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  • Automatic Tax Increases Could Stunt Economy’s Growth in 2013

    11/26/2012 3:51:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    ny times ^ | 11/26/2012 | PETER BAKER
    Americans could spend nearly $200 billion less next year on cars, clothes, furniture and other consumer products than they would otherwise if automatic tax increases take effect as currently scheduled, the White House warned in a report issued Monday morning. Such a crimp on demand would curb the growth of real consumer spending by 1.7 percentage points in 2013 and slow the growth of the overall economy by 1.4 percentage points, according to the report prepared by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. The report focused entirely on the impact of Bush-era tax cuts expiring for middle-class taxpayers at the...
  • More congressional Republicans break tax pledge for sake of looming fiscal crisis

    11/26/2012 3:30:38 AM PST · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | november 26, 2012
    New York Rep. Peter King and Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday they would break the pledge and accept tax changes to generate more revenue to curb the trillion-dollar federal deficit. Their statements followed a similar one Thursday by Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. “I agree entirely with Saxby Chambliss,” King said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress. … The world has changed, and the economic situation is different.” The New York congressman said he was opposed to tax increases but that “everything should be on the table”...
  • As Tampa Bay population ages, few doctors want to specialize in geriatrics

    11/26/2012 2:55:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | Nivember 26, 2012 | Letitia Stein
    TAMPA — Dr. Inna Sheyner cupped her hand to speak into the ear of her 91-year-old patient, pledging loudly to answer all his questions about his constellation of problems, from heart failure to constipation, requiring a dozen medications. "The problem is, you're not taking half of that list," she gently scolded Everett Haehnel. "You know that, and I know that." He promised to do better. Sheyner offered to have a pharmacist help him, and put in orders for a physical therapy session at his Sun City Center home and a consult for dementia. Two University of South Florida medical students...
  • The Undying Myth - Democrats are more charitable than Republicans

    11/26/2012 2:53:31 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://www.dfwcatholic.org ^ | November 23, 2012 | Thomas Addis
    One of the many exit polls following President Obama’s re-election asked Obama supporters why they rejected Mitt Romney. There were several reasons given, but two of them I found particularly revealing. A large percentage felt that Romney was only concerned about helping wealthy people. The second reason, and one directly connected to the first, was that Romney did not care about middle-class or poor people. So the Democrat plan to paint Romney and, by extension, all Republicans/conservatives as insensitive elitists was apparently quite successful. The problem is that this characterization is a myth. Any serious comparison between liberals and conservatives...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 26, 2012

    11/26/2012 2:45:25 AM PST · by sneakers · 10 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • EU Budget: Commission is nowhere to be seen

    11/26/2012 1:25:01 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Coulisses de Bruxelles, Brussels ^ | 11/23/2012 | Jean Quatremer
    <p>Everyone has forgotten that the European executive prepared the budget which is currently being negotiated by European leaders. And there is a simple reason for this: Commission President José Manuel Barroso has become invisible. Libération’s Brussels correspondent deplores what he describes as a political “suicide”.</p>
  • EU: Spain's Catalan separatists win election but punish Mas

    11/25/2012 11:33:00 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/26/2012
    <p>Separatists in Spain's Catalonia won regional elections on Sunday but failed to get the resounding mandate they need to push convincingly for a referendum on independence.</p> <p>Catalan President Artur Mas, who has implemented unpopular spending cuts in an economic crisis, had called an early election to test support for his new drive for independence for Catalonia, a wealthy region in northeastern Spain.</p>
  • U.N. envoy to Middle East acknowledges ‘quiet engagements’ with Hamas

    11/25/2012 10:33:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    mcclatchy ^ | 11/25/12 | Sheera Frenkel
    JERUSALEM — The United Nations envoy to the Middle East acknowledged in an interview with McClatchy Sunday that he has maintained quiet contacts with the Islamist group Hamas for “years,” despite the international community’s official policy to isolate the group. Robert Serry described his office’s contacts with Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, as “quiet engagements” and said his office was working now, in the wake of a cease-fire agreement that ended eight days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza, “hoping to help the parties get to a more durable solution.” “Because we are on the ground we...
  • Obama faces huge challenge in setting up (Commiecare™) insurance exchanges

    11/25/2012 10:21:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/12 | Elise Viebeck
    Obama faces huge challenge in setting up insurance exchangesBy Elise Viebeck - 11/25/12 02:45 PM ET The Obama administration faces major logistical and financial challenges in creating health insurance exchanges for states that have declined to set up their own systems. The exchanges were designed as the centerpiece of President Obama’s signature law, and are intended to make buying health insurance comparable to booking a flight or finding a compatible partner on Match.com. Sixteen states — most of them governed by Republicans — have said they will not set up their own systems, forcing the federal government to come up...
  • Could a ‘Solar Maximum’ event spark food riots and meltdowns? (One respected scientist says ‘yes!’)

    11/25/2012 10:18:27 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 25, 2012 | Mike Opelka
    If Earth is struck by a large solar flare, some in the scientific community believe: The planet will be hit with a widespread loss of power. Air travel would be grounded. Nuclear plants would be crippled and without sufficient back-up power, dozens could meltdown. Satellites would be disabled, causing a serious loss of communication in all areas (military and civilian). Food and medicine would be in short supply, setting up the potential for food riots within days of an outage. The same scientists who believe that a large solar strike could lead to a very rapid societal breakdown say that...
  • Spain to get EU bank aid in exchange for job cuts

    11/25/2012 10:09:20 PM PST · by Arthurio · 1 replies
    Reuters in Madrid guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 November 2012 10.29 EST European authorities will transfer €35bn (£28bn) to Spain's state bank rescue fund on 15 December in exchange for massive layoffs at the country's four nationalised banks, including the state-rescued Bankia, according to reports. The cash injection from European bailout funds will be disbursed to troubled Spanish banks two weeks after it is paid into Spain's orderly bank restructuring fund, according to El País. Bankia, which sought a €23.5bn bailout from the state in May, is expected to be forced to axe up to 6,000 of its 20,000 staff, while Novagalicia...
  • Check Out Israel’s Newest Missile Defense System: ‘David’s Sling’

    11/25/2012 10:06:22 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 25, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    (TheBlaze/AP) — Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system Sunday, the military said, a step toward making the third leg of what Israel calls its “multilayer missile defense” operational. The “David’s Sling” system is designed to stop mid-range missiles. It successfully passed its test, shooting down its first missile in a drill Sunday in southern Israel, the military said. The system is designed to intercept projectiles with ranges of up to 300 kilometers (180 miles). Israel has also deployed Arrow systems for longer-range threats from Iran. The Iron Dome protects against short-range rockets fired by militants in the Gaza...
  • The GOP Dream Act is a Nightmare

    11/25/2012 9:31:59 PM PST · by InspCallahan · 36 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2012 | Charles Martel
    "The proposed path to citizenship would begin in college, which is where young people go to stop thinking....Conservatives don't do well among college students, or among minorities. So the open borders Republicans' answer is to incentivize the creation of a larger pool of minority college students through an amnesty pipeline. This approach is shockingly mindless."
  • Egypt Riots Rage, US Embassy Praises As 'Incredibly Positive'

    11/25/2012 8:47:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/25/12 | Ben Shapiro
    As clashes between Egyptian police forces led by Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi and Egyptian protesters angry at Morsi’s power grab escalated, the US embassy in Cairo weighed in. You may remember the embassy’s last embarrassing tweeting escapade on 9/11, when embassy staff tweeted apologies for a YouTube video even as the embassy was stormed. Today, as the embassy fell under assault, they tweeted:
  • Race-based Knockout Game meets the Moms

    11/25/2012 5:05:10 PM PST · by Anila · 80 replies
    WND ^ | 11/12/2012 | Colin Flaherty
    This version of the Knockout Game began like most others: A black mob found a defenseless white college student. They punched him in the face. Only stopping when they got tired and he got knocked out. Then they ran away, laughing hard and loud. Leaving Trevor Godfrey bleeding, unconscious and shaking with convulsions. Usually that is the end of it – just another case of racial violence played out by the hundreds in more than 80 cities across the country, detailed both in WND.com and the book White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the...
  • Black Friday sales online top $1 billion for first time: comScore

    11/25/2012 6:44:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:44pm EST | Alistair Barr
    Black Friday retail sales online this year topped $1 billion for the first time ever as more consumers used the Internet do their early holiday shopping, comScore Inc said on Sunday. Online sales jumped 26 percent on Black Friday to $1.04 billion from sales of $816 million on the corresponding day last year, according to comScore data. … E-commerce accounts for less than 10 percent of consumer spending in the United States. However, it is growing much faster than bricks-and-mortar retail as shoppers are lured by low prices, convenience, faster shipping and wide selection. …
  • Obama fires 20,000 Marines, promises billions to Muslim green energy

    11/25/2012 6:35:19 PM PST · by massmike · 64 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 11/25/2012 | Timothy Whiteman
    Is Obama Always Faithful to our Marines? The current political winds in Washington, DC, have dictated that less will be spent on the various Branches of the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Case in point: the Commander-in-Chief has decided to fire 20,000 of our U.S. Marines. In an article published by San Diego, California's North County Times, ironically on Thanksgiving Day, Military Affairs reporter Gretel C. Kovach cites; "The Corps is shrinking by 20,000 Marines, to 182,100." The North County Times also cited that America's premier fighting force is; "scraping to repair or replace battle-worn equipment." In spite of...
  • Ugandan president repents of personal, national sins

    11/25/2012 5:52:16 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 42 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/24/2012 | Michael Carl
    Ugandan president repents of personal, national sins 'We confess idolatry, witchcraft, political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue' "The Ugandan newssite New Vision reports President Yoweri Museveni celebrated Uganda’s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain at the National Jubilee Prayers event by publicly repenting of his personal sin and the sins of the nation. “I stand here today to close the evil past, and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to...
  • Come All Ye FReepers, Patriots, FRiends & New Members [FReepathon Thread XLV]

    11/25/2012 5:31:15 PM PST · by onyx · 794 replies
    Free Republic | Sunday, November 25, 2012 | onyx
    Please Mail checks to Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794. Click here to pledge your support via secure server! ^ Come on, everyone! How long is this one going to take? Our 4th Quarter FReepathon is now into its 56th day, which I think, is both a heartbreaking shame and also outrageous. Free Republic is the premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the whole on the Internet! You all love Free Republic or you wouldn't be here. You all know that we hold FReepathons every quarter to finance Free Republic. What you...
  • Global Cooling: A Far More Dangerous Fate. Humans thrive during warm spells. We die in the cold.

    11/25/2012 5:21:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/23/2012 | DR. TIM BALL AND TOM HARRIS
    A poll conducted on November 5 by Rasmussen Reports found that an all-time high of 68% of “likely U.S. voters” say that global warming is “a serious problem”; 38% of them thought it was “very serious.” Considering the benefits of warming and the fact that even the UK Met office shows that there has been no global warming in the past 16 years, this demonstrates the degree to which the population has been propagandized into believing the opposite of reality. We are the first generation in history to believe that climatic warming is a bad thing. In a warmer world,...
  • The beginnings of the Virginia gubernatorial race, 2013 edition

    11/25/2012 5:17:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/25/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The current Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has been and remains a pretty popular leader. His legacy of a decreased unemployment rate that betters the national average, repeatedly balanced budgets, and a relatively evenhanded leadership style will be a tough act to follow, but you can’t run for two consecutive gubernatorial terms in the Old Dominion — a rule of which I am exceedingly fond.Candidates can’t officially sign up for the contest until January, but several people have already gone public with their political intentions, via WaPo a few days back: The early fight in Virginia next year will be among...
  • Secret Service agent who hid affair kills himself (assigned to Ovama)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly six years, a senior Secret Service agent kept his extramarital affair with a Mexican woman a secret from the agency responsible for protecting the president. But in the wake of an embarrassing prostitution scandal involving 13 agents and officers, Rafael Prieto’s secret was revealed by a fellow employee amid concerns the Secret Service wasn’t enforcing its rules consistently. With an internal investigation ongoing, Prieto apparently committed suicide last week, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Prieto, a married father assigned to the security detail for President Barack Obama, admitted the years-long relationship...
  • Gun Talk Radio 11/25/12

    11/25/2012 5:04:50 PM PST · by mylife · 116 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 11/25/12 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 11/25/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • WHAT WOULD JESUS SHOOT? Churches offering concealed-carry weapons training to attract members

    11/25/2012 5:00:45 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 36 replies
    The Daily ^ | 11/25/12 | Justin Rocket Silverman
    MARENGO, Ohio — Salvation isn’t automatic — but it might be semiautomatic. In an effort to increase membership, a number of U.S. churches — including the Church of Christ congregation in this rural village 30 miles north of Columbus — are offering an unconventional public service: Concealed weapons training. “Church has done a good job with coffee klatsches or whatever, but we haven’t really reached out to guys,” said Jeff Copley, a preacher at the church. “And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt.” Hundreds of students have enrolled in the 10-hour course, which meets the state requirements...
  • The “right” to healthcare does not require a doctor to work for free

    11/25/2012 4:12:14 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 65 replies
    Med City News ^ | 11-23-12 | Kevin Smith MD
    After the election, a lot of people are excited that they can now get healthcare. Or maybe not quite yet, but by 2014, when ObamaCare is fully implemented. The only problem is that healthcare is not like an Obama phone. The phones are all made by a standard process in a factory, probably in China, and they usually work. You can use them to call a healthcare provider. But you usually get the ’if this is an emergency, hang up and dial 911,’ followed by the phone menu. How will this change with ObamaCare? Doesn’t that give you a right...
  • Brave 5-year-old girl didn't cry after she was shot in stomach outside Bronx apartment

    11/25/2012 4:02:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/25/12 | LAUREL BABCOCK, KIRSTAN CONLEY and ANTONIO ANTENUCCI
    An adorable 5-year-old girl on her way home from a family baby shower was shot in the stomach by a stray bullet early this morning in front of her Bronx apartment building, police said. Relatives thought young Hailey Dominguez had fainted on the steps in the Hughes Avenue courtyard outside her apartment shortly before 1 a.m. They tried to carry her to the fifth-floor apartment where she lived before they realized she had been shot. "We didn't know she got shot," said Keyla Rosario, the victim’s 15-year-old sister. "We were crying, not her."
  • Investigators looking into 'unanswered questions' about Mary Richardson Kennedy's suicide

    11/25/2012 3:57:46 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/25/12 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    Mary Richardson Kennedy’s family hired a high-powered Washington investigation firm and an ex- Manhattan homicide prosecutor to look into her death, The Post has learned. The firm focused its probe on Robert Kennedy Jr., Mary’s estranged husband, and on many “unanswered questions,” according to sources who say they were questioned in the months following her May 16 suicide. “It was definitely my impression that they were pursuing a wrongful-death action,” said a confidant of Mary’s interviewed by family investigators. “They had the same concerns I had about the crime scene.”
  • The 47% have no idea how much healthcare reform will cost them

    11/25/2012 3:45:32 PM PST · by plain talk · 109 replies
    MedCity News ^ | November 5, 2012 | Jane Orient
    It may be unpopular to say so, but it is true: the U.S. is very close to, if not past, the tipping point at which the majority of the people are net beneficiaries of big government — or so they think. People who receive a check from the government may see voting for a smaller government as contrary to their best interest. If they don’t pay taxes, why should they care about a tax increase? Perceptions are, however, deceiving.”Healthcare reform,” as the (Un)Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is billed, probably shows more clearly than anything else how most Americans, including Romney’s...
  • Sprinklers go off in the third quarter of Dolphins-Seahawks at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium

    11/25/2012 3:38:15 PM PST · by BerryDingle · 14 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Doug Farrar
    The sprinklers went off on the Sun Life field, dousing everybody with water. One side judge ran away like the sprinklers were full of hot lava, while some players seemed to enjoy cooling off in the Miami heat. Someone found the off switch a few seconds later, and play resumed.
  • Op-Ed: Peace is a Special Language We All Must Learn to Speak (Barfalicious, Malnutritious)

    11/25/2012 3:28:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/12 | Ece Koc
    Everyone has an opinion about the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. Some say that Palestinians started it with their rockets aimed at Israel territory, while others say that Israel was using disproportionate force and killing innocent people in Gaza. These points have been debated in the media all over the world. We must realize that following the same paths of hatred and rage will always lead to the same results - pain for both parties, people dying on both sides and a life of fear with no ability to see the hope for the future. It is time for everyone...
  • ‘Kill List’ rule book may be coming soon to the White House Situation Room

    11/25/2012 3:18:15 PM PST · by haffast · 36 replies
    The Ticket ^ | 11/25/2012 | Dylan Stableford
    The White House "kill list"--a regularly updated chart showing the world's most wanted terrorists used by President Barack Obama during kill or capture debates--may soon be getting a rule book to go with it. According to the New York Times, the administration--faced with the possibility that President Obama might lose the 2012 election to Mitt Romney--"accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures." Until now, President Obama has had the "final moral calculation" overseeing the "kill...
  • Stock Market Last Push Higher Before the Big Collapse?

    11/25/2012 2:50:26 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-25-2012 | Graham Summers
    Stock Market Last Push Higher Before the Big Collapse? Stock-Markets / Financial CrashNov 25, 2012 - 01:59 PM By: Graham Summers With most of Wall Street on vacation, those few traders manning their desks are taking advantage of the low volume to push the market sharply higher. This, combined with a large move up by the Euro has pulled the entire risk trade up forcing the US Dollar lower. This move was to be expected on some levels. Since 2002, there has been a rally from just before Thanksgiving until the second week of December. This year is shaping up...
  • Springfield explosion cause: 'Human error,' Massachusetts fire marshal says

    11/25/2012 2:37:15 PM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    The massive explosion that rocked Springfield's entertainment district, leveling a strip club and injuring 21 people, was caused by "human error," according to Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. Officials said a thorough, block-by-block investigation since Friday's blast indicates the city's gas system is safe, intact and functioning properly. The probe will now focus on the Columbia Gas employee responsible for puncturing a gas line with a tool, and whether proper protocol was followed in the build-up to Friday's explosion. The blast injured 21 people, damaged more than three dozen buildings, and prompted a large-scale evacuation of the city's downtown...
  • KRUGMAN: This Is The Chart That Debunks What Everyone Says About The National Debt

    11/25/2012 2:35:18 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    TBI ^ | Joe Weisenthal
    KRUGMAN: This Is The Chart That Debunks What Everyone Says About The National Debt Joe WeisenthalNov. 25, 2012, 11:05 AMPaul Krugman posts a simple chart that makes a profound point. It compares the yield on UK debt vs. US debt. What should stand out for you, instantly, is that the two countries borrow at virtually identical rates, and have for years. What this should show to people is that much of the popular stories that people tell about sovereign debt is a myth. Countries that borrow in their own currencies and can "print" at will don't have default risk, so...
  • Ketzaleh: Even the 'Best' Likudniks Can't Change Party Policy

    11/25/2012 2:28:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/12 | David Lev
    Candidates running in Sunday's Likud primary have gone out of their way to emphasize their right-wing sensibilities, but even the rightest of the right Likudniks were unable to stop their party from undertaking one of the most devastating blows to the philosophy of love of the Land of Israel – the disengagement from Gaza and Northern Samaria. While former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – still in bed in a comatose state – broke away to form Kadima before the actual destruction of the communities in Gush Katif, he was a Likud Prime Minister, and many of the forming members of...
  • Sen. Dick Durbin: Medicare, Medicaid Fair Game in Talks to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

    11/25/2012 1:06:41 PM PST · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/25/2012 | By George Stephanopoulos
    Sen. Dick Durbin said today that his Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate should be willing to address entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid in deficit reduction negotiations. “From my side of the table, bring entitlement reform into the conversation,” Durbin said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Social Security — set aside … doesn’t add to the deficit. But when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid, protect the integrity of the program, but give it solvency for more and more years.” But Durbin ruled out raising the age of Medicare eligibility as a potential reform. “We’ve got to...
  • Russian-speaking Jews in Europe drafted to defend Israel online

    11/25/2012 12:29:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/25/12 | Philip Podolsky
    Israel held a four-day conference aimed at giving young Russian-speaking Jewish communal leaders in Europe a training in social media that should enable them to promote the country’s image and to reverse anti-Israeli attitudes. The conference, held on November 21-25 in Maastricht, Holland, was organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel, and the Ministry for Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. Over 200 Russian-speaking young Jewish leaders between the ages of 20 and 30, who have been involved in Jewish Agency programs in recent years, attended the event. During the conference, the participants developed technical skills for working with online and...
  • Likud Voting at 40%; Anger over Malfunction

    11/25/2012 12:01:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Likud primaries were back on track by early Sunday evening, and by 8:45 p.m., 40% of registered members – 49,322 in total – had voted. However, a serious malfunction in the computerized voting system earlier in the day made it necessary to extend the voting by two hours, to midnight – and there is possibility of a further extension. The Likud's Election Committee was to meet again at 10:00 p.m. and decide whether voting would continue for another day. Various news sources estimated that the committee would decide to continue the voting until Monday at 10:00 p.m. There have...
  • Hamas TV Airs 'Death to Israel!' Music Video Day After Agreeing to Ceasefire

    11/25/2012 11:36:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/25/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    The day after Hamas agreed to a ceasefire with Israel, the terrorist group's TV station aired this "Death to Israel!" music video on its station: "Destroy the throne of Zion, the house of absolute evil," the song goes. "Raise the banner of victory. Be like the fire of a volcano. Repeat in the name of your Jihad: Death to Israel! With blood and fire, resist until freedom. Defeat the soldiers of aggression the enemies of humanity." The tune is illustrated with video of rockets being launched from Gaza, presumably, into Israel, the Zionist state, as well as other war scenes....
  • The TEA PARTY SHOULD EMBRACE THE FISCAL CLIFF -- er, FISAL BABY STEP

    11/25/2012 11:04:56 AM PST · by Moseley · 26 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | November 25, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    America faces a Fiscal Cliff in January. Well, no, actually, it doesn’t. In politics, alarmist language – like elections – can have real consequences. Political spin can be deceitful. Shakespeare asked “What’s in a name? A rose is a rose is a rose. That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This may be thought-provoking and controversial: Yet the Tea Party should embrace the “Fiscal Baby Step” coming on January 1, 2013. Republicans should do absolutely nothing and sit on their hands. One exception: When the next vote comes up to raise the debt...
  • Supreme Court mulls review of federal gay marriage laws

    11/25/2012 10:50:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    A San Francisco couple is waiting to find out if the U.S. Supreme Court will take their case challenging the 1996 law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Karen Golinski and Amy Cunninghis got married during the brief window in 2008 when gay and lesbian couples could tie the knot in California. Golinski immediately tried to add her wife to her employer-sponsored health care plan. But because she is married to another woman and works for the U.S. government, her otherwise routine request was denied...
  • Pentagon Spends $1.5 Million To Develop Its Own Jerky (that tastes like a Fruit Roll Up)

    11/25/2012 10:46:52 AM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | 7:17 EST, November 23, 2012
    he Pentagon wins a Hammer for spending money earmarked for weapons and combat gear testing on jerky available at any grocery store UPDATED 7:17 AM EST, November 23, 2012 | BY Phillip Swarts The Defense Department's Foreign Comparative Testing program is supposed to study weapons and combat technology and determine the appropriate gear for U.S. troops. That usually means testing body armor, batteries for battlefield electronics and mine-clearing systems. But the program strayed from its normal work recently to study the culinary skill of turning thin strips of beef into jerky. The goal, officials say, was to make a beef...
  • Kyl (& Sen. Hutchison) Suggest Benghazi 'Cover-Up'

    11/25/2012 10:30:20 AM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/25/12 10:14 AM EST | JUANA SUMMERS
    Kyl suggests Benghazi 'cover-up' Sen. Jon Kyl, (R-Ariz.) suggests the Obama administration orchestrated a "cover-up" of the events that led to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. "There are three questions that have to be answered," Kyl said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," appearing on a panel with three other retiring senators. "Why weren't the warnings about the need for security heeded? Why weren't the requests for help during the ted attack answered and why did the administration think...
  • Lapid: Livni Can be My Number 2

    11/25/2012 10:14:36 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz ^ | 25/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The head of the Yesh Atid (Future) party, Yair Lapid, announced on his Facebook page Sunday that he has asked Tzipi Livni to be in the number two spot in his party's Knesset list. Livni is expected to announce this week that she is running in an independent party. "In the past few days I have had quite a few conversations with Tzipi Livni," Lapid wrote. "She received an offer to be Number Two on the Yesh Atid list and to be a full partner in all of the important decisions. Splitting the centrist bloc is not good for Israel...
  • See China’s First Successful Fighter Jet Landing on an Aircraft Carrier

    11/25/2012 10:05:10 AM PST · by Errant · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    BEIJING (TheBlaze/AP) — Just as it has had many firsts recently with its space program efforts, China has successfully completed another first for its naval aspirations. The country landed its first fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country’s official news agency confirmed Sunday
  • Multigenerational Homes: Real Estate's Next Big Thing as More Families Share a Space

    11/25/2012 10:04:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    AOL Real Estate ^ | November 16, 2012 | Krisanne Alcantara
    Being roommates with your parents after age 21 sounds like a nightmare for most, but Jessica Bruno wouldn't have it any other way. Bruno, a 40-year-old mom, wife and DIY blogger, lives with her 62-year-old parents, Connie and Fred, in their Sutton, Mass., home. Oh, and there's Bruno's husband, Tony, and their 6-year-old son, Tony Jr. Think that's a lot of people under one roof? There's more. Bruno's grandparents, Grace, 80, and Fred, 82, live in the house, too. That's seven people from four generations living together in one home. Actually, make that nine: Bruno's two stepdaughters, 12-year-old twins Alexia...
  • Judge owned stock in firms he ruled on (Rat appointee?)

    11/25/2012 9:58:15 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 24, 2012 | Jennifer Gollan and Shane Shifflett
    A federal judge has issued three key rulings over a four-year period that favored companies in which he owned stock, a California Watch analysis has found. Measures are in place to prevent judges from violating federal conflict-of-interest laws. But Judge Manuel Real, a 46-year veteran of the bench appointed by President Lyndon Johnson, appears to have skirted those safeguards, records and interviews show. Judges are supposed to disclose everything from their investments to their attendance at expenses-paid seminars. When a financial conflict arises, no matter how small, they are required to step aside, by federal law and the Code of...
  • Egypt crisis: Mohammed Mursi says new powers 'temporary' (Yeah right!)

    11/25/2012 9:54:10 AM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    bbc ^ | 11/25/2012 | staff
    The office of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has defended a decree giving him sweeping new powers, saying it is temporary and not intended to concentrate power in his hands. The decree was intended to prevent democratically elected bodies from being undermined, the statement said. Mr Mursi was committed to finding "common ground" with other parties.
  • Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

    11/25/2012 9:01:52 AM PST · by grimalkin · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 25, 2012 | Washington Examiner
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade...
  • GOP Doomed if Establishment Prevails

    11/25/2012 8:54:02 AM PST · by drewh · 45 replies
    American Thinker Magazine ^ | November 25, 2012 | By J. Robert Smith
    The battle lines are being drawn. The fight for the GOP is on. The seemingly eternal struggle between the right and the Republican establishment has entered its newest phase. In the wake of Mitt Romney being end-run by Barack Obama, GOP get-alongs want to double-down on failure. Moderation -- the odor of it -- is in DC's air like cheap, fetid perfume. The point being: why would establishment Republicans want to move left (to the center, in their vernacular) precisely at the time when the America created by Woodrow Wilson and FDR is faltering -- groaning under its own enormous...