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Catalonia vote: Early exit polls show
region may be on road to independence
Telegraph [UK], by Fiona Govan    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/25/2012 4:52:39 PM     Post Reply
Barcelona - As ballot boxes closed in the region´s parliamentary elections, the first exit polls showed that voters had chosen to return the centre-right Convergence and Union (CIU) to power, giving them between 54 and 57 seats in the 135 seat regional assembly. The party´s leader and incumbent president, Artur Mas, had pledged to call a referendum on Catalan independence if returned to office. (Snip) Polls show up to 57 per cent of Catalans would vote yes to independence, a figure that has nearly doubled since the start of Spain´s economic crisis in 2008. Anger over “unfair” tax demands from Madrid have

Egypt´s stock market
plummets after Morsi´s decree
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: horacer- 11/25/2012 4:37:17 PM     Post Reply
CAIRO - Egypt´s benchmark stock index has plunged 9.5 percent halfway through the first trading session since the country´s Islamist president issued decrees to assume near absolute powers. Sunday´s losses on the Egyptian Exchange´s EGX30 index are among the biggest since the turbulent days and weeks after the ouster of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak last year. The fall follows the announcement Thursday by President Mohammed Morsi of a package of decrees that place him above any oversight, including judicial, and extend the same protection to two Islamist-dominated bodies:

Obama´s Soviet Mistake
PRAVDA, by Xavier Lerma    Original Article
Posted By: Sinatra5- 11/25/2012 4:27:26 PM     Post Reply
Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the NWO order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake
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November fools’ days
Boston Herald, by Peter Gelzinis    Original Article
Posted By: glcinpdx- 11/25/2012 4:09:50 PM     Post Reply
On that scale used to measure nitwits, I didn’t think it was possible anyone could exceed Lindsey Stone of Plymouth. As you may recall, Lindsey is the 30-year-old woman who apparently felt the urge to disgrace herself by desecrating the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., not long ago. What boggles the mind about this story is not so much what Lindsey did (which we’ll get to), but the circumstances surrounding her behavior.

Investigators looking into
´unanswered questions´ about
Mary Richardson Kennedy´s suicide
New York Post, by Isabel Vincent & Melissa Klein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2012 4:06:55 PM     Post Reply
Mary Richardson Kennedy’s family hired a high-powered Washington investigation firm and an ex- Manhattan homicide prosecutor to look into her death, The Post has learned. The firm focused its probe on Robert Kennedy Jr., Mary’s estranged husband, and on many “unanswered questions,” according to sources who say they were questioned in the months following her May 16 suicide. “It was definitely my impression that they were pursuing a wrongful-death action,” said a confidant of Mary’s interviewed by family investigators. “They had the same concerns I had about the crime scene.”

TriHealth fires 150 employees
for not getting flu shots
- Thread Closed
WLWT.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Flaming Sword- 11/25/2012 3:43:23 PM     Post Reply
And it begins

The Collapse of Black Wealth
American Prospect, by Monica Potts    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 11/25/2012 3:20:00 PM     Post Reply
When Joe Parker was a young, newly married public-school administrator who wanted to buy a home in 1974, he didn’t even think about leaving Prince George’s County, Maryland. It was where he and his parents had grown up. But when Parker first tried to bid on a house in a new development in Mitchellville, a small farming community that was sprouting ranch and split-level homes on old plantation lands, the real-estate agent demurred, claiming there were other buyers. In truth, the development had been built to lure white, middle-class families to the county

  


  

Saturday Night Card Game
(WaPo plays the Rice card)
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 2:23:56 PM     Post Reply
I know I sound like a broken record. Everytime I think the Democratic race card players could not get more vile, more deranged, more patronizingly demeaning to blacks, someone manages to defy even my vivid imagination. This time, it is the Editorial Board of The Washington Post, which issued a truly amazing screed (h/t Gabriel Malor) claiming that critics of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice are motivated by race and sex, as demonstrated by the facts that most are male and a significant percentage come from former confederate states (emphasis mine):

Failure Of Walmart Walkout
Underscores Union Decline
Investors Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 2:14:46 PM     Post Reply
Organized Labor: Despite gaining a stranglehold over the public sector, unions are losing ground in the private sector. This was seen again in the failed union walkouts against retail giant Wal-Mart. The idea was simple: Take a day of little news, create a big stink, and watch a gullible media swallow it hook, line and sinker. That´s what the United Food & Commercial Workers union did, in asking non-unionized Walmart workers to leave their jobs on the busiest day of the year in protest. Unfortunately for the union, the tactic appears to have been an epic bust.

Hospitals scramble to limit readmissions,
avoid new penalties
News Observer [Raleigh,NC], by John Murawski    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 11/25/2012 2:10:43 PM     Post Reply
The patient – decked out in non-skid footies, a loose hospital gown and a breathing tube – prays she’s finally on the mend. At age 81, Juanita King had logged nearly five weeks at WakeMed Hospital since October after her breathing became so labored she had trouble walking.(snip)WakeMed, along with hospitals across the country, is scrambling to keep patients like King from coming back. Under federal penalties that kicked in Oct. 1 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hospitals lose Medicare reimbursements if their patients are readmitted at an excessive rate.

Thanks, Mitt Romney, for
Campaigning on Big Ideas
Forbes, by Avik Roy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 2:08:00 PM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney isn’t going to be the next President of the United States. But the familiar spectacle of the post-election circular firing squad shouldn’t blind us to the many good things that Mitt Romney brought to the 2012 election. First and foremost, he had the courage to campaign on the most pressing domestic policy problem we face: the explosion of deficit spending caused by our health-care entitlements. No modern Republican presidential nominee—not even Ronald Reagan—has ever attempted anything like it.

  


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Newly elected Nashua representative
Laughton a convicted felon
The Telegraph (NH), by DANIELLE CURTIS    Original Article
Posted By: Screwgun- 11/25/2012 1:09:29 PM     Post Reply
NASHUA – Newly elected state representative Stacie Laughton, a Gate City Democrat, has been getting national attention since her win earlier this month, which made her the first openly transgender elected official in the state. But this weekend, that attention turned negative after a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton served four months in jail in 2008 on felony charges of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud.

Stopping veteran Dem
retirements is top priority
for Reid, Schumer
The Hill [Washington DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2012 12:53:16 PM     Post Reply
One of the highest immediate political priorities for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democratic political guru Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is to persuade veteran colleagues not to retire in 2014. Democratic sources identify four senators as most likely to retire: Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).Another possible veteran retirement is Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who has yet to announce his decision. But Democratic aides expect him to run again. Democrats would have a tough time defending their seats

Scientists want new name for
mammal-eating orcas
Associated Press, by Dan Joling    Original Article
Posted By: maggie2u- 11/25/2012 12:52:18 PM     Post Reply
If whale expert John K.B. Ford has his way, school children one day will study a kind of North Pacific killer whale that preys on warm-blooded creatures - mostly harbor seals and sea lions, but also gray whales and seabirds. They roam as far north as the Arctic Ocean and are now known as "transients" to distinguish them from fish-eating "resident" killer whales. Ford and colleagues from Alaska to California want transient killer whales to be declared their own species,

Hats off to Larry Hagman
Boston Herald, by Mark A. Perigard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2012 12:19:22 PM     Post Reply
No one has ever been so good at playing bad and had so much fun doing it. Actor Larry Hagman, who soared to international fame as the villainous oilman J.R. Ewing in the CBS prime-time soap “Dallas” and its recent TNT revival, died Friday from complications of cancer. He was 81. Viewers were never able to get enough of Hagman’s slippery, shifty J.R., whether he was driving his long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen, to drink, mocking his “bubble-headed” niece Lucy or plotting to oust baby brother Bobby from the family business Ewing Oil. The original “Dallas” ran from 1977-1991

  


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Jobless aid drying
up for 55,000 Ohioans
Columbus Dispatch [OH], by Catherine Candisky    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/25/2012 12:17:00 PM     Post Reply
About 55,000 long-term unemployed Ohioans will lose federal jobless benefits during the holidays as the recession-era emergency aid comes to an end. Approved by Congress more than four years ago, the federally funded benefits have provided workers up to 73 additional weeks of aid after they exhaust six months of state payments. Lawmakers extended the program several times before restructuring it this year to reduce the maximum weeks available as the aid is phased out. Advocates for the unemployed are urging Congress to approve another extension, noting that the nation’s jobless rate remains at 7.9 percent.

´Satellites show Iran moving
quickly to rearm Hamas´
Jerusalem Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2012 12:10:57 PM     Post Reply
Israeli intelligence satellites have spied the loading of rockets and other materiel believed to be destined for the Gaza Strip, The Sunday Times reported citing Israeli officials. According to the report, Iran began preparing the weapons shipment around the same time Israel and Hamas negotiated cease-fire understandings late last week. The shipment is said to include Iranian-made Fajr-5 medium-range rockets, the same model that was fired into the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas during Operation Pillar of Defense, the Times reported.

UN to Launch New Round
of Talks on Global Warming
Associated Press, by Karl Ritter    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/25/2012 12:05:04 PM     Post Reply
DOHA, Qatar - As nearly 200 countries meet in oil-and-gas-rich Qatar for annual talks starting Monday on slowing global warming, one of the main challenges will be raising climate aid for poor countries at a time when budgets are strained by financial turmoil. Rich countries have delivered nearly $30 billion in grants and loans promised in 2009, but those commitments expire this year. And a Green Climate Fund designed to channel up to $100 billion annually to poor countries has yet to begin operating. Borrowing a buzzword from the U.S. budget debate, Tim Gore

McCain says he´s open to
changing his mind on Susan Rice
CNN, by Kevin Liptak    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/25/2012 11:32:00 AM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain, who has led the effort to discredit Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday he was willing to listen to Rice´s testimony if she´s nominated to become the next secretary of state. McCain has criticized Rice for her statements immediately following the September attacks at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which Rice initially described as stemming from protests against an anti-Islam video. Later her remarks came under scrutiny as further information suggested the attack was a premeditated assault. McCain, R-Arizona, has fronted the criticism of Rice

Graham: I would violate
Norquist´s pledge
Politico, by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2012 10:59:36 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that he would violate Grover Norquist´s anti-tax pledge for the good of the country by capping deductions -- only if Democrats in turn agree to entitlement reform. "I will violate the pledge for the good of the country -- only if Democrats will do entitlement reform," Graham said ABC´s "This Week," discussing a possible bipartisan compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. "I will not raise tax rates to do it. I would cap deductions… I think Grover is wrong when it comes to capping deductions and buying down the debt."

  



Europe mulls banning
´boxes´ for abandoned babies
Associated Press, by David Rising and Maria Cheng    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/25/2012 10:43:43 AM     Post Reply
BERLIN — German pastor Gabriele Stangl says she will never forget the harrowing confession she heard in 1999. A woman said she had been brutally raped, got pregnant and had a baby. Then she killed it and buried it in the woods near Berlin. Stangl wanted to do something to help women in such desperate situations. So the following year, she convinced Berlin´s Waldfriede Hospital to create the city´s first so-called "baby box." The box is actually a warm incubator that can be opened from an outside wall of a hospital where a desperate parent can anonymously

Solar power plants burden
the counties that host them
Los Angeles Times, by Julie Cart    Original Article
Posted By: NYBruin- 11/25/2012 10:29:47 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to attracting business to California´s eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out.
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GOP Doomed if Establishment Prevails
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 11/25/2012 10:08:39 AM     Post Reply
The battle lines are being drawn. The fight for the GOP is on. The seemingly eternal struggle between the right and the Republican establishment has entered its newest phase. In the wake of Mitt Romney being end-run by Barack Obama, GOP get-alongs want to double-down on failure. Moderation -- the odor of it -- is in DC´s air like cheap, fetid perfume. But the fight between grassroots conservatives and the get-alongs is different this time -- very different. The eternal struggle may prove not to be eternal, after all.

´Gangnam Style´ passes Bieber
for all-time YouTube views
New York Post, by Dan Good    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2012 10:01:17 AM     Post Reply
Goodbye, Mr. Bieber.South Korean musician Psy´s dance-tastic video for "Gangnam Style" surpassed Justin Bieber´s "Baby" as the most-viewed video in YouTube history. Psy´s smash video has been viewed 810 million times, about six million more views than "Baby." The "Gangnam Style" video shows Psy dancing in buses and boats, dance halls and parking garages. Since the song´s July release, he´s performed on "Saturday Night Live," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

Intolerant Liberals at
Macalester College
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/25/2012 9:51:02 AM     Post Reply
As Alexis De Tocqueville demonstrated convincingly, sometimes a foreigner can visit these shores and see clearly aspects of our society that remain unquestioned, unexamined, and unnoticed by Americans. At Macalester College, an elite and highly selective liberal arts college (dubbed one of the "25 new elite ´Ivies´´´ according to Newsweek) in St. Paul, a junior division example of this phenomenon has appeared in the form of Bassem El-Remesh, a foreign student who shared with his fellow students his view of the state of discourse at that very liberal college

JFK´s last night recalled as
key event for Latinos
Associated Press, by Russell Contreras    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2012 9:47:52 AM     Post Reply
President John F. Kennedy was supposed to just stop by and wave hello. Instead a group of eager Latinos persuaded him to come inside and speak to a packed room of Mexican-American civil rights activists. And then he persuaded his wife, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, to address the crowd in Spanish. It was Nov. 21, 1963. Hours later, the president was dead, his assassination overshadowing the significance of a speech that can be seen as the birth of the Latino vote, so instrumental in 2012 in helping re-elect the first black president, Barack Obama. To historians, Kennedy´s appearance

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