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  • Egypt’s President Moves Toward Dictatorship (Surprised? Hardly!)

    11/26/2012 6:45:48 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 11/26/2012 | James Phillips and Amy Payne
    Egypt remains in turmoil after its president decreed last Thursday that he was no longer subject to the laws of his country—giving himself power over the judiciary and other branches of government. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made his lunge for power shortly after helping to broker a fragile ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, the extremist offshoot of his own Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda includes imposing Sharia (Islamic law), curbing the rights of women and religious minorities, abandoning Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel, and advancing Islamist causes around the world. Reuters reports that about 370 people...
  • Call volume shuts down FBI’s firearm background checks, stops Maine sales on Black Friday

    11/26/2012 6:34:28 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    Banghor Daily News ^ | Nov 23, 2012 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    Call volume shuts down FBI’s firearm background checks, stops Maine sales on Black Friday By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff Posted Nov. 23, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. BREWER, Maine — Sometime early on Black Friday, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, went down and stopped all gun sales, Bangor-area gun dealers said. High call volumes caused “intermittent outages” in the system, an FBI spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon. “It means we can’t sell no damn guns,” Rick Lozier, a manager at Van Raymond Outfitters in Brewer, said at about 1:15 p.m. “NICS is down, which means nobody is...
  • Oil and tradition try life together in far north Alaska

    11/26/2012 6:28:28 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 26, 2012 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    BARROW, Alaska – Minutes after the hunters’ harpoon pierced the flesh of a bowhead whale, the call went out. By cellphone and radio, native Alaskans were beckoned to the beach. Dozens worked furiously in the dark to carve the 40-ton beast and distribute the meat before it could spoil. The resulting harvest in early October was stashed in cellars tunneled into the tundra. It will supply the delicacy muktuk for holiday celebrations and put food on the table of native Alaskans in far-flung villages for months to come. The ritual has been going on for centuries in this small town...
  • Newly elected Nashua representative Laughton a convicted felon

    11/26/2012 6:27:36 AM PST · by massmike · 21 replies
    nashuatelegraph.com ^ | 11/26/2012 | DANIELLE CURTIS
    Newly elected state representative Stacie Laughton, a Gate City Democrat, has been getting national attention since her win earlier this month, which made her the first openly transgender elected official in the state. But this weekend, that attention turned negative after a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton served four months in jail in 2008 on felony charges of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud. According to information from the Laconia Daily Sun, Laughton was no stranger to Laconia police. In addition to the conspiracy to commit fraud charges, Laughton was charged with slashing the tires of...
  • Klein Gobbles Obama's Benghazi Talking Points 'Like Thanksgiving Turkey'

    11/26/2012 6:17:57 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    At the end of Joe Klein's stupefying defense of Susan Rice and the Obama admin's misinformation campaign on the Benghazi outrage on today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough asked Time's Klein whether President Obama had invited him to play golf, "because you are just gobbling up the talking points like Thanksgiving turkey." H/t NB reader Carmel. Here were some of Klein's astounding assertions: There are no unanswered questions about Benghazi. Ambassador Stevens had all the security he wanted. Rice's talking points were "absolutely accurate"--it was a spontaneous demonstration by extremists. Al qaeda was not involved in the attack. Not clear that...
  • Egypt minister says end of crisis 'imminent' [Barry's Arab Spring Disaster]

    11/26/2012 6:17:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    AP via SRN NEWS ^ | November 26, 2012
    Egypt's justice minister says a resolution is imminent to the political crisis stemming from the president's move to give himself sweeping new powers....
  • A plan to dodge the ‘fiscal cliff’

    11/26/2012 6:09:21 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
    By Bob Corker, Published: November 25 The writer, a Republican senator from Tennessee, is a member of the Senate Banking Committee. In business I found that a challenging environment often produced our best opportunities. Perhaps that’s why I see the so-called “ fiscal cliff ” of year-end spending cuts and tax increases not as an impassable precipice but as our best opportunity to finally enact meaningful fiscal reform. I hear Washington watchers and people in the hallways of Congress saying there is not enough time to get this done this year. I disagree. The hard part has already been done. Over...
  • Jamie Foxx: Give Honor To God And Lord & Savior Barack Obama

    11/26/2012 6:07:06 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 71 replies
    Jamie Foxx: Give Honor To God And Lord & Savior Barack Obama http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8MM61ry4hk&feature=youtube_gdata_player
  • Jamie Foxx: 'Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama' (Video)

    11/26/2012 6:05:27 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/26/2012 | oel Sheppard
    Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx recently called Barack Obama "our lord and savior." This occurred at the previously recorded Soul Train Awards broadcast on BET Sunday (video follows with transcript and commentary):Video Link JAMIE FOXX: First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama. Please also notice that this clip was used as a preview for the presentation by BET.
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,November 26-30,2012

    11/26/2012 6:05:22 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | November 26-30,2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • The sweet life of Bakery Union officials

    11/26/2012 6:03:45 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 11 replies
    Soon to be or newly jobless Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union members who work(ed) at Twinkie and Ding Dong maker Hostess Baking are contemplating a bleak Christmas that not even a trip to low cost, non union WalMart can alleviate.   However the Bakery Workers' union's officials are quite comfortable thank you very much.  Yes, it is true that Hostess had been in financial difficulties for a number of years as union president Frank Hurt stated.  
  • Sweeping outdoor bill under fire over lead ammo

    11/26/2012 6:02:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    seattletimes.com ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Juliet Eilperin
    WASHINGTON — Making life better for fish and wildlife and the people who hunt them lies at the heart of the Sportsmen's Act of 2012, the bill that covers everything from habitat conservation to transporting bows through national parks, which is likely to be approved by the Senate on Monday. But though the bill enjoys broad, bipartisan support, some environmentalists are not happy with it. The bill ensures that lead can continue to be used in ammunition, which they say poisons some wildlife, and it specifically says that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot regulate components "used in shot, bullets...
  • Pressure Grows on Egyptian Leader After Judicial Decree

    11/26/2012 5:58:42 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 1 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 11/25/2012 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    It is the most acute test to date of the ability and willingness of Mr. Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president and a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, to engage in the kind of give and take that democratic government requires. But he also must contend with real doubts about the willingness of his anti-Islamist opponents to join him in compromise. Each side is mired in deep suspicion of the other, a legacy of the decades when the Brotherhood survived here only as an insular secret society, demonized as dangerous radicals by most of the Egyptian elite. “There is...
  • Harrington’s campaign against Wasserman Schultz fleeced small donors

    11/26/2012 5:57:05 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 4 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Jack Furnari
    Rank-and-file Republicans from all over the country wanted to get rid of Debbie Wasserman Schultz so badly, they were ripe for manipulation. And manipulated they were. The Karen Harrington campaign released the results of an Oct. 1-2 poll that reportedly showed Harrington only 4.5 percentage points behind Wasserman Schultz. It was breathlessly headlined, “Karen Harrington Releases Poll Results, Wasserman Schultz In Jeopardy of Losing.” Thirty-three days after the poll’s release, Harrington received just 36 percent of the vote, getting crushed by Wasserman Schultz’s 63 percent total. That’s a 27-point loss. A laugher for the Democrats. Custer at Little Big Horn....
  • S.E. RUCKMAN: Open Carry a fact for Oklahoma, but not Indian Country(barf alert)

    11/26/2012 5:42:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    nativetimes.com ^ | 26 November, 2012 | S.E. RUCKMAN
    At midnight of the first day of the eleventh month, a different day dawned in Oklahoma. A new law went into effect that will undoubtedly change a few things around here. The “Open Carry” statute allows gun holders (who are trained and licensed) to publicly carry their guns. Make no mistake it signals a return to a time when this kind of gun-toting dress was de rigueur. Advocates of this law cite that openly carrying (and swaggering) with the weight of one’s gun is the hip and trendy thing to do among states. One news source cites that 14 other...
  • U.S. Set for Fracking Bonanza, says Historian Ferguson (A New Golden Age For America)

    11/26/2012 5:41:58 AM PST · by lbryce · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | November 23, 2012 | Andrew Stevens
    If there's been one consistent thread running through the U.S. economic story since 2008, it's been the steady drumbeat of gloom. Outright recession or sub-standard growth, stubbornly high unemployment and fiscal crises have been the topics du jour when it comes to the world's biggest economy. But now an unlikely champion for U.S. growth under the Obama administration has emerged -- a former adviser to a Republican Party presidential candidate and Harvard history professor, Niall Ferguson, who says America could actually be heading toward a new economic "golden age." And it has nothing to do with Washington and everything...
  • On a wing and a prayer: Parishioners vow to fight to end for churches

    11/26/2012 5:41:05 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11-26-12 | Richard Greim
    Defiant parishioners waging tireless vigils for the churches they love — now eight years and running — are being warned by their archdiocese that the end is near, but they still vow to fight on. “We paid for this church,” said Maryellen Rogers, a parishioner at St. Francis X. Cabrini in Scituate. “We built it. The archdiocese took out a mortgage in the 1970s we paid off. And we believe we are the rightful owners of this church.” But the Archdiocese of Boston has signaled the rogue worshippers are testing the goodwill of the hierarchy. “The cardinal’s been patient,” archdiocese...
  • The Coming Sharia State of Egypt

    11/26/2012 5:38:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 26, 2012 | Theodore Shoebat
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - The Coming Sharia State of EgyptPosted By Theodore Shoebat On November 26, 2012 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Egypt has now a modern pharaoh, named Muhammad Morsi, and with him as the sole ruler, the country will ultimately become an official Sharia state. Sharia is already enforced to some degree, but now that the Muslim Brotherhood is expanding its power, it will implement the edicts of its constitution, the Koran, to is fullest capacity.This is was foreshadowed months ago when counter-revolutionaries were crucified in front of the presidential palace, since...
  • GOP MUST STAY THE COURSE

    11/26/2012 5:35:52 AM PST · by shortstop · 19 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 11/26/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    It has been interesting, since the election, to see Republicans scramble and equivocate. Folks who seemed to be standing shoulder to shoulder before the election have turned their fire on one another and it seems almost to be a competition to disavow what until recently seemed to be bedrock Republican principles. First the Republicans lost the election, then they lost their nerve. No sooner had the votes been counted than the fingers started pointing. Republicans turned on one another and on the campaign they had waged, calling people extremists and policies outdated. According to any number of Republican Monday-morning quarterbacks,...
  • How the World Saved Hamas 20 Years Ago

    11/26/2012 5:31:35 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 26, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - How the World Saved Hamas 20 Years AgoPosted By Daniel Greenfield On November 26, 2012 @ 12:52 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments The conclusion of IsraelÂ’s campaign against Hamas, complete with an enforced ceasefire and a victory for the Islamic terrorist group, should come as no surprise at all. Long before the blockade of Gaza, the terrorist groupÂ’s greatest weapon was the sympathy of the world.Twenty years ago, on December 1992, Israeli forces responded to Hamas atrocities by arresting over a thousand Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists and deporting 415 of them...