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How the GOP earned its
date with destiny
Orange County Register [CA], by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 11/16/2012 5:46:46 PM     Post Reply
To an immigrant such as myself (not the undocumented kind, but documented up to the hilt, alas), one of the most striking features of Election Night analysis was the lightly worn racial obsession. (Snip) This is what less-enlightened societies call tribalism: for example, in the 1980 election leading to Zimbabwe´s independence, Joshua Nkomo´s ZAPU-PF got the votes of the Ndebele people while Robert Mugabe´s ZANU-PF secured those of the Shona – and, as there were more Shona than Ndebele, Mugabe won. That same year America held an election, and Ronald Reagan won a landslide victory. Nobody talked about tribal

Christie won´t bite
on Twinkies question
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 11/16/2012 5:46:35 PM     Post Reply
Newark — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wasn´t about to take the bait: a question dealing with that quintessential junk food, Twinkies. So when asked today at a news conference about Twinkies-maker Hostess shutting down, the target of many a fat joke begged off. The governor quipped: "I know it! You people are the worst! This is a setup! I am not answering questions on Twinkies, no, no, no, no, no, no. It´s bad that I even said the word ´Twinkie´ from behind this microphone." Christie has tried for years to lose weight and often jokes about his caloric struggles.

Reince Priebus to run again for
RNC chairman
The Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: charliecoconut- 11/16/2012 5:30:29 PM     Post Reply
Reince Priebus will run for another term as chairman of the Republican National Committee, The Daily Caller has learned. Priebus made the announcement Friday afternoon in a letter emailed to the 168 members of the committee. “When I return the week after Thanksgiving, I intend to make an official announcement that I am running to continue on as your Chairman, but I wanted to let you all know first,” Priebus says in the letter, which was obtained by TheDC through a Republican source.

  


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The helpless little lady is back in
town as Obama defends her honor
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 11/16/2012 5:22:31 PM     Post Reply
The helpless little lady, who depends on a man to defend her honor, her ego and her perks, was thought to have been driven out of town by the feminists. But she’s back. President Obama, who demonstrated in the election just past that he’s still the tall, dark and handsome prince of feminine fantasy, stepped up manfully to defend the honor of Susan E. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations who eagerly joined the spinning of the enormous fib that the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was about a homemade video.

Ranchers, farmers brace
for ´death tax´ impact
Fox News, by William La Jeunesse    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/16/2012 4:49:01 PM     Post Reply
Rancher Kevin Kester works dawn to dusk, drives a 12-year-old pick-up truck and earns less than a typical bureaucrat in Washington D.C., yet the federal government considers him rich enough to pay the estate tax -- also known as the "death tax." And with that tax set to soar at the beginning of 2013 without some kind of intervention from Congress, farmers and ranchers like Kester are waiting anxiously. "There is no way financially my kids can pay what the IRS is going to demand from them

New Mexico coyote hunting
contest sparks protests
Associated Press, by Russell Contreras    Original Article
Posted By: arkie- 11/16/2012 4:09:37 PM     Post Reply
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An online petition against a planned coyote hunt New Mexico has generated tens of thousands of signatures worldwide, the FBI is investigating a death threat to the gun shop owner who is sponsoring the hunt and one protester has even vowed to dress like a coyote to trick hunters into accidentally killing a human. But none of these episodes will likely stop the owner of Gunhawk Firearms from holding the planned two-day coyote contest this weekend, despite the international attention the idea has garnered. ‘‘I´m not going to back down,’’ said Mark Chavez, 50,

Intel officials unable to say
who changed CIA talking
points on Libya, lawmaker says
Fox News.com, by staff    Original Article
Posted By: ebgodard- 11/16/2012 4:09:30 PM     Post Reply
Former CIA Director David Petraeus stoked the controversy over the Obama administration´s handling of the Libya terror attack, testifying Friday that references to "Al Qaeda involvement" were stripped from his agency´s original talking points -- while other intelligence officials were unable to say who changed the memo, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News that intelligence officials who testified in a closed-door hearing a day earlier, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting CIA Director Mike Morell, said they did not know who changed the talking points.

  


  

Run on Twinkies: Iconic
treats never looked so good
Chicago Tribune, by Julie Wernau    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/16/2012 3:19:56 PM     Post Reply
Twinkies never looked so good or moved so fast. With the announcement that Hostess is going out of business, people are apparently stocking up on Twinkies by the armload. The liquidation doesn´t necessarily mean Hostess products will become extinct. But Hostess lovers aren´t taking any chances. A ten-count box of Twinkies has been listed on eBay for an opening bid of $200,000, with a buy-it-now for $250,000. Dozens more listings appear at more reasonable prices -- for now. Chicago-area onvenience stores are reporting that they´ve sold out of the blonde gooey pastries

Woman in Petraeus scandal
visited White House
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 11/16/2012 3:14:29 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — An Obama administration official says a Tampa Bay socialite whose emails triggered the eventual downfall of CIA director David Petraeus visited the White House three times this year with her sister, twice eating in the Executive Mansion mess. The official says that Jill Kelley, who initiated an investigation that ultimately unveiled Petraeus’ extramarital affair, and her sister had two “courtesy” meals at the White House mess as guests of a mid-level White House aide. Kelley and her family also received a White House tour. The visits occurred during the past three months. The official spoke on condition of anonymity
Headline split by staff.

Registry worker accused of
promising illegals licenses for cash
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/16/2012 3:00:58 PM     Post Reply
A Registry of Motor Vehicles employee who police say promised illegal immigrants driver’s licenses at $2,000 a pop and claimed she could their delay deportation proceedings through an inside source at Immigration and Customs Enforcement now faces a 27-count indictment after her arrest today at the registry’s Watertown branch, authorities said. Adriana Ferreira, 48, of Brighton is expected to appear in Suffolk Superior Court today for an arraignment on a litany of charges, including bribery, corruption and fraud in connection with the alleged scheme, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Ferreira, who was arrested this morning

Hostess shutdown hits
Mass. workers in stomach
Boston Herald, by Ira Kantor    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/16/2012 2:58:00 PM     Post Reply
Hostess Brands Inc., whose sweet treat roster includes Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho’s, filed a motion today in bankruptcy court seeking permission to shut down its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities. The company, based in Irving, Texas, is moving “promptly” to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce, which includes nearly 300 workers at 13 Hostess facilities in Massachusetts, and has suspended bakery operations at all its plants, said company CEO Gregory F. Rayburn. The company’s board of directors authorized the wind down of Hostess Brands after one of its largest unions,

  


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Climate change and global
warming may be affecting N.J.
public water sources
Hunterdon Democrat [Flemington, NJ], by Renée Kiriluk-Hill    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 11/16/2012 2:49:43 PM     Post Reply
Lambertville — Climate change and global warming may be affecting our public water supply. United Water New Jersey, which serves about 812,000 customers in the northern half of the state, detected a "large" algae bloom in a West Amwell Township reservoir for the first time and now plans to step up monitoring.(Snip) In an email yesterday, Nov. 15, company director of water quality and compliance Keith Cartnick wrote that "in light of changing weather patterns and global warming considerations, we have begun discussions" with a local hydrology firm "to develop an improved reservoir monitoring plan for Lambertville, and PAC (powdered activated
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Perry Tells Feds Texas
Will Not Set Up Health
Care Exchange
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/16/2012 2:41:40 PM     Post Reply
AUSTIN, Texas— Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially notified the federal government on Thursday that the state will not set up an exchange to help people buy health insurance. Perry sent the letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a day before the deadline to let Washington know that the state will not set up its own exchange. President Barack Obama’s administration gave states the option of setting up their own exchanges, partnering with the federal government or letting Washington do it. The health insurance exchanges are required under the Affordable Care Act. They give people without insurance

Camden sets homicide record
Courier-Post [Cherry Hill, NJ], by Jim Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 11/16/2012 2:38:58 PM     Post Reply
Camden — The city set a grim record today, with its 59th homicide of the year. The latest victim was shot dead on Independence Road in the city’s Fairview section around 11:30 a.m, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Additional details were not immediately available, but radio dispatches said police were seeking a masked man. The previous high mark for homicides was 58, set in 1995.(Snip) Law enforcement officials have attributed the surge in violence in part to massive layoffs that nearly halved staffing levels at the city’s police department in early 2011. Camden currently has about 270 police

House Women Mock McCain
for NavalAcademy Grades,
Choice of Sarah Palin
CNS News, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: Vastrightwingconspirator- 11/16/2012 2:38:53 PM     Post Reply
At a press conference of female House Democrats pushing back against Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice’s false explanation of the Benghazi terror attack, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) mocked McCain’s choice of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) as his running mate in 2008. “It’s very difficult to recruit qualified women, and Sen. McCain should know that,” Moore said at a Capitol Hill press conference Friday, prompting laughter from the other women members on the stage.
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The Rise and Fall
of `General Peaches’
Time, by Mark Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/16/2012 2:34:18 PM     Post Reply
The call, from one retired four-star general to another, was somber. Just-departed CIA chief Dave Petraeus’ voice – usually assertive, buffed by optimism — was lower, slower and more subdued than his former comrade had ever heard. “I really screwed up,” he told Jack Keane, a retired four-star general — like Petraeus — who stepped down as the Army’s No. 2 officer in 2003. “This is my fault, and I’m devastated by the pain and suffering that I’ve caused.” No kidding. But this is the rest of the story of “General Peaches,” whose career reached its apogee

Civilian NYPD employee
Robert Donofrio earns whopping
$647,733 for Fiscal Year
2012 - tripling Police
Commissioner Ray Kelly’s pay
New York Daily News, by Rocco Parascandola , Denis Slattery*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/16/2012 2:33:46 PM     Post Reply
Robert Donofrio, a steamfitter, recently got his job back after winning a legal battle with the NYPD — and cashed in six years of back pay as a welcome-back gift. That gave him a take-home of $647,733 for Fiscal Year 2012 — meaning the civilian NYPD employee more than tripled Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s pay. Donofrio, 62, of Bay Ridge, was fired for a host of infractions, including screaming at a supervisor, losing his keys, and driving the wrong way down a one-way street. He fought for his job back, and an arbitrator sided with him, finding most

Jill Kelley visited the White House
THREE TIMES times in last three
months with her twin sister
Daily Mail [UK], by Lydia Warren    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/16/2012 2:25:50 PM     Post Reply
Jill Kelley, the Florida housewife whose complaint over threatening emails revealed David Petraeus´ affair, has visited the White House three times in the past three months, it has emerged. In by far the most astonishing example of her determination to reach the top, the shrewd socialite and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam, were invited to two ´courtesy´ meals in the Executive Mansion mess hall as a guest of a White House aide, an Obama administration official has revealed. She met the mid-level aide through her work with MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, where she also rubbed shoulders with the

L.A.´s film, TV industry lost
16,100 jobs in 7 years,
study finds
Los Angeles Times, by Richard Verrier    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/16/2012 2:25:18 PM     Post Reply
The film and television industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 16,000 jobs since 2004, mostly due to work migrating out of state, a new report revealed. Last year, the entertainment business generated 102,100 jobs in the county, down 14% from its peak of 118,200 jobs in 2004, according to a study released Friday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. During the same period, L.A.´s share of overall jobs in the motion picture and video category fell to 51% from 60%.(Snip) Where did the jobs go?

Who Is Responsible for Benghazi?
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/16/2012 2:24:12 PM     Post Reply
Apparently, David Petraeus doesn’t just lie about his private life. He also at least airbrushes the truth when it comes to national security, telling the House Intelligence Committee that he always said Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Rep. Peter King – who attended both Petraeus’ testimony Friday and the former DCIA’s briefing to lawmakers on Sept. 14 — has a more jaundiced view: Petraeus’ testimony both challenges the Obama administration’s repeated claims that the attack was a “spontaneous” protest over an anti-Islam video, and according to King conflicts with his own briefing to lawmakers on Sept. 14.

  



Petraeus tells Congress
that ´Obama administration
altered CIA talking
points´ on Benghazi
Associated Press, by Toby Hardnen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/16/2012 2:19:49 PM     Post Reply
Former CIA Director David Petraeus has told Congress that the CIA believed almost immediately that al-Qaeda-linked terrorists were behind the September 11th attacks in Benghazi, according to a leading Republican congressman. Representative Peter King of New York, a member of the House Intelligence Committee that Petraeus briefed, said that the former general left a ´different impression´ today than he had when he testified on Capitol Hill three days after the attack. Now, King said, Petraeus insisted that the ´original talking points prepared by the CIA were different than the final ones put out´ and used by Susan Rice,

Susan Rice: Benghazi May
Be Least of Her Problems
National Journal, by Michael Hirsh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/16/2012 2:19:20 PM     Post Reply
For a president who rarely shows emotion, Barack Obama’s surprisingly personal blast at Republican critics of Susan Rice, his U.N ambassador, suggested two things. One, Obama genuinely admires Rice and thinks she’s being unfairly criticized for giving an controversial explanation of the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack that later didn’t hold up. And two, he may well intend to name her his second-term secretary of State, as some reports indicate. Obama made a fair point when he said Rice “had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received.”

Two Fat Ladies chef in race row
after claiming visit to Muslim area
of Leicester was ´the most frightening
experience of her life´ where she<
Daily Mail [UK], by Niamh O´Doherty    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/16/2012 2:06:51 PM     Post Reply
Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has caused outrage after claiming that visiting a Muslim area of Leicester was ‘the most frightening experience of her life’. Writing in her new book, Clarissa’s England, she said visiting the city--which has a large Asian population--made her feel like a ´pariah and an outcast in the middle of my own country.´ And when questioned on her description by a local newspaper, she fumed: ´I’m surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English.´[Snip] She describes coming off the ring road to

Israel may be getting
ready to invade Gaza
Telegraph [UK], by Alan Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/16/2012 1:51:14 PM     Post Reply
Rockets fired by Hamas from Gaza exploded today in the Jewish settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, an area south of Jerusalem. The ramifications of this sharp escalation of the conflict will play out over the next 24 hours. First, we seem to have proof that despite the much-criticised blockade, Hamas has successfully smuggled more sophisticated and longer-range weapons into the Gaza Strip since 2009. It was probably an Iranian-supplied Fajr 5 rocket that exploded today. It is also thought Hamas may have smuggled some sophisticated weaponry from Libya in the fog of that country’s civil war. The Israeli drone strikes

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