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Wal-Mart files U.S. labor
charge against union
Reuters, by Jessica Wohl    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/18/2012 4:39:15 AM     Post Reply
Wal-Mart Stores Inc is taking its first legal step to stop months of protests and rallies outside Walmart stores, targeting the union that it says is behind such actions. Wal-Mart filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW, asking the National Labor Relations Board to halt what the retailer says are unlawful attempts to disrupt its business. The move comes just a week before what is expected to be the largest organized action against the world´s largest retailer, as a small group of Walmart workers prepare to strike on Black Friday,

Thinking About Petraeus
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/18/2012 4:36:11 AM     Post Reply
I don’t know him personally, and there have always been elements of his personality and his performance that did not enthuse me. In the early days of Iraq, I believe that he overstated the success of his mission to train local police forces in Mosul. And as Angleton mentions in our recent conversation, General Petraeus always paid a great deal of attention to his public image.(Snip)He was certainly very ambitious (duh!) and that, combined with a generous assessment of his own leadership abilities, explains the real mystery about his career: why did he accept the job at CIA?

The Gingerbread Man
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 11/18/2012 3:55:44 AM     Post Reply
Do you remember the tale of "The Gingerbread Man"? It´s a children´s story in which a gingerbread man runs away from the baker, lots of people try to catch him as he crows, "Run, run as fast as you can/ You can´t catch me I´m the gingerbread man." In the version I remember a fox finally does catch the braggart and eats him piece by piece. This week, in defending the public statements of his UN Ambassador Susan Rice, Obama said we should come after him, not her. Pugnacious remark -- just like the gingerbread man´s.



Advice for GOP: Don’t change
your message; change the map
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 11/18/2012 1:49:02 AM     Post Reply
Winning the presidency isn’t about who you nominate, but about who votes —and most importantly about where they live.[SNIP]The truth is that people can restore our nation to its founding principles and they can do so without leaving their country—all they need to do is leave their state! Put another way:To change the future, change your demographics.If the Republican Party, for instance, could encourage 50,000 reliable Republican voters to move to Ohio over the next four years, they could probably compete in that crucial state in 2016.Likewise Florida.Likewise Colorado.That is the short-term solution.It sounds crazy, but it just might work.

Medicare beneficiaries
to pay more for care
Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/18/2012 1:17:30 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Medicare premiums are going up $5 a month in 2013. It´s less than expected, but still enough to eat up about one-fourth of a typical retiree´s cost-of-living raise next year. Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner said Friday that the new Part B premium for outpatient care will be $104.90 a month, up from $99.90 a month. In most cases, it´s deducted directly from a beneficiary´s monthly Social Security check. Medicare covers people 65 and older and people who are disabled or have serious kidney disease. Advocates for older Americans didn´t see much to cheer about, with Medicare cuts

Gas drilling presents Obama
with historic choices
Associated Press, by Kevin Begos    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/18/2012 12:06:55 AM     Post Reply
PITTSBURGH — Energy companies, environmental groups, and even Hollywood stars are watching to see what decisions President Barack Obama makes about regulating or promoting natural gas drilling. The stakes are huge. Business leaders don´t want government regulations to slow the flow of hundreds of billions of dollars of clean, cheap domestic energy over the next few decades. Environmental groups see that same tide as a potential threat, not just to air and water, but to renewable energy. And on a strategic level, diplomats envision a future when natural gas helps make the U.S. less beholden to

Would-be killer decides against
rampage at ´Twilight´ screening
for Walmart instead
New York Daily News, by Larry Mcshane    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/18/2012 12:05:41 AM     Post Reply
A homicidal Missouri man who planned to slaughter viewers watching the “Twilight” movie series finale instead targeted a nearby Walmart to rachet up the death toll. Blaec Lammers, 20, remained held on $500,000 bond Saturday after his mass murder plot was undermined by a phone call from his terrified mother to police. The Bolivar, Mo., man initially planned to shoot up a movie theater like Aurora, Colo., gunman James Holmes, who killed 12 people and wounded 58 more this year. The goateed Lammers, who purchased two assault rifles as part of his plot,



Congress demands EPA’s
secret email accounts
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/17/2012 11:58:46 PM     Post Reply
A House committee has launched an investigation into whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an email alias to try to hide correspondence from open-government requests and her agency’s own internal watchdog — something that Republican lawmakers said could run afoul of the law. The science committee has asked Ms. Jackson to turn over all information related to an email account under the name of “Richard Windsor,” which is one of the aliases identified by a researcher looking into the EPA. The committee has also asked the White House’s lawyer and EPA’s inspector

FBI investigation of Broadwell
reveals bureau’s comprehensive
access to electronic communications
Washington Post, by Greg Miller and Ellen Nakashima    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/17/2012 11:55:49 PM     Post Reply
The FBI started its case in June with a collection of five e-mails, a few hundred kilobytes of data at most. By the time the probe exploded into public view earlier this month, the FBI was sitting on a mountain of data containing the private communications — and intimate secrets — of a CIA director and a U.S. war commander. What the bureau didn’t have — and apparently still doesn’t — is evidence of a crime. How that happened and what it means for privacy and national security are questions that have induced shudders in Washington and a queasy new understanding of the FBI’s comprehensive access

Israel´s U.S. ambassador tweets
support for dialogue with
Hamas, then deletes post
Haaretz [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/17/2012 11:48:13 PM     Post Reply
Israel´s ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren deleted a tweet on Saturday which claimed the Israeli government is willing to sit and talk with Hamas if the barrage of rockets from Gaza stops, the website BuzzFeed.com reported. The original tweet read: "Just appeared on the set of #CNN: #Israel willing to sit down with #Hamas -- if they just stop shooting at us." A short while later Oren twitted again: "Correction: the earlier tweet about my CNN interview was sent erroneously by a staffer." According to the BuzzFeed report, "the deleted tweet Oren attributed to a staffer appeared to be a paraphrase

Was he poisoned?
Yasser Arafat´s body
being dug up, will be exhumed
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/17/2012 11:21:35 PM     Post Reply
Ramallah, West Bank — Two Palestinian officials say workers with jackhammers are opening the concrete-encased grave of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in his former compound in the West Bank. The officials say the work started Saturday and is to take up to two weeks. Arafat´s remains are to be exhumed by French, Swiss and Russian investigators to check for a radioactive substance, polonium-210. The investigation came after a Swiss lab this year discovered traces of the deadly isotope on some of Arafat´s clothes, sparking new suspicions he was poisoned.



Gaza Mess is
Obama’s Fault Too
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/17/2012 11:13:21 PM     Post Reply
Despite attempts by Israel’s critics to deflect responsibility for the violence of the last week, there’s no question that the conflict along the border between Israel and Gaza is exclusively the fault of Hamas. The Islamist terrorist group chose to escalate the clash from a steady but small number of rockets fired regularly from Gaza to the massive barrage that engulfed southern Israel last weekend. Since then, emboldened by its diplomatic support from Egypt and Turkey, Hamas has chosen to up the ante at every point when it could have backed down in the last seven days

Egypt bus crash kills
50 children near Manfalut
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/17/2012 11:07:24 PM     Post Reply
Fifty children aged four to six years old and the driver of the school bus they were on were killed when their vehicle was hit by a train in central Egypt on Saturday, officials said. The transport minister resigned in the wake of the crash near Manfalut, 350km (230 miles) south of Cairo. The provincial governor said the man in charge of the crossing was asleep and had been arrested. Egyptian roads and railways have a poor safety record. An estimated 8,000 people die in car accidents each year in the country. The head of the railway authority has also resigned. Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi ordered his

Israel’s Shortsighted Assassination
New York Times, by Gershon Baskin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/17/2012 10:56:59 PM     Post Reply
Ahmed Al-Jabari — the strongman of Hamas, the head of its military wing, the man responsible for the abduction of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit — was assassinated on Wednesday by Israeli missiles. Why? Israel’s government has declared that the aim of the current strikes against Gaza is to rebuild deterrence so that no rockets will be fired on Israel. (Snip) I believe that Israel made a grave and irresponsible strategic error by deciding to kill Mr. Jabari. No, Mr. Jabari was not a man of peace; he didn’t believe in peace with Israel and refused to have any direct contact with Israeli leaders

Tampa´s Wisteria Lane: Inside the Florida
base where Petraeus and his generals
held ´wild parties every night´
Daily Mail [UK], by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/17/2012 10:45:36 PM     Post Reply
The Tampa, Florida, military base that has gained notoriety for its connection to General David Petraeus´ sex scandal has been compared to Wisteria Lane from the show Desperate Housewives where out-of-control parties with top brass are a nightly occurrence, and where social climbing is a favorite pastime. Those visiting MacDill Air Force Base for the first time will likely be surprised to see the sprawling bayfront homes with covered porches, the upscale gym, golf course, boat rentals and other trappings of the good life that bear little resemblance to nearly any other military outpost.



Israel Broadens Its Bombing in
Gaza to Include Government Sites
New York Times, by Jodi Rudoren & Isabel Kershner*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/17/2012 10:26:48 PM     Post Reply
Gaza City - Israel broadened its assault on the Gaza Strip on Saturday from mostly military targets to centers of government infrastructure, obliterating the four-story headquarters of the Hamas prime minister with a barrage of five bombs before dawn. The attack, one of several on government installations, came a day after the prime minister, Ismail Haniya, hosted his Egyptian counterpart in that very building, a sign of Hamas’s new legitimacy in a radically redrawn Arab world. That stature was underscored Saturday by a visit to Gaza from the Tunisian foreign minister

Shocking state of the NHS:
Half a million patients forced
to wait 30 minutes on trolleys
before admission to A&E
Daily Mail [UK], by Jo MacFarlane & Brendan Carlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/17/2012 10:25:41 PM     Post Reply
The number of seriously ill patients forced to wait more than half an hour on trolleys and in ambulances before being admitted to accident and emergency has rocketed by up to 300 percent in just 12 months. Figures uncovered in an investigation by The Mail on Sunday reveal mounting delays for 999 patients at hospitals across the country as casualty units struggle to cope with Government cuts and the closure and downgrading of other A&E wards. Nearly half a million patients brought into casualty by ambulance last year were left for half an hour or more in vehicles or in

New Yorkers displaced by Sandy can
remain in hotels provided by FEMA
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/17/2012 10:16:35 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Friday that it will extend a program to provide temporary housing to New Yorkers displaced by Hurricane Sandy for an additional month. The extension will allow applicants, whose homes were damaged by the devastating storm, to stay in hotels or motels until appropriate accommodations become available. ´We know that some survivors in hard-hit areas are facing critical challenges to getting back into their homes,´ Federal Coordinating Officer Michael F. Byrne said in a statement. ´We are working in close coordination with our state and

Arms With a Long Reach Help Hamas
New York Times, by Ethan Bronner*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/17/2012 10:14:17 PM     Post Reply
Tel Aviv - When Israel assassinated the top Hamas military commander in Gaza on Wednesday, setting off the current round of fierce fighting, it was aiming not just at a Palestinian leader but at a supply line of rockets from Iran that have for the first time given Hamas the ability to strike as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, had shifted Hamas’s low-grade militia into a disciplined force with sophisticated weapons like Fajr-5 rockets, which are named after the Persian word for dawn and have significantly increased the danger to Israel’s major cities.

U.S. denies visas to Iran
officials for U.N. meeting: report
Reuters, by Yeganeh Torbati    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/17/2012 10:01:17 PM     Post Reply
Dubai - The United States has denied visas to Iranian officials hoping to attend a U.N. meeting in New York, Iran´s state news agency reported on Saturday. The Iranian judiciary´s Human Rights Headquarters said in a statement that the United States denied visas to members of an Iranian delegation that planned to travel to a meeting of the United Nations´ Third Committee, which focuses on social issues and human rights, state news agency IRNA said. "The U.S. government, by not issuing visas to the members of the delegation, wants to ruin the possibility of the presence of the delegation,


It´s your funeral - burial culture changes
The Local [Germany], by Philippa Wentzel    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 11/17/2012 9:50:29 PM     Post Reply
The van of bodies was ready to be driven from Berlin to a cut-rate crematorium in Saxony last month when it was stolen. Families waited for weeks to reclaim the bodies of their loved ones, which were eventually found in Poland. Their distress was a result of what macabre critics are starting to call ´corpse tourism´ - increasing numbers of bodies are being driven hundreds of miles to discount crematoria in distant parts of the country. (Snip) Something significant is happening with how the nation is treating its dead. But what does it mean? Does the demise of traditional funerals

Obama departs for Asia, to
make historic stop in Myanmar
Reuters, by Jeff Mason    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/17/2012 9:49:08 PM     Post Reply
Aboard Air Force One - U.S. President Barack Obama departed on Saturday for a three-country swing through Asia, using his first foreign trip since winning re-election to emphasize his administration´s focus on the region. Obama will make stops in Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. The highlight of the trip is likely to be the historic stop in Myanmar, a former pariah state. The White House hopes his visit will push the country to lock in democratic reforms. "In addition to the democratic reforms, we´ve been concerned about the continued ethnic conflicts in Burma," Ben Rhodes,

Mother of Columbine shooter
says she prayed for son´s suicide
Reuters, by Keith Coffman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/17/2012 9:39:55 PM     Post Reply
Denver - The mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold prayed for him to commit suicide when she was told he was a suspect during the shooting spree at a Colorado school that killed 13 people, the woman said in a new book. Klebold, 17, and classmate Eric Harris, 18, went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, near Denver, in April 1999. They were heavily armed and took the lives of 12 students and a teacher, before turning their guns on themselves. Sue and Tom Klebold, who have rarely commented publicly about their son, were interviewed extensively

When the Nerds Go Marching In
The Atlantic, by Alexis C. Madrigal    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 11/17/2012 7:50:38 PM     Post Reply
The Obama campaign´s technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong. Josh Thayer, the lead engineer of Narwhal, had just been informed that they´d lost another one of the services powering their software. That was bad: Narwhal was the code name for the data platform that underpinned the campaign and let it track voters and volunteers. If it broke, so would everything else. They were talking with people at Amazon Web Services, but all they knew was that they had packet loss. Earlier that day, they lost their databases, their East Coast servers, and their memcache

Democrat Ron Barber wins
Gabby Giffords´s seat in Arizona
The Hill [Washington DC], by Brendan Sasso    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/17/2012 7:12:37 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Rep. Ron Barber has won a full term in Arizona´s 2nd District after narrowly defeating Republican Martha McSally, the Associated Press said Saturday. Barber was the district director for Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords and was wounded in the mass shooting in 2011 that killed six people and seriously injured the congresswoman. Giffords stepped down earlier this year to focus on her recovery.Giffords endorsed Barber, who won a special election in June to fill the remainder of her term. His bid for a full term, however, proved to be excruciatingly close.

Conservative Documentaries
Still Needed for Obama 2.0
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Zachary Leeman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/17/2012 7:01:47 PM     Post Reply
This year proved an exemplary one for conservative documentaries. "2016: Obama´s America" properly scrutinized the sitting president and became a sleeper hit for its efforts; "Occupy Unmasked" set the record straight when it came to the misguided Occupy Wall Street movement; conservative icon and enemy of mainstream media Andrew Breitbart was celebrated with "Hating Breitbart" and that´s not to mention other films like "Runaway Slave" or "The Hope and the Change." There is a mainstream narrative that is forced down the throats of the American people. Most accept it and simply go along to get along.

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