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  • Tel Aviv bus hit by bomb; Hamas celebrates

    11/21/2012 10:02:08 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 7 replies
    Reuters via Drudge ^ | TEL AVIV | Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:12am EST | By Rami Amichai
    (Reuters) - A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 15 people in what Israeli officials said was a terrorist attack that could complicate efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Celebratory gunfire rang out across Gaza as the news spread and the territory's Islamist rulers Hamas praised the bombing, but no one claimed immediate responsibility. The blast shattered windows on the bus as it drove along a tree-lined street next to Israel's huge defense ministry headquarters. Israel's ambulance service said four people suffered moderate-to-severe injuries and 11 were lightly hurt.
  • Op X-ecution: Kasab hanged, buried

    11/21/2012 10:01:30 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | Swatee Kher, Sushant Kulkarni
    Pune; Mumbai - Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was executed and buried in Pune’s Yerawada Central Prison on Wednesday, five days before the fourth anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist attacks in which 165 people were killed. The Pakistani terrorist, the lone surviving 26/11 gunman, was hanged to death at 7.30 am, soon after The Indian Express reported in its print and online editions that President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected his mercy petition. Kasab was moved to Yerawada prison from Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail on Monday night as part of a top secret manouvre codenamed Operation X. “The transfer was done with...
  • Hillary Clinton Announces Cease-Fire Between Israel and Hamas

    11/21/2012 10:00:02 AM PST · by Nachum · 69 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/21/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that will go into effect Wednesday at 2 p.m. Eastern time. “This is a critical moment for the region,” Clinton said during a news conference with Egypt’s foreign minister in Cairo. “The people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed the cease-fire deal and said in a statement Israel would “give a chance” to the Egyptian-brokered deal.
  • Slate Column: Bring Back Petraeus. He’s already been humiliated and rehabilitated.

    11/21/2012 9:59:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    SLATE ^ | 11/21/2012 | Emily Yoffe
    I have a great idea whom Barack Obama should nominate as his next CIA director: Gen. David Petraeus. With that simple announcement, Obama could strike a blow for civil liberties and against the silly and destructive sexual Puritanism that has taken down so many public figures. Since Petraeus’ departure both Democrats and Republicans have been mourning the loss of a public servant of extraordinary ability. So let’s mourn no more. The president can say that when news of Petraeus’ affair first broke he reluctantly accepted the general’s resignation. But as it has become clear that the events were wholly of...
  • Proposed 'mega-dairy' may close before opening (Illinois)

    11/21/2012 9:42:06 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Nov 20, 2012 | Robert McCoppin
    chicagotribune.com Proposed 'mega-dairy' may close before opening Four-year legal fight nears end with California businessman dropping plans for site near Galena By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune reporter 11:15 PM CST, November 20, 2012 A controversial plan to build the largest dairy in Illinois has been put out to pasture, state officials announced Tuesday. The Illinois attorney general's office announced a proposed settlement in which the owners of the 5,500-head dairy planned near Galena will clean up and leave, to the joy of local opponents. "We've agreed they would not seek permitting to allow the dairy, and they've decided to dismantle...
  • ConsumerWatch: Stores Requiring ID, Tracking To Prevent Repeated Returns

    11/21/2012 9:39:31 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 42 replies
    CBS Local ^ | November 20, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – When you make a return this holiday season you may have to hand over more than just your receipt, as retailers try to prevent repeated returns. “I was required to provide them a copy of my driver’s license, where they actually took the information and scanned it into their database,” said a shopper who asked to be identified only as Leslie. Leslie told the sales associate at The Children’s Place that she was uncomfortable handing over her ID just to make an exchange, but she was told that the requirement is corporate policy. In fact,...
  • They Are Going To Make It Nearly Impossible To Pass On A Farm Or A Business To Your Children

    11/21/2012 9:39:04 AM PST · by blam · 45 replies
    TEC ^ | 11-21-2012 | Michael Snyder
    They Are Going To Make It Nearly Impossible To Pass On A Farm Or A Business To Your Children By Michael Snyder on November 20th, 2012 If you have a farm or a small business, would you like to pass it on to your children when you die? Well, unless Congress does something, it is going to become much, much harder to do that starting next year. Right now, there is a 5 million dollar estate tax exemption and anything above that is taxed at 35 percent. But on January 1st, the exemption will go down to 1 million dollars...
  • Twinkies—A Defense: The real battle at the snack maker is union vs. union.

    11/21/2012 9:37:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/21/2012 | Holman Jenkins
    A corporate bankruptcy is a paper death. The underlying assets live on. Killers of paper structures, in this light, are devalued villains, but a cry has gone up to identify the villain behind the pending liquidation of Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies, Devil Dogs, Wonder Bread and other déclassé delights. Everyone knows the answer: It was the bakers—i.e., the branch of the AFL-CIO formally known as the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. The bakers are guilty of a perfectly justifiable attempted homicide. Don't believe any guff about how chubby Americans are gnawing on carrot sticks. Forget...
  • Emperor Bloomberg’s bureaucracy gone mad: City inspectors hassling heroes who feed Sandy victims

    11/21/2012 9:34:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | november 20, 2012
    On Sunday, Eustace and dozens of fellow firefighter volunteers served 800 free hot meals from a steamy Army tent in this hemorrhaging beach community, where there are no longer stores or restaurants, where most people have no gas to cook with, no heat or hot water and no hot food. That afternoon, a freon-blooded inspector from the city’s Department of Health issued Eustace a notice of violation for not meeting the same food-handling standards as, say, the Four Seasons. This is beyond outrageous. This is Emperor Bloomberg’s bureaucracy gone completely mad in a time of death and destruction in the...
  • Report: Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise

    11/21/2012 9:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/21/2012 | 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. ChristieÂ’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...
  • Top GOP lawmaker pressures Clapper to explain altered talking points on Libya

    11/21/2012 9:27:09 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is demanding an immediate explanation from the nation’s top intelligence official, James Clapper, for what the chairman says were inconsistent statements to Congress and to the public on who was behind changes to the CIA talking points on the Libya consulate attack in September. Critics say the Obama administration initially minimized the role of terrorism despite evidence of a coordinated attack on the consulate in Benghazi. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the assault. Testimony last week on Capitol Hill raised additional questions about the administration's changing story...
  • Jill Kelley tried to broker deals for USF Health

    11/21/2012 9:14:56 AM PST · by maggief · 12 replies
    TBO ^ | November 22, 2012 | Jodie Tillman
    TAMPA — Soon after she was appointed honorary consul to South Korea, Jill Kelley of Tampa went to work trying to establish a relationship between that country and the University of South Florida's medical school. "I was nominated for this diplomatic appointment, for the purpose to facilitate new agreements in the USA with my contacts," Kelley wrote in a Sept. 7 email to USF medical school dean Stephen Klasko. "I have a unique opportunity to propose bids because of my relationship with the top executive branch of Korea, and in addition, the President of the Free Trade Act is my...
  • Dive off fiscal cliff could be 'disastrous' for orphans, foster children, say advocates

    11/21/2012 9:05:26 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/20/2012 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    As talk of tax increases and deep cuts to government programs dominate Washington, adoption advocates are warning of another crisis should the adoption tax credit be allowed to expire at the end of the year — a potentially “disastrous” outcome for more than 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system. Among the so-called Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of 2012 is a one-time adoption tax credit that gave $12,650 this year to families who took in a parentless child. But unless Congress acts to extend it, the only tax credit for adoptive parents on Jan....
  • Feinstein: Petraeus Cheated Because He Had 'No Entourage,' 'No Driver,' Had to Wash Own Dishes

    11/21/2012 8:55:31 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    Feinstein: Petraeus Cheated Because He Had 'No Entourage,' 'No Driver,' Had to Wash Own Dishes By Elizabeth Harrington November 21, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – Senate Intelligence Chairman Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) explained on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that former CIA Director David Petraeus cheated on his wife because after retiring from the U.S. Army as a four star general he no longer had an entourage and a driver and had to wash his own dishes when he got home from work. “Here’s a man, and you see Time Magazine, and you see the medals he has. You see the stars,”...
  • Home invasion suspect shoots self in stomach(MO)

    11/21/2012 8:50:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Daily Dunklin Democrat ^ | 20 November, 2012 | NA
    CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo ---- Authorities are investigating a home invasion in which the suspect may have shot himself in the stomach. According to the Caruthersville Police Department, on Thursday, November 15, 2012, Caruthersville Officers responded to shots being fired at approximately 8 p.m., at 1400 Vest Avenue in Caruthersville. Upon the arrival of Chief of Police, Tony L. Jones, officers made contact with the residents and were advised that a black male, wearing a ski mask had entered the home with a loaded firearm and pointed at the subjects inside of the residents demanding money. One of the subjects in the...
  • New York Times Asks Is Limbaugh's America Gone? Liberals Reply Yes, Time for 'Growing Class Warfare'

    11/21/2012 8:45:21 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    New York Times Asks Is Limbaugh's America Gone? Liberals Reply Yes, Time for 'Growing Class Warfare' By Tim Graham Created 11/21/2012 - 11:10am In a piece for The New York Times “Campaign Stops” blog, liberal political writer Thomas Edsall asked “Is Rush Limbaugh’s Country Gone?” In other words, is Rush right in his post-election analysis that America is in danger of its producers being outnumbered and outvoted by the government dependents? Did we just prove the old George Bernard Shaw aphorism that “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul”? Leftists enthusiastically...
  • A Poster Child for Psychological Projection(Statist warns of possible race war)

    11/21/2012 8:41:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    GunsSaveLife ^ | 20 November, 2012 | GSL
    Are right-wing gun owners aching to start a race war? The Daily Caller brings us a story today about a Ivory Tower leftist philosophy professor at the City University of New York who has warned her fellow leftists that yes, those crazy, right-wing white folks with guns may just start a race war against Latinos as a result of President Barack Hussein “Santa Claus” Obama’s re-election. Continuing the recent trend of liberals to divide America by race, gender, religion, income, job type, national origin, ear lobe type, and dialect style, Linda Martin Alcoff contends “No other group can realistically pose...
  • Hamas May Be Closer To Regional Legitimacy (Rashid Khalidi propaganda interview)

    11/21/2012 8:40:19 AM PST · by Qbert · 2 replies
    NPR ^ | November 19, 2012 | All Things Considered
    ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: [Snip] For more on Hamas, we're joined now by Professor Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University. Welcome to the program once again. [Snip] SIEGEL: I mean, one reading of what's happening now is that Israel has demonstrated to Hamas that in exchange for rocket attacks on southern Israel, there will be the same kind of retaliation that there was at the end of 2008. How does that play with the Palestinian people? I mean, is Hamas regarded as a defender, as a resistant movement or is it in some way regarded as bringing down these terrible air attacks...
  • People line up to legally make untraceable guns(CA)

    11/21/2012 8:30:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    10news.com ^ | 18 November, 2012 | JW August
    SAN DIEGO - A long line of people snaked out of a North County machine shop on a recent Sunday. The customers were there to build a gun. Customers do not get to the machine shop until after they are checked out by Ares Armor in Oceanside. Team 10 promised not to reveal the location of the actual machine shop. Dmitri Harris runs the Ares Armor store, along with his buddies, some Marine Corps infantry veterans. The shop is busy because more people are finding out about the chance to build your own gun without having to go through any...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,HAPPY THANKSGIVING!,M-F,12NOONPM,EST,WABC AM,November 21,2012

    11/21/2012 8:19:52 AM PST · by Biggirl · 102 replies
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  • Texas: Pro-Gun Measure Introduced for the 2013 Legislative Session

    11/21/2012 8:16:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    16 November, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    November 12 was the first day that bills could be pre-filed for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature. State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) has pre-filed House Bill 47, an NRA-backed measure that reduces the number of classroom instruction hours required for issuance of an original Concealed Handgun License (“CHL”) to four hours. Currently, students taking a Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) approved course for their first CHL must receive at least ten but not more than fifteen hours of classroom training from a qualified handgun instructor. Under this proposed legislation, the existing core elements of classroom instruction (firearms laws...
  • Rush Limbaugh Fights Back Against Loser GOP Consultants Who Attacked Him

    11/21/2012 8:15:42 AM PST · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | November 21, 2012 | Randy Hall
    Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded on Monday to comments from Republican strategists Mike Murphy and Steve Schmidt, who have called on the party to “stray away from a vision” that is right out of the conservative commentator's “dream journal.” The radio personality deflected the criticism, noting that the moderate GOP consultants got the candidate they wanted -- former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney -- and stated that strategists get rich regardless of who wins the elections. As NewsBusters previously reported, Murphy stated on Sunday's edition of NBC's Meet the Press that “if we don't modernize conservatism, we could go...
  • Robbery victim fights back against suspects(TX)

    11/21/2012 8:11:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 21 November, 2012 | Sonia Azad
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- One suspected robber is dead and another in the hospital after their intended robbery victim pulled a gun and shot them last night in southwest Houston. It happened at an apartment complex on Medfield near Dairy Ashford. According to investigators, the suspects robbed the two men and took their car keys. They then reported tried to get the victims to drive them to the ATM to get more money, but their plan was cut short. One of the victims apparently has a concealed handgun license. He pulled out his pistol and shot at all three suspects. Two...
  • Government think tank reports on congressional investigations of DOJ(fast and furious)

    11/21/2012 7:59:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 20 November, 2012 | David Codrea
    A copy of a Congressional Research Service report, prepared earlier this month but withheld from the general public, has been obtained by Gun Rights Examiner and posted this afternoon to the Scribd online document sharing library. Titled “Congressional Investigations of the Department of Justice, 1920-2012: History, Law, and Practice,” the report cites a “rich history of congressional investigations from the failed St. Clair expedition in 1792 through Teapot Dome, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Whitewater, and the current ongoing inquiries into Operation Fast and Furious,” which have “established, in law and practice, the nature and contours of congressional prerogatives necessary to maintain the...
  • NATO: Turkey Wants Use of Air Defense Missiles

    11/21/2012 7:51:38 AM PST · by John W · 4 replies
    AP ^ | November 21, 2012 | AP
    BRUSSELS November 21, 2012 (AP)-Turkey's government requested the deployment of NATO's Patriot surface-to-air missiles Wednesday to bolster its defenses along its border with Syria. Any deployment of NATO forces needs the approval of the alliance's governing body, the North Atlantic Council. But this is seen as a formality since NATO has already said it has plans in place to protect Turkey from a spillover of Syria's civil war. "Allies will discuss this without delay," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Twitter. He said the deployment would augment alliance member Turkey's air defense capabilities and "would contribute to the de-escalation...
  • ‘IRON DOME’ OVERWHELMED

    11/21/2012 7:50:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 85 replies
    Israel’s highly controversial and very expensive ‘Iron Dome’ rocket defense system is being tested by extremist militant groups to its very limits. At $65,000 per round to hard kill a $500 rocket, its one expensive piece of mind that Israel has a lot riding on. It would seem that the strategic goal is to make rocket launches a worthless and unacceptable risk with no reward to the terrorists that launch these terror weapons, as opposed to an affordable defense system intended for continuous and prolonged use.
  • SOME DEMS: DRIVE OVER 'FISCAL CLIFF,' THEN BARGAIN

    11/21/2012 7:42:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Big Story ^ | 11/21/2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON and ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats are pushing an unorthodox idea for coping with the "fiscal cliff": Let the government go over, temporarily at least, to give their party more bargaining leverage for changes later on. The idea has plenty of skeptics, and the White House regards it frostily. But it illustrates the wide range of early negotiating positions being staked out by Republicans and Democrats as lawmakers gathered Tuesday for their first postelection talks on how to avoid the looming package of steep tax hikes and program cuts. Just as brazen, in the eyes of many Democrats, is the GOP...
  • 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....