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  • The Best or Worst Pollsters in the 2012 Election – How did Nate Silver Do It? (Gallup is Dead Last)

    11/14/2012 8:36:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Patheos ^ | 11/13/2012 | Tim Suttle
    Nate Silver has gotten a lot of press for his near perfect election night predictions. In 2008 Silver gained popularity and influence after he called 49 out of 50 states. Many pundits were predicting that Silver would crash and burn in 2012. Instead, he outperformed his 2008 predictions and now that Florida has been called for president Obama, Silver can tout a perfect record 50 out of 50 states called correctly.How did Silver do it?Only Likely Voters Matter: This is one obvious reason SilverÂ’s method outshines everyone else. Anything other than likely voter models is useless information. This is key....
  • Chris Matthews Claims GOP Ignorant of Science While Claiming Plants Absorb Carbon Monoxide

    11/14/2012 8:34:23 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Note to Chris Matthews: when seeking to slam Republicans for their supposed ignorance of science, try not to expose your own. On Tuesday's Hardball, Matthews—mocking the Republican congressmen vying for the chairmanship of the House Science Committee— committed this whopper: "As we all learned in grammar school—young people watching—trees absorb carbon monoxide." Uh, no, Chris. As even an MSNBC host might know, carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced when there is insufficient oxygen to permit complete oxidation. Think running car in closed garage. Trees absorb carbon dioxide. Perhaps it was just a slip of the overworked Matthews' tongue, but...
  • Anti-gun immigrant chides Americans for 'literal following of the Constitution'

    11/14/2012 8:24:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 November, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    Sanjay Sangohee has by all accounts enjoyed great success since coming to America. His Huffington Post biography makes that abundantly clear: "Sanjay Sanghoee is a banker and the author of Merger, a fast-paced financial thriller published by Forge Books and reviewed by Chicago Tribune, BARRON’s and others - available on Amazon. . . . He has more than a decade of experience in banking, ranging from Mergers & Acquisitions at Lazard and Dresdner to the investment side at Ramius, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund." One might expect that such prosperity would have inspired some gratitude for the system of government...
  • Obama's Post-Family America

    11/14/2012 8:23:14 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 9 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 14, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Republican Party went into the 2012 elections with a number of handicaps. One of the biggest of these handicaps was that it genuinely believed in a single country defined by the American Dream of family values, hard work and national greatness. The Democratic Party, which scored decisive victories across the country, never believed in any such thing, though its leading lights, like Obama, occasionally paid lip service to the idea as a sop to older white voters who would have been turned off by the 2012 version of Obama sounding like the 2002 version of Obama. Where the Republican...
  • TEN MISSING DATES IN THE PETRAEUS SCANDAL

    11/14/2012 8:20:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/13/2012 | Scott Johnson
    Edward Jay Epstein has a large and distinguished body of work on intelligence and intelligence-related issues. Among his books in the field are Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald and Deception: The Invisible War Between the KGB and the CIA. Ed has also taken to the ebook form. His ebooks on intelligence-related issues include Killing Castro and James Jesus Angleton: Was He Right? This morning Ed has forwarded the following questions on the Petraeus scandal: Before we can walk the cat back, and establish the chronology of a possible penetration, we need to answer the following ten...
  • Poll: Fewer Americans Now Support Obamacare Repeal

    11/14/2012 7:30:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/13/2012 | Z. Byron Wolf
    A record low number of American voters want to see the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – repealed, according to a new post-election poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Obamacare was not the top issue driving American to vote, although nearly seven in 10 Americans cited it as a “major factor” in their decision choosing between the candidates, according to Kaiser. Voters who listed Obamacare as a major factor were evenly split between Republican Mitt Romney, 47 percent, and President Obama, 46 percent. But only 33 percent of Americans now want to see the law repealed. Romney had pledged...
  • Lawsuit: Airline, airport workers mistreated paralyzed vet at O'Hare

    11/14/2012 7:22:40 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Nov 13, 2012 | Jennifer Delgado
    Lawsuit: Airline, airport workers mistreated paralyzed vet at O'Hare By Jennifer Delgado Tribune reporter 5:37 p.m. CST, November 13, 2012 A former Marine Corps Sergeant who was paralyzed while serving in Afghanistan claims he was mistreated at O'Hare International Airport almost two years ago when airline and airport-related employees injured him and left him to sit in his own urine for nearly two hours. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, Sgt. Joseph Smith, of North Carolina, says United Airlines and Air Serv Corporation employees refused to help him to his seat during a layover in Chicago...
  • Swedish School’s Big Lesson Begins With Dropping Personal Pronouns (such as "he" or "she")

    11/14/2012 7:13:23 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | JOHN TAGLIABUE
    STOCKHOLM — At an ocher-color preschool along a lane in Stockholm’s Old Town, the teachers avoid the pronouns “him” and “her,” instead calling their 115 toddlers simply “friends.” Masculine and feminine references are taboo, often replaced by the pronoun “hen,” an artificial and genderless word that most Swedes avoid but is popular in some gay and feminist circles. In the little library, with its throw pillows where children sit to be read to, there are few classic fairy tales, like “Cinderella” or “Snow White,” with their heavy male and female stereotypes, but there are many stories that deal with single...
  • The GOP’s Hispanic Opportunity (Hispanics rank immigration a lowly fourth in their list of concerns)

    11/14/2012 7:12:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/13/2012 | Rachel Campos-Duffy
    The Republican establishment, consultants, and talking heads should all just take a deep breath. Yes, we have a serious problem with Hispanics. It’s a problem conservative Hispanics have been trying to tell the GOP leadership about for many years with little or no response or action. But the quick-fix immigration solutions now being offered by the likes of Charles Krauthammer and other establishment-elites figures are an over-correction, do not actually address the root of the problem, and, frankly, may even accelerate our losses in the crucial Hispanic demographic. Here’s Krauthammer’s analysis: “It requires but a single policy change: Border fence...
  • Is $250,000 a Year Rich? Let's Break It Down

    11/14/2012 7:07:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/13/2012 | By: Jacqueline Leo
    It’s no surprise that working couples in big cities are struggling to raise children while paying off mortgages and student debt. What is surprising is that they’re lumped in with the so-called “wealthy” if they jointly earn $250,000 a year. The "fiscal cliff" has added a new sense of urgency to the tax hikes that President Obama plans to impose on America’s wealthiest citizens. Obama starts the meter at $250,000, and it goes up from there. The tax increases on high-income earners would deliver about $42 billion in 2013. They would create a small 0.1 percent drag on GDP, according...
  • Fiscal Cliff: Look Who Refuses to Compromise

    11/14/2012 7:04:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/13/2012
    Budget Talks: If President Obama wants to get a deficit deal done to avoid the fiscal cliff, his biggest challenge won't be Republicans, but his own hard-core left-wing supporters. Two days after the election, Obama's favorite economist, Paul Krugman, set the tone for the intransigent left in a column titled: "Let's not make a deal." Boiled down, his advice to Obama was this: Don't give in to any Republican demands, even if doing so would "inflict damage on a still-shaky economy." After all, Obama would be better positioned to "weather any blowback from economic troubles." Krugman's advice may be disturbingly...
  • What's Good for the Noose is Good for the Pander

    11/14/2012 6:57:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Recently, Ann Coulter wrote a controversial column suggesting that numerous Republican losses in the 2012 election cycle could be tied to the GOP stance on abortion. After lamenting the problem, she suggested a solution: the GOP should officially abandon its opposition to the so-called rape exception to a ban on abortion. Ann's position on this matter is wrong for three reasons. First, it is unprincipled. Second, it will not be received with the popular support she envisions. Third, it is not the best political response to the problem. After elaborating on each problem associated with Ann's position, I propose an...
  • The Right Isn't Waving A White Flag

    11/14/2012 6:52:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    The conservative Gotterdammerung is finally here. "Like dazed survivors in a ravaged city, America's conservatives are wailing and beating their collective breasts," opines the Economist's "Lexington" columnist. "A leading conservative thinker," asked by the Economist to "list today's conservative ideas, laughs bitterly and replies, 'Are there any?'" Former Reaganite Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.) laments in the conservative journal Policy Review, "I have never been so concerned about the future of conservative ideas." A Washington Post columnist announced that "the long descent of the Republican Party into irrelevance, defeat, and perhaps eventual disappearance" has finally begun. William Kristol of the Weekly...
  • Fox News Crashes Bill Maher Show (VIDEO)

    11/14/2012 6:51:33 AM PST · by JesseWatters · 13 replies
    FoxNation.com ^ | Nov 14 | Staff
    O'REILLY: "Watters' World" segment tonight. As we told you in the "Talking Points Memo," some far-left elements in America now running wild after the re-election of President Obama. So, we sent FACTOR Producer, Jesse Watters, to check out the situation at a Bill Maher show in New York City.(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)
  • Suffering on L.I. as Power Agency Shows Its Flaws

    11/14/2012 6:25:09 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 14, 2012 | DANNY HAKIM, PATRICK McGEEHAN and MICHAEL MOSS
    It was four days before Hurricane Sandy would arrive, and trustees of the Long Island Power Authority gathered as forecasters’ warnings grew dire. For more than two hours, the trustees talked about a range of issues, including a proposal to hire a branding consultant. Discussion of the storm lasted just 39 seconds... The examination by The Times shows that the Long Island Power Authority has repeatedly failed to plan for extreme weather... Officials, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, have excoriated the authority, but in the past, they have paid little attention to its management... Trying to fend off attacks on...
  • Vegetative man tells doctors ‘I’m not in pain’ via MRI communication

    11/14/2012 6:20:31 AM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 14, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    More than 12 years after a car accident left him in a vegetative state, a Canadian man has begun communicating with doctors who are monitoring his brain activity through Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans. The BBC reports that 39-year-old Scott Routley has been able to communicate to doctors that he is not in any pain, marking the first time an uncommunicative, severely brain-damaged patient has been able to give direct answers regarding their care and treatment."Scott has been able to show he has a conscious, thinking mind," British neuroscientist Adrian Owen told the BBC. "We have scanned him several...
  • OWS buying and canceling debt

    11/14/2012 5:55:12 AM PST · by ksen · 66 replies
    Rolling Jubilee ^ | Recently | n/a
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  • Barack Obama's Election And The Looming Crisis Of Liberalism

    11/14/2012 5:51:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 12, 2012 | Charles Kadlec
    What does Barack Obama’s re-election as President mean for the future of the United States and for the President’s place in history? Both liberals celebrating his electoral victory, and conservatives who fear for the future of the country, may be surprised by the thoughtful, serious and provocative answer to this question in: I Am the Change, Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism by Charles Kesler, best known as the editor of the Claremont Review of Books, but also a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute. Full disclosure, this columnist is...
  • Vision Problems A Greater Risk For Veterans Following Brain Injury And Stress Disorder

    11/14/2012 5:45:07 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | Nov 13, 2012
    Vision Problems A Greater Risk For Veterans Following Brain Injury And Stress Disorder 13 Nov 2012 Many veterans of the United States armed forces who have traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder also have undiagnosed, chronic vision problems, according to two studies presented at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, jointly conducted this year with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. New Recognition of What Traumatic Brain Injury Can Mean for Veterans' Vision In a study conducted at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., researchers found that vision problems in veterans with mild TBI...
  • Obama’s Post-Family America--Fracturing social structures are leading to a fractured nation

    11/14/2012 5:03:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 14, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Republican Party went into the 2012 elections with a number of handicaps. One of the biggest of these handicaps was that it genuinely believed in a single country defined by the American Dream of family values, hard work and national greatness. The Democratic Party, which scored decisive victories across the country, never believed in any such thing, though its leading lights, like Obama, occasionally paid lip service to the idea as a sop to older white voters who would have been turned off by the 2012 version of Obama sounding like the 2002 version of Obama. Where the Republican...