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  • Uh-oh: The economy might be hitting a rough patch

    11/30/2012 1:23:52 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Neil Irwin
    The bottom is falling out of economic forecasters’ expectations for U.S. economic growth in the final months of 2012. And if some of the more bearish estimates prove accurate, it will be the weakest rate of growth since the start of 2011. Macroeconomic Advisers had been projecting a 1.4 percent annual rate of GDP growth in the fourth quarter. On Friday it revised that estimate down to 1.1 percent Friday morning–and then again to 0.8 percent Friday afternoon. J.P. Morgan slashed its number to 1.5 percent from 2 percent. Tom Porcelli of RBC cut his estimate all the way from...
  • Pelosi: Give Obama Power to Personally Lift Debt Limit to Infinity

    11/30/2012 1:19:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 195 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 30, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Video at link (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that Congress should hand over to President Barack Obama personal, unilateral authority to increase the limit on the U.S. government's debt. At a Friday press conference, a reporter asked Pelosi if she agreed with a proposal made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that Congress give Obama the power to unilaterally increase the debt limit. "Yes," she said. When he met with members of Congress on Thursday to discuss a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that is set to occur at the end of this year,...
  • Obama Warns Congress: "I've Been Keeping My Own Naughty And Nice List"

    11/30/2012 12:59:36 PM PST · by Hoodat · 69 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 30, 2012 | Ian Schwartz
    "Joe Biden was in Costco and he wanted to buy some of this stuff, but I told him he had too much work to do. I wasn't going to have him building roller coasters all day long. Now, of course, Santa delivers everywhere. I've been keeping my own naughty and nice list for Washington, so you should keep your eye on who gets some K'NEX this year. There are going to be some members of Congress who get them, and some who don't," President Obama said Friday at a rally where he pushed Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff.
  • Congress members call storms like Sandy 'the new normal'

    11/30/2012 12:53:59 PM PST · by matt04 · 19 replies
    In the first congressional hearing on Hurricane Sandy Thursday, lawmakers from storm-hit states made appeals for billions of dollars in additional aid and said massive, destructive storms are "the new normal." Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., testified at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that "the path towards enlightened protection and preparation" must include infrastructure improvements such as flood gate repairs in Stamford, steps to stop flooding along the Housatonic River, and the establishment of microgrids for electricity and increased use of generators, especially at facilities for the elderly. "The sweep and depth of destruction in human...
  • Ban on gay change therapy faces first legal test

    11/30/2012 12:49:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | LISA LEFF
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge is considering whether to block a first-of-its kind California law that prohibits licensed therapists from counseling gay minors on how to become straight. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento held a 50-minute hearing on the issue Friday and said she intended to issue a written ruling next week.
  • Springfield NAACP President Talbert Swan calls for national search for next fire commissioner

    11/30/2012 12:26:37 PM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Local NAACP chapter president Rev. Talbert W. Swan II has called on the city to conduct a national search for a new fire commissioner, rather than lowering hiring qualifications to allow acting Fire Commissioner Joseph A. Conant to keep the job. One day after winning re-election as president of the Springfield NAACP chapter, Swan said the handling of the fire commissioner’s vacancy suggests that politics, rather than professional credentials and experience, is the prime concern of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and other city officials. “Watering down the requirements for the sake of a single preferred candidate sends a questionable message...
  • New York tells Con Edison to prepare in case Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant shuts down

    11/30/2012 12:21:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/30/2012 | Scott DiSavino
    New York energy regulators told power companies in New York City to develop plans to keep the lights on in the Big Apple in case the giant Indian Point nuclear power plant, which supplies about a quarter of the city's electricity, is forced to shut down. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the two reactors at Indian Point shut when their operating licenses expire in 2013 and 2015 in part because the nuclear plant is located in the New York metropolitan area, home to some 19 million people. The governor has said even the most unlikely possibility of an accident...
  • Love him or hate him, Arpaio is going to be here a while longer (liberal writer's head explodes)

    11/30/2012 12:15:22 PM PST · by pabianice · 23 replies
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 11/30/12 | Richardson
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio won again. The 80-year-old Arpaio won a sixth term, setting a record as the county’s longest sitting sheriff. And if Arpaio has his way, and he usually does, he’ll be elected to a seventh term. No doubt the Democrats will give it their best shot to depose Arpaio, but if history repeats itself, the Democrats will once again bring a knife to a gunfight and Arpaio will be re-elected and talking about an eighth term. While the anti-Arpaio crowd are touting the sheriff’s winning by only 7 percent of the vote, he won fair and...
  • Looming amnesty increases illegal immigration

    11/30/2012 11:53:13 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Nov. 29, 2012 | Bob Wilson
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that his department arrested ten illegal aliens being smuggled into the United States. The ten aliens were in the back of a pickup. The driver and suspected smuggler of the group absconded and escaped arrest. The ten would-be immigrants were paying $4000 each to be smuggled into the United States. The apprehension of a pickup packed with illegal aliens is not newsworthy yet the documentation of the smuggling fees of $4000 per alien is. With the possibility of a blanket amnesty being seriously discussed by both political parties, the attraction to come to the United States...
  • Obama, at K'Nex Toy Factory, Hammers GOP on Budget Reforms (Boycott K'Nex Toys)

    11/30/2012 11:51:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    TheStreet.com ^ | 11/30/12 | Joe Deaux
    President Barack Obama used his November re-election victory as leverage to suggest that Americans have already voiced their approval for his budget-reform proposal. The president, in a speech Friday at a K'nex toy factory in Hatfield, Pa., called out House Republicans and others who have resisted his calls for tax increases on the wealthiest 2% of income earners and capital gains and dividend taxes to raise revenue in a new budget.
  • Report: British Islamic Charity Accused of Funding Boko Haram Terrorists

    11/30/2012 11:46:46 AM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    gateway ^ | November 30, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Nigerian based Boko Haram Islamist group is responsible for over 900 deaths. Members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the 2011 Christmas day bomb blasts in Madalla, Niger State and Jos, the plateau state capital, that left 28 people dead... Now there is a report that a British Islamic charity is funding Boko Haram... The UK authorities are looking into an alleged possible link between a British charity organization and the Nigerian Boko Haram extremist Islamist group. The UK Charity Commission (CC) has confirmed, for the first time, that it is talking to different departments, regarding...
  • White House: Israeli settlement plan 'counterproductive'

    11/30/2012 11:19:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/30/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON - The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was "counterproductive" and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. "We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and east Jerusalem construction and announcements," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
  • The Obama-Piven Strategy

    11/30/2012 11:13:52 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 18 replies
    About.com ^ | August 16, 2010 | Zombie
    We are in the middle of an epochal struggle over the direction of American economic policy. The Democrats, who are currently in charge, want to follow a Keynesian model, which entails massive government spending — with its attendant tax increases and soaring deficit — to jump-start the economy. The Republicans think the solution to our economic doldrums is to lower taxes and decrease spending, to stimulate business activity and help the nation climb out of its crippling debt. And then there’s Barack Obama…. You might think he would be the natural spokesman for the Democratic strategy. And when the cameras...
  • City Attorney of Bankrupt San Bernardino: 'Lock Your Doors and Load Your Guns'

    11/30/2012 11:06:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/30/12 | Bretibart News
    City attorney of San Bernardino Jim Penman had the audacity to tell the truth to the residents of bankrupt San Bernardino at a recent city council meeting. Taking stock of the fact that San Bernardino’s murder rate has jumped 50 percent over the last year, that the city has been cutting its police force by about 80 officers, and that there is no good news in sight, Penman stated, “lock your doors and load your guns.” He stands by the statement today, explaining, “you should say what you mean and mean what you say.” Penman continued, “Let’s be honest, we...
  • Lockheed F-35 deal valued at $3.8 billion: source

    11/30/2012 10:58:18 AM PST · by ex91B10 · 2 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 11/30/12 | Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)
    Lockheed Martin Corp's agreement with the Pentagon for 32 additional F-35 fighter jets is valued at around $3.8 billion, although the two sides are still finalizing details...
  • Disputed articles in Egypt's draft constitution

    11/30/2012 10:46:01 AM PST · by Hoodat · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Nov 29, 2012 - 8:23 PM EST | Staff
    CAIRO (AP) -- An Islamist-dominated panel is voting on Egypt's draft constitution, the country's first charter after the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The draft largely reflects the conservative vision of the Islamists, with articles that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities and civil liberties in general. Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote. Here are some of the disputed articles:...
  • Inside Britain's Armageddon houses: Meet the 'preppers' who are stockpiling food and weapons

    11/30/2012 10:34:52 AM PST · by dennisw · 65 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 30 November 2012 | By Hayley Dixon
    Britons are stockpiling arms, food, and even condoms Some have secret hideaways away from towns and cities for when the apocalypse strikes They all appear in a documentary on people preparing for disaster Mayan calendar has predicted the apocalypse on December 21, 2012 The Mayan calendar predicts that the end of the world is less than a month away - but there are some Britons who are taking the doomsday prophecy more seriously than mos Meet the UK's 'preppers'- people who are preparing for Armageddon behind closed doors. Between them they fear a new dark age, natural disasters, a solar...
  • Leno: 'Very Dangerous to White House If Journalists Suddenly Start Asking Real Questions'

    11/30/2012 10:21:57 AM PST · by Kenny · 85 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 30, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Jay Leno continued pressuring Barack Obama Thursday night. During his opening monologue on NBC's Tonight Show, the host said, "This is very dangerous to the White House if journalists should suddenly start asking real questions” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): “This week, CBS News became the first news organization besides Fox to ask President Obama ‘Who changed the Benghazi talking points?’” Leno teased. “See, this is very dangerous to the White House if journalists should suddenly start asking real questions.” Indeed it is, Jay. Indeed it is. Just imagine how dangerous it would have been to Obama if...
  • Domino's: Obamacare Requires 34 Million Pizza Nutrition Signs

    11/30/2012 10:10:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/30/12 | Tony Lee
    New Obamacare regulations will force pizza chains like Domino's to post up to 34 million nutrition signs in its stores -- one for every pizza combination the company makes. The rules require fast food and grocery stores that have more than 20 stores to require labels for each product they produce. Jenny Fouracre-Petko, the legislative director for Domino’s, said mandated signs will cost Domino’s nearly $5,000 per store. Even worse, the cost will get passed down to the consumer, many of whom will never see the signs since “10 percent of pizza customers never enter a Domino’s store” because they...
  • Redskins' Star QB On Coming To D.C.: 'I Fear God'

    11/30/2012 9:48:27 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 77 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    In an interview with NBC Washington, NFL sensation Robert Griffin III ("RG3") told WRC-TV sports reporter Dan Hellie that his biggest fear coming to Washington, D.C. to be an NFL quarterback was God. Hellie asked the Washington Redskins' star quarterback, "Everybody fears something. What was your biggest fear coming to Washington, D.C., to be an NFL quarterback? "You try not to fear too many things. I fear God," Griffin responded. "RG3" also told Hellie that he fears his parents saying, "you don't want to let people down, and some would say that's pressure, but I didn't fear it. "I just...
  • Pell Grants Cut

    I didn't vote for that ...
  • WH 'surprised' GOP laughed at Geithner offer

    11/30/2012 9:30:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/30/12 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s spokesman said he was “surprised” that Republicans laughed at a proposal from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner that would raise taxes by $1.6 trillion, increase spending, and give the president unilateral control over the debt ceiling. “I was surprised they [the Republicans] were surprised,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today during the press gaggle when asked about the proposal Geithner made in a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “There is no reason for anybody to be surprised.” Geithner foreshadowed this proposal with comments made to Bloomberg TV last week. “It would have...
  • White House: No Plans to Withdraw Palestinian Aid After U.N. Vote

    11/30/2012 9:22:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/30/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    There are no plans to withdraw aid to the Palestinian Authority following the United Nations vote to recognize Palestine as an independent state, a White House spokesman said Friday. Josh Earnest told reporters traveling on Air Force One that the U.S. opposed the resolution to give the Palestinian Authority nonmember observer state status because the Israel-Palestinian conflict should be resolved “only through face-to-face negotiations, not unilateral actions,” according to the White House pool report. A bipartisan group of senators had threatened to cut off millions in U.S. financial aid to the Palestinians if the vote succeeded. Earnest said there were...
  • Wait Til You Get Home: 6 Things You Don’t Do in Front of White Folks (alert of your choice alert)

    ====snip====#4====== Talk about politics I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been surprised to learn that one of my white friends or associates was a Republican. Ugh. It’s a troubling realization. Not only because of the political ideologies; (I don’t understand why folk can’t see the Republicans are just about money.), but also because the Republican party has been known to associate and or attract the type of folk who cling to racist, sexist and classist thoughts and even behaviors. There’s the tea party folk, the Todd Akin type dudes and most recently people who can’t act like they...
  • Pat Condell: Ha Ha Islamophobia

    11/30/2012 8:53:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 30, 2012 | Pat Condell
    It's Islamophobia Awareness Month.
  • Netanyahu's Special Envoy: West may not have sufficient time to stop Iran

    11/30/2012 8:52:17 AM PST · by se99tp · 15 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | November 30th, 2012 | Ambassador Zalman Shoval
    "We hope, but we are not very confident or we are very sanguine about it, but we hope that the Obama administration, the US administration, will live up to its commitment to stop the Iranians getting the bomb before it is too late. Few months ago there was tremendous debate going on, the controversy between what Prime Minister Netanyahu said about the need for drawing a red line, and the American position. Namely the Israeli position was that the red line should be a point from where the Iranian has achieved enough enriched uranium, plutonium in order to cross the...
  • Youngstown State University Hours To Avoid Obamacare Rule

    11/30/2012 8:42:29 AM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Education News ^ | 30 November 2012
    Youngstown State University will limit the hours of non-union part-time employees to ensure that the university is not required to provide them with health insurance coverage under Obamacare. YSU, a public institution in eastern Ohio, announced to employees earlier this month that it is restricting part-time employees, including adjunct professors and lecturers, to 29 hours a week or less. Under the Affordable Care Act, the university will have to provide health insurance to full-time employees, classified as anyone working 30 hours or more per week. According to an email sent to English department employees, which was obtained by The Huffington...
  • U.S. Birth Rate Hits Record Low. Decline Greatest Among Immigrants. Recession a Likely Factor.

    11/30/2012 8:49:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/30/2012 | Stephanie Czekalinski
    The U.S. birth rate dropped to its lowest level in more than 90 years, led by a drop among immigrants, according to a report data released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. In 2011, the overall birth rate was 63.2 per 1,000 women of childbearing age, the lowest since at least 1920, Pew reported, citing numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics. The birth rate reached 122.7 in 1957, the peak of the Baby Boom. After the mid-1970s, the birth rate stabilized at about 65 to 70 births per 1,000 women annually, until the beginning of the Great Recession....
  • This student-debt crisis is escalating quickly

    11/30/2012 8:44:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Throughout his perpetual campaigning, President Obama has made a big point about being the champion of students and young people in helping to make college more accessible and affordable and helping out with student debt --- and yet, miraculously, here we are with student-loan debt and college tuition prices both quickly ballooning, and no end in sight. Could it be that perhaps the government trying to do more to "help" prospective-and-past students is actually what's dramatically worsening the student-debt problem? From the WSJ: Nearly all student loans—93% of them last year—are made directly by the government, which asks little or...
  • Liberals blast Susan Rice's 'outrageous' investments in Canadian pipeline firm

    11/30/2012 8:39:58 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    Liberals blast Susan Rice's 'outrageous' investments in Canadian pipeline firm By Julian Pecquet - 11/30/12 10:48 AM ET A liberal group launched an online petition Friday demanding that potential secretary of State nominee Susan Rice divest herself of “every dollar of stock” in the Canadian company seeking approval for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline to the Gulf Coast. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations owns between $300,000 and $600,000 in TransCanada Corp. stock, according to her financial disclosure forms. The pipeline needs approval from the State Department before it can go forward. The revelation has opened Rice up...
  • Believe it, or not: Chevy Volt tops most-loved car survey again

    11/30/2012 8:28:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    NBC ^ | 11/30/2012
    General Motors' Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car topped Consumer Reports' annual owner-satisfaction survey for the second straight year. Ninety-two percent of Volt owners surveyed by the influential consumer magazine said they would definitely buy the Volt again, earning the electric car the top ranking. Last year, 93 percent of respondents said they would buy the car again. "The Volt's two-year reign at the top of our satisfaction survey points to the continuing trend of owners' enthusiasm for cars that are fuel-efficient, especially as we see more and more hybrid and electric models hitting the market," Consumer Reports' auto editor, Rik...
  • Sen. Franken to Senate Leadership: "Fiscal Cliff" Deal Needs to Include Comprehensive Farm Bill

    11/30/2012 8:24:56 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Political News ^ | 11-30-12 | PN
    In an effort to help farmers across Minnesota who are facing uncertainty because a new Farm Bill hasn't been passed by the House of Representatives, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged Senate leadership to include the bipartisan, Senate-passed Farm Bill in any deal brokered to address the nation's fiscal challenges. "Minnesota's farmers, livestock producers, and rural entrepreneurs support one in five jobs in our state, and they need a new Farm Bill so they can plan for next year," said Sen. Franken. "The Senate has passed a comprehensive Farm Bill that will give our farmers the stability they need, but...
  • Grover Norquist: 'We Are About to Have a Tea Party Second Wave that Will Dwarf the First Wave'

    11/30/2012 8:24:24 AM PST · by caseyn · 58 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform Chief Grover Norquist predicts a huge new wave of the Tea Party is coming. The Victoria Taft Show 11/29/2012 We are about to have a Tea Party second wave that will dwarf the first wave and that is because while 'spend too much' brought the Tea Party into existence, we're about to walk into 'spend too much, regulate too much, and tax too much, all together. It's going to be a perfect storm of annoying government behavior, which is devastating to the economy, and I think the small business community which is particularly hit by Obama's...
  • Brookings: Only 3 major cities seeing economic recovery

    11/30/2012 8:23:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/30/2012 | Rick Moran
    Four more years! Four more years! Reuters: ******** Retailers moving into old downtown buildings, an abundance of freshly planted greenspaces, and a stream of new jobs in Knoxville, Tennessee, are all signs to Mayor Madeline Rogero that for the last year prosperity has been blooming in her city. "We feel very good about how we're coming out of this recession," Rogero said. "We see new interest. We see new development that's occurring. We're optimistic that this recovery is going to continue." Knoxville is a member of a very small club. Three and a half years since the 2007-09 economic recession...
  • Just How Potent Are Teacher Unions? Pretty potent, as a rule, though it varies state by state.

    11/30/2012 8:20:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/30/2012 | Chester E. Finn Jr. & Amber Winkler
    Hostess Brands is set to liquidate its 82-year-old company because it was unable to meet the salary demands of its unionized employees. Roughly 18,500 workers will lose their jobs because 5,500 members of various bakers’ unions can’t appreciate that a tightening economy, stiffening competition, and an increasingly health-conscious America mean fewer Twinkies for all. Hostess is doing what other private-sector organizations (such as the auto, airline, and steel industries) have done in response to fiscally unsustainable contracts with — or contract demands from — their unions: either throw in the towel and quit altogether, or use drastic measures such as...
  • Obama demands $1.6 trillion tax boost, and an unlimited credit card

    11/30/2012 8:19:05 AM PST · by Qbert · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/30/2012 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama has dramatically upped his demands in the fiscal crisis negotiations: He wants Congress to levy twice as much in extra taxes from Americans as he urged during the election campaign, give up its control over the nation’s debt limit, and fund an immediate $50 billion stimulus for his political priorities. In exchange, Obama offered to consider — but not necessarily accept — GOP proposals for cutting $400 billion from Medicare and other programs strongly favored by off-year voters. That listening session would take place sometime in 2013, giving the president plenty of time to wrap the unpopular...
  • Economic Sabotage: Obama is burdening a generation in the name of compassion.

    11/30/2012 8:16:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/30/2012 | Mona Charen
    Republicans find themselves in the unenviable position of being forced to agree to raise taxes on those earning more than $200,000 (the actual cutoff for those Mr. Obama refers to as “millionaires and billionaires”) or risk being blamed for a tax increase on all taxpaying Americans. They will probably agree, which means it’s a politically unavoidable policy, not a good policy. Why does Obama insist upon raising taxes? Not because he believes it will improve the economy, and not because he believes it will increase receipts to the Treasury. The proposed taxes would bring in about $80 billion a year,...
  • Young People Under Obamacare:

    11/30/2012 8:11:44 AM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    "It’s official: the health care law will unduly stick it to young Americans by making them pay far higher premiums starting January 1, 2014.[1] New rules announced this month are even worse than expected when it comes to shoveling an unfair burden onto our nation’s youth. Moreover, they also perversely increase the incentives of young people to remain uninsured." "As shown in the following chart based on estimates by international management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, the rule will force insurers to hike rates for 18- to 24-year-olds by 45 percent even as rates for those 60 and older drop by...
  • Senate approves measure to prevent transfer of terrorist detainees to US

    11/30/2012 8:08:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 30, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    Video at link. The Senate has passed a measure that prevents terrorist detainees from being transferred to facilities on U.S. soil, a day after it was revealed a prominent Democrat had commissioned a federal report to identify U.S. locations that may be suitable for housing Guantanamo prisoners. The measure, which was introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., was approved by a vote of 54 to 41 late Thursday. Ayotte argued that the facilities at Guantanamo Bay are "singularly equipped" to handle terrorist prisoners, calling the prison "top-rate." “The administration may want to close Guantanamo, but the American people do not...
  • National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs

    11/30/2012 8:04:50 AM PST · by haffast · 27 replies
    The White House - Presisent Barack Obama ^ | 11/21/2012 | Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release - November 21, 2012 Presidential Memorandum -- National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs This Presidential Memorandum transmits the National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs (Minimum Standards) to provide direction and guidance to promote the development of effective insider threat programs within departments and agencies to deter, detect, and mitigate actions by employees who may represent a threat to national security....
  • The five-year-old terrorists:

    11/30/2012 7:47:50 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/18/ 2012 | Sam Webb
    The five-year-old terrorists: Youngsters trained to kill with pistols and assault rifles in shocking pictures from al Qaeda's heartland Children trained to use deadly arms by militants on Pakistan border Many are orphaned sons of al Qaeda 'martyrs' Terror camps in Syria and Somalia also claim to be training boy soldiers By Sam Webb PUBLISHED: 14:19 EST, 18 November 2012 | UPDATED: 14:19 EST, 18 November 2012 These terrifying pictures show children as young as five being trained to kill with pistols and deadly AK-47 assault rifles. They were taken from footage of an al Qaeda terror camp in north...
  • Obama: Gun dealers' best friend (...hunch about BHO's deeper motive in spurring firearm sales)

    11/29/2012 5:47:05 PM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    WND ^ | November 29, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Gun sales hit an all-time, one-day record one week ago, driving Black Friday retail sales and actually overwhelming the FBI’s background check center twice. What’s causing the gun-buying zeal? The answer is simple – the actions of a man who hates private ownership of guns, Barack Obama. He’s been doing it for a long time. His election in 2008 drove gun sales through the roof. And now it’s happening, again, because he is supporting the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that requires member states unable to disarm their populaces to be placed under the jurisdiction of the U.N. Office of...
  • French Socialist in Mittal Row: We're Just Doing What Obama Does

    11/30/2012 7:31:51 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 11/30/2012 | Reported by Stephane Pedrazzi, written by Catherine Boyle
    The French politician who said Indian steel company ArcelorMittal should leave the country has told CNBC that his government is only acting like U.S. President Barack Obama. Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg, a member of the governing Socialist party, caused controversy last week when he said that the Indian company, which employs close to 20,000 people in France, should leave after it said it would have to close down a factory. The French government announced on Thursday that it could nationalize the factory in question, with backing from an unnamed businessman. The news raised the specter of the nationalizations of the...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and First Week in Office

    11/30/2012 7:31:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 11/30/12 | Nachum
    Obama Ethics, Year 4Obama just now writing rules to govern the last 4 years of drone killingsCommunity Organizer to the WorldDid Obama followers mimic Nazi hand-sign?More voters choosing one party to run their stateIt's 3am and nobody's there Islamists Kidnap, Threaten to Murder Homosexuals in Libya11/26/2012ObamanomicsIn a surprise move, Intrade shuts down for U.S. TradersDisagreeing with Obama can ruin Christmas, says White House reportAre 401K's next: Natinalized Retirement?Trying to Turn Obama Voters Into Tax AlliesObamacareObamacare headed back to the Supreme CourtIt's 3am and nobody's thereSandy Victim Promised 'Immediate Help' by President Obama Still in the ColdPalm scanners get thumbs up in...
  • The US Government Just "Adjusted" Away $40 Billion In Real Disposable Income

    11/30/2012 6:59:19 AM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Perhaps the Bureau of Economic Analysis was hoping that today's cornucopia of ugly income and spending data would be enough for those who keep track of the US government's Department of Truth shennanigans and ignore the meat behind the numbers. Whatever the reason, the real story in today's Personal Spending data was not the consumer weakness, but the unceremonious revision of historical data, which as the chart below mysteriously whacked away a whopping $40 billion in real (i.e., inflation adjusted) disposable income. Because as the chart below shows, somehow, somewhere starting in March and continuing through the last month just...
  • On the Harvesting of Votes

    11/30/2012 6:56:52 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 11/30/2012 | Forrest Gump
    David Horowitz brings us a very disturbing report on the extent to which the traditional harvesting of votes by parties has degenerated into massive, uncontrollable ballot manipulation by Democrats. Traditional "vote harvesters" have as their mission the gathering of "... unthinking collectives of potential voters -- nursing home residents, college students, skid-row dwellers, recent immigrants -- and get them to vote[.]" Mr. Horowitz is a red-diaper baby and a former "Marxist intellectual"-turned-militant conservative who here recounts a conversation he had with his "... brother-in-law, Henry, who has lived most of his life in a home for the mentally disabled and...
  • Ted Cruz speech stokes 2016 speculation

    11/30/2012 6:40:52 AM PST · by LoneStarGI · 74 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/29/12 11:30 PM EST | DAVID CATANESE
    Texas Sen.-elect Ted Cruz advised the Republican Party to rebrand itself under a banner of “Opportunity Conservatism” during a sweeping speech Thursday night that will only stoke speculation about a 2016 presidential run. Speaking before the conservative American Principles Project dinner at a downtown Washington hotel, Cruz said the GOP’s thumping in the 2012 elections was more the result of poor messaging and communication than the wrong ideology. “Why did we lose? It wasn’t as the media would tell you: because the American people embraced big government, Barack Obama’s spending and debt and taxes. … That wasn’t what happened. I’m...
  • Californians Are The New Wetbacks Headed For Mexico

    11/30/2012 6:29:01 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 11 replies
    chrissstreetandco ^ | 11/30/12 | Chriss W. Street
    President Obama met with the newly elected President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto yesterday. While the press focused on the Administration’s talking points for discussions on a wide range of issues from energy to climate change, the real concern is that the Mexican economy is far out performing the U.S. and the new immigration concern is increasingly from Americans illegally moving to Mexico. Nowhere is this trend more challenging than in California, which was just awarded the booby-prize by 24/7 Wall Street survey, as the “Worst Run State” in the United States. The State has unemployment: 10.1% (2nd highest), Budget...
  • Jerry Finkelstein, New York Power Broker, Dies at 96

    11/30/2012 6:22:35 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/28/12 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Jerry Finkelstein, who made a fortune in business, real estate and newspapers, including The New York Law Journal and The Hill, and for many years was a self-styled Democratic power broker in New York City, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.
  • Obama Rejects Bill To Give Visas to Educated Immigrants

    11/30/2012 6:18:23 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    In the aftermath of the 2012 election, in which Republicans garnered a shockingly low percentage of the Hispanic vote, Republicans have begun to rethink their position on comprehensive immigration reform. In the short term, many Republicans are looking to take measures that seem more immigrant-friendly. But even as Republicans look to reshift their framing, Democrats continue to demagogue on immigration. One of the most positive and uncontroversial Republican efforts is the STEM Act – STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – which is designed to elevate visas available for foreign-born graduates with advanced technical degrees from US universities....