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45 percent of US Democrats favour
socialism. Fortunately most Americans
still believe in capitalism
Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/30/2012 5:35:52 AM     Post Reply
Rasmussen has just published a major poll on US voter attitudes towards socialism.[Snip]This is a strikingly high level of support for socialist ideology within a political party in the United States (and the ruling party at that), and strongly suggests that Democrats are increasingly moving towards a continental-European style approach to economic issues, advancing a big government agenda that resembles that of European Social Democratic governments. This is reflected in the Obama presidency’s growing emphasis on tax the rich, class warfare policies that have been de rigeur across the Atlantic for decades, an approach that places heavy emphasis upon the

After Rotherham, Ukip is now a
national populist party – a magnet
for anger at the British establishment
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/30/2012 5:30:09 AM     Post Reply
I guess Rotherham’s social services are going to have their work cut out after last night’s key by-election result--it seems there are far more children with Ukip voting parents than previously expected… Ukip placed a confident second, taking their highest ever share of the vote in a by-election. You might say that this was just another case of a small, motivated band of voters letting off steam in an off-cycle contest--but it still represents a significant breakthrough. Ukip is only supposed to be a middle class, ex-Tory vote--the golf club fringe of conservatism. But Rotherham isn’t Tunbridge Wells;

Feds: $100,000 to teach
teen girls ´condom negotiation´
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/30/2012 5:23:03 AM     Post Reply
The administration is funding a $100,000 study of pregnant and "at-risk" 14-17-year-old girls on probation in Houston, Texas to determine ways to help them choose safer lifestyles and avoid pregnancy, including better "condom negotiation" tactics. The National Institutes of Health, part of the Health and Human Services Department, is providing a University of Houston researcher the money because of the lack of study of female teen juveniles in trouble with the law. The school said the study, "Choices - Teen: A Bundled Risk Reduction Intervention for Juvenile Justice Females," will include 30 at-risk girls, ages 14-17,

  


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Brain-Lock inside the Beltway
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/30/2012 5:17:35 AM     Post Reply
It’s at times like this I’m ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway. Well, that’s probably not specific enough, since I’m usually ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway. Still, the second you try to explain the stupidity of this “fiscal cliff” fiasco to a normal person, it makes William F. Buckley’s famous declaration that he’d rather be governed by the first few hundred people listed in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard seem all the more reasonable. While there are some responsible politicians and policymakers in Washington,

Abbas’ empty ‘win’
New York Post, by Benny Avni    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/30/2012 5:13:06 AM     Post Reply
Some West Bankers may still feel this morning as if they’ve just won the $587 million Powerball jackpot — but they’ll soon realize that, despite the dazzle of yesterday’s vote at the United Nations, they had the wrong numbers: There’s no grand prize coming. Yes, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas managed to line up an impressive number of General Assembly votes for his resolution naming Palestine as a UN non-member “state.” Some 138 countries supported him; nobody in “Old Europe” opposed. Only America, Canada, the Czech Republic, Panama and several Pacific island states joined Israel in voting nay (with 41 abstentions).

Reality TV Star Sues Assistant
Over Alleged Tell-All Book
ABC News, by Abby Ellin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/30/2012 5:09:16 AM     Post Reply
If a book is titled “Hang in There, Baby — What One of the World’s Most Difficult Bosses Taught Me About Life, Work and Love,” chances are it will capture the attention of the boss in question. And so Jeff Lewis, the host of Bravo’s “Flipping Out,” and, presumably, the “difficult” boss here, is suing the author of the book, Jenni Pulos, who has been his longtime assistant and co-star. According to the complaint filed Nov. 14 in Los Angeles Superior Court, Lewis first learned that Pulos was writing a book about her life in October.

Does Government Want To
Drain Americans´ 401(k) Plan?
Investors Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/30/2012 5:01:33 AM     Post Reply
War On Wealth: As Washington debates what to do about the fiscal cliff that it foolishly created, many potential sources of new revenue will be thrown on the table. One of them is likely to be 401(k) plans. Retirement is an American´s reasonable expectation. We put money into investment plans so that our work today funds our hard-earned leisure of tomorrow. But many in Washington see our investment accounts not as the expressions of well-planned, disciplined decisions but as untapped reservoirs of wealth they can drain to fix the problems that they caused. The tax protection that 401(k)s

  


  

Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal
to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper
New York Times, by William K. Rashbaum    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/30/2012 4:57:21 AM     Post Reply
Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have quietly reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit she brought against him stemming from the case, which made international headlines, people with knowledge of the matter said Thursday. The lawyers for Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 63, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, and the housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of attacking her at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, are scheduled to appear next week before Justice Douglas E. McKeon in State Supreme Court in the Bronx, the people said.

Seizure Warrant Issued for Warren
Jeffs-FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch
Daily Beast, by Matthew DeLuca    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/30/2012 4:51:35 AM     Post Reply
In the most significant action Texas has taken against the property of convicted Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs since a Child Protective Services raid in 2008, the state filed papers Wednesday to seize the sect’s isolated ranch. In the most significant action Texas has taken against the property of convicted Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs since a Child Protective Services raid in 2008, the state filed papers Wednesday to seize the sect’s isolated ranch.

Benghazi ´Narrative´ Reads
Like TWA 800´s
American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 11/30/2012 4:45:37 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this week on The O´Reilly Factor, Bill O´Reilly and Charles Krauthammer came to the same -- and obvious -- conclusion as to why the Obama White House felt compelled to misrepresent the events at Benghazi on September 11. As O´Reilly noted, the administration hoped "to tamp the story down so it didn´t intrude on their narrative that the Obama administration had decimated al-Qaeda." "The real story would have gone against the narrative," Krauthammer agreed, adding, "I´m not saying that there was a deliberate conspiracy from day one, but as this story unfolded

The Obama doctrine
Economist, by Lexington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/30/2012 4:42:12 AM     Post Reply
BY CYNICAL tradition “abroad” is where American presidents go to seek a legacy, after their domestic agendas have stalled. This is especially true of second-term presidents. As they lose momentum at home, the temptation is to head overseas in search of crises that only American clout can resolve. At the outset of his second term, Barack Obama seems to be planning the opposite approach. Mr Obama and his team believe that his outstanding task is to secure a domestic legacy. Their fear is that foreign entanglements may threaten that goal. It may help that he secured something

  


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Burger Flippers of the
World, Unite! The Drive
to Unionize Fast-Food Workers
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/30/2012 4:35:25 AM     Post Reply
I begrudge no one their right to organize and join a union if they so choose. But these poor schlubs are being led down a primrose path to unemployment if they think that a burger or pizza joint can stay in business long if the workers are earning $15 an hour.New York Times: Fast-food workers at several restaurants in New York walked off the job on Thursday, firing the first salvo in what workplace experts say is the biggest effort to unionize fast-food workers ever undertaken in the United States.

Feds shut down 100-year-old oyster
company, destroy some lives and dreams
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/30/2012 4:28:18 AM     Post Reply
Hey, no bigs. It’s just a 100-year-old company and California’s only surviving cannery, a sustainable, family-owned operation employing 30 people. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company has been in a seven-year fight with the federal government and environmental groups over whether it’s 40-year lease would be renewed this week. The Lunny family, which owns the oyster farm, was among a group of families that sold their ranch lands to the National Parks Service in the 1970s to protect them from developers, with the understanding they would get 40-year-leases renewed in perpetuity. After buying and operating the oyster farm without incident—

Susan Rice should
stand on her own
Politico, by Penny Young Nance    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/30/2012 4:23:00 AM     Post Reply
The closed-door meetings this week between Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte and Susan Collins with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice left some on Capitol Hill more disturbed than before and served as an example of just how far a woman will go to stand by her man. Not to mention the lengths to which liberals will look the other way. Although details of the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi are few and far between, it’s still mind boggling there are those of the Kool-Aid-drinking Left who continue to propagate the falsehood

Obama plans campaign-style
trip to push higher taxes
Washington Times, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/29/2012 11:33:14 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is hitting the hustings in a campaign-style push for tax increases, and his first stop is Pennsylvania — a battleground state with the kinds of Republicans who he thinks could be amenable to being swayed by grass-roots pressure. Since his re-election three weeks ago, Mr. Obama has stuck to his campaign message that raising taxes on high earners is the best way to reduce the nation’s soaring deficits and avoid veering off the so-called “fiscal cliff.” He has spent the past two weeks trying to drum up additional public support

  


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Consulate lacked requested ‘man traps’
Washington Times, by Shaun Waterman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/29/2012 11:31:03 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. mission in Libya where a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack lacked special security barriers that the State Department’s inspector general recommended three years ago for diplomatic facilities in danger zones, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Thursday. The State Department inspector general recommended in 2009 that U.S. diplomatic facilities in danger zones have special holding areas for visitors called “man traps,” but the U.S. consular facility in Benghazi did not have them, Sen. Susan M. Collins of Maine told reporters

Rice holds stakes in firms that
have done business in Iran
Washington Post, by Steven Mufson and Tom Hamburger    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/29/2012 11:28:53 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice and her husband own modest stakes in companies that have until recently done business with Iran, prompting new questions from those opposed to her possible nomination as secretary of state. The companies are global conglomerates. At least some of them have stopped doing business with Iran in order to comply with international sanctions. “With respect to Iran, Ambassador Rice worked to impose the toughest U.N. sanctions regime ever on Iran for its continued failure to live up to its obligations,” said Rice’s spokeswoman, Erin Pelton.

Cliff-jumping with Barack
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/29/2012 11:26:43 PM     Post Reply
Why are Republicans playing the Democrats’ game that the “fiscal cliff” is all about taxation? House Speaker John Boehner already made the preemptive concession of agreeing to raise revenue. But the insistence on doing so by eliminating deductions without raising marginal rates is now the subject of fierce Republican infighting. Where is the other part of President Obama’s vaunted “balanced approach”? Where are the spending cuts, both discretionary and entitlement: Medicare, Medicaid and now Obamacare (the health-care trio) and Social Security? Social Security is the easiest to solve. So you get a sense of the Democrats’ inclination to reform entitlements

Obama makes fresh
demands on ‘fiscal cliff’
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/29/2012 11:23:18 PM     Post Reply
President Obama offered Republicans a detailed plan Thursday for averting the year-end “fiscal cliff” that calls for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, $50 billion in fresh spending on the economy and an effective end to congressional control over the size of the national debt. The proposal, delivered to the Capitol by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, mirrors previous White House deficit-reduction plans and satisfies Democrats’ demands that negotiations begin on terms dictated by the newly-reelected president. The offer lacks any concessions to Republicans

How Secret Negotiations Play
Into the Democrats’ Hands
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/29/2012 11:19:48 PM     Post Reply
So now John Boehner is angry that the White House leaked a one-sided version of his latest conversation with President Obama to the press: Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Republican leaders are fuming after a late night phone call with President Barack Obama was leaked to the press, despite an agreement that it would not be, according to several GOP aides. As if this should come as a surprise! It sounds as though Boehner and his aides are starting to get a clue: Republicans believe the president is more interested in raking them over the coals publicly than

  



A Fine Mess at Foggy Bottom
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/29/2012 11:15:51 PM     Post Reply
Lost in all the speculation about the next secretary of state is the degree to which Foggy Bottom will need someone who can put the pieces back together. While Hillary Clinton coasted for much of her term on the good press that comes with being a Clinton, until the last couple of months she was having a decidedly average run as secretary of state. But the Benghazi debacle–which was in large part the result of Clinton’s incompetence and lack of attention–followed by the expected defection of most of our European allies at the UN vote on the Palestinians today

Electrician facing foreclosure
collects $1M Powerball
prize and he plans to
celebrate with his girlfriend
at Red Lobster
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/29/2012 10:56:25 PM     Post Reply
An electrician who faced foreclosure on his home won $1million from the Powerball lottery because his ticket matched five of the six numbers. Larry Chandler, 34, claimed his winnings on Thursday after buying his ticket at a gas station in his hometown of Highland. He said that among his big plans is a dinner date with his girlfriend at Red Lobster. ´It´s amazing. I´m just ecstatic. You know, I´ve never won anything in my life. This is pretty big,´ Mr Chandler said at the press conference in Indianapolis.

McConnell ´Burst Into Laughter´
as Geithner Outlined Obama´s Plan
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/29/2012 10:39:13 PM     Post Reply
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he “burst into laughter” Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the administration proposal for averting the fiscal cliff. He wasn’t trying to embarrass Geithner, McConnell says, only responding candidly to his one-sided plan, explicit on tax increases, vague on spending cuts.Geithner’s visit to his office left McConnell discouraged about reaching a “balanced” deal on tax hikes and spending reductions designed to prevent a shock to the economy in January. “Nothing good is happening” in the negotiations, McConnell says, because of Obama’s insistence on tax rate hikes for the wealthy

U.N. Disabilities Treaty Would
Limit U.S. Sovereignty
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 11/29/2012 10:29:53 PM     Post Reply
Rights: The Senate is considering a treaty which says "disability is an evolving concept" and which would infringe on U.S. sovereignty and the right to raise our children as American families see fit. Those who thought that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) adequately guaranteed the rights of the handicapped to have access to all facets of American life were apparently wrong. The U.S. Senate is considering ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which President Obama signed in 2009 and which goes well beyond mandating wheel-chair ramps for

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