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  • Israel's Likud primary draws party further right

    11/27/2012 1:25:39 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/26/2012
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud faction shifted further to the right on Monday, with the more moderate members of the ruling party faring poorly in a primary vote ahead of January elections. The two-day poll, extended from Sunday after technical failures in the computerised system caused significant delays, ended on Monday night with nearly 60 percent of the Likud's 123,000 members casting their vote. Unofficial results published on Israeli media showed that the ballot proved the strength of the settler lobby, led by Moshe Feiglin, who has said that Likud needed to reassure the right. Moshe Feiglin, hardline settler candidate...
  • Israeli-Americans sue Clinton over PA aid money

    11/27/2012 12:27:27 AM PST · by ilcenter · 4 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 11.27.12, 09:50 | Adi Gold
    Dual US-Israeli citizens filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and the State Department claiming that the US administration provided the Palestinian Authority with billions of dollars in aid money which were used to fund terrorist groups such as Hamas instead of supporting humanitarian causes, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. According to the lawsuit, the State Department ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements attached to US aid to the Palestinian Authority. The White House, it was claimed, did not comply with the regulations and reporting obligations governing presidential waivers which facilitate emergency funding to the Palestinians. Evidence collected by the plaintiffs indicates that...
  • EU: Eurozone leaders disregard democracy

    11/26/2012 11:22:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    La Tribune, Paris ^ | 11/26/2012 | Romaric Godin
    On the sidelines of the Brussels budget summit on November 22 and 23, Eurozone leaders approved the appointment of Luxembourgian Yves Mersch to the board of the European Central Bank. But he was elected despite the European parliament voting against him, a move which highlights the EU's dysfunctional nature. Everyone agrees that Europe suffers from a democratic deficit and a lack of legitimacy which alienate its citizens. That is everyone except for the heads of Eurozone governments, who, notwithstanding a European parliament vote to the contrary, quietly appointed Luxembourg’s central bank governor, Yves Mersch, to the board of the ECB...
  • Woman arrested after trying to kill her boyfriend with her large breasts

    11/26/2012 11:08:58 PM PST · by expat1000 · 56 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | Nov 25, 2012 | Debbie Gross
    man claims he was nearly killed after his girlfriend choked him with her large breasts, according court proceedings. A high-flying lawyer fled in terror naked after his girlfriend used her 38DD breasts to kill him, a German court has heard.Tim Schmidt, 30, said his girlfriend, Franziska Hansen, 33, mounted her assault while they were having sex because she was jealous of his successful career.
  • Bunker Hill Community College Showcases Painting of President Obama Crucified Like Jesus

    11/26/2012 10:11:29 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 22 replies
    A local man’s work of art that depicts President Barack Obama like Jesus Christ, donning a Crown of Thorns, is being called “blasphemous” and “shameful” online after Fox 25 spotlighted his creation in a recent news story.
  • Santorum: 'I'm open' to 2016 bid

    11/26/2012 9:03:04 PM PST · by Arthurio · 137 replies
    (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum hinted Monday he may see another presidential run in his future. "I'm open to that possibility," the Republican said when asked on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" about a 2016 White House bid. – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker "But we're a long way..." he added, pausing, then continuing, "I'm focused right now on trying to stay involved in the fray and make sure that we do the right thing up on Capitol Hill right now." Santorum proved a tough opponent to Mitt Romney during the Republican presidential primary, ultimately forcing the contest...
  • Obama--64,175,423 Romney--60,044,046

    Still not finalized.
  • Mexicans feeling persecuted flee U.S.

    11/26/2012 8:17:07 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | November 26, 2012 | Rafael Romo
    Cananea, Mexico (CNN) -- In a remote town in northern Mexico, a 10-year-old-boy is struggling with his homework. His name is Oscar Castellanos, and the fifth-grader is getting extra help from his father because he's having trouble adjusting to his new school. The student enrolled at Leona Vicario Elementary in the town of Cananea is technically a foreigner in his father's land. Oscar was born in Arizona and is a U.S. citizen. He recites the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance by memory without hesitation. His English accent is that of a boy raised in the American Southwest. Oscar's family moved back...
  • Republican and Lesbian, and Fighting for Acceptance of Both Identities (Damn The New York Times)

    11/26/2012 8:00:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 25, 2012 | Sarah Wheaton
    In 1996, Kathryn Lehman was a soon-to-be married lawyer working for Republicans in the House of Representatives. One of her major accomplishments: helping to write the law that bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Today, Ms. Lehman, 53, no longer has a husband, and no longer identifies as straight. And she is a lobbyist for Freedom to Marry, which is devoted to overturning the very law she helped write, the Defense of Marriage Act. But Ms. Lehman is still a fervent Republican. “I’m trying to break the stereotype that all gays and lesbians, especially lesbians, are Democrats,” she said. Although...
  • Life at Conception Act: Rand Paul's Bold Plan to End Abortion via Roe v. Wade

    11/26/2012 7:42:24 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 84 replies
    Rand Paul - National Pro-Life Alliance ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Rand Paul
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asks for your support of the National Pro-Life Alliance and the Life at Conception Act to overturn Roe v. Wade. Sign the Petitionhttp://nationalprolifealliance.com/rlacaa_petition.aspx background: Rand Paul Cosponsors Life at Conception Act Rand Paul - Press Release 24 January 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Rand Paul will join Senator Roger Wicker as an original sponsor of the Life at Conception Act. This legislation declares that the unborn are persons, as prescribed in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. This legislation does not amend or interpret the Constitution, but simply relies on the 14th Amendment,...
  • Wow! Rand Paul on On the Record with Greta-where was this message in the campaign?

    11/26/2012 7:41:24 PM PST · by mtrott · 37 replies
    Self-vanity
    My goodness, I got a tingle up my leg just now, listening to Rand Paul vigorously advocate for cutting taxes to grow the economy at 4% or greater. And he also pushed back on the dem premise that only by raising taxes can we cut the deficit. On the contrary, he strongly insisted that the Bush tax rates resulted in INCREASED revenues to the federal government for years. He also confirmed that he would not vote to raise ANY taxes, and did not buy into Greta's query about the whole idea of cutting deductions to raise revenue either. This was...
  • Joy Behar’s Moral Quandary: 'Isn't it a Little Racist to Call it Black Friday?'

    11/26/2012 7:32:56 PM PST · by chessplayer · 94 replies
    There's nothing like tuning into an episode of "The View" for a little exploration of social sensitivities in the modern American culture. In keeping with that tradition, on Black Friday, a term used to describe the Friday following Thanksgiving, which is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season, the use of the word "black" to mark this occasion was a topic of discussion on "The View" for its potential "racist" implications.
  • White House cites ‘concerns’ over Egypt, won’t criticize Morsi

    11/26/2012 7:17:33 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    The White House expressed "significant and serious" concerns on Monday about Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's shock power grab last week. But press secretary Jay Carney carefully avoided offering any criticism of a leader who just one week ago seemed to be on President Barack Obama's speed dial as they worked on a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Carney repeatedly addressed the political crisis in Egypt in relatively dry and mild diplo-speak, while emphasizing that Morsi "played an important role" in crafting the cease-fire and deserved "credit" for that. There was no "we strongly condemn" and no "we denounce," and even...
  • Portland school sees racism in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

    11/26/2012 7:15:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 62 replies
    In an effort to combat perceived discrimination, one Portland school seems to have gone off the deep end by suggesting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches carry racist connotations, Twitchy reported Monday. According to the Portland Tribune, Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School, "picks up on the subtle language of racism" on a daily basis. “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez asked. “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”
  • Gregoire pushes for online sales tax

    11/26/2012 7:11:11 PM PST · by Baynative · 94 replies
    kiroTV ^ | 11/26/12 | AP
    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire's time in office may be best remembered for the major deals she helped broker, often in late-night bargaining sessions in which negotiators were ordered to find a resolution. Now the Democrat, two months away from leaving Washington state government, is looking to finalize one more big agreement.
  • Sweet Krispy Kreme worker surprises man on quest for rejection

    11/26/2012 7:05:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 11/26/12 | Dylan Stableford
    A man's quest to overcome his fear of rejection by making at least one crazy request a day for 100 days was throttled last week when a Krispy Kreme employee accepted his order for five doughnuts linked together in the colors and shape of the Olympic symbol. "It's only my third day and I have already failed," Jia Jiang wrote on his 100 Days of Rejection Therapy blog. "But I did so with such amazement and happiness." When the 31-year-old approached the register to make his "specialized" doughnut order, Jackie Braun, a shift leader at an Austin, Texas, Krispy Kreme,...
  • Officials probe how secret confetti rained on Macy's parade

    11/26/2012 6:27:46 PM PST · by thecodont · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. | By Michael Muskal
    When Thanksgiving Day parade-goers in Manhattan looked into the confetti-filled sky last week, they may have seen more than they bargained for. Nassau County police announced that they are investigating how some of their confidential records including social security numbers and even details about a motorcade for Mitt Romney, then the GOP presidential candidate, ended up as joyous scraps raining from buildings on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. “I'm just completely in shock. How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?” Inspector Kenneth Lack, from the Nassau County Police...
  • Do You Live In A Death Spiral State?

    11/26/2012 6:19:48 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 65 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25,2012 | William Baldwin,
    Don’t buy a house in a state where private sector workers are outnumbered by folks dependent on government. Thinking about buying a house? Or a municipal bond? Be careful where you put your capital. Don’t put it in a state at high risk of a fiscal tailspin. Eleven states make our list of danger spots for investors. They can look forward to a rising tax burden, deteriorating state finances and an exodus of employers. The list includes California, New York, Illinois and Ohio, along with some smaller states like New Mexico and Hawaii. Let’s say you are a software entrepreneur...
  • UN Seeking Global Carbon Regime at Climate Summit in Doha

    11/26/2012 6:17:56 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 November 2012 | Alex Newman
    Delegates representing almost 200 governments are gathering in Doha, Qatar, in a desperate bid to keep climate change alarmism alive long enough to create a UN-run planetary carbon regime. UN Seeking Global Carbon Regime at Climate Summit in Doha The New American 26 November 2012 Thousands of delegates representing almost 200 governments and dictatorships are gathering in Doha, Qatar, in a desperate bid to keep climate change alarmism alive long enough to create a United Nations-run planetary carbon regime. However, as the climate hysteria continues its march toward irrelevance following the spectacular implosion of UN global warming theories and...
  • No sex? Permission to speak freely, Sir. (West Point memoir by Laura Cannon)

    11/26/2012 6:11:33 PM PST · by dynachrome · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-23-12 | Laura Cannon
    What would I do if I were in charge? I’d abolish General Order No. 1. Keep the rules that protect soldiers from sexual harassment. But allow deployed officers and troops to have sex while at war. West Point should come to its senses as well. West Pointers and other military service members endure tremendous sacrifices. We appreciate the adoration and respect we receive. In that same spirit, I ask the public to accept and forgive our weaknesses. It’s okay to be disappointed, but please don’t be misled. Beneath the heavy combat gear and impressive uniform, we’re human, just like you....