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That Explosion in Indianapolis Is Even
Scarier Now That It´s a Homicide Case
Atlantic, by Adam Clark Estes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/20/2012 5:27:49 AM     Post Reply
The explosion in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis that killed two people and severely damaged dozens of homes last week was no accident. Local Homeland Security officials, along with the ATF, admitted as much on Monday night when they announced that they´d opened a criminal homicide investigation into the incident. Before you jump to any conclusions, though, there´s been no mention of big words like "terrorist" or "attack." So far, the very mysterious case of the exploding subdivision appears to be a case of arson gone wrong. At the center of the investigation is a white van that was spotted

The looming Obama enthusiasm gap
Washington Post, by Jonathan Capeheart    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/20/2012 5:20:35 AM     Post Reply
Folks on the right doubted that the coalition of young people, women and minorities, particularly African Americans, that put President Obama in the White House in 2008 would show up to keep him there in 2012. As the exit polls show, they most certainly did — big time. But will they show up when he’s not on the ballot? It’s a question that shows up in stories about the intense soul-searching underway among Republicans. Today’s New York Times story on conservatives in Wyoming “feeling left behind” by the election results raised the issue.

Oh What a Tangled Web
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/20/2012 5:14:09 AM     Post Reply
Supporters of President Obama have dubbed those who question administration statements about Libya as either partisans or conspiracy theorists, on the premise that the administration had no reason to dissimulate. But in fact, it had plenty of political reasons not to be candid, as the following questions make clear. Why was the administration hesitant to beef up security at the vulnerable Benghazi consulate ahead of time, or to send in military assistance during the seven-hour attack on the consulate and the CIA annex, or at least to be candid after the attack? The Obama reelection campaign had established



Fiscal Cliff Diving
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/20/2012 5:04:07 AM     Post Reply
Under current law, the U.S. economy will tumble over the so-called fiscal cliff at the start of the new year, when roughly $500 billion in across-the- board tax hikes and $100 billion in spending cuts are scheduled to take effect. Numerous economists predict the automatic tax increases, the result of expiring Bush tax cuts and other tax laws, will cause another recession. Pentagon officials say the spending cuts, part of the 2011 debt ceiling deal, will “hollow out” the military. President Obama and congressional leaders declare they’re committed to striking a deal to avert a fiscal fall.

Islamic hardliners announce
fatwa on Malala Yousafzai
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/20/2012 5:00:29 AM     Post Reply
The story of Malala, who is recovering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, has touched millions of people around the world since she was attacked by a gunman on her way home from school last month. She had dared to defy the Pakistan Taliban by promoting girls education and by documenting their abuses in a blog written in 2009. Later this month, hardliners plan to gather at the notorious Red Mosque in Islamabad to denounce her as an apostate, accusing her of turning her back on Islam. Anjem Choudary, who lives in East London

Shocking California poverty
rate now highest in the nation,
worse than D.C. and Florida
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/20/2012 4:55:54 AM     Post Reply
Beverly Hills in one of the the richest zip codes in America, but the overall poverty rate in California is now the highest in the country, new U.S. Census Bureau figures show. The Golden State’s poverty rate is a whopping 23.5 percent – higher than the District of Columbia, at 23.2 percent, and even Florida, and 19.5 percent. California’s shockingly high number came after the Census Bureau changed how it measures its data. For years statisticians have based poverty rate calculations on the cost of food – but over the years this methodology has drawn increasing criticism. The Census Bureau wasn’t getting

Conservatives Must Forgo Secession and
Other Fantasies and Work Within GOP
Daily Beast, by Michael Medved    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/20/2012 4:49:09 AM     Post Reply
Some fringe conservatives seem perversely determined to turn a stinging electoral defeat into an epic, sweeping disaster. That’s the deeper meaning of current talk about impeachment, secession, third parties, civil disobedience, and onrushing apocalypse. The Conservative Majority Fund has announced a new robocall campaign to build support for impeaching President Obama over mishandling of the affair in Benghazi, Libya, and alleged malfeasance on a host of other issues. Meanwhile, petitions demanding the secession of Texas, Alabama, and at least a half dozen other states have already gathered tens of thousands of signatures, while perennial presidential candidate Alan Keyes



Unions vs. Democratic Mayors
Reason, by Tim Cavanaugh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/20/2012 4:39:37 AM     Post Reply
When Chicago public school teachers started the fall semester by turning down a $400 million contract offer that would have boosted pay by 16 percent over four years, my first concern wasn’t for the children. It was for the Democrats. Sure, the walkout by Chicago Teachers Union members caused havoc for kids. But I’ve been to public school, and I can tell you they didn’t miss much. The strike’s lasting damage was to the party that since at least the early 20th century has been labor’s best friend. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Too Few Oppressors,
Too Many Victims
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/20/2012 4:35:11 AM     Post Reply
Since the election, some fatalistic Washington conservative elites have accepted — and Obama operatives have rejoiced in — a supposedly new and non-white-male ethnic electorate: Americans will be categorized, and collectively so, on the basis of largely how they look and, to a lesser extent, how they sound. Republicans, then, better get with the new tribalism and remarket themselves to address the new minority monolith. Accordingly, the enlightened and redeemable liberal elements of the otherwise now played-out old white majority, when combined with the new ethnic minorities, will result in a permanent progressive majority — one that rejects the archaic,

Campaign Debt Outlives
Presidential Race
ABC News, by Chris Good    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/20/2012 4:31:27 AM     Post Reply
The race might be over, but it hasn´t all been paid for. Presidential campaigns still owe millions of dollars to consultants, former staffers, phone companies, software vendors, database management firms, direct-mail firms, sign printers, event-productions companies, and banks; in other words, nearly every kind of entity with which a campaign does business. (Snip)Half of the failed GOP presidential primary candidates have clean balance sheets. Jon Huntsman, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Rick Perry have zero debt, according to their FEC disclosures. For the other half, some of the debts are complicated.

Titans of the trees:
Stunning photographs of 3,200-
year-old giant sequoias as
high as 20-story buildings
on Sierra Nevada slopes
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/20/2012 4:02:42 AM     Post Reply
These are some of the world´s largest trees, rising majestically out of the snowy slopes along the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Photographer Michael Nichols spent two weeks capturing images of the ´President´ - the world´s second-biggest tree which is at least 3,200 years old in Sequoia National Park, deep in the southern region. Sequoias only grow on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, a mountain range which runs 400 miles through Nevada and California. Giant sequoias can reach 247-feet - the height of a 20-story building.Scroll down for video



Merkel´s day of reckoning as tax-
payer haircut on Greece looms
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/20/2012 3:49:52 AM     Post Reply
They have lent money, at a theoretical profit. They have issued a fistful of guarantees to Europe’s twin bail-out funds, covering Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and soon Cyprus. They have taken on opaque and potentially huge liabilities through the European Central Bank. Yet little has disturbed the illusion that the euro is a free lunch for the surplus powers. An assumption persists that the creditors will--and should--be spared the consequences of flooding Southern Europe with excess capital. All the losses in Greece until now have been concentrated on those pension funds, insurers, and banks that stayed to the bitter

Judge rejects Hobby Lobby´s
case against ObamaCare
contraceptive coverage rule
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/20/2012 3:30:55 AM     Post Reply
OKLAHOMA CITY –A federal judge Monday rejected Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.´s request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires the arts and craft supply company to provide insurance coverage for 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 mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives the company´s Christian owners consider objectionable. The Oklahoma City-based company and a sister company, Mardel Inc., sued the government in September, claiming the mandate violates

Dramatic moment Anderson Cooper dives for
cover as Israeli rocket explodes just a few
blocks away during live Gaza report
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/20/2012 3:30:11 AM     Post Reply
Anderson Cooper had a close call on the Gaza frontline when a rocket exploded just a few blocks from where he was reporting live. The CNN anchor was speaking to the camera in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Sunday night when a rocket exploded close to where he was standing, causing the veteran journalist to duck for cover. He was discussing the death toll--which includes ten members of the same family--on the Gaza trip as Israel continues to hit Hamas strongholds. So far, 96 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since the conflict began last Wednesday.

Hollywood´s 1954 Thanksgiving
Prayer: ´We Thank Thee for
the Privilege of Living
as Free Men´
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/20/2012 3:26:47 AM     Post Reply
On Thanksgiving week in 1954, NBC aired a holiday-themed “Father Knows Best” that ended with the family praying before their meal, including thanking God “for the privilege of living as free men in a country which respects our freedom and our personal rights to worship and think and speak as we choose.” The Nov. 21, 1954 show featured the Anderson family: Jim and Margaret and their three children, Betty, Bud and Kathy.(video) In the program, the family decided to forgo a Thanksgiving meal because of scheduling conflicts. But in the end, the parents and children decide



Santa Monica may bar
Nativity scenes in public
areas, judge rules
Los Angeles Times, by Martha Groves & Jessica Garrison    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/20/2012 3:19:40 AM     Post Reply
Santa Monica may bar Nativity and other seasonal displays in public spaces, a federal judge tentatively ruled Monday. In a case that has drawn national attention, Judge Audrey B. Collins of U.S. District Court in Los Angeles denied a church coalition´s request that the court require the city to allow Nativity scenes to be displayed in Palisades Park this year, as it has for nearly 60 years. "The atheists won on this," said William J. Becker Jr., an attorney for the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee, a coalition of 13 churches and the Santa Monica Police Officers Assn.

Inland Empire men used
social media in terror
plot, FBI says
Los Angeles Times, by Robert J. Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/20/2012 3:10:01 AM     Post Reply
Two of the men charged in Southern California with plotting to join Al Qaeda and the Taliban allegedly posted terrorist videos on Facebook and communicated via Skype, federal authorities said Monday night. In all, four men with Southern California ties were charged in the international terrorist plot that authorities say stretched from the Inland Empire to Afghanistan. Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, a former Pomona resident, allegedly left the United States last year and traveled to Afghanistan in July to set up terrorist training with Al Qaeda and Taliban members, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in federal court.

Obama sends Clinton to
Mideast amid Gaza crisis
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/20/2012 3:03:43 AM     Post Reply
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia- President Barack Obama is sending Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East in hopes that she can help mediate an end to bloody conflict in the region. A deputy White House national security adviser says Clinton will depart Tuesday from Cambodia, where she had accompanied Obama on a visit to Southeast Asia. Clinton will begin her Mideast diplomacy by meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. She also will meet with Palestinian officials in Ramallah before heading to Cairo to meet with leaders in Egypt.

Big Wind: the most corrupt
and corrupting industry
in the world
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/20/2012 2:58:31 AM     Post Reply
There´s an excellent article in the Copenhagen Post which I´m going to reprint here in full. It´s by a retired high court judge called Peter Rørdam. I´m reprinting it because apart from the place names, every last detail applies to the UK wind industry too. And--from what I´ve seen personally--the Australian one. And the US and Canadian ones as well. The reason the industry is so corrupt is quite simply that without the lies it tells as a matter of course and without the cosy stitch-ups it arranges with regulators and politicians at taxpayers´ expense, it simply would not exist.

Marco Rubio, GQ and the age of
the Earth: the mainstream media
´anti-science´ smear returns
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/20/2012 2:54:51 AM     Post Reply
What would you do if in the middle of a job interview someone asked you, “How old do you think the Earth is?” Not wanting to look a fool, chances are that you’d give an answer as banal and evasive as this, “I´m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that´s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States.” That’s what Marco Rubio offered when asked


4 men in Southern California charged
with attempting to support terrorism
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/20/2012 1:08:14 AM     Post Reply
Federal authorities say four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans overseas and in the United States by joining Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the defendants are under arrest for plotting to bomb government facilities and public places. According to the federal complaint unsealed Monday during initial appearances, 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir introduced two other California men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased Al Qaeda leader. Authorities allege Kabir traveled to Afghanistan and

NJ Transit parked rail equipment
in locations predicted to flood
during Sandy, report says
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 11/20/2012 12:06:08 AM     Post Reply
Twenty-four percent of NJ Transit´s rail fleet was damaged during Hurricane Sandy after rail cars and locomotives were stored in two rail yards that forecasters predicted would flood, according to a report on Reuters.com. The decision might cost the transit agency tens of millions of dollars to make the necessary repairs, which could take months, Reuters said. NJ Transit parked equipment at Meadows Maintenance Complex, near the Hackensack and Passaic rivers and at its Hoboken terminal and rail yard. A person described as a "senior transportation official" told Retuers that NJ Transit launched a

Unions Kill The Goose That
Made Hostess Brands Gold
Investor´s Business Daily, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/19/2012 10:53:41 PM     Post Reply
Killing the goose that lays the golden egg is one of those old fairy tales for children which has a heavy message that a lot of adults should listen to. The labor unions which have driven the makers of Twinkies into bankruptcy, potentially destroying 18,500 jobs, could have learned a lot from that old children´s fairy tale. (Snip) The Twinkies bankruptcy is a classic example of costs created by labor unions that are not confined to paychecks. The work rules imposed in union contracts required the company that makes Twinkies, which also makes Wonder Bread, to deliver these two

Hungry retailers crash
Thanksgiving dinner
with ‘Gray Thursday’
Washington Times, by Andrea Billups    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/19/2012 10:52:29 PM     Post Reply
Jeanne Maddox-Columna says she is not about to let some greedy retailers step on her “Waltons moment” this Thanksgiving. The mother of six from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., and her four daughters have a family tradition of hitting the stores and searching out the “door-buster deals” in the dawn hours of Black Friday, a rush of retail therapy after the quiet of a Thanksgiving celebrated at home. But across the nation, big-box retailers such as Sears, Target and Kmart are seeking to get a jump on the Christmas season by opening their doors in the early evening

Conservative Republicans
fight back after Romney loss
Washington Post, by Paul Kane and Rosalind S. Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/19/2012 10:48:03 PM     Post Reply
Evangelical leaders and conservative activists have a simple message for establishment Republicans about Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid: We told you so. After nearly two weeks of listening to GOP officials pledge to assert greater control over the party and its most strident voices in the wake of Romney’s loss, grass-roots activists have begun to fight back, saying that they are not to blame for the party’s losses in November. “The moderates have had their candidate in 2008 and they had their candidate in 2012. And they got crushed in both elections. Now they tell us

Romney Right About Obama´s
Gifts To Special Groups
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/19/2012 10:45:40 PM     Post Reply
Election Postmortem: Some in the GOP have taken to trashing 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney for recent comments he made about his loss.(Snip) Using the divide-and-conquer tactics of Saul Alinsky, Obama successfully exploited age, income, class, race and ethnic divisions to the detriment of Republicans, while smearing Romney as an uncaring, rapacious Wall Street capitalist who murdered a steel worker´s wife. But sure, GOP, pile on Romney, who also remarked that Obama was "very generous" to African Americans, Hispanics and young voters. So why does this offend? It´s so obviously true it shouldn´t need defending.

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