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  • Flight Records Say Russia Sent Syria Tons of Cash

    11/26/2012 7:36:03 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 10 replies
    Propublica ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Dafna Linzer
    This past summer, as the Syrian economy began to unravel and the military pressed hard against an armed rebellion, a Syrian government plane ferried what flight records describe as more than 200 tons of “bank notes” from Moscow. The records of overflight requests were obtained by ProPublica. The flights occurred during a period of escalating violence in a conflict that has left tens of thousands of people dead since fighting broke out in March 2011. The regime of Bashar al-Assad is increasingly in need of cash to stay afloat and continue financing the military’s efforts to crush the uprising.
  • 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.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Wisps of the Veil Nebula

    11/26/2012 7:28:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | November 26, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Wisps like this are all that remain visible of a Milky Way star. About 9,000 years ago that star exploded in a supernova leaving the Veil Nebula, also known as the Cygnus Loop. At the time, the expanding cloud was likely as bright as a crescent Moon, remaining visible for weeks to people living at the dawn of recorded history. Today, the resulting supernova remnant has faded and is now visible only through a small telescope directed toward the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus). The remaining Veil Nebula is physically huge, however, and even though it lies about 1,400...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Dark Sand Cascades on Mars

    11/26/2012 7:25:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    NASA ^ | November 25, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: They might look like trees on Mars, but they're not. Groups of dark brown streaks have been photographed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on melting pinkish sand dunes covered with light frost. The above image was taken in 2008 April near the North Pole of Mars. At that time, dark sand on the interior of Martian sand dunes became more and more visible as the spring Sun melted the lighter carbon dioxide ice. When occurring near the top of a dune, dark sand may cascade down the dune leaving dark surface streaks -- streaks that might appear at first...
  • 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.”
  • UDC Asks for $4 Million to Finance Layoffs (DC area)

    11/26/2012 7:12:36 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 13 replies
    nbcwashington.com ^ | Monday, Nov 26, 2012 | Brandon Benavides
    School plans to layoff 25 faculty and staff members The University of the District of Columbia is asking the city for $4 million to pay for the severance packages of dozens of professors and staff members it wants to lay off. UDC plans to lay off 25 faculty and staff members, and eliminate seven departments and two dozen majors. School officials say it's expensive to eliminate positions because of a strong union presence. The school already eliminated 30 positions. A university spokesperson said the school expects the city to pay for the severance packages because the city ordered UDC to...
  • 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.
  • Half of Women Bishops Opponents in Synod Were Women

    11/26/2012 7:10:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/26/12 | John Bingham
    Half of women bishops opponents in Synod were women Almost half of the lay members of the Church of England General Synod who voted down women bishops were themselves women, official voting returns show.According to a list provided by the Church of England, 33 of the 74 members of the House of Laity who rejected the plan to open the episcopate to women were female. Women’s campaigners rounded on them calling their stance “ridiculous” arguing that those who believe in the idea of “male headship” should have followed the male leaders of the Church and voted in favour. They also...
  • Shhh: NY Times Reports on Orthodox GOP Vote

    11/26/2012 7:09:02 PM PST · by hecht · 14 replies
    Some news, apparently, is fit to print, but not too boldly. Take, for example, the demure self-censorship on display Saturday in the New York Times’ eye-opening report, headlined “On Island, Largely Blue, an Exception: Trump Tower,” on the handful of New York City neighborhoods that voted for Mitt Romney over President Obama. Overall, the city voted Obama over Romney 81% to 18%. The headline and the first five paragraphs were about the two isolated election precincts on the Upper East Side of Manhattan Island where Romney won half or more of the vote. It wasn’t until paragraph 7 to find...
  • 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,...
  • Belgian discovers his wife used to be a man after 19 years

    11/26/2012 6:43:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    telegraph ^ | 11.26.2012 | Bruno Waterfield,
    The man, only named as Jan, married Monica, his family's former au pair in a previous marriage, in 1993 despite legal difficulties raised by the Belgian immigration authorities. But it was only in recent weeks that he discovered that his wife had originally been a man and had undergone a sex change. "I feel I've been assaulted," he told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. "I brought her to Belgium. That was not easy. The Belgian courts had serious doubts about the authenticity of her birth and her identity papers, but eventually they accepted it anyway. I thought she was an attractive...
  • Jamie Foxx calls Obama ‘Our Lord and Savior’ During Soul Train Awards, Backlash Erupts

    11/26/2012 6:36:39 PM PST · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Staff
    Full Title:‘No, Jesus is’: Jamie Foxx calls Obama ‘Our Lord and Savior’ during Soul Train Awards, Backlash Erupts Dear Jamie Foxx, PRESIDENT Barack Obama is NOT our Lord and Savior!!! Get yo life! #soultrainawards 25 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Wait, what? If you thought Russell Crowe calling President Obama “the light and the future” was the creepiest, most cult-like thing ever, guess again. Really, Jamie Foxx? "Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama"? Obama supporters are insane. — Lindsey Ladner (@lin_ladner) November 26, 2012 Didn't tweet the entire time, but did Jamie Foxx just say "Our lord and Savior Barak...
  • FBI asked to probe Obama 'vote-changing' machines

    11/26/2012 6:34:16 PM PST · by wesagain · 46 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 26, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A state lawmaker in Maryland has asked the FBI to impound two voting machines used in the 2012 election to determine whether there was a malfunction or something nefarious going on. “I just feel it is my duty to try to get to the bottom of this,” state Delegate Kathryn Afzali told WND today. “We’re not making any accusations. The Board of Elections are good people. They have checks and balances … but we want to make sure everything is fair.” She said a number of people contacted her after the Nov. 6 election to report that they pressed a...
  • 450,000 Businesses Shut Down in Italy; Constitutional Crisis in Spain

    11/26/2012 6:32:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Here are a couple of interesting economic links from Italy courtesy of reader Andrea. The translations from Italian are a bit choppy, but the gist of the articles is easily understandable. Non-Performing Loans Jump 15.3%, Write-Downs 21.6% From Thompson Financial News: Non-Performing Loans Jump 15.3% Non-performing loans amounted to approximately 117.6 billion, 1.8 billion more 'than in August and 15.6 billion in more' than in September 2011, marking an annual increase of 15.3%. With regard to loans net of write-downs at the end of September totaled 67.2 billion, about 1.5 billion more 'than a month before and almost 12 billion...
  • 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...
  • No permits issued yet for Chippewa night deer hunt

    11/26/2012 6:26:50 PM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    SFgate ^ | November 26, 2012 | TODD RICHMOND
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Night deer hunting for Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes began Monday evening, but a spokeswoman for the commission overseeing it said no hunters had obtained permits to participate. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, which oversees the Chippewa's off-reservation treaty rights, authorized night hunting last week for tribal members who meet a number of safety requirements, including a marksmanship test. The decision drew sharp opposition from state officials, who said night deer hunting was too dangerous and have gone to court to stop it. Commission spokeswoman Sue Erickson said 74 tribal members from five of Wisconsin's...
  • 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...
  • Elections Do Have Consequences…for the Media

    11/26/2012 6:17:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Dan Holler
    It’s a common refrain from the victor: elections have consequences. The victor then goes on to claim a mandate to do A or Z. It’s par for the course. The real question is whether elections have consequences for the media. As it turns out, the answer appears to be yes. On a whole host of issues, the mainstream media’s reporting seems to have a bit more balance, at least compared to the pre-election coverage of some of the campaign’s most important issues. The left will dismiss this as conservative sour grapes, but ask yourself whether you saw, heard or read...
  • 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....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-27-12

    11/26/2012 6:07:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 27, 2012 Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rv 14:14-19   I, John, looked and there was a white cloud,and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man,with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.Another angel came out of the temple,crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud,"Use your sickle and reap the harvest,for the time to reap has come,because the earth's harvest is fully ripe."So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the...
  • The “Happy Planet Index” Ranks Venezuela, Albania, and Cuba Far Higher than the United States

    11/26/2012 6:02:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Rankings can be very useful tools, assuming the methodology is reasonable and the authors use robust data. I’ve cited many of them. For a big-picture look at economic policy, the Economic Freedom of the World is the best ranking, though the Index of Economic Freedom is also quite good, and the Global Competitiveness Report also is useful.On tax policy, the Financial Secrecy Index measures how well a nation treats foreign investors, while the Tax Oppression Index measures how well a nation treats its own people.There are also more specialized rankings, such as the one measuring per-capita government debt, the Moocher...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ RoadTrip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California ~ 27 NOV 2012

    11/26/2012 6:01:41 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 88 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is a United States Marine Corps military installation in San Diego, California. It lies between San Diego Bay and Interstate 5, adjacent to Lindbergh Field and the former Naval Training Center San Diego. MCRD San Diego's main mission is the initial training of enlisted male recruits living west of the Mississippi River. Over 21,000 recruits are trained each year. The Depot also is the home to the Marine Corps' Recruiter School and Western Recruiting Region's Drill Instructors School....
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 11-26-12

    11/26/2012 6:01:15 PM PST · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 11-26-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Freep a Poll! (should GOP pursue immigration reform to appeal more to Latinos and Asians?)

    11/26/2012 5:53:52 PM PST · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 11-26-12 | LA Daily news
    Should Republicans pursue immigration reform to broaden their appeal to Latinos and Asians? Yes No
  • A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed

    11/26/2012 5:45:38 PM PST · by oblomov · 5 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 26 Nov 2012 | Robert Herritt
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb has little tolerance for, well, a lot of things. But, as his latest book demonstrates, he holds a particular grievance against the mediocre, the safe middle ground, and most forms of moderation. True to form, Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder, is a work of non-fiction that trades in extremes—a book that, in complete earnestness, offers thoughts on everything from the philosophy of Seneca and the structure of the Swiss government to the value of procrastination and the limits of academic research. He is just as likely to bring in Ben Bernanke and Ralph Nader as Hammurabi...
  • History buffs gather in River Vale to mark 234 years since the Baylor Massacre

    11/26/2012 5:20:41 PM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 09.24.12 | TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG
    RIVER VALE — At the 234th commemoration on Monday of the Baylor Massacre, it was easy to see how New Jersey earned the nickname Crossroads of the Revolution. River Vale Historian Ed Moderacki wears a British infantry uniform as he helps Lincoln Schefter of Hackensack hold a musket at the site of the Baylor Massacre. The site, along the banks of the Hackensack River near Red Oak Drive, played host to a skirmish that took place in the middle of the night on Sept. 28, 1778, in which 54 soldiers from the rag-tag Continental Army were killed, captured or wounded,...
  • Ohio inmate loses bid to stay his execution because of weight

    11/26/2012 5:15:27 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 42 replies
    Chicago Trib ^ | Nov 26, 2012 | Kimberly Palmer
    <p>A federal judge said on Monday that an Ohio death row inmate weighing more than 450 pounds cannot be given a stay of execution because of his obesity.</p> <p>Ronald Post, 53, is scheduled to be executed January 16 for the 1983 aggravated murder of hotel clerk Helen Vantz in Elyria, Ohio.</p>
  • Evangelicals Becoming More Devout, Catholics Less So

    11/26/2012 5:09:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Live Science ^ | 11/26/2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    Evangelical Protestants have become more devoted to their religious beliefs over the last three decades, even as Catholics have become less attached to their faith, new research finds. The denominational differences come even as religious affiliations have decreased overall in America, with the number of people who claim no religious affiliation at all doubling from 7 percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2000, said study researcher Philip Schwadel, a sociologist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Nevertheless, Schwadel said, these unaffiliated individuals seem to be dropping out of religious institutions that they were previously ambivalent about. People who feel...
  • Obama will push for immigration reform, White House says

    11/26/2012 5:04:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    On the eve of a visit by Mexican President-elect Enrique Peńa Nieto, the White House promised Monday that President Barack Obama "will be pressing for action" in Congress on comprehensive immigration reform and regards that goal as "achievable." "There is a real opportunity here to move forward and the president is committed to that," press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily briefing. "He believes that comprehensive immigration reform is achievable ... because there has been in the past bipartisan support for immigration reform," Carney said. "And he thinks it's important not just for specific communities that would be...
  • SHOCKING Drug War Video!

    11/26/2012 5:02:37 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 116 replies
    youtube.com/scrowder ^ | 11/26/2012 | Steven Crowder
    Shocking video on the "war on drugs" and whether Marijuana is in fact "harmless." Most shocking is at 4:25 when you see 12-15 year olds smoking weed like it's nothing!
  • Little Falls man describes 'finishing' teenagers with shots to heads

    11/26/2012 5:01:34 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 203 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-26-12 | Joseph Lindberg
    A man who killed two teenagers in his home in Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day told investigators he shot and wounded the two at close range before "finishing" them with shots to the head. Byron David Smith, 64, was charged Monday, Nov. 26, in Morrison County District Court with two counts of second-degree murder without premeditation in the deaths of Nicholas Brady, 17, and his cousin Haile Kifer, 18. Smith claims Brady and Kifer broke into his home and he was "fearful" they had weapons, according to the criminal complaint.
  • 2 men sentenced in Fast and Furious gun case

    11/26/2012 4:55:42 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    ap ^ | 11-26-12 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    PHOENIX—Two men have been sentenced to several years behind bars for their roles in a gun smuggling ring that was part of the U.S. government's Operation Fast and Furious. The U.S. Justice Department says Jacob Anthony Montelongo was sentenced Monday in Phoenix to nearly 3 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy and dealing guns without a license. Sean Christopher Steward received a nine-year sentence for conspiracy and lying. During the Fast and Furious operation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents hoped to track illegally obtained weapons to high-level arms traffickers, but authorities lost track...
  • Prayer request for FReeper Jean S

    11/26/2012 4:52:53 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 78 replies
    Free Republic | 11/26/2012
    Please keep FReeper Jean S and her family in your prayers. Her father passed away on Saturday night after complications from a heart surgery he had in August. Jean said he came home on Thanksgiving and died peacefully on Saturday, November 24th. I know she would appreciate your prayers and words of comfort during this difficult time. Losing a loved one is always painful and especially so during the holidays.
  • More than 1,000 New Coal Plants Planned Worldwide

    11/26/2012 4:41:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Climate Central ^ | 11/26/12 | Damian Carrington
    More than 1,000 New Coal Plants Planned WorldwideBy Damian Carrington, The Guardian Published: November 26th, 2012 More than 1,000 coal-fired power plants are being planned worldwide, new research has revealed. The huge planned expansion comes despite warnings from politicians, scientists, and campaigners that the planet's fast-rising carbon emissions must peak within a few years if runaway climate change is to be avoided and that fossil fuel assets risk becoming worthless if international action on global warming moves forward. Coal plants are the most polluting of all power stations and the World Resources Institute (WRI) identified 1,200 coal plants in planning...
  • Jensen And Flynn

    11/26/2012 4:40:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 27, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Anyone who has followed the decades-long controversies over the role of genes in IQ scores will recognize the names of the two leading advocates of opposite conclusions on that subject— Professor Arthur R. Jensen of the University of California at Berkeley and Professor James R. Flynn, an American expatriate at the University of Otago in New Zealand. What is so unusual in the academic world of today is that Professor Flynn's latest book, "Are We Getting Smarter?" is dedicated to Arthur Jensen, whose integrity he praises, even as he opposes his conclusions. That is what scholarship and science are supposed...
  • Susan Rice to meet with McCain on Benghazi

    11/26/2012 4:36:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 81 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Nov. 26, 2012 | Brian Montopoli
    United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice will meet with senators on Capitol Hill Tuesday to answer questions about the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya. CBS News has learned her appearance will include a morning meeting with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been among her biggest critics since her initial remarks on the attack. Rice has come under fire from Republicans for her initial account of the attack five days after it took place, when she suggested that there was no evidence the incident was an act of terrorism. On CBS News' "Face the Nation," in one example, she said...
  • DON'T TRASH REAGAN TO SAVE ROMNEY

    11/26/2012 4:30:15 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 102 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Monday November 26, 2012 | By JENNY BETH MARTIN
    Ann Coulter, a long-time cheerleader for Mitt Romney, recently trashed the legacy of Ronald Reagan – and Americans who honor the legacy of Ronald Reagan – in a desperate attempt to deflect blame for Romney’s loss away from the candidate, and away from those who backed him. Movement conservatives, Reagan conservatives, and tea partiers did not back Gov. Romney in the Republican primaries. Despite misgivings, when the GOP establishment chose Romney, these patriotic conservatives did not sulk or stay home. They walked through fire for Romney and formed the backbone of his base and ground game. They gave their all...
  • US Embassy in Egypt closing shop ahead of Tuesday’s protests

    11/26/2012 4:27:21 PM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    bikyamasr.com ^ | 26 November 2012 | Bikya Masr
    CAIRO: The United States Embassy in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, said in a statement on Monday that it would not offer services on Tuesday ahead of planned large demonstrations in Tahrir Square near the embassy in light of security concerns. “Due to the security situation around the US Embassy, there will be no visa or American citizen services tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov 27,” the embassy posted on its official Twitter account. Liberal and secular groups have called for a “million person march” on Tuesday to continue their protests against President Mohamed Morsi and a presidential decree that gives him near absolute...
  • S.F. wants Dodgers to pay fan's bill

    11/26/2012 4:27:07 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 10 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/26/12 | Demian Bulwa
    San Francisco is seeking $1.2 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers in federal Bankruptcy Court to recoup unpaid medical costs for Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was severely beaten by rival fans in the Dodger Stadium parking lot. The city's effort - spelled out in recent court filings - follows the Stow family's lawsuit against the Dodgers in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming that lax security and other problems contributed to the March 2011 attack after an Opening Day game. San Francisco has identified the Dodgers as potentially liable for Stow's bills, and is setting itself up as...
  • A One-Sided Suicide Pac

    11/26/2012 4:22:41 PM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    Familysecuritymatters.com ^ | 24NOV12 | EDWARD CLINE
    Soeren Kern, writing for the Gatestone Institute in his November 16th article, "IslamNeeds a Fair Chance in Germany," reported a significant development in Germany that portends dire consequences for that benighted nation and for all of Europe: the city of Hamburg signed a "treaty" with organizations representing its Islamic population. The "treaty" features a series of concessions, not by the Muslims to secular authority, but by the secular government of Hamburg to the Muslims. The "treaty," which requires ratification by the city's Parliament, grants Muslims "rights" and "privileges" enjoyed by no other religious group there. The November 13 agreement, signed...
  • Mark Steyn: Romney ran a 'small, shriveled campaign' (Audio)

    11/26/2012 4:18:45 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 26, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    Filling in on Rush Limbaugh’s Monday radio show, National Review columnist Mark Steyn said that Republicans lost big on Election Day because less engaged and more uniformed voters turned out in force. “We do very well in off years, in the midterms — 1994, 2002,” Steyn said. “Republicans can have good years then because essentially they’re low-turnout elections — people who are engaged in politics vote. In the presidential years, people voted — a broader pool of voters comes in, and they’re basically people who swim in the broader culture. They’re not people who know the name of their congressmen...
  • "Man can marry four - why not women marry four?" (those wacky Muslims)

    11/26/2012 4:16:23 PM PST · by doug from upland · 24 replies
    islamwomen.com ^ | does it really matter? | some clown wearing dirty bedsheet
    "Man can marry four - why not women marry four?" Question "Islam gives man permission to marry four wives. Why can't a woman have four husbands? Answer Al Hamdulilah, was-salat was-salam ala rasulullah. Allahu 'Alim. (It is Allah who has All Knowledge) Rights and Limits First of all, it is important for us to keep in mind that Islam came to establish two very important fundamentals for human beings: Rights and Limits. Everyone and everything has certain rights given to it by the Creator and Sustainer of the universe (Allah). At the same time, each creation has its own limitations...
  • Norquist Loses His Grip

    11/26/2012 4:16:04 PM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 21 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 26, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    Anti-tax promoter Grover Norquist is losing his vice-like grip on the Republican party. The head of Americans for Tax Reform, who as recently as last year counted 238 members of the House and 41 members of the Senate among those who had signed his anti-tax pledge, has seen those numbers decline to 217 in the House, one shy of the 218 needed for a majority, and 39 in the Senate. Both totals represent an all-time low. Last Wednesday, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) disavowed his pledge not to raise taxes, even as he acknowledged doing so could hurt his reelection chances...
  • The Myth of the Clinton Surplus

    11/26/2012 4:14:39 PM PST · by all the best · 21 replies
    http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16 ^ | October 31, 2007 | Craig Steiner
    Time and time again, anyone reading the mainstream news or reading articles on the Internet will read the claim that President Clinton not only balanced the budget, but had a surplus. This is then used as an argument to further highlight the fiscal irresponsibility of the federal government under the Bush administration. The claim is generally made that Clinton had a surplus of $69 billion in FY1998, $123 billion in FY1999 and $230 billion in FY2000 . In that same link, Clinton claimed that the national debt had been reduced by $360 billion in the last three years, presumably FY1998,...
  • Will Obama Let the U.N. Seize The Internet?

    11/26/2012 4:12:39 PM PST · by raptor22 · 41 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 26, 2012
    Free Speech: The U.N. plans to control the tool that tyrants fear most — technology that promotes free speech and intellectual freedom — by imposing a global tax in the name of fairness. Think of net neutrality on steroids. Elections have consequences, and one consequence of President Obama's re-election may be U.S. acquiescence to the administrative control of the Internet to the United Nations and journalist-jailing and Web-censoring regimes from Iran to Venezuela, complete with a global tax on its use. The U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai from Dec. 3...
  • Warren Buffet Proposes Minimum Tax on the Wealthy ( He owes back taxes for the last 9 years! )

    11/26/2012 4:11:03 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 17 replies
    http://www.foxbusiness.com ^ | Nov 26 2012 | fox news
    Warren Buffett, in a New York Times Op-Ed piece Monday, is proposing a minimum tax on high incomes and a higher ceiling of $500,000 on increased taxes on wealthy Americans. "I support President Obama's proposal to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for high-income taxpayers. However, I prefer a cutoff point somewhat above $250,000 - maybe $500,000 or so," the Berkshire Hathaway head wrote. "Additionally, we need Congress, right now, to enact a minimum tax on high incomes. I would suggest 30 percent of taxable income between $1 million and $10 million, and 35 percent on amounts above that."
  • Torrance DUI suspect drives with pedestrian on car's hood

    11/26/2012 4:07:01 PM PST · by doug from upland · 11 replies
    abc local ^ | 11-25-12 | Leanne Suter
    TORRANCE, Calif. (KABC) -- A Torrance pedestrian was killed after being struck by an allegedly drunk driver, who drove for blocks with the dying man on the hood of the car. Phillip Moreno, 31, had just left a bar around 11:30 p.m. when he was struck Saturday as he crossed the street at Torrance Boulevard and Madrid Avenue. Police said the man ended up on the hood of the car and partly through the windshield. The driver carried him for blocks before stopping near Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street, where witnesses waved the suspect's car down after seeing the body...
  • Obama Economist: Taxing Junk Food Will Help Prevent Fiscal Cliff

    11/26/2012 4:04:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | November 26, 2012 | Philip Hodges
    Obama’s former chief economist Larry Summers thinks that one way to break America’s fall off the over-reported fiscal cliff is to raise taxes to the level they were under Clinton’s administration. Echoing Paul Krugman’s 90% tax rate nostalgia and pointing out that it was conservative icon Ronald Reagan who cut taxes to 50%, he said, “It’s hard to believe that raising the top tax rate to 39.6 percent — where it was under President Clinton — will do grievous damage to the economy.” Of course, Reagan also cut the top tax rate to 28% in his second term, but that’s...