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  • More Pain, Less Gain

    11/19/2012 5:27:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Carol Platt Liebau
    President Obama and the Democrats have made a cottage industry of peddling "tax hikes for the rich" as the way out of the fiscal crisis precipitated by ObamaCare and other profligate spending.   But with reports and polling showing that upper income spending has fallen since the beginning of September, the country may have a chance to see that "tax hikes for the rich" are not as costless as the administration and Democrats want Americans to believe.The "rich" are pulling back in anticipation of tax increases coming down the pike in 2013.  As a result, it looks like they will...
  • Moody's strips France of triple-A rating; a notch lower (Aa1)

    11/19/2012 5:27:01 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 19, 2012
    Moody's strips France of triple-A rating; a notch lower Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:05pm EST (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service downgraded France's sovereign rating by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa, the agency said on Monday, citing the country's uncertain fiscal outlook as a result of "deteriorating economic prospects." Moody's said it is maintaining a negative outlook on the country due to structural challenges and a "sustained loss of competitiveness" in the country. Standard & Poor's has a AA-plus rating and negative outlook on France, which it downgraded by one notch in January from AAA. Fitch Ratings has France at...
  • U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed

    11/19/2012 5:22:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 79 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/19/12 | Barbara Starr
    Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials. The officials stressed an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the Obama administration is not currently planning for one. Americans who wish to leave the region now are able to do so using commercial airlines. But the decision to send the ships even if the event is such a remote contingency underscores the growing concern about where the Israel-Gaza conflict could be headed. "This...
  • Voters Avert Disaster by Rejecting Proposal 2

    11/19/2012 5:22:04 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/17/2012 | Michael Reitz
    Organized labor may be celebrating the presidential election, but union leaders who take the long view have good cause to be worried. Proposal 2’s failure indicates the unions miscalculated the mood of Michigan voters and that a national trend of confronting public union arrangements will continue. The union machine has been showing signs of rot in the past few years. Union membership itself has been dropping for decades. State government leaders, including Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, have recently championed reforms to stabilize budgets and rein in the oversized influence of government unions. Voters...
  • Judge Denies Hobby Lobby's Morning-After Case

    11/19/2012 5:17:44 PM PST · by mikrofon · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/19/2012 | AP
    By TIM TALLEY Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY November 20, 2012 (AP) A federal judge Monday rejected a request by Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. to block part of the new federal health care law that requires it to provide the morning-after and week-after birth control pills. In a 28-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request by Hobby Lobby to prevent the government from enforcing portions of the health care law that will require it to include contraceptives the company considers objectionable in its health insurance plan. The Oklahoma City-based arts and craft supply company and a sister...
  • CNN Gets 'Fooled' by a Palestinian Child's Death; Real Story Is Hamas Barbarity Against Own People

    11/19/2012 5:14:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    News Busters ^ | 11/19/2012 | Tom Blumer
    A video at CNN with reporting by Sara Sidner from Gaza tells us "how a small child became a symbol of civilian casualties." Some of her narrative: A scene no parent should ever have to endure" "Four year-old Mahmoud Sadallah lies dead in the arms of a neighbor, a child of Gaza, another victim of an airstrike" "we saw no evidence here of military activity." There's even a scene where Ms. Sidner reports having to flee where she is currently reporting because "there are airstrikes" and "rockets" Since Hamas doesn't have an air force, we're supposed to assume that Israel's...
  • Israel's Iron Dome A Missile Defense Success

    11/19/2012 5:03:52 PM PST · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 19, 2012
    Security: As Hamas launches rockets toward Israeli population centers, Tel Aviv's investment in missile defense passes its acid test, destroying the vast majority. The U.S., meanwhile, is moving in just the opposite direction. On Sunday, Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system successfully shot down two Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets aimed at the heart of Tel-Aviv by Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. It was just one of many such interceptions by what is now the world's only battle-tested missile defense system. The "Fajr" (Dawn) series are mobile-launched, unguided, solid-fuel artillery rockets developed by Iran during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war with...
  • Leaders with Ginni Thomas: Russian historian Pavel Stroilov

    11/19/2012 5:03:30 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 2 replies
    Russia continues to tighten restrictions on political opponents of President Vladimir Putin, who approved a law last week allowing treason charges against anyone who possesses state secrets. One such dissident, Pavel Stroilov, is a Russian historian living in London after he stole more than 50,000 secret Kremlin documents from the Gorbachev Foundation in 2003. He edited a book with Alexander Litvinenko, a critic of Putin who was poisoned in London in 2006. One of the documents he obtained showed that a 1979 U.S. Senate delegation, led by Joe Biden, assured Soviet Union negotiators that the United States was bluffing when...
  • A Lack of Conservative Leadership

    11/19/2012 5:00:28 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 19 November 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mark in Chicago, you're next. Welcome, sir, nice to have you here. CALLER: Hey, Rush, thanks for taking my call, and happy Thanksgiving to you. RUSH: Same to you, sir, same to you. CALLER: Hey, Rush, I just want to know -- RUSH: By the way, you know what would be an interesting question, serious question, just randomly ask Americans on the street, "What is Thanksgiving?" Just a thought off the top of my head. Go ahead. What was it you called about? CALLER: Okay, Rush, thanks. Hey, with all due respect to John, just the flip...
  • Feds probe Gulf Coast dolphin killings

    11/19/2012 4:59:51 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 12 replies
    cnn.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | John Fricke
    <p>Conservation experts and federal agents say they're looking into the violent deaths of several bottlenose dolphins along the northern Gulf Coast this year, including one that was shot and another that was stabbed with a screwdriver.</p> <p>"I can't explain why anyone would shoot a dolphin," Jeff Radonski, a Florida-based special agent for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told CNN. Radonski said NOAA is investigating four of the six deaths reported since June.</p>
  • HAMAS WARNS ISRAEL: ‘WE LOVE DEATH MORE THAN YOU LOVE LIFE’

    11/19/2012 4:58:32 PM PST · by grimalkin · 75 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/19/2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    The videos were created to frighten Israelis and fuel the vitriol already raging in Gaza among members Hamas and its military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. Palestinian Media Watch brings us the videos and translations. The first video is addressed Israeli soldiers and states: “From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: The Al-Qassam Brigades love death more than you love life.” The message of this video is even more heinous than the first, as Hamas vows to cut off the arms and “gouge out” the eyes of Israelis.
  • Adding up the evidence … to a stolen election

    11/19/2012 4:56:51 PM PST · by Mozilla · 42 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/12/12 | Andrea Shea King
    Ah, the marvels of modern technology! Computers, Internet, mobile devices! Things that make life easier in this day and age. But … this cyber technology also can be used for evil gain too, right? Especially when it comes to elections. As writer Daniel Greenfield posted, “Half the Democratic ground game is voter turnout. The other half is voter fraud. Voter ID would make an impact on this game, but that would be just like the ‘return of segregation’ or something.” Take a look at these headlines: “In Florida: Obama Got Over 99% in Broward County Precincts” “What Luck! Obama Won...
  • Kerry spokeswoman: Speculation over Cabinet is a 'ginormous waste of time'

    11/19/2012 4:52:43 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Kerry spokeswoman: Speculation over Cabinet is a 'ginormous waste of time' By Alexandra Jaffe - 11/19/12 03:58 PM ET A spokeswoman for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) dismissed questions surrounding his possible appointment to President Obama's cabinet, calling them a "ginormous waste of time." "The speculation season is a ginormous waste of time. Senator Kerry's only focus is his job as senior senator from Massachusetts and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and that's not changing," Kerry spokeswoman Jodi Seth wrote in an email to The Hill. Speculation has been swirling over Kerry's possible appointment to either secretary of state or...
  • "Doctor Zhivago" on TCM Tonight, 8PM E.S.T.

    11/19/2012 4:49:17 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 60 replies
    For those interested, Turner Classic Movies will air "Doctor Zhivago" tonight starting at 8PM E.S.T.. While I don't approve of the adultery of the film's hero, it is one of the few times when Hollywood produced a huge epic showing how awful life under Soviet totalitarian communism truly was. For that reason alone it's worth seeing at least once. Tom Courtnenay's youthfully idealistic Pasha provides a great example of a liberal who gets power then proceeds to torment everyone else for the "common good." The scene where Zhivago returns to his wife and family after World War I only to...
  • Israeli Airstrike Kills Top Islamic Jihad Commander

    11/19/2012 4:42:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/19/12 | Alexander Marquardt, Anthony Castellano*
    An Israeli strike on a Gaza City high-rise today has killed one of the top militant leaders of Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian militant group said. The second strike in two days on the downtown Gaza City building that houses the Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, has killed Ramez Harb, who is a leading figure in Al Quds Brigades militant wing, according to a text message Islamic Jihad sent to reporters. Witnesses told the AP that the Israeli airstrike, part of a widening effort to suppress Hamas rocket fire into Israel, struck the building Monday afternoon,
  • Windows 8 sales fall short of Microsoft's internal projections

    11/19/2012 4:39:36 PM PST · by tje · 72 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Monday, November 19, 2012, 04:26 pm | Slash Lane
    Initial sales of the Windows 8 operating system are said to be "well below" Microsoft's internal projections. Citing a "trusted" source, Paul Thurott of Supersite for Windows said Windows 8 is off to a weak start, but Microsoft doesn't believe sales have been affected by the software itself. Instead, the thinking in Redmond, Wash., is said to be that PC makers have offered "lackluster" designs, along with limited availability. That disappointment with Microsoft's PC partners is said to have further reaffirmed the company's strategy with the new Surface tablet, which is the first computer designed and manufactured by the company...
  • McCartney says skip the turkey on Thanksgiving

    11/19/2012 4:38:42 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 101 replies
    McCartney says skip the turkey on Thanksgiving AFP - Former Beatle Paul McCartney, a long-time vegetarian, has joined a campaign by animal rights group PETA to encourage Americans to celebrate a turkey-free Thanksgiving this week. The British rock legend, sporting a gray shirt with an "eat no turkey" design, is featured on the website of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "This Thanksgiving, Paul McCartney is urging you to say 'no, thanks' to turkey and 'yes' to a delicious, cruelty-free holiday meal," the group says. More than 45 million turkeys will make their way onto American dinner tables on...
  • Obama is a Narcissist Who Rules a Narcissistic Nation

    11/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 10 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | November 18, 2012 | Sara Noble
    Many of our populace are self-centered and just plain misinformed. We are becoming a nation of takers, enablers and ignoramuses. We have lost the concept that to be concerned about others also means holding them and ourselves accountable. We have forgotten what a Republic is. Our Constitution is being dissolved before our eyes and we remain silent. We have a former Speaker of the House who doesnÂ’t know the 11th amendment from the 14thÂ…whatever. Worse yet, we want the government to take care of us and, in exchange for this false sense of security, we have given up much of...
  • Did Obama really win?

    11/19/2012 4:33:16 PM PST · by Mozilla · 23 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/19/12 | Joseph Farah
    The question must be asked. I wish I didn’t have to be the one to ask it. But, since no one else will, it falls to me. Did Barack Obama actually, legitimately, fairly and legally win the election? My answer is an unequivocal no. It was not a free and fair election. In fact, if we as a nation don’t acknowledge the reality of what I am saying, we may never have a free and fair election again in the future of this once-great nation. Here are some facts to consider: The Obama campaign accepted at least some foreign campaign...
  • Honeywell: Cuts to U.S. military spending 'need to occur'

    11/19/2012 4:29:32 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 42 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | Nov 19 2012 | Stacy Jones
    While most large U.S. defense contractors have warned a $500 billion cut in military spending over the next 10 years could be disastrous, Honeywell International today bucked the trend and announced it would welcome the reductions. During a meeting with investors Mike Madsen, president of Honeywell's defense and space unit said that the company recognizes that a majority of the budget cuts that make up the so-called "fiscal cliff" will happen. "We're not really fighting these—they need to occur," he said.