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  • Obama, Fool or Prince of Fools?

    11/25/2012 6:19:24 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 25 replies
    The Kentucky Political Review ^ | Jack Richardson, IV
    The following quote was attributed to an unidentified Czechoslovakian Republic leader, a country that suffered generations under the evil of Socialist / Marxist corruption. The writer clearly and succinctly described what may be a troubling reality for America. “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is...
  • Mark Steyn: Jill Kelley for secretary of state

    11/25/2012 6:18:34 AM PST · by yinandyang · 28 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Nov 23 | Mark Steyn
    Morsi now wields total control over Parliament, the Judiciary, and the military to a degree Mubarak in his jail cell can only marvel at. Old CIA wisdom: He may be an SOB but he's our SOB. New post-Arab Spring CIA wisdom: He may be an SOB but at least he's not our SOB.
  • House to vote on revised STEM jobs bill

    11/25/2012 6:11:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/25/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    The dust hadn't even settled from the debacle of 2012 before we heard that the GOP would be warming up to the idea of immigration reform in an effort to make some inroads with Hispanic voters. Apparently we won't have to wait for the next Congress to be seated before we see some steps in that direction. Word has come out this weekend that House Republicans will introduce a revised version of the previously defeated STEM Jobs Act, which seeks to expand the pool of green cards available for families of well educated immigrant workers. Republican leaders made it clear...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 November 2012

    11/25/2012 5:07:30 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 145 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 25 November 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows November 25th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.; Dave Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell International Inc.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Annual books and authors show.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.; actor/director Ben Affleck.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
  • New York Churches Facing Eviction Despite Hurricane Sandy Help

    11/25/2012 5:05:15 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://www.charismanews.com ^ | november 24, 2012
    The city of New York continues to seek eviction of churches meeting for worship services in public school buildings on weekends, even after many of the congregations have ministered to the communities in which they meet in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose administration has also come under fire for banning food donations to homeless shelters, has not intervened to stop his Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to oust the churches. “Churches that have been helping communities for years should be allowed to continue to offer the hope that empty buildings can’t,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior...
  • Lawmaker's sights set on making Texas an open-carry state for handguns

    11/25/2012 4:54:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | 24 November, 2012 | Wayne Slater
    The lunchtime rush had subsided, and three idle sandwich shop employees were speculating about what they would do if a guy dressed in T-shirt and jeans walked through the door with a holstered Colt .45 strapped to his hip. “I would think it’s a plainclothes police officer,” said Eric Bejarano. “I would be suspicious that he had come to rob us,” said Candice Guard. “I would call the cops to come check him out,” said Matthew Guard, Candice’s husband. If a Texas lawmaker has his way, strangers wearing six-shooters may become a common sight across the state. The Legislature passed...
  • New firearms maker opens high-tech facility(MT)

    11/25/2012 4:48:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 34 replies
    dailyinterlake.com ^ | 24 November, 2012 | MELISSA WALTHER
    When it comes to high-end weapons, there's a new company in town that's changing the way people think about rifles. Founded in 2010, Proof Research of Kalispell specializes in creating lightweight, accurate weapons using carbon-fiber barrels and stocks unlike anything else on the market. “Large gun manufacturers know we have the technology and we're being courted by some big names,” said Pat Rainey, chief executive officer of Proof Research. “We've changed the gun industry, just like the polymer pistol did. The cool factor of our weapons is off the page.” Joining forces in the Flathead While Proof Research may only...
  • Moonbats’ remorse

    11/25/2012 4:34:50 AM PST · by tobyhill · 79 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/25/2012 | Howie Carr
    Sin in haste, repent at leisure. One of the few silver linings in the dark cloud of Obama’s re-election is that millions of moonbats and Beautiful People who voted this month to continue our long national nightmare are now discovering, much to their chagrin, that they’re as screwed as all the “bitter clingers” who still go to church on Sunday. Not that it was any big secret, but it’s asking an awful lot of the dumbed-down modern electorate to pay attention to its own best interests. Of course tens of millions of Obama’s votes came from the people he likes...
  • Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, Schumer

    11/25/2012 4:19:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, SchumerBy Alexander Bolton - 11/25/12 06:00 AM ET One of the highest immediate political priorities for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democratic political guru Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is to persuade veteran colleagues not to retire in 2014. Democratic sources identify four senators as most likely to retire: Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Another possible veteran retirement is Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who has yet to announce his decision. But Democratic aides expect him to run...
  • Abbas Warns UN Bid is 'Last Chance' for Peace

    11/25/2012 12:54:14 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/12 | Chana Yaar
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas claimed Saturday the entity's renewed bid for United Nations membership is the “last chance” for Arab peace with Israel. The PA is hoping to create an independent, sovereign state in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and parts of Jerusalem that were restored to the Jewish capital in the 1967 Six-Day War. Previous efforts to evade the necessity of final status talks with Israel through application for membership in the United Nations have been stymied by Western nation, led by the United States. Speaking with students at his headquarters in the PA capital of Ramallah, Abbas said, “The...
  • The money behind the method

    11/25/2012 12:52:32 AM PST · by ilcenter · 7 replies
    DEFENCE MANAGEMENT JOURNAL ^ | Winter 2012 | Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
    The widely held assumption that terrorists are merely violent fanatics might be accurate for many of the terror organisations' low-level operatives. Nonetheless, a terror group's leader sees subsequent acts of terror as a way to impress their financial patrons and their ensnared populations. On a day-to-day level, terror groups are primarily financial organisations, expending the bulk of their efforts to raise, invest, allocate and transfer money. These violent groups are just like a drug cartel, and it is therefore a misunderstanding to believe that terrorists need funds just to make cheap bombs. The creation of a terrorist is a long...
  • Bankrupting terrorism – one interception at a time

    11/25/2012 12:50:31 AM PST · by ilcenter · 34 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/24/2012 21:47 | AKIVA HAMILTON
    A Facebook friend of mine recently posted: “I love you, Iron Dome, and I want to have your babies.” Such is the outpouring of love and appreciation for an extraordinary piece of Israeli technology that has saved many lives in southern and central Israel. Nevertheless, despite this appreciation, there has been little analysis of the true strategic significance of Iron Dome. Iron Dome is a game-changer that not only consigns Hamas’ and Hezbollah’s current terror model to the trash can, it completely undermines the military doctrines of all of Israel’s enemies. Before we discuss this fundamental strategic shift in detail,...
  • Putting Themselves to Sleep

    11/24/2012 11:24:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 21 November 2012 | Greg Miller
    Enlarge Image Self-medicated. A new study suggests that some people suffer from excessive sleepiness due to a naturally occurring compound that acts like a sedative. Credit: Digital Vision/Thinkstock Hitting the wall in the middle of a busy work day is nothing unusual, and a caffeine jolt is all it takes to snap most of us back into action. But people with certain sleep disorders battle a powerful urge to doze throughout the day, even after sleeping 10 hours or more at night. For them, caffeine doesn't touch the problem, and more potent prescription stimulants aren't much better. Now, a...
  • Israel Pushing Ahead with Next Anti-Missile System

    11/24/2012 10:44:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 11/24/12 | Elad Benari
    In the wake of the great success of the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which was able to intercept many of the rockets fired from Gaza at populated areas during Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel is now pushing ahead with the development of Magic Wand, which is supposed to be able to intercept short-range and medium-range rockets. According to a report in the Boston Globe on Saturday, Israel will test the system in the Negev in the coming days. Magic Wand, the report said, is being developed by the Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. in cooperation with the American company...
  • Russia Sends Warships To Gaza Coast

    11/24/2012 10:21:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/24/12 | Tyler Durden
    For the entire 8 day duration of Operation Pillar of Defense, there was one major geopolitical player who had been largely quiet and certainly absent from the scene: the same player whose unflinching position over the Syria conflict has so far prevented any intervention in the civil war torn country: Russia. The same Russia which has a military base in the Syrian port city of Tarsus, and thus in its own eyes, a very substantial "national interest" role to play in the middle east, one that is certainly opposing that of the US and the pro-NATO forces, a tension that...
  • China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier

    11/24/2012 8:54:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    English.news.cn ^ | 2012-11-25
    China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said. A new J-15 fighter jet was used as part of the landing exercise. After its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Sept. 25, the aircraft carrier has undergone a series of sailing and technological tests, including the flight of the carrier-borne J-15. Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility, the PLA Navy said. Since the carrier...
  • Jaws ’12

    11/24/2012 8:29:08 PM PST · by chessplayer · 6 replies
    FORGIVE THE MIXED METAPHOR, but did the mainstream media jump the shark this summer? The expression “jump the shark” comes from the long-running 1970s sitcom Happy Days. In the 1977 fifth-season premiere, Fonzie (Henry Winkler) dons water skis, swim trunks, and his trademark leather jacket and launches over a trapped shark. The episode marked the point at which the show’s writers ran out of ideas and began substituting extravagant gimmicks in place of the solid plots that had made it a success in the first place. “Jumping the shark” has since become a metaphor for the beginning of such a...
  • Walmart workers laud their wage protest as success

    11/24/2012 8:27:40 PM PST · by Arthurio · 30 replies
    SECAUCUS, New Jersey - Walmart workers hailed their wage protest Saturday, saying their walkout on ‘Black Friday’ had shown the world’s largest retailer their determination to fight against all odds. Hundreds of protesters targeted Walmart stores across the United States on Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, accusing the bargain superstore of ripping off its own employees. The protests were designed to disrupt the Black Friday shopping frenzy, after Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, when deep discounts pull in waves of customers. “Today’s protests at Walmart stores across the country are a reminder of the enormous power of working people...
  • Getting paid to sit on the couch (Illinois state so-called workers)

    11/24/2012 8:06:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Getting paid to sit on the couchWhat a waste of tax money November 24, 2012 Tribune reporters Jared S. Hopkins and Alex Richards recently exposed one of those head-scratching how-Illinois-works stories that will drive you crazy. This state is perpetually broke, yet it allows government employees to get paid for doing no work. Between 2007 and September of this year, 2,033 state workers were placed on paid leave at various times, at a cost of more than $23 million. Employees placed on paid administrative leave are typically being investigated for alleged wrongdoing. Maybe an employee has been accused of stealing,...
  • Obama’s energy chairman paints rifles a ‘terrorist threat’ for Bloomberg group

    11/24/2012 7:07:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/24/12 | David Codrea
    Rifles, even .22 caliber models many young people receive as their first gun, are “among the greatest threats to the reliability of the nation’s power system,” U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff claimed at a Tuesday Bloomberg Government Breakfast, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. Citing “inadequately protected” transformers as easy targets, Wellinghoff told the group that terrorists in "coordinated" actions committed to destroying them “could get 200 yards away with a .22 rifle and take the whole thing out.” His proposed solution, a “couple hundred bucks” of “metal sheeting to block the view of transformers” hardly seems comprehensive, realistic,...