    11/21/2012 4:48:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | Jon Street
    (CNSNews.com) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is encouraging national retailer Hudson News to put hunting magazines where children can’t see them -- because, “Like other forms of casual or thrill violence, hunting spawns a dangerous desensitization to the suffering of others.” In a recent blog post, PETA wrote: “If children aren't mature enough to see nude human bodies, are they really mature enough to see people killing for ‘fun’?PETA has written to the CEO of Hudson News, Joseph DiDomizio, to request that his retail outlets handle hunting magazines the same way they would handle pornography or...
  • The Benghazi Slingshot (Obama's devotion to sharia)

    11/21/2012 4:34:12 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 11/21/2012 | Cindy Simpson
    The information offered by the experts suggests, to put it very simply, that the Middle East is rapidly unifying and heading toward a strict application of sharia; that sharia is a totalitarian form of government utterly incompatible with American ideas of freedom and liberty; and, as Diana West noted, U.S. policy is "making the world safe for sharia," as opposed to keeping the world, and specifically America, safe. In Benghazi, that policy proved fatal. The Center for Security Policy panelists aren't the only thinkers to question whether this administration has an affinity for sharia. In his article "Obama knew: Did...
  • Flying Camera From Animal Rights Group Shot Down at Pigeon Shoot

    11/21/2012 4:28:24 AM PST · by wesagain · 31 replies
    NBC10 Philidephia ^ | Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 | Updated 6:48 AM EST | David Chang
    Police are investigating an incident at a Berks County hunting club in which someone on the hunting grounds allegedly targeted a mechanical flying object rather than a living and breathing one. SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) are in the midst of a campaign against the Wing Pointe commercial hunting grounds in Hamburg, Berks County and its live pigeon shoots in which the birds are shot down. SHARK began to use an “Octocopter,” a remote controlled flying machine with a high tech video camera, to secretly record the pigeon shoots as they happen. "The pigeon shooters are basically going into...
  • Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise before election

    11/20/2012 8:51:44 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 106 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/20/12 | Allahpundit
    I keep thinking, “Christie can’t possibly come back from this.” And then I think, “Wait, did we actually just nominate John McCain and the guy responsible for RomneyCare?” Never underestimate the Republican capacity to forgive, my friends: But behind the scenes, the intensity of the reaction from those in Mr. Christie’s party caught him by surprise, interviews show, requiring a rising Republican star to try to contain a tempest that left him feeling deeply misunderstood and wounded...The tensions followed Mr. Christie to the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas last week. At a gathering where he...
  • Too Few Oppressors, Too Many Victims (VDH)

    11/21/2012 4:16:37 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 11/20/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Beneath all the pseudo-healing rhetoric, this is the divisive tool by which Barack Obama ran twice — the hyphenated African-, Latino-, gay-American re-election committees for Obama, the son who might have looked like Trayvon Martin, the people of color who had “the president’s back,” the nation of cowards, the country where we punish our ethnic enemies and fight against the police who all stereotype, in which Joseph Lowery tells us what particular race belongs in hell and Rev. Wright identifies whose chickens must come home to roost and the Rev. Jesse Jackson names the real segregationists who long for the...
  • Terrorist Attack on Bus in Tel Aviv; Hamas Celebrates

    11/21/2012 3:58:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/11/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    A terrorist blew blown up a Dan local bus on Shaul HaMelech street in central Tel Aviv aroun noon. Five people suffered serious injuries, and two are in serious condition while three people are in moderate conditon. No one was killed. Twenty-one people have been evacuated to Icholov Hospital, most of them with lesser injuries. Others are being treated for emotional shock. Eyewitnesses said that that the terrorist boarded the bus, placed a suspicious package there and then fled. Police arrested one suspect but later released him when it became clear he had no connection with the attack. Authorities said...
  • Spirit union to picket before Thanksgiving [Fire these thugs! Go Hostess Twinkie on them!]

    11/21/2012 3:53:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | November 19, 2012 | Arlene Satchell
    Spirit Airlines' flight attendants plan to rally outside four airports across the country Monday through Wednesday, including at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, to protest the slow pace of negotiations with management for a "fair contract." The flight attendants are expected to stage informational pickets at the ticketing counter in Terminal 4 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the group's union.
  • Kelley awarded Joint Chiefs' No. 2 medal for civilians

    11/21/2012 3:50:28 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 17 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | 11/21/12 | Howard Altman
    TAMPA -- Before she became enmeshed in a controversy that would take down the director of the CIA, Jill Kelley was considered so valuable to the MacDill Air Force Base community that she was awarded the Joint Chiefs of Staff's second-highest honor to a civilian. The award was approved by then-Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, and presented to Kelley on March 18, 2011, by then-Gen. David Petraeus at a ceremony in Washington. The award recommendation initially was made by Petraeus while he was commander of U.S. Central Command, said Navy Cmdr....
  • Police chief killed in Libya's Benghazi: sources

    11/21/2012 3:19:20 AM PST · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/21/2012 | staff
    A top security official in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was killed in front of his home overnight on Wednesday, security officials said, in the latest violence to plague the cradle of the North African country's revolt. Faraj al-Deirsy, head of Benghazi police, died from multiple gunshot wounds, police and interior ministry sources said. "This happened in front of his house when unknown attackers opened fire and hit him before fleeing," a police source. An interior ministry official confirmed that Deirsy, in charge of security in Benghazi, had been killed in front his home. Libya has been hit by...
  • More than three-quarters of homosexuals voted for Obama

    11/21/2012 3:13:08 AM PST · by IbJensen · 50 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/20/2012 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., November 20, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) -At least three-quarters – and perhaps as much as 90 percent – of homosexual voters supported Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, a high return on the president’s decision to court key Democratic constituencies. A national poll found that homosexual and transgender voters backed Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by a margin of 76 percent to 22 percent. LGBT voters made up five percent of the electorate, according to Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, which specializes in homosexual and transgender issues. The survey was conducted...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 21, 2012

    11/21/2012 3:02:54 AM PST · by sneakers · 19 replies
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  • Jewish boy donates Bar Mitzvah money to wounded U.S. soldiers

    11/21/2012 2:31:18 AM PST · by expat1000 · 24 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | Nov 19, 2012 | Shifra Unger
    One 13-year-old boy gave away all of his Bar Mitzvah money to help wounded soldiers of the United States. Joshua Neidorf, from Los Angeles, California, donated his Bar Mitzvah money to the Operation Mend program, a program which helps with things like reconstructing the face of severely burned U.S. soldiers. Joshua Neidorf, presented a check of $13,000 to University of California's Operation Mend program. Neidorf decided to donate his Bar Mitzvah money to the wounded soldiers after he met with Army Sgt. Louis Dahlman, who underwent a series of jaw reconstruction surgeries at UCLA through Operation Mend.
  • Terrorist Attack on Bus in Tel Aviv

    11/21/2012 2:29:26 AM PST · by Bobalu · 39 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 11/21/2012, 12:09 PM | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Terrorists have blown up a bus on Shaul HaMelech street in central Tel Aviv. At least three people are seriously wounded. There are at least 10 passengers wounded, most of them with lesser injuries, and ambulances have evacuated them to hospitals.
  • Syrian Rebels Split: New Islamic State Declared in Aleppo

    11/21/2012 2:08:28 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    Syria's fractured opposition forces, which have spent nearly 20 months trying to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, declared independence this week from Damascus – and from each other. The powerful radical Islamist rebel factions on Monday declared an independent Islamic state in the city of Aleppo, the country's northern commercial hub. The announcement came in a video statement posted on the Internet that denounced the new opposition Syrian National Coalition as a foreign creation. "We are the representatives of the fighting formations in Aleppo and we declare our rejection of the conspiratorial project, the so-called national alliance,” said...
  • Russia: [Defense Minister] Shoigu Suspends the “Serdyukov” Military Reform

    11/21/2012 12:12:26 AM PST · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/20/2012 | Roger McDermott
    A near catatonic trance descended upon the Russian media in the aftermath of President Vladimir Putin sacking his controversial Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on November 6, with a preoccupation on issues of corruption and speculation on the fallen minister’s private life. However, a number of critical decisions taken by the new defense ministry leadership appear to signal that the “new look” is effectively dead. Following the removal of Serdyukov, media rumors concerning his fate have concentrated on a possible advisory role in the state-owned high-tech company Rostekhnologii, though it is clear that the president has no immediate wish to revive...
  • 10 Reasons Why Romney Lost And Obama Won -- A Two Part Series [Part One]

    11/20/2012 11:30:54 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 96 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 11/19/12 | Richard A. Viguerie
    In the aftermath of establishment Republican Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential election, Governor Romney said he lost because he couldn’t overcome the effect of Obama’s “gifts” to key demographics; student loan modifications for young voters and amnesty for young and predominantly Hispanic illegal aliens. We think Romney missed the mark with that analysis because conservative ideas have successfully countered the Democrats’ attempts to bribe voters in the past. However, the comment is a good place for conservatives to start analyzing the failures of the Romney campaign – and learning from the successes of the Obama campaign. Here are...
  • Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

    11/20/2012 11:25:03 PM PST · by Abiotic · 108 replies
    The National Journal ^ | November 20th, 2012 | Eric Katz
    The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff." Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily. “Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have,...
  • AFGHAN WARLORD’S CALL-TO-ARMS

    11/20/2012 11:06:30 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    AFPC South Asia Security Monitor ^ | 11/19/2012 | Jeff Smith & Amanda Sawit. eds.
    Ismail Khan, the governor of Heart province and one of the most powerful mujahedeen commanders in Afghanistan, has announced a call to arms to defend the country against the Taliban. The order has unsettled Afghan officials, who fear the resurgence of regional warlords and their independent militias, preferring instead to organize anti-Taliban fighters under the Afghan National Army and regional police forces. Khan, currently the minister of energy and water, was brought into the Karzai government as a symbol of unity. Speaking at a news conference, Khan said “There are parts of the country where the government forces cannot operate...
  • EU: France 'deplores' Moody's over loss of 'AAA' rating

    11/20/2012 9:36:42 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/20/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    France's foreign minister said on Tuesday he "deplored" the decision of Moody's to strip the country of its AAA credit rating but still dismissed the downgrade as irrelevant. Pierre Moscovici hit back against the US rating agency, claiming France had already taken steps to address many of its concerns. "I take note of this decision, and while I deplore it, it doesn't put into question the force of our economy," he said. "We are in the midst of economic reforms that are without precedence in France, and we have no intention of turning back." President François Hollande was more resigned:...
  • Rancho Cordova Businesses Could Soon Send Shocking Message To Criminals

    11/20/2012 9:33:46 PM PST · by Huntress · 13 replies
    CBS 13 Sacramento ^ | 11/19/2012 | Tony Lopez
    RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – It’s a shocking way to stop the copper theft crime-wave – a 7,000-volt electric security fence. The Rancho Cordova City Council voted Monday night to draft an ordinance allowing businesses to put up electric security fences that will zap would-be copper thieves. Sam Matsoyan of MP Auto Parts said Monday he can’t wait to install it around his Rancho Cordova business. “It’ll be a little fun to watch one of these guys get electrocuted holding my fence trying to rob me,” he said. His laughter said it all. This has become personal for Sam after copper...
  • Netanyahu ready for 'whatever action' is needed in Gaza, as Clinton arrives for talks

    11/20/2012 9:13:56 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11-20-12 | Fox News/ AP contributor
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while affirming his support for diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire in Gaza, underscored that Israel would take "whatever actions" are necessary to defend itself. Netanyahu made a brief statement beside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had flown to the Mideast on Tuesday to help advance diplomatic talks intended to avert an escalation of the weeklong conflict with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Clinton said the United States is pushing for a "durable outcome" promoting stability, but the cease-fire talks brokered by Egypt had failed to yield a truce as of late...
  • Hillary Clinton Falls Asleep During Obama’s Speech In Burma

    11/20/2012 8:57:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 11/20/12 | Daniel Noe
    Hillary sleeps during Obama’s speech; can you blame her?
  • EU leaders warn Greece's aid could be delayed

    11/20/2012 8:49:26 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/20/2012 | Louise Armitstead, and Bruno Waterfield
    European leaders warned that the vital tranche of international aid may not be released to Greece until December as in-fighting and indecision dogged another summit in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the eurogroup of finance minister, said that although Greece had delivered on its commitments, he was “not sure” a deal on the €31.5bn Athens’ is due could be reached of overnight as planned. Heading into talks in Brussels, eurozone finance ministers warned that disagreement over Greece’s debt reduction targets among the international paymasters could see the talks spill over into Thursday's leaders summit or beyond. Brussels wants to given...
  • Frivolous Lawsuits Shut Down Largest Gas Can Co. as Sandy Spurs Demand

    11/20/2012 8:33:11 PM PST · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    The nation’s largest gas can manufacturer has closed its doors due to frivolous lawsuits at a time when Hurricane Sandy victims urgently need the containers. The company's closure has resulted in a shortage of gas cans for purchase or use in the disaster areas of the northeast, and in the US as a whole. The company, Blitz U.S.A., is a 50-year-old American business that has closed its doors and laid off all 117 employees. Blitz U.S.A. provided 75% of all gas canisters to the US, a feat which industry insiders say is only possible when a company does everything right....
  • The ‘Unskewed Polls’ guy who fooled a nation tries again [Grifter Not Quite Done Grifting Yet]

    11/20/2012 8:32:45 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 94 replies
    roanoke.com ^ | 11/20/12 | Dan Casey
    When last we left Dean Chambers, the Duffield, Va., resident was licking his wounds in Virginia’s coal fields, trying to figure out how he’d fooled himself and much of a nation into believing the Mitt Romney would win the election. Chambers, 45, the founder of UnskewedPolls.com, ultimately decided he had incorrectly forecast that too few Democrats would vote. He admitted this mistake. Now, it appears he’s reconsidering. Recently he launched a new website, BarackOFraudo.com. It seeks to understand how four states that he had incorrectly predicted would go to Romney — Virginia, Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania — actually went to...
  • Alleged US spy crucified in Yemen

    11/20/2012 8:09:59 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 14 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | August 30, 2012 | staff
    An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Yemen crucified an alleged US spy, and posted a video of the crucifixion on YouTube, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said on Wednesday. MEMRI posted the clip, but only to subscribers and with a viewer discretion warning. The Washington, DC-based media watchdog said the man had been crucified by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Al-Shari’a for allegedly directing US drones targeting terrorists in Yemen. It said the YouTube clip was posted on Monday.