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  • First Lady Welcomes Christmas Tree (The tree is "perfect".)

    11/23/2012 2:25:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/23/12 | ABC OTUS News
    First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C. The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn carriage. It will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. The first lady says the tree is "perfect."
  • 'United Nations Wants to Use Drones'

    11/23/2012 2:19:09 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 14 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11-23-12 | Daniel Halper
    The U.N. wants to use drones, the French news agency Agence France-Presse reports. "The United Nations wants to use drones for the first time to monitor fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Rwanda has been accused of aiding rebels," says the report, quoting U.N. officials. The international body "is considering a range of ways to strengthen the capabilities of MONUSCO to protect civilians from the threat of armed groups in the vast area of eastern DR Congo," a U.N. spokesman says. "Unarmed aerial vehicles, drones for monitoring the movements of armed groups, are one tool we are...
  • Egypt's Morsi Takes Dictatorial Powers

    11/23/2012 2:04:58 PM PST · by robowombat · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 05:03 PM
    Egypt's president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising. Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly. Liberal and Christian members withdrew from the assembly during the past week to protest what they say is the hijacking of the process by Morsi's allies, who they saw are trying to push through a document that will have an...
  • Violence Erupts In Egypt Over Morsi's Power Grab

    11/23/2012 12:23:38 PM PST · by zeestephen · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 23 November 2012 | Edmund Blair and Marwa Awad
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution.
  • 'Gaza ceasefire gave Morsi green light for drastic action' (Just another terrorist dictator)

    11/23/2012 12:05:16 PM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    RT ^ | 11/23/2012 | staff
    A day after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, he widely expanded his own powers. It’s been met with both approval and anger, with accusations that he cares only about his followers, not all Egyptians. Clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents swept the nation on Friday, with police firing tear gas at demonstrators in Cairo. Rallies sprung up in several different cities, after Morsi signed a controversial decree expanding his powers – a move that has divided the country on whether the leader has the right to do so. And as the controversy around Morsi...
  • Peter Johnson Jr.: ‘Common Sense’ Should Have Told Susan Rice That.....

    11/23/2012 11:15:20 AM PST · by yoe · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 23, 2012 | Staff
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has come forward this week to defend her actions in the days following the September 11 Benghazi attack. Rice received much criticism for (saying) that the attack was the result of a spontaneous demonstration prompted by an anti-Islam video.[snip]The strong view of the US, said Rice, is that there is no justifiable excuse for violence and any attacks are reprehensible. [snip] Wallace countered with the argument of critics who says that our allies in the Middle East no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us. Rice repudiated that claim,...
  • Former Obama Chief Economist: Let's Tax Carbon and Snacks

    11/23/2012 10:58:46 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Former Obama Chief Economist: Let's Tax Carbon and Snacks by Ben Shapiro 23 Nov 2012, 10:29 AM PDT 1 post a comment Always looking for new ways to slice its pound of flesh from American business, Obama allies are suggesting improvisational taxes. Give them points for creativity. Former Obama chief economist Larry Summers said that carbon taxes and taxing fatty foods should be on the table, but only once economic stasis has been reached. Of course, this begs the question of why we should ever tax products if we know those taxes will harm the economy, but that’s a question...
  • Union Fail: Walmart Reports Record Sales

    11/23/2012 10:41:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 65 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 11/23/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Despite union efforts to target retailers like Walmart, businesses are reporting record Black Friday traffic – the biggest sign yet that the unions are out of touch with the American people. Starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Walmart put its products on Black Friday sale, sparking a run to the stores and earning the stores record sales.
  • Dearest FReepers, Patriots, FRiends & New Members! [FReepathon Thread XLIV]

    11/23/2012 10:23:22 AM PST · by onyx · 547 replies
    Free Republic | Friday, November 23, 2012 | onyx
    Please Mail checks to Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794. Click here to pledge your support via secure server! ^ Dearest Patriot FReepers, FRiends and New Members Three Facts You all love Free Republic or you wouldn't be here. Obama's economy SUX, yet he was reelected. "FReepers are absolutely the greatest!" ~ Jim We have less than $6, 900.00 to go to meet our Fourth Quarter's expenses. It's really a heartbreaking shame that our FReepathons are taking almost 2 months to complete. We have a lot of new members who may not realize that Free...
  • Obama Mocks Romney During Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon

    11/23/2012 10:10:05 AM PST · by chessplayer · 54 replies
    “They say that life is all about second chances and this November I can’t agree more,” Obama said. “So in the spirit of the season I have one more gift to give." “The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward.”
  • White House Thanksgiving: Six Types of Pie

    11/23/2012 10:06:54 AM PST · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    As food pantries across the United States are overwhelmed by the newly poor and food stamp use is the highest it's ever been, the Obama first family is enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with six different types of pie.
  • Wind Power Fiasco: Call Your Congressman

    11/23/2012 9:53:19 AM PST · by Sioux-san · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/23/2012 | Norman Rogers
    Wind power is a joke. It makes no sense -- none, nada. The wind power lobbyists say it creates jobs. Well I have a better way to make jobs based on the same principles: let's train dogs to walk on treadmills to generate electricity. Think of all the jobs for dog-trainers, dog food companies, and dog-walkers. Think of all the jobs at dog retirement homes for dogs too old to work. Think about all the do-gooders collecting a salary for looking out for the welfare of the dogs. Think about the attorneys employed in filing class action suits against dog-exploiters....
  • Daily Job Cuts

    11/23/2012 9:52:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Daily Job Cuts ^ | November 23, 2012
    November 23 , 2012 Gol Brazilian Airlines - 850 Tata Steel ( International ) - 900 PNC Financial in Houston - 33 Madison-based radio station WTDY - Some Layoffs November 22 , 2012 Southwestern Vermont Health Care - Layoffs Expected Advance Auto Parts Andersonville - 80 United Technologies Corp - 42
  • Top Republican Senator ditches Norquist anti-tax pledge (Chambliss)

    11/23/2012 9:49:41 AM PST · by paul544 · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/23/2012 | Mike Emanuel
    A top Republican senator is casting aside an anti-tax pledge he signed, saying that solving the country’s looming fiscal crisis is more important than honoring the decades-old pact. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/23/top-republican-senator-distances-himself-from-norquist-anti-tax-pledge/#ixzz2D4Kn2EtO
  • Washington Post Suspects Racism In GOP Opposition To Rice Nomination

    11/23/2012 9:39:49 AM PST · by chessplayer · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 11/23/12 | Mark Finkelstein
    <p>As I wrote this morning to the NewsBusters editor who alerted me to the Washington Post's editorial, "The GOP’s bizarre attack on Susan Rice," I don't read WaPo much, but somehow assume they're not quite as extreme as the New York Times. Silly me, judging by WaPo's ugly, over-the-top opinion item.</p>
  • Benghazi-Gate Enters New Phase: The Cover Up of the Cover Up (Twitter Title )

    11/23/2012 9:37:03 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 51 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 23 Nov 2012, 8:43 AM PDT | John Nolte
    Sources: Intel Community Didn't Rule Out Terrorism in Rice Talking PointsIt now looks as though the White House's excuse for the pre-election Libya cover-up is itself a cover up. Last week we were told by the Administration (and the compliant media) that during her now-infamous round robin of five Sunday news shows, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was only telling us what she was told by the intelligence community. We were also told that references to al-Qaeda were edited out of the talking points in order to avoid tipping off the attackers that we were on to them. According to a...
  • More 2012 Election Myths: Yes, Hispanics favor Dems but didn't decide election

    11/23/2012 9:33:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/23/2012 | Byron York
    After moments of panic in the immediate aftermath of Mitt Romney's defeat, some Republicans and conservatives are regaining their equilibrium on the issue of what the GOP should do about immigration and the Hispanic vote. They're looking at key questions from the campaign, like how much of Barack Obama's victory was attributable to Hispanic support. They're also looking at the Hispanic electorate itself to see how big a role immigration, versus a wide range of other issues, played in voting decisions. The goal, of course, is to win a larger portion of the Hispanic vote, but first to take a...
  • Israel Vs. Hamas Is Civilization Vs. Savagery

    11/23/2012 9:30:15 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/21/2012
    Celebration within Gaza after the bombing of a bus filled with innocent Israeli civilians is an object lesson on the so-called Palestine question. Those who would celebrate such a cowardly act are savages. No one can imagine Washington's troops firing shots to celebrate a supporter of American independence trying to kill a group of Royalist civilians. During the Cold War, U.S. support for Lech Walesa's Solidarity would have dried up if he handed out candy after a Polish nationalist targeted, say, innocent Muscovites going to work. We may live in a complex world, but evil is identifiable even when its...
  • GOP turnout: myths and reality

    11/23/2012 9:24:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/23/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    In the immediate aftermath of the election, Republicans slammed Mitt Romney for not being able to match the popular vote totals of John McCain, but many forgot that the full totals in the popular vote take a few weeks to finalize. This past week, Romney's totals surpassed McCain's in an election that had a smaller overall turnout, Kimberly Strassel reports for the Wall Street Journal --- and Romney did significantly better in swing states than the GOP did in 2008 as well (via Scott Johnson at Power Line): Mr. Romney beat Mr. McCain's numbers in every single battleground, save Ohio....
  • SEPTA driver is a hero in Poland

    11/23/2012 9:13:58 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/22/2012 | Daniel Rubin
    ---snip--- in the fall of 1985, he and a friend in the Solidarity movement bought a pig from a farmer, tied a red ribbon - symbolizing communism - to its tail, and painted on its flanks the words in Polish for "I'm voting." Before sending it squealing through Gdansk's old city, his friend greased the pig. "People laughed," Sekowski says. The pig protesters, whoever they were, became folk heroes. Then Sekowski got cocky. Before setting out to repeat the act in nearby Gdynia, he notified the newspapers. The secret police stopped the Fiat sedan on the way to the city,...