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New Yorkers hit hard by Hurricane Sandy
denied aid by FEMA bureaucracy
New York Daily News, by Greg B. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/2/2012 7:31:20 AM     Post Reply
Washed out by Hurricane Sandy, a growing number of New Yorkers are finding themselves facing a second challenge — the FEMA shuffle.More than 230,000 New York storm victims have applied for housing help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the feds have approved $664 million. But untold numbers haven’t been so lucky, rejected by FEMA for a host of reasons that range from the ridiculous to the confounding.Jennifer O’Connor and her fiance, Brendan O’Connor, experienced the FEMA shuffle in a mind-boggling series of rejection letters, followed a month later by a $2,486 check.

Affordable Care Act
hitting home
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Robert Behre    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2012 7:28:22 AM     Post Reply
About 100 servers, line cooks and dishwashers working at the Charleston Crab House don’t have health insurance and face an uncertain year ahead. As more of the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as “Obamacare”) kicks in, they will either receive coverage or face financial penalties. [Snip] There are many questions that must be answered and milestones that must be passed before the Consumers’ Choice Health Plan begins enrolling its first members, the people who eventually will run this new South Carolina nonprofit insurer, but perhaps the biggest and simplest question is this: Will it work?

Storm of Money: Insider tells how
some insurance companies
rig the system
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Tony Bartelme    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2012 7:19:26 AM     Post Reply
Mark Romano gripped the steering wheel and tried to keep his car from swerving into another commuter on the busy Illinois tollway. “God, please don’t let me hurt someone,” he prayed. Dizzy again. These bouts of vertigo were barely noticeable at first, but something else was going on now. At night, he would lie in his bed, stare at the ceiling and watch everything twirl. In the morning, the spells came in waves during his commute to Allstate’s national headquarters in suburban Chicago. Stress? It was December 2007, and Romano was a senior manager at Allstate and its top expert

  


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Bankrupt Calif. town’s
city attorney warns of
public safety cuts: ‘Lock
your doors and load your guns’
Daily Caller, by Jessica Stanton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2012 7:17:08 AM     Post Reply
San Bernardino is so bankrupt that the city’s attorney is advising residents to “lock your doors and load your guns,” in the face of budgetary cuts that have downsized the police force by 80 officers. City Attorney Jim Penman made his comments to about 150 residents at a council meeting assembled to address the uptick in crime, including the recent murder of an elderly woman. Since 2011, the California city has seen a 50 percent increase in murders. “Let’s be honest, we don’t have enough police officers. We have too many criminals living in this city,”

GOP must avoid Obama tax trap
Boston Herald, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2012 7:12:52 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Why are Republicans playing the Democrats’ game that the “fiscal cliff” is all about taxation? House Speaker John Boehner already made the pre-emptive concession of agreeing to raise revenues. 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.

Gallup: Half Of Democrats,
Quarter of Republicans Approve
of Socialism
Breitbart Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2012 7:03:03 AM     Post Reply
According to a Gallup poll conducted November 18-19, more than half of Democrats (53%) approve of socialism, which isn’t surprising, but almost one-quarter of Republicans (23%) also do. What the poll reveals is that there is a significant difference between the reality of what voters approve and their reactions to terms that represent those realities. For example, Democrats favor the “federal government” over “capitalism” by 20 percentage points, yet they approve of “small business” almost unanimously, at a 94% level. When asked about big business, Democrats approval rate drops all the way to 44%.

Angry New Yorkers say Obama pledge
to cut red tape ignored by FEMA
Fox News, by Perry Chiaramonte    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/2/2012 6:53:07 AM     Post Reply
Storm-ravaged New Yorkers say President Obama’s promise to cut red tape and get them aid in the aftermath of Sandy has proven to be hot air.Angry citizens vented at FEMA officials at a town hall meeting held by the disaster relief agency Thursday, with tempers boiling over. Some 1,000 people, many left homeless by the Oct. 29 storm, attended the meeting at Staten Island’s New Dorp High School. They were initially scheduled to submit written questions that would be picked and answered at random, but the session turned into an angry shouting match

  


  

Grover’s Best Trick
New York Magazine, by Jason Zengerle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 6:24:02 AM     Post Reply
In November 1995, a National Journal reporter boldly went where no member of the mainstream media had gone before: the Washington, D.C., conference room of Americans for Tax Reform on a Wednesday morning. That’s where—and when—ATR’s president, Grover Norquist, had been convening a weekly confab for various conservative operatives for the past couple of years. “Jackets are off and participants devour bagels and cream cheese,” the article relayed. “The goal of the Wednesday meetings … is to make sure the leaders of all the major conservative organizations know what everybody is up to.

Be Our Guest
Slate, by Alice Gregory    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/2/2012 6:10:57 AM     Post Reply
The novel sensation that unites any trip—business or pleasure—is how quickly the hotel becomes home. You swipe your keycard, flop face down on the bed, root around the minibar for snacks you won’t eat, and assess the shampoo situation. Within moments you’ve memorized the contours of your suite as though it were a childhood bedroom, and you treat it as such—leaving laundry in piles and neglecting to turn the TV off. This is common sentiment. Wayne Koestenbaum refers to the hotel’s “sluttish core,” and Geoff Dyer, in his fantastic essay on sex in hotel rooms, writes that in a hotel

Drought Threatens Possible
Mississippi Shutdown –
Thousands of Jobs at Risk
Human Events, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 6:02:04 AM     Post Reply
The worst drought in decades may shut down the Mississippi River to barge traffic this month costing thousands of jobs. KMOX reported: It’s an issue that has plagued states along the Mississippi River for months and has now landed squarely on the desk of President Obama: how to prevent the imminent shutdown of commercial traffic along the nation’s largest waterway. A nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the river, threatening barge traffic. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday

The Republican Hispanic challenge
Washington Examiner [DC], by Star Parker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2012 5:55:52 AM     Post Reply
Although Mitt Romney took flak for his statement that he lost the election because President Obama bestowed "gifts" on key parts of the electorate, what he said is basically true. We´re stuck in a deadly spiral where economic growth is retarded because the economy is larded with enormous and ever increasing government spending and debt. Yet, more and more Americans want the lard. President Obama got re-elected by promising to continue to serve it up. Romney´s failure, and the failure of the Republican Party, is not that Obama is pulling this off but that they can´t get their act together

  


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Why Obama could lose this
round as fiscal crisis grows
Fox News, by Liz Peek    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 5:50:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama, fresh off his victory lap, is about to overplay his hand. The most recent proposals from the White House aimed at averting the fiscal cliff included not only the president’s cherished tax hikes, but other demands that will strike any neutral observer as absurd. Even the liberal media couldn’t swallow the fantasy launched by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner; the New York Times described the plan as “loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts.” Mr. Geithner, acting as the president’s missionary, proposed extending the payroll tax cut (something both parties earlier opposed),

Petraeus: Not a hero,
but not a failure
Washington Post, by Greg Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 5:43:40 AM     Post Reply
It seems hard to fathom now, but only 15 months ago, Gen. David H. Petraeus stood at attention on a sunny Fort Myer parade ground, listening to his peers compare him to the most accomplished generals in American history. Cannons boomed, sending clouds of white smoke billowing into the air. A band played patriotic marches. The moment was heady, the words intended for the ages. “You now stand among the giants, not just in our time, but of all time, joining the likes of Grant and Pershing and Marshall and Eisenhower as one of the great battle captains,”

Just How Potent Are Teacher Unions?
National Review Online, by Chester E. Finn Jr. & Amber Winkler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 5:38:47 AM     Post Reply
Hostess Brands is set to liquidate its 82-year-old company because it was unable to meet the salary demands of its unionized employees. Roughly 18,500 workers will lose their jobs because 5,500 members of various bakers’ unions can’t appreciate that a tightening economy, stiffening competition, and an increasingly health-conscious America mean fewer Twinkies for all.(Snip)Private-sector firms can do things like that. But what happens when one’s core business is educating 55 million young Americans via the public schools? They have unions, too, unions that typically make demands that are as damaging to educational quality and affordability

Hillary Clinton: Israel has
‘lack of generosity … lack
of empathy’ for Palestinians
Daily Caller, by Gregg Re    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 5:31:20 AM     Post Reply
Speaking at a forum at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington on Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Israel is suspicious of Palestinians and doesn’t care enough about their plight. “I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion,” Clinton said, after praising the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for working with her in 2009 to offer a moratorium on building new Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

  


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Obama 2: Even more reckless
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 5:14:56 AM     Post Reply
People weren’t paying attention. Those are the people now surprised that President Obama is still stridently campaigning instead of doing the real work of governing. Even some who voted for him last month are puzzled as he threatens to take the nation off the fiscal cliff if Republicans don’t give him the tax hikes he demands now and puts off entitlement reform until later. He even wants to increase spending. I’ve talked to people who supported him, and their surprise is surprising. “I thought he was going to move toward the center after the election,” one stunned Obama backer

Permission to Snicker?
Weekly Standard, by The Scrapbook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 5:09:53 AM     Post Reply
It wasn’t long after General David Petraeus’s affair was revealed that progressive types started queuing up to explain that the real problem wasn’t the CIA director’s lack of moral judgement it’s the repressive nature of military culture. The Scrapbook wasn’t shocked to see this argument rear its head we always look forward to the requisite eruption of Puritan-bashing and/or France-envy from the chattering classes during a Washington sex scandal. But we were mildly surprised to see the form it took in the pages of the Washington Post. Laura Cannon, who like Petraeus and Paula Broadwell is a West Point graduate,

Why Obama is pushing for
stimulus in ´fiscal cliff´ deal
Christian Science Monitor, by Ron Scherer    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2012 5:04:13 AM     Post Reply
How about a little government economic stimulus? That may sound incongruous considering the budget deficit and the push from Republicans to cut government spending. But President Obama’s first offer to avoid going over the "fiscal cliff" holds out the hope of at least some stimulus. This would include extending the 2 percentage point Social Security payroll tax cut, boosting a tax incentive to businesses, establishing a $50 billion bank for long-term infrastructure projects, and extending unemployment benefits.

The Not-So-Liberal American Future
Daily Beast, by Michael Medved    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2012 4:56:53 AM     Post Reply
Does ideology shape life experience, or does life experience determine ideology? The future direction of American politics depends on our response. In response to the disappointing results of November’s elections, I have argued that conservatives should take heart from the undeniable aging of the electorate, which will tilt future contests toward Republicans. 2012 exit polls showed Mitt Romney sweeping voters 65 and older in a 12-point landslide, and among all those above age 30 (81 percent of the voting public) the Republican nominee prevailed by a solid margin. President Obama won the overall vote solely on the strength

So Long to ‘The Big E’
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 4:49:22 AM     Post Reply
For five decades, the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Enterprise plowed the seven seas to protect the freedoms of American citizens and guarantee freedom of the seas for all. From the Cuban missile crisis through its participation in conflicts arising out of the 9/11 attacks, “The Big ‘E’” was the tip of the spear of American foreign policy. Today, in front of 12,000 former crew, their families, and friends, the United States Navy formerly retired Enterprise from active service. Reuters: The 1,123-foot (342-metres) long Enterprise was commissioned in 1961 with eight nuclear reactors on board

  



Cliff Dwellers
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/2/2012 4:48:15 AM     Post Reply
We, unfortunately, are getting used to living at the edge of a steep cliff, going about our everyday business pretending the fatal drop to the abyss doesn´t exist. Culturally, one needn´t be what´s called a "social conservative" to be appalled at excesses in Europe where Zurich is creating outdoor booths to facilitate prostitution and Germany has many "erotic zoos" where patrons pay for the right to engage in bestiality with the penned-in farm animals.

I’m sure I’m wrong to
wish this story were true
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 4:45:22 AM     Post Reply
… but if it is, I’m going to laugh anyway. From RightLinks blog. (But I’d still like to see some verification.) Johnstown, PA (GlossyNews) – Local and state police scoured the hills outside rural Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after reports of three animal rights activists going missing after attempting to protest the wearing of leather at a large motorcycle gang rally this weekend. Two others, previously reported missing, were discovered by fast food workers “duct taped inside fast food restaurant dumpsters,” according to police officials. “Something just went wrong,”

Obama presidential library
campaign begins
Politico, by Jennifer Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2012 4:42:18 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s next campaign is about to begin. Even though his second inauguration is still weeks away, the work of his presidential library starts soon: Libraries take years of planning and decisions by the president and his inner circle, from choosing a location, to picking achievements to highlight. It’s a chance for Obama to begin shaping his legacy, and has in the past been an increasingly large priority during presidents’ second terms. But it requires the kind of personal fundraising that Obama clearly dislikes, full of potential pitfalls that led his predecessors into trouble. Add more complications for Obama:

Lincoln, compromise and
the price to pay
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 12/2/2012 2:27:06 AM     Post Reply
This just in — compromise to a liberal really does mean compromising your principles, and you don’t have to believe me. Just read what liberal columnist David Brooks had to say about the new film “Lincoln"[SNIP]The film “Lincoln” depicts the absolute opposite of real compromise. Lincoln does not give an inch in his negotiations with slavery supporters. He has a principle that he is committed to, and he crushes his opposition both with his skillful maneuvering AND his refusal to succumb to arguments about why he should meet in the middle.

The mother of all worst-case
assumptions about Iran
Foreign Policy, by Stephen M. Walt    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/2/2012 12:55:02 AM     Post Reply
The debate on Iran and its nuclear program does little credit to the U.S. foreign policy community, because much of it rests on dubious assumptions that do not stand up to even casual scrutiny. (Snip) The obvious question to ask is this: did prior acts of nuclear proliferation have the same fearsome consequences that Iran hawks now forecast? The answer is no. In fact, the spread of nuclear weapons has had remarkably little impact on the basic nature of world politics and the ranking of major powers. The main effect of the nuclear revolution has been to induce greater caution

Rep. Mike Fleck Comes Out, Becomes
The First Openly Gay Republican
State Legislator In The Country
Mediaite, by Anjali Sareen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/2/2012 12:32:15 AM     Post Reply
Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Fleck (R-Huntingdon) just announced that he is gay, and in doing so, became the first and only openly gay Republican state legislator in the United States and the only openly gay lawmaker in all of Pennsylvania. Fleck relayed his story to Pennsylvania’s local Huntingdon Daily News. Acknowledging the difficulty of his decision to come out, partially due to his devout catholicism, Fleck underscored to his constituents that he was “still the exact same person.” He went on to note, “Coming out is hard enough, but doing it in the public eye

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