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  • Justice Ginsburg: We Need An All-Female Supreme Court

    11/26/2012 8:30:05 AM PST · by chessplayer · 55 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there will be enough women on the Supreme Court when all nine justices are female. “So now the perception is yes women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that,” she said.
  • Schools’ Tracking Devices Causes Controversy

    11/26/2012 8:20:53 AM PST · by pgkdan · 37 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | 11/25/12
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio school district’s website was hacked over the weekend to protest its policy requiring students to wear microchip-embedded cards tracking their every move on campus. A teenager purportedly working with the hacker group Anonymous said in an online statement that he took the site down because the Northside school district “is stripping away the privacy of students in your school.”
  • No Powerball winner sends jackpot to record $425 million

    11/26/2012 8:15:29 AM PST · by jakerobins · 57 replies
    <p>CNN) — No one hit the jackpot in the latest Powerball drawing, pushing the next prize of $425 million into the history books.</p> <p>The prize for Saturday night’s Powerball was $325 million — the fourth-largest in the game’s history.</p> <p>For the 15th consecutive time, no winners matched the numbers, which were 22, 32, 37, 44, 50 and Powerball 34.</p>
  • CNN poll: More Americans would blame Republicans if country went off fiscal cliff

    11/26/2012 8:13:29 AM PST · by Qbert · 92 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 26, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    A new CNN poll shows that more Americans would blame Republicans if the country went off the fiscal cliff rather than President Obama. 45 percent of those polled by CNN said they would blame Republicans more; 34 percent said they would blame Obama. But Republicans might have a political opportunity if they can convince Americans that President Obama is not working to cooperate with Republicans. According to CNN, nearly half say Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with the Republicans, although seven in ten want him to compromise with the GOP.
  • Premature Release Of Dallas Fed Data Shows Biggest Miss In 4 Months

    11/26/2012 7:43:52 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    UPDATE: Release shows a plunge in Capacity Utilization and Production to their lowest in a year, Inventories surged to 3 month highs, Shipments dropped, Capex fell and Finished Goods dropped to its lowest in two years! It seems the Thanksgiving week has wreaked havoc with governmental timepieces. The Dallas Fed manufacturing headline data was just released 15 minutes early and has dropped back into negative territory with the largest miss in four months, due we are sure to Sandy in some way. Full details to follow...
  • The GOP's California Lesson (You want amnesty? Look at what's happening in the once Golden State)

    11/26/2012 7:38:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jared E. Peterson
    There's been much verbal hand wringing since the election about the Republican Party's alleged urgent need to modify its stance on amnesty -- this, it's argued, is the key to improving Republican showing among Hispanic voters (Romney got about 22% of the Hispanic vote). As but one of many recent examples, see James Doti's November 16, 2012, opinion piece in the Orange County Register, a normally sensible newspaper. Almost all this panicked chatter, Doti's included -- from both conservative commentators and Republican office holders -- is based on a willful refusal to see the obvious. Those who argue that the...
  • Learning to Love Simpson-Bowles (Let's look at the options we have)

    11/26/2012 7:28:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/26/2012 | Randall Hoven
    What should Republicans in Congress do right now about the "fiscal cliff"? Everyone has advice, almost none of which squares with reality. Republicans have only two levers of control: the House of Representatives and filibusters in the Senate. Consider the options. Option 1: Do nothing. If no new legislation gets passed we hit the so-called "fiscal cliff." That means all "Bush tax cuts" would expire, for rich and non-rich alike. It means other tax cuts and credits added under Obama (payroll tax cuts, child tax credits, etc.) would also expire. The Congressional Budget Office estimates all that at $4,532 billion...
  • An Anti-Semite Walks Into a Bar … Amnesty International U.K. official reprimanded after tweeting

    11/26/2012 7:28:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/26/12 | Adam Kredo
    A senior official with the human rights organization Amnesty International has been reprimanded for making an anti-Semitic joke about several British lawmakers. Kristyan Benedict, campaigns manager for Amnesty’s United Kingdom affiliate, drew widespread criticism from Jewish leaders and others after making an offensive joke about several British lawmakers who are Jewish. Benedict has a history of taking controversial stances against the Jewish state and once threatened to “smack” a pro-Israel writer on his “little bald head.” His most recent comments took aim at Jewish members of Parliament for their support of Israel during its most recent conflict with Palestinian terrorists...
  • Jamie Foxx: 'Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama'

    11/26/2012 7:25:58 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda
    newsbusters.org ^ | 11/26/2012 | By Noel Sheppard
    Jamie Foxx: 'Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama' 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): 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 promo for the presentation by BET. I guess Obama really IS the messiah.
  • The Great American Mismatch. Plenty of Manufacturing jobs, too few people with the necessary skills

    11/26/2012 7:12:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    In September, 238,000 American jobs went unfilled, despite employers’ best efforts. At the same time, unemployment was at 7.8 percent nationally. And believe it or not, this was no statistical oddity. The manufacturing sector has long had trouble finding skilled applicants for its jobs. Around 48 percent of manufacturing companies are looking to hire, according to the most recent report from ThomasNet, a company that helps connect producers and suppliers. But 67 percent of manufacturing companies see a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers, and last year, as many as 600,000 jobs went unfilled, according to a report from...
  • Japan is the Next Shoe to Drop

    11/26/2012 7:09:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Sizemore Insights ^ | 11/26/2012 | Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA
    The fiscal cliff has been getting most of the media attention these days. And when not fretting over U.S. political gridlock, investors have turned their attention to Europe.But the real crisis brewing—and the one that no one seems to notice—is in Japan. The land of the rising sun is a ticking time bomb, and when it finally blows up it will make all the talk of Eurozone disintegration seem petty by comparison.Japan is the most heavily-indebted nation in the world with government debts of over 220% of GDP and a gaping budget deficit of nearly 10% of GDP.To put that...
  • The Fiscal Cliff? Let's Rush Off Of It (The choice is recession now, or recession later)

    11/26/2012 7:06:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    Washington, the media, and many economists are consumed by the looming fiscal cliff-a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that are set to occur on January 1. Many economists, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke among them, predict that if we go over the fiscal cliff the country will go into recession. I say let's do it. In fact, we should take more action to cut the deficit than the fiscal cliff will accomplish. The fiscal cliff would reduce the current federal deficit by less than one-third, still larger than any deficit ever run by a president not named Barack Obama....
  • Doubt of the benefit: Why increasing unemployment aid is prolonging the recession

    11/26/2012 7:04:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/26/2012 | CASEY B. MULLIGAN
    More families used food stamps this past Thanksgiving than ever in history, while Congress is pushing to extend benefits — again — for the longterm unemployed. But what if such aid isn’t helping us weather the recession, but instead prolonging it? The White House, and other believers in Keynesian policy refer to subsidies to the unemployed, poor and financially distressed as “automatic stabilizers” and insist that subsidies have a large positive effect on national income. Yet when the subsidy spigots were opened wide in 2008 and 2009, labor market activity contracted sharply, and stubbornly refuses to rebound. It is time...
  • Trying to Turn Obama Voters Into Tax Allies

    11/26/2012 6:51:18 AM PST · by Qbert · 6 replies
    NYT ^ | November 25, 2012 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — When Tea Party activists swamped town hall-style meetings about health care in the summer of 2009, President Obama’s army of campaign volunteers largely stayed away, seemingly less interested in fighting for legislation than they had been in electing the nation’s first African-American president. Now, Mr. Obama is seizing a second chance to keep his election-year supporters animated. With lawmakers scheduled to return to work on Monday to begin intense discussions before a looming fiscal deadline, Mr. Obama’s aides are trying to harness the passions that returned him to the White House, hoping to pressure Republicans in Congress to...
  • 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....