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  • Immigrant Welfare: The New Colossus. Do the huddled masses yearn to breathe free or eat for free?

    11/29/2012 7:13:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/29/2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Here’s a perplexing pair of statistics: Compared with native-born Americans, immigrants are more likely to start a business — and they’re also more likely to depend on welfare. These dissonant data are even more irksome considering the state of the U.S. economy. Government social-aid programs consume an ever-growing portion of the federal budget, surpassing a trillion dollars even before Medicare and Social Security are factored in. And entrepreneurial activity is slowing. Census Bureau statistics show that start-ups accounted for 12 percent of American businesses in 1980 but less than 8 percent today. And earlier this fall, the Hudson Institute found...
  • Sandy caused $37 billion in damage in NJ: Christie

    11/29/2012 7:12:19 AM PST · by Stingray51 · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 28, 2012 | Associated Press
    TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Chris Christie says Superstorm Sandy caused $36.8 billion in damage in New Jersey. Christie is requesting that amount, which is greater than his state's entire budget, from the federal government. Christie says more than 30,000 homes or businesses were destroyed or sustained substantial damage from last month's storm.
  • All about Taxes: Democrats and the media have ignored the rest of the fiscal-cliff debate.

    11/29/2012 7:10:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2012 | Michael Tanner
    How many times have we heard that the only thing standing in the way of a grand bargain to reduce our growing national debt is Republican intransigence on taxes? If Republicans would only agree to dump Grover Norquist, Democrats will agree to cut spending and reform entitlements. Then, we can all join hands and sing Kumbaya as we usher in a new era of compromise and fiscal responsibility. Except that now that Republicans have agreed to raise taxes, er, revenue, as part of an agreement to avoid the looming fiscal cliff, liberals appear to have decided that there really isn’t...
  • 'With UN Bid, Arabs Once Again Try to Steal Israel's Heritage'

    11/29/2012 7:05:44 AM PST · by wesagain · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israeli National News ^ | November 29, 2012 | David Lev
    It's no accident that the Palestinian Authority is bringing its “case” to the United Nations on November 29 – a day that has for 65 years been identified with the State of Israel. “It's very typical of the PA to choose the day that Israel was recognized as a state by the UN as the date for their state's recognition,” said one historian. “The PA has tried to co-opt so many Jewish and Israeli symbols in the past, and the co-opting of November 29 fits right in with that,” said Moshe Siebel, a history afficianado. The 29th of November is...
  • Third-Quarter GDP Growth Revised Upward to 2.7% [New Normal: This anemic number is "good news"]

    11/29/2012 7:03:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 29, 2012 | ERIC MORATH And SARAH PORTLOCK
    The U.S. economy expanded at its fastest pace in nearly three years in the third quarter as stronger inventory and export gains caused the government to revise its growth reading higher. The nation's gross domestic product—he broadest measure of goods and services produced in the U.S.—advanced at an annual rate of 2.7% from July through September, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The revised figure is up from the previously reported 2.0% gain and is the best three-month increase since the final quarter of 2009. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires expected growth to be revised to a 2.8% rate.
  • Favorables: Socialism 24% Capitalism 68%

    11/29/2012 6:58:09 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | November 28, 2012
    Most Americans continue to have favorable opinions of capitalism and the free enterprise system. However, just 24% have a favorable opinion of socialism. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% have an unfavorable view of that economic system
  • Egypt’s ‘Moderate’ Despot

    11/29/2012 6:55:14 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | 11/28/2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    What do you call a leader of a theocratic and cultish movement with a deep and clear disdain for democracy who suddenly assumes dictatorial powers? A “moderate,” of course.*snip*Apparently, “moderation” in the Middle East has been defined down to not wanting to wage war on Israel right now. On Monday, in response to protests, Morsi met with members of the judiciary. Some reports say he walked back his declaration of supremacy, but that is far from clear. He reaffirmed that the courts cannot veto the constitution being written by Morsi’s Islamist pets. Is there any doubt that the constitution will...
  • A Sordid Tale of Chicago Politics that Reveals how Obama got his Start

    11/29/2012 6:49:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11-29-12 | Andrew Malcolm
    Ah, Chicago and its politics. There's no other American city quite like it. Fortunately. It's a beautiful city from the outside. And a political cesspool inside, a seeping source of conniving and corruption that spawned Barack Obama and his top aide Valerie Jarrett and is now ruled by the president's ex-chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. Another amazing chapter in the Windy City's sordid politics began unfolding Wednesday, one whose lineage can actually be traced back to the very beginnings of Obama's political career, which now has an extended expiry date of Jan. 20, 2017. Today, Obama lunches with the man...
  • 68% Prefer 'Merry Christmas' Over 'Happy Holidays'

    11/29/2012 6:48:14 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | November 27, 2012
    Most Americans still prefer signs in stores that say “Merry Christmas” rather than ones with “Happy Holidays.” A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of American Adults prefer Merry Christmas. Just 23% like Happy Holidays instead.
  • Chinese police plan to board ships in disputed seas

    11/29/2012 6:42:09 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Ben Blanchard and Manuel Mogato
    BEIJING/MANILA (Reuters) - Police in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan will board and search ships which illegally enter what China considers its territory in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Thursday, a move likely to add to tensions. The South China Sea is Asia's biggest potential military trouble spot with several Asian countries claiming sovereignty over waters believed to be rich in oil and gas. The shortest route between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, it has some of the world's busiest shipping lanes. More than half the globe's oil tanker traffic passes through it. New...
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Crime Rate Soaring As City Loses Officers

    11/29/2012 6:21:57 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    KCBS ^ | November 28, 2012 | Phil Matier
    Burglaries are up a startling 43 percent in Oakland this year compared to last, part of an ever-growing crime problem in the city. According to the latest numbers from the Oakland Police Department, more than 11,000 homes, cars or businesses have been broken into so far this year – translating to about 33 burglaries a day. The most popular targets have been cars with more than 5,700 burglarized so far this year. One of the most likely reasons for the sharp uptick in crime – city officials said they believe it’s the gradual loss of police officers from the force....
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Fall

    11/29/2012 6:20:31 AM PST · by mykroar · 8 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 11/29/2012 | Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped for a second straight week last week, unwinding some of the storm-related surge, which has muddled the labor market picture. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 393,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was revised up to show 6,000 more applications than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims falling to 390,0000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, a better measure of labor market trends, increased 7,500 to 405,250, the highest level since October...
  • Four Reasons To Remain Optimistic

    11/29/2012 6:09:31 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TDR ^ | 11-28-2012 | Chris Mayer
    Four Reasons To Remain Optimistic By Chris Mayer 11/28/12 The holidays are here. Please allow me be the first to say there’s reason for optimism. Yes… You read that right: optimism. I have been thinking a lot about this — about optimism and pessimism and the reasons for both — in recent post-presidential election days. It’s not that I care that Obama won or Romney lost. Please don’t misunderstand me. I didn’t (and still don’t) support either of them. It’s the whole process that gets me down. It brings out the worst in everybody. And I am always a little...
  • 4-Week-Average Jobless Claims At 13-Month High As Sandy Effects Gone

    11/29/2012 6:01:19 AM PST · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    While any and every bad data point recently has been summarily dismissed by the 'transitory' effects of Hurricane Sandy, it appears in the deepest darkest reality that there is more of a structural trend to this shift than simply a 'blip'. Claims missed expectations and prior data was revised higher leaving the four-week-average at its highest since October 2011 jumping back over 400k.
  • Achuthan Vigorously Defends His Recession Call, Says We'll Know If He's Wrong Within One Month

    11/29/2012 5:51:30 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-29-2012 | Sam Ro
    Lakshman Achuthan Vigorously Defends His Recession Call, Says We'll Know If He's Wrong Within One Month Sam RoNov. 29, 2012, 6:30 AM ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan is on Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Keene, vigorously defending his recession call, which many have called dead wrong. In case you're catching up, back in September 2011 Achuthan predicted the U.S. would go into recession. Advisor Perspectives' Doug Short has a great summary of all of Achuthan's calls and appearances since then. Achuthan essentially lays out two parts to his defense this morning. First, a recession is not measured as two consecutive quarters of GDP....
  • After the Election: What Lies Ahead (Long)

    11/29/2012 5:46:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 28, 2012
    Editor’s note: Below is the video and transcript of a special session of the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 2012 Restoration Weekend dedicated to the 2012 election. Restoration Weekend took place Nov. 15th-18th at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. PAUL ERICKSON: Ladies and gentlemen, pals and gals, children of all ages, welcome to After the Election, What Lies Ahead with Congressman Louie Gohmert and Congressman Allen West. And we have a bonus walk-on. Who is that strange from Minnesota? My name is Paul Erickson. I’m a private businessman. I build cities all over the world, but in my private...
  • Five theories about Obama’s meeting with Romney

    11/29/2012 5:40:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Constitution Center ^ | November 29, 2012 | Scott Bomboy
    ... Obama is having Mitt Romney over for lunch on Thursday and their meeting is already generating a lot of buzz. Here are five theories about the White House’s motives.... 1. Obama is extending a common courtesy... 2. Obama will offer Romney a Cabinet job... 3. Obama will enlist Romney in the fiscal cliff debate... 4. Obama wants Romney’s advice on business issues... 5. Obama wants closure on the 2012 presidential election, or something else?....
  • State gun sales on track for record-shattering year

    11/29/2012 5:22:08 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 29 nov 2012 | StevenElbow
    Brisk Black Friday gun sales added to the record-setting gun-buying year coming to a close in Wisconsin. While gun purchases set a record nationally on Black Friday, Wisconsin's peak gun-buying frenzy stretched for months following the adoption of the state’s concealed carry law, which went into effect on Nov. 1 last year. The state’s handgun hot line, which gun dealers call to get background checks to see if prospective handgun buyers are barred from owning guns because of felony status or mental health reasons, is having a record-shattering year. As of Tuesday, the hot line had received 117,379 request
  • Obama the job-killing owl-killer

    11/29/2012 5:21:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Register Citizen ^ | November 28, 2012 | MICHELLE MALKIN
    Welcome to the pretzel logic of liberal environmental protection: In order to “save” owls, the Obama administration is going to shoot them dead. This is not — I repeat not — an Onion parody. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House released a big fat policy turkey: its final critical habitat rule for the endangered northern spotted owl. The Obama plan will lock up 9.6 million acres of land (mostly, but not all, federal) in Oregon, Washington and northern California. This is nearly double the acreage set aside by the Bush administration. Thousands of timber workers (along with untold thousands...
  • I’m Not Sure What Republicans Stand For in Congress

    11/29/2012 4:50:07 AM PST · by IbJensen · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/28/2012 | Erick Erickson
    I was once an elected Republican. There isn’t much that the Republican Party has to do with trash collection, but I was a Republican on the Macon, Georgia City Council and I supported trash collection privatization. It wasn’t the Republican thing to do. It was the conservative thing to do. It was the right thing to do. Multiple times it had been tried and multiple times it had saved taxpayer dollars. There aren’t a lot of Republican positions at the local level. There aren’t a lot of Democrat positions at the local level. There are conservative and liberal positions. There...
  • Entrepreneurship up 60 percent in U.S. since last year [Pravda! Alert]

    11/29/2012 4:47:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Mohana Ravindranath
    Entrepreneurial activity is up 60 percent in the United States over last year, reaching its highest level since 2005, according to a new report. About 12.3 percent of U.S. adults —around 29 million —are involved in entrepreneurial activity, the 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor issued by Babson College and Baruch College reported. This rise marks the the first uptick in Americans starting or running new businesses since 2008.
  • Sandy blasts $80B hole through debt talks(So it costs $80bn- but why do other states p/u tab?)

    11/29/2012 4:42:25 AM PST · by bestintxas · 55 replies
    the hill ^ | 11/29/12 | e wasson
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Northeastern lawmakers are seeking $80 billion from Congress to pay for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy — a demand that could wreak havoc on negotiations for a deal on the deficit. Bloomberg (I) traveled to the Capitol on Wednesday to press lawmakers to approve the $80 billion supplemental appropriations bill — without offsets and with new levels of flexibility — to aid the recovery of New York and New Jersey. Senators from the two states are also urging the White House to seek a sweeping aid package next week when it asks Congress to...
  • 5 Dirty Little Secrets About the Bush Tax Cuts

    11/29/2012 4:28:56 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/29/2012 | John Merline
    It´s been more than 10 years since President Bush signed his first round of tax cuts into law. And in the years since, those cuts have been the source of constant attacks. [snip] But a decade of debate and discussion has managed to shed little light on what the Bush tax cuts actually did. So as the debate heats up once again as part of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, it´s worth taking the time to highlight some of the things most people never knew about the Bush-era tax cuts.
  • Leading House GOP figure's compromise plan gets shot down (No Cuts, No Deal!)

    11/29/2012 4:19:56 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/29/2012 | Deirdre Walsh
    House Speaker John Boehner and other conservatives shot down a proposal from a senior congressional Republican who suggested that his GOP colleagues break from their firm anti-tax position and agree to a demand from Democrats to immediately renew middle-class tax cuts. Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of the leadership team that helps round up House votes, told fellow GOP lawmakers that he thought they should, as a matter of political strategy, extend just the tax-rate cuts for those making $250,000 or less before the end of the year -- a position being pushed by President Barack Obama and...
  • Catholics United v. The Knights of Columbus

    11/29/2012 4:11:01 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://www.theird.org/page.aspx?pid=2150 ^ | November 26, 2012 | Kieran Raval
    The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal order, is under attack by Catholics United, a “non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition”. Catholics United, upset that the Knights of Columbus has donated money to promote and protect the institution of marriage, delivered a petition to the order’s headquarters in New Haven, CT last week. Catholics United accuses the Knights of engaging in right-wing politicking and becoming a front for the GOP. Furthermore, the group tries to causally link the Knights’ support of marriage...
  • PM: Ignore the Sound of UN Applause

    11/29/2012 3:51:59 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/12 | David Lev
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has a message for Israelis planning to watch the UN General Assembly approve the PA's bid to be recognized as a non-voting observer state later Thursday: There is no need to be upset. Speaking Thursday, Netanyahu said that the PA's statehood bid was “meaningless. The decision by the General Assembly to raise the PA delegation's status to a non-member observer state will not advance the establishment of a Palestinian state. I suggest that we not be impressed with the applause at the General Assembly. It doesn't matter how many hands are raised against us, we have...
  • More Performers Added To Star Studded Lineup For '12-12-12' Concert [Not a DIME from me]

    11/29/2012 3:32:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NY1.com ^ | November 27, 2012
    Next month's benefit concert at Madison Square Garden for victims of Sandy received some added star power. Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder and The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl are now slated to perform at the Dec. 12 show. They're joining a lineup that already includes Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Proceeds of the so-called "12-12-12" concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and benefit those affected in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • Powerball: Winning Tickets for Jackpot Sold in Arizona and Missouri

    11/29/2012 3:25:13 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 23 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 12/29/12 | ALAN FARNHAM and ANTHONY CASTELLANO
    Winning tickets for the record Powerball jackpot worth more than $587 million were purchased in Arizona and Missouri. Missouri Lottery official Susan Goedde confirmed to ABC News this morning that one of the winning tickets was purchased in the state, but they would not be announcing a town until later this morning. Arizona lottery officials said they had no information on that state's winner or winners but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later in the day. The winning numbers for the jackpot were 5, 23, 16, 22 and 29. The Powerball was 6. The jackpot...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - November 29, 2012

    11/29/2012 2:57:45 AM PST · by sneakers · 19 replies
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  • Behind the Susan Rice meeting meltdown

    11/29/2012 2:38:08 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 65 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/28/12 | SCOTT WONG and SEUNG MIN KIM
    In just two quick meetings on Capitol Hill, Susan Rice may have blown up any goodwill she had with the very senators she’ll need for confirmation if she’s ever tapped as the next secretary of state.Over the past two days, four key Republican senators have emerged from private meetings to blast the United Nations ambassador’s explanation about what happened during and after the deadly attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. It’s not clear what Rice said behind closed doors to anger all these senators, but it’s obvious the meetings went badly and this was hardly a nominee-in-waiting charm...
  • First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations (54 live Christmas trees)

    11/29/2012 2:37:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    770kob ^ | 11/29/12
    First Lady Unveils White House Holiday DecorationsNational News 3:00AM November 29, 2012 (WASHINGTON) -- It took 54 live Christmas trees, 175 pounds of gingerbread, and 85 volunteers from across the country to pull it off, but the holidays have finally arrived at the White House. **SNIP** More than 90,000 visitors will tour the decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this holiday season, which now boasts a huge 18-foot-6-inch Fraser fir in the Blue Room and a giant topiary of the Obama family dog Bo made out of 20,000 black and white pom-poms. Other highlights include the annual White House gingerbread house,...
  • Why Tester’s Sportsmen’s Act hit a snag in the Senate

    11/29/2012 1:32:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Missoula Independent ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Matthew Frank
    Since U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s election six years ago, arguably his greatest legislative achievement, however controversial, was the precedent-setting removal of gray wolves from the endangered species list. If it wasn’t evident already, the delisting, which Tester attached as a rider to an unrelated budget bill a year and a half ago, cemented the flat-topped organic farmer as a moderate red-state Democrat eager to broker bipartisan solutions. His reelection earlier in the month appeared to validate that approach. All signs indicated that Tester would take a significant step toward scoring his second big, bipartisan legislative accomplishment when the Senate voted...
  • Deputies: Homeowner shoots burglar caught taking property (TX)

    11/29/2012 1:17:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    khou.com ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Staff
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A northwest Harris County homeowner fought back against two burglars Tuesday night and ended up shooting one of them. It all happened at a home on Morgensen Drive at Zada Park Lane sometime before 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said a homeowner came home and noticed an upstairs light was on that wasn’t supposed to be. He went back to his car, got his gun, and headed back to the house.
  • Michigan: Time Running Out to Repeal State Handgun Registration and Permit System

    11/29/2012 1:12:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 28 November, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    The Michigan Legislature returned yesterday for the last few weeks of their 2012 legislative session with several pro-gun bills still pending consideration. House Bill 5225 and its companion bills, legislation that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements in Michigan, have been languishing in the state Senate for months, so your state Senator and the Senate leadership need to hear from gun owners across Michigan today! Since the state House passed HB 5225 back in June, the Michigan Senate is the only remaining obstacle to getting this vital bill to the Governor. HB 5225 has faced increased opposition...
  • Another Shooting May Test Florida Law(Jordan, Dunn)

    11/29/2012 12:52:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 65 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 28 November, 2012 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    MIAMI — In what could become another test of Florida’s broad self-defense law, a software developer charged with killing a Jacksonville teenager said he reached for his gun and fired eight rounds only after he was threatened with a shotgun.
  • Algae turns Australian oceans milky pink

    11/29/2012 12:51:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/29/2012
    A huge red algal bloom along vast stretches of southeastern Australia's coastline Thursday resulted in beaches being closed and turned swathes of usually pristine ocean milky pink. A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at Sydney's Clovelly Beach on November 27 The algae, noctiluca scintillans, forced the closure of Sydney's Bondi beach and a number of neighbouring inlets earlier this week, and government officials said it had now spread along the fringes of two states. "Samples taken at Bondi Beach on 27 November confirmed the presence of noctiluca scintillans, which appears as a pinkish to reddish discolouration in...
  • Russian Army Lacks Recruits, but Will Not Draft North Caucasians

    11/29/2012 12:33:24 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 11/28/2012 | Valery Dzutsev
    On November 22, the authoritative Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta published a report on how the Russian army is becoming increasingly undermanned. According to the paper’s sources in the Russian military, the new Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was “extremely displeased” with a report by General Vasily Smirnov about Russian military units lacking about half (40–60 percent) of their assigned staff. The best-manned military units, unsurprisingly, are located in the Southern Military District, which encompasses the North Caucasus and nearby areas, where the military reportedly has 90–95 percent of the listed staff. On November 21, Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov stated that...
  • Soon to be the lone Democrat in Ky.'s delegation, Yarmuth to meet at White House...

    11/28/2012 10:24:52 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 31 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/28/2012 | Nick Storm
    Soon to be the lone Democrat in Ky.'s delegation, Yarmuth to meet at White House to discuss appointments U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville told Pure Politics he is meeting this week with White House officials to go over potential federal appointments in preparation for being the lone Democrat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation. The election loss of U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles leaves Yarmuth as Kentucky’s only member of Congress in President Barack Obama’s party. That will mean he will take on more responsibility in facilitating judicial and U.S. Attorney appointments, as the Courier-Journal first reported. Yarmuth told Pure...
  • Senator Susan Collins Goes Back To Africa To Raise Questions About Susan Rice Nomination

    11/28/2012 9:27:07 PM PST · by haffast · 19 replies
    Onyx Magazine ^ | Wed, Nov 28th, 2012 | By admin
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, also the top contender to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, had another meeting on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning, with moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Following that meeting, Sen. Collins told reporters that she “continues to be troubled” (hmm, sounds familiar) about Ambassador Rice’s post-Benghazi talk show appearances, and opened another line of attack on Rice’s prospective nomination: her tenure as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, during which bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania occurred. snip From Bloomberg News: "When Rice was confronted with...
  • Petition To Congress Urging Electors To NOT Cast Their Vote

    11/28/2012 9:07:48 PM PST · by mom of young patriots · 25 replies
    "...We are calling on you, our Senators, to request our electors not cast their vote! Then the House of Representatives CAN choose the next President (and Republicans still have the majority - 233 (R) to 195 (D) - in the House of Representatives)!!!..."
  • Get Over It! We Are Not All Created Equal

    11/28/2012 8:43:20 PM PST · by Marie · 29 replies
    Marine Corps Gazette ^ | July2012 | Capt Katie Petronio
    The Marine Corps Times recently published a handful of articles in regard to opening Infantry Officer Course (IOC) to females and the possibility of integrating women into the infantry community. In mid-April the Commandant directed the “integration” of the first wave of female officers into IOC this summer following completion of The Basic School (TBS). This action may or may not pave the way for female Marines to serve in the infantry as the results remain to be seen. However, before the Marine Corps moves forward with this concept, should we not ask the hard questions and gain opinions of...
  • Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony

    11/28/2012 8:41:11 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 88 replies
    Dailymail ^ | Wednesday November 28, 2012
    Full Title: Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end-of-life plan Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults. But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies. One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit...
  • Jill Kelley demands probe into who leaked her name as it's revealed 15 investigators are working 7

    11/28/2012 8:40:35 PM PST · by kiryandil · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2012 | AP & DM reporter
    Jill Kelley demands probe into who leaked her name... as it's revealed 15 investigators are working 7 days a week to scrutinize her 'inappropriate' emails with General Allen Tampa socialite who tipped off FBI about Petraeus' affair breaks her silence Attorneys claimed she never tried to exploit her friendship with CIA boss Officials reveal a team is working around the clock to investigate 60-70 emails she exchanged with Allen, leader of U.S. troops in Afghanistan Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239567/Jill-Kelley-demands-investigation-leaked-press-Petraeus-sex-scandal.html
  • 90% of Top Obama Advisers White Males

    11/28/2012 8:39:15 PM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    Even as the media complains that Republican House officials have installed males at the top of their committees, it ignores the fact that President Obama’s senior advisors are almost entirely white males. The only top advisor who is a female or minority is Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s longtime maternal figure.
  • Jeb Bush, Jr. hopes dad will run for president

    11/28/2012 8:36:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | November 20th, 2012 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) – Jeb Bush, Jr., the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said Tuesday morning he "certainly" wants his dad to run for president. Asked on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" if he wants to see his father make a White House bid, Bush said, "I don't know. No comment. I certainly hope so." "Giving you the full loaf of bread right there," he continued, smiling. – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker Jeb Bush, the former governor, flirted with a presidential bid last year, but declined to run. With high popularity in the Hispanic community–his wife is...
  • Egyptian president now rambling about “Planet of the Apes” in foreign-policy interviews

    11/28/2012 8:31:02 PM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    On the one hand, he’s nuts. On the other hand, using a tortured pop-culture metaphor for geopolitics suggests he’d make a fine blogger. Is “The Walking Dead” actually an elaborate metaphor for America’s looming fiscal collapse? Your answer to that question will tell you if you’re prepared for the logic bomb that’s about to be dropped on you. (Answer: Yes.) He does seem to think that the remake of “Planet of the Apes” was terrible, which means he hasn’t lost touch with reality entirely:
  • O'Reilly: Dems to push for wealth tax (confiscation of private property)

    11/28/2012 8:12:21 PM PST · by pabianice · 59 replies
    O'Reilly Show/Fox | 11/28/12
    Far from compromising, Dems will push for a "wealth tax" to take money away from people who they say have too much. Also, not one cut in Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or Obamacare. They are tripling down again. Meanwhile, Repubs in the House are already talking about tax increases.
  • Bill Clinton asks for help with Hillary’s ($73,000) 2008 campaign debt

    11/28/2012 8:08:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/28/12 | BOBBY CERVANTES
    Bill Clinton asks for help with Hillary’s 2008 campaign debtBy BOBBY CERVANTES | Updated: 11/28/12 7:22 PM EST Bill Clinton isn’t finished campaigning just yet. Amid speculation that Hillary Clinton might make a run for the presidency in 2016, her husband is taking another swing at shrinking her lingering 2008 campaign debt, which totals $73,000 as of Sept. 30. In an email to supporters Wednesday, Bill Clinton offered a chance to spend a day with him if donors chipped in to drive down his wife’s campaign debt before Dec. 6.
  • Complaint filed against Minneapolis union

    11/28/2012 7:55:31 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-27-12 | Sarah Horner
    The National Labor Relations Board regional office issued a complaint against Minneapolis-based Teamsters Local 974 after the union reportedly failed to follow proper procedures regarding an employee's request to refrain from paying a portion of his union dues. A former employee with New Brighton Ford recently requested to stop paying union dues that supported nonrepresentational activities, according to Marlin Osthus, regional director for the Minneapolis National Labor Relations Board office. His request is protected under union members' "Beck rights," a term coined from a 1988 Supreme Court decision that ruled unions could not require members to pay for their political...
  • TSA Blasted for Exposing Breasts of Texas Congressman's Teen Grandniece

    11/28/2012 7:53:42 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 November 2012 | Alex Newman
    The Transportation Security Administration is under heavy fire after publicly exposing the breasts of a teenage girl during its controversial “screening” procedures. TSA Blasted for Exposing Breasts of Congressman's Teen Grandniece The New American 28 November 2012 The Transportation Security Administration is under heavy fire after publicly exposing the breasts of a teenage girl during its controversial “screening” procedures. Of course, passengers routinely complain of TSA abuse and molestation — some 17,000 formal complaints have been lodged against the widely ridiculed and despised unconstitutional Homeland Security agency just since 2009, documents show. The latest scandal, however, has turned into...