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  • Foster parents 'stigmatised and slandered’ for being members of Ukip

    11/24/2012 3:23:34 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 55 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10:00PM GMT 23 Nov 2012 | By Sam Marsden
    A couple had their three foster children taken away by a council on the grounds that their membership of the UK Independence Party meant that they supported “racist” policies. The husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, said they were made to feel like criminals when a social worker told them that their views on immigration made them unsuitable carers. Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, described the actions of Rotherham borough council as “a bloody outrage” and “political prejudice of the very worst kind”. The husband was a Royal Navy reservist for more than 30...
  • Spain fears break-up as Catalonia votes - "We're sick of being robbed...."

    11/24/2012 2:43:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    DNA - Daily News Analysis ^ | November 24, 2012 | Fiona Govan | The Daily Telegraph
    In Madrid, the central government of Mariano Rajoy has pledged to fight any move towards independence. There are fears that fellow separatists in the Basque region and even Galicia will follow suit, provoking a constitutional crisis. One association of retired and active members of the military even warned that war should be declared on Catalonia if the region broke away and others have suggested Mas [ Artur Mas, the incumbent regional president and leader of the centre-Right Convergence and Union Party (CIU)] should be tried for treason. Something is missing at the top of the flagpole outside the town hall...
  • Black Friday shoppers smash door at Urban Outfitters

    11/23/2012 10:50:52 PM PST · by Arthurio · 15 replies
    Shoppers surged into an Urban Outfitters store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica after midnight Friday and smashed a tall glass door, injuring about five people, authorities said. Paramedics treated a few shoppers for minor cuts but no one was transported to the hospital by ambulance, said Sgt. Marty Fine of the Santa Monica Police Department. "It was just too many people, too fast," Fine said.
  • Republican Super Pac Aims To Win Over Hispanics With Immigration Reform {STOP All Immigration!]

    11/23/2012 10:41:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 23, 2012 | Ed Pilkington
    Republican Super Pac Aims To Win Over Hispanics With Immigration Reform After Obama won 71% of the bloc, GOP campaigner Carlos Gutierrez turns to convincing party to embrace a shift in tone Ed Pilkington in New York 22 November 2012 The head of Mitt Romney's campaign to attract Latino voters during the presidential election has warned fellow Republicans that unless they embrace immigration reform they are in danger of destroying the party's reputation as the guardian of economic freedom and prosperity. Carlos Gutierrez, former commerce secretary under George Bush and the man who spearheaded of Romney's outreach to the Hispanic...
  • Man accused of leaving 2-year-old to buy 51-inch TV

    11/23/2012 10:34:00 PM PST · by Arthurio · 37 replies
    There is nothing wrong with Black Friday. Save for the fact that it seems to bring out behaviors that may well have perplexed Neanderthals. One example might be that of a man who pulled a gun on a line-cutter at a Sears in San Antonio, Texas. Another might be the following joyous, spirit-lifting tale from Springfield, Mass. According to police, 34-year-old Anthony Perry was very much excited by a 51-inch TV at his local K-Mart. He allegedly drove to the mall at around 1:30 a.m., his girlfriend's 2-year-old in tow. As WWLP News tells it, the police claim Perry then...
  • Workers protest Walmart on Black Friday

    11/23/2012 9:48:25 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    WFTV ^ | 11-23-2012 | WFTV
    ORLANDO, Fla. — A group of Walmart workers spent Black Friday protesting at several Central Florida Walmart stores. They were demonstrating against what they call unfair working conditions. Alex Rivera, a former Walmart employee, said he lost his job a couple months ago after trying to get some of his workers to join in a walk-out on Black Friday. "Only because I was speaking out about their wages and the way they were treating their employees, they were retaliating against me and after that they fired me," said Rivera.
  • Land O'Lakes woman arrested during Black Friday

    11/23/2012 9:24:05 PM PST · by Arthurio · 43 replies
    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS -- A Land O' Lakes woman's holiday weekend got off to a rough start. According to officials, Samantha Chavez, 28, was arrested at a Walmart in Altamonte Springs. Police said the Land O'Lakes resident was arrested at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Officers said Chavez was seen approaching the crowded checkout lines. She attempted to bypass the long lines and walk past the officer controlling the lines. Chavez said she was trying to find her sister-in-law and explained what happened a different way. "I came back and the lines kind of moved and I couldn’t find her. Her cellphone...
  • Dave Roberts Brings Diversity To The San Diego County Supervisors [Gay Married Father of 5!]

    11/23/2012 9:21:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Tony Perry
    Dave Roberts Brings Diversity To The San Diego County Supervisors He is the first Democrat on the board in more than two decades. He's also the first new supervisor in 18 years. And he's a gay, married father of five. Newly elected San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, right, and his spouse, Wally Oliver, center, with their five children, from left: Alex Oliver, 12, Robert Roberts, 17, Natalee Roberts, 4, Joe Roberts, 5, and Julian Oliver, 8, at Del Mar City Beach. By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times November 23, 2012 DEL MAR — In January, when he joins the...
  • Prince of Wales: It is an 'act of suicide' to ignore green issues (British Algore)

    11/23/2012 9:16:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11/23/12 | Hannah Furness
    Prince of Wales: It is an 'act of suicide' to ignore green issuesBy Hannah Furness 7:25AM GMT 23 Nov 2012 The Prince of Wales warned the current generation is “heading to the terrifying point of no return” when it comes to green issues, with humanity and the Earth soon to suffer some “very grim consequences”. Saying he had been vindicated by science after being labelled a “crank" for his views years ago, he warned the human race was “pushing nature beyond her limits”. “If we go on as we are the impact of these scarcities and declines on human societies...
  • Gov't Tells Americans What to Discuss at Holiday Dinner

    11/23/2012 9:04:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 22, 2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Thanksgiving holiday comes with a series of advisories and admonitions from your favorite Uncle Sam: The Transportation Department wants you to "buckle up and slow down," especially on Sunday; the Food and Drug Administration wants you to store your medications safely when traveling; the surgeon-general wants you to "create a family health portrait" when you sit down to your turkey dinner with relatives; and the U.S. Agriculture Department wants you to "sample local businesses" when you start your holiday shopping. Aside from the by-now-familiar tips on safe food handling and turkey cooking times (found at the USA.gov...
  • WHERE'S GOD.. WHEN WE NEED HIM?

    11/23/2012 8:38:07 PM PST · by carlo3b · 65 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 11/23/12 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
    WHEREÂ’S GOD...? Have you ever wondered where in the world is GOD, when we are witnessing unspeakable horrors throughout the world each and every hour of each and every day? Forget listening to the news, local, national, or heaven forbid international news, there isnÂ’t a momentÂ’s peace in the world if we accept what we are told... Heck, we canÂ’t even turn on the TV, log on to the computer, or flip on the radio at the top of any hour of the day or night, without being reminded of the suffering of our fellow humans, not just in countries...
  • State Dept Official Attends OIC Meeting on Banning ‘Defamation of Islam’ UPDATE: OIC Scrubs Website

    11/23/2012 8:25:47 PM PST · by thouworm · 29 replies
    PJMedia ^ | Nov 18, 2012 | Patrick Poole
    State Dept. Official to Attend OIC Meeting Today on Banning ‘Defamation of Islam’ UPDATE: OIC Scrubs Website, Screenshot Added, Cover-Up Begins byPatrick PooleBio November 18, 2012 - 11:18 pm UPDATE: Well, that didn’t last long. Earlier this morning before I posted this item the OIC press release noted that U.S. Consul General in Jeddah Anne Casper would be attending the OIC’s meeting: The Session will be attended by Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the OIC Secretary General. It will be chaired by Ambassador Ahmad Taib , Director General of the Branch of the Saudi Foreign Ministry, Makkah Al-Mukarrammah region. It will...
  • TSA offers holiday travel guidelines: No gravy in carry-ons

    11/23/2012 8:04:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/22/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    TSA offers holiday travel guidelines: No gravy in carry-onsBy Alexandra Jaffe - 11/22/12 04:21 PM ET Holiday travelers cannot bring certain Thanksgiving food favorites on planes, according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines that ban the carrying of food items ranging from cranberry sauce to gravy. In a post Thursday on the TSA's blog, agency blogger Bob Burns warns holiday travelers to pack liquids, including "gravy, jams, jellies, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer," in their checked bags. "Eggnog can be an alternate to fuel depending on who’s mixing it. Sometimes there’s a fine line...
  • Obama hits the links for post-Thanksgiving golf

    11/23/2012 7:51:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/23/12 | Sheldon Alberts
    Obama hits the links for post-Thanksgiving golfBy Sheldon Alberts - 11/23/12 11:44 AM ET President Obama hit the links for some post-Thanksgiving exercise on Friday morning, taking advantage of an unusually mild late November day in the Washington area. Obama played his round at Joint Base Andrews with White House assistant Eugene Kang, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson — the president's most frequent golfing partner — and Nicholson's brother, Walter. Obama is an avid golfer — he played his 100th round as president in June — but played less frequently during the stretch run of the election campaign. The...
  • Asian Americans Turn Democratic [73% Voted Obama: End H1B Visas & Chain Migration]

    11/23/2012 7:39:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 67 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Taeku Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan
    Asian Americans Turn Democratic Their support for President Obama on Nov. 6 caught many political pundits by surprise. By Taeku Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan November 23, 2012 As the dust settles on the presidential election, there seems to be a new theory daily as to why Mitt Romney lost and what it signals for the future of the Republican Party. Common to nearly all the speculation are the partisan implications of demographic change. The United States is shifting gradually toward a majority-minority electorate, with ever-growing numbers of Latino and Asian American voters. Notably, these groups are increasingly voting as Democrats....
  • Occupy 2.0 : Destroy U.S. Economy with Lawlessness

    11/23/2012 7:20:52 PM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    Where is the Occupy Wall Street movement headed? It’s not back to long term camping in the parks. Their explicit goal for the next step of the movement is the destruction of the United States financial system. Anyone doubting this isn’t listening, because not only have leading leftist thinkers like Francis Fox Piven laid out this strategy, but the Occupy Wall Street movement has even written the instruction manual. First, the theory. In the last section of the Stephen K. Bannon film Occupy Unmasked, viewers are warned that the Occupy movement is just beginning. One of the left’s most revered...
  • Extreme couponer claims attack by store manager

    11/23/2012 7:14:52 PM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    wmctv.com ^ | 11-22-12 | Michael Clark
    GERMANTOWN, TN - (WMC-TV) - An extreme couponer claims she was attacked at a dollar store when she said the manager refused to honor her coupons. The entire ordeal was caught on camera. The sign at the store states coupons are accepted at Dollar Tree but a shopper is now nursing a busted lip and popped blood vessels in her eye after she says the manager refused to deal with her "wad of coupons". She said she was attacked while leaving the store. Missy Monzo-Marte says she was shopping at the Dollar Tree in Germantown with a friend, both of...
  • Report: White House considering corporate donors for inauguration (Walmart?)

    11/23/2012 7:13:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/23/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Report: White House considering corporate donors for inaugurationBy Alexandra Jaffe - 11/23/12 09:47 AM ET President Obama is considering allowing corporate donors to help fund his inauguration in 2013, the Wall Street Journal reports. Such a move would be a reversal of Obama's 2009 ban on such donations, which was then meant as a symbolic gesture. In 2009, the president raised over $50 million from donors, sans any contributions from corporate donors, to fund his inauguration. But he did not pursue corporate donors, "a gesture meant to show that well-heeled interests wouldn't have undue influence in his administration," according to...
  • New “fiscal cliff” compromise idea: Let’s raise taxes on the rich without raising their tax rates

    11/23/2012 7:08:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/23/2012 | AllahPundit
    I don't understand why either side would want to do this. Actually, wait, that's not true: I kind of understand why Democrats would want to do it. If it happens, it'll be a heavy bludgeon to use against Republicans in the next election cycle. One possible change would tax the entire salary earned by those making more than a certain level — $400,000 or so — at the top rate of 35 percent rather than allowing them to pay lower rates before they reach the target, as is the standard formula. That plan would allow Republicans to say they did...
  • Emboldened Gay-Marriage Supporters Now Want More [Marriage Sodomy Constitutionalized!]

    11/23/2012 6:31:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Emboldened Gay-Marriage Supporters Now Want More By Cheryl Wetzstein November 22, 2012 Bolstered by their recent wins at the ballot box, gay-marriage activists say they are looking to build on their newfound momentum at the ballot box and in the courtroom. Having broken a long losing string at the polls Nov. 6, gay marriage backers already have targeted several states for statewide voting drives, even as they await an imminent announcement from the Supreme Court that could reignite the battle over same-sex marriage in California. Among the states being primed for marriage battles are New Jersey, one of just two...
  • Judge: Northside ISD CANNOT Expel Student for Rejecting RFID Tracking Chip

    11/23/2012 6:15:04 PM PST · by brityank · 41 replies
    1200 - WOAI News/Radio ^ | Thursday, November 22, 2012 | Jim Forsyth
    Judge: Northside ISD CANNOT Expel Student for Rejecting RFID Tracking Chip says district's tracking program 'violates fundamental Constitutional Rights' A judge in Texas has barred a school district from expelling a student because she refused to wear a Radio Frequency Identification chip as part of an effort by the school to track students and make sure they attend class, 1200 WOAI news has learned. "This is a national issue," John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, a free market advocacy from which filed the lawsuit, told 1200 WOAI news. "Do we want to live in a surveillance state where everybody...
  • Egypt's Islamist Coup: Muslim Brotherhood's man claims more power than Mubarak had

    11/23/2012 5:34:24 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/23/112 | WSJ Editorial Board
    The Egyptian revolution took another bad turn Thursday, as President Mohamed Morsi gave himself dictatorial powers over the legislature and courts. The world has feared that the Muslim Brotherhood would favor one-man, one-vote, once, and the Morsi coup is an ominous sign. "The people wanted me to be the guardian of these steps in this phase," Reuters quoted Mr. Morsi as saying on Friday. "I don't like and don't want—and there is no need—to use exceptional measures. But those who are trying to gnaw the bones of the nation" must be "held accountable." Mr. Morsi says his diktat will merely...
  • Fetuses Yawn in the Womb, 4D Scans Suggest

    11/23/2012 4:52:37 PM PST · by Salman · 9 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Nov. 21, 2012 | Science Daily
    ... While some researchers have suggested that fetuses yawn, others have disagreed and claim it is simple mouth opening. But the new research clearly distinguished 'yawning' from 'non-yawn mouth opening' based on the duration of mouth opening. The researchers did this by using the 4D video footage to closely examine all events where a mouth stretch occurred in the fetus. Using their newly developed criteria, the research team found that over half of the mouth openings observed in the study were classed as yawns. The study was carried out on eight female and seven male fetuses from 24 to 36...
  • WMass Walmart stores picketed on Black Friday(by activists)

    11/23/2012 4:44:11 PM PST · by matt04 · 26 replies
    On the biggest shopping day of the year, some people here in western Massachusetts participated in one of the largest protests against Walmart, America’s largest retailer. At stores in Springfield, Ware, and Northampton, protestors chanted slogans like: “Walmart rich and rude… we don’t like your attitude.” As Black Friday shoppers walked in with their holiday gift shopping lists, they were given flyers from protesters. The local demonstrations were part of a larger nationwide rally for workers’ rights. In Northampton, the majority of those rallying were nearby residents and not store employees, though at other locations, employees joined the protests after...
  • Walmart protests draw crowds, shoppers largely unfazed

    11/23/2012 4:41:41 PM PST · by Arthurio · 12 replies
    By Emily Bryson York, Chicago Tribune reporter 3:52 pm, November 23, 2012 Dozens of local workers, and hundreds nationally, took advantage of Black Friday crowds and camera crews at major retailers like Walmart to call for wage increases. But there was little evidence that the chanting disrupted holiday shoppers. Steven Restivo, a spokesman for Wal-Mart Stores, said the chain had done its "best Black Friday event ever" despite protests organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union in Chicago and other cities. At a Walmart in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood on the south side, only one of the store's...
  • Report: Egypt Constitutional Court Seeks Morsi Impeachment

    11/23/2012 3:54:56 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Nov 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    According to reports from Egypt, the Constitutional Court is seeking to impeach new Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi after Morsi seized quasi-dictatorial power, sparking protests around the country. Morsi waited for the Obama administration’s praise over the Israel-Hamas ceasefire to make the move. Local media reports a courts spokesperson stating, “the judges are prepared to exercise the right to shift the head of state after he flouted the laws and the constitution.” The problem is that there is no operating constitution in Egypt; the constitution was suspended in March 2011, after the revolution, and no new constitution has been approved....
  • Homeland Security Uses Local Police to Set Up Surveillance Buffer Zones

    11/23/2012 3:50:05 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    New American ^ | Friday, 23 November 2012 17:00 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Friday, 23 November 2012 17:00 Homeland Security Uses Local Police to Set Up Surveillance Buffer Zones Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. In order to sweeten the pot of federalization, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is giving gifts of expensive gadgets to local police forces. Cops in North Jersey, for example, were showered with gifts from their would-be overseers. As reported by The Record: Oradell, Emerson, Closter and Harrington Park police have car-mounted night-vision technology and video and recording equipment that can watch over the Oradell Reservoir and dam — and the hikers and anglers entering it. West Milford...
  • 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 · 71 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,...
  • Protesters set up picket line outside Atlanta Wal-Mart

    11/23/2012 8:50:49 AM PST · by BobNative · 27 replies
    AJC ^ | November 23, 2012 | Mike Morris
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Bargain hunters encountered protesters outside at least one Atlanta Wal-Mart on Black Friday morning. About two dozen union protesters were walking a picket line along the crosswalk of the driveway leading to the Wal-Mart store on Howell Mill Road at I-75 in northwest Atlanta. The picketers broke their line to let cars enter the lot, but things got testy just before 9 a.m. when the driver of a sport utility vehicle slowed for the protesters, but didn’t come to a stop at the crosswalk, and nudged several of the protesters out of her way. No one appeared...
  • The Cold War’s Arab Spring

    11/23/2012 8:44:39 AM PST · by No One Special · 13 replies
    Berlinski.com ^ | June 20, 2012 | Claire Berlinski
    Stolen Kremlin records show how the Soviets, including Gorbachev, created many of today’s Middle East conflicts. The dominant narrative of modern Middle East history emphasizes the depredations visited upon the region by European colonization and accepts as a truism that the former colonial powers prioritized the protection of their material interests—in oil, above all—above the dignity and self-determination of the region’s inhabitants. Thus did botched decolonization result in endless instability. The most intractable of the regional conflicts to which this gave rise, that between the Arabs and Israelis, is attributed in this narrative to Israel’s unwillingness to accede to Palestinian...
  • Thanksgiving Day murder suspect turns himself in (Death by Obamaphone)

    11/23/2012 8:41:14 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 11 replies
    WOKV ^ | November 23, 2012 | Matt Augustine and Gene Wexler
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 24-year-old woman was killed in a Thanksgiving Day murder in Northwest Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is accusing her ex-boyfriend of shooting her in front of family members.