November 2012

Leigh Swanson, 45, of Michigan found dead after blind date via Internet

November 30, 2012
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Sad. The 28 year-old man she allegedly met is said to have killed himself as police approached his house. They’ve yet to release his name.

Midland County Sheriff Jerry Nielsen said Thursday that the body found in Edenville Township belongs to Leigh Swanson, who disappeared after leaving for a date with an...

Mike Huckabee’s Latest Disgraceful Radio Performance

November 29, 2012
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Back in August, The Nation was singing Mike Huckabee’s praises. I believe that was when he was pushing his whole kinder, gentler talk radio shtick: “Mike Huckabee is an unusual creature in American politics: a civilized social conservative”. That’s right, The Nation – it doesn’t get any more left...

It’s not a ‘fiscal cliff,’ it’s a financial avalanche, stupid!

November 29, 2012
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Friend Ford O’Connell has a  worthwhile item up over that The Hill’s Pundit Blog: Dems dishonest in ‘fiscal cliff’ dealings. Still, technically speaking, there is no ‘fiscal cliff’.  America isn’t going to suddenly disappear, or drop out of sight, somehow.

If you told the average voter Washington, D.C. was heading off a cliff, they’d probably offer to...

L.A. Times Covers SWATting of Bloggers on Front Page

November 28, 2012
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Using Simon Cowell’s recent SWATting as a news peg, Chris Lee and Richard Winton have a front-page story at the L.A. Times about the phenomenon of SWATting. The story focuses on the recent rash of celebrity SWATtings in Los Angeles, rather than the politically motivated SWATtings of four people (including myself)...

Hashtag? Parents Give Baby Girl a Twitter-Inspired Name

November 27, 2012
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Seriously.

Crazy baby names are nothing new. In fact, in recent years they’ve become endemic in our culture, with entire websites devoted to bad baby names, deliberate misspellings masquerading as parental “creativity,” and celebrities who go way way  past “unusual” and into “Wait. What?” territory (like actor Jason Lee, who named his...

To help the middle class, of course! Mortgage Interest Deduction Under Scrutiny

November 27, 2012
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Only for the rich, of course. For now. But they all know you can’t get there from here. Once they start discussing increased revenues through taxes and issues get put on the table, the numbers, not principle, will take over.

Along with that, the very uncertainty they’ll create with the process will...

Clashes resume in Cairo ahead of opposition rally

November 27, 2012
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There’s video from Cairo at link. Obama needs to own this. He has empowered Israel’s and America’s enemies for decades. It may not be topical now but, God forbid, given potential developments between now and 2016, this could prove to be critical by the time we get to election 2016.

That...

Obama meets Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto, talks immigration

November 27, 2012
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Odds are the GOP will eventually begin clamoring for an amnesty as much as the Democrats, they’ll pass it, then Democrats will play the same game they have for years, marginalizing the GOP among a bunch of new voters and the GOP will be resigned to the wilderness nationally for years.

Rinse and repeat. Any questions?

President-elect...

No offense, Jeb – But I’m Bushed

November 27, 2012
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I found myself wondering why, or how one family could come to dominate a political party so as to potentially include 3 presidential contenders within a few short decades. Somehow I think it’s related to a party that’s without strong principles and ideals, or at least lacking the willingness to...

Zachary Dewayne Holly arrested in killing of Jersey Bridgeman, 6

November 27, 2012
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I can’t even bring myself to think about what kind of a life this poor girl must have experienced. Her parents were already jailed for abuse, now neighbor Zachary Dewayne Holly, 28, has been arrested in her murder.

Arkansas police have arrested a neighbor in the killing of a six-year-old girl whose...

How do you tell the difference between a NYT’s reporter and a terrorist?

November 27, 2012
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Depending upon what they write on the side of their car, I’m not sure you can these days.

; )

The New York Times has again attempted to negate the presence of terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Reporter David Carr claims that two senior Hamas terrorists killed last week in precision Israeli airstrikes...

Broadening the GOP Base

November 23, 2012
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Ed at Hot Air distills the logic inherent in a WSJ item by Kimberley Strassel. The critical question for the GOP’s activist and mostly conservative base is how will the GOP go about it?

In order to win national elections, Republicans have to compete in all communities. That doesn’t mean...

Obamacare Already Costing Jobs

November 22, 2012
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And there will be plenty more to come, I mean, go. Just give it time.

You already knew that some employers were either putting off hiring because of the increased cost of providing health care for their employees because of Obamacare, or shrinking back to less than 50 employees so that...

Islamic Jihad: Gaza ceasefire not end of the battle

November 22, 2012
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Splendid.

The armed wing of Islamic Jihad movement said Thursday that the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip does not mean an end to the conflict.

“The battle with the enemy has not ended,” declared a masked gunman from al-Quds brigades.

“Our choice in fighting and getting...

Hero dog saves baby from kidnapping

November 21, 2012
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“She started screaming and crying, and said, ‘Someone just stuck their hand in the door,'” Angeles-Morales told WISH-TV. “The guy said, ‘Give me the money or we take the baby.'”

“The man said, ‘Money, money,'” Garzon-Jimenez said. “I said, ‘I don’t have any.'” (more…)

Most Americans Clueless As ObamaCare Rolls Out

November 21, 2012
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This relates to something I said to BuzzFeed that didn’t make their article.

Millions will qualify for new options under the health care law. Most have no idea. Yes, they may gain some options but they will also lose many and no one has bothered to think about the cost. Given...

Sources claim Hamas and Israel agree to ceasefire

November 21, 2012
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Israel and Hamas agreed on Wednesday to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt on the eighth day of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and militant rocket attacks out of the enclave, Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian sources said.

First word of the truce came from a Palestinian official who has...

Airport pat-down of Rep. Ralph Hall’s 17 year-old niece sparks federal investigation

November 21, 2012
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Twitchy has an item up on this incident. She is 17:

TSA reportedly exposed breasts of Rep. Ralph Hall’s teen grandniece, called it ‘accidental’; Update: TSA internal report released, blames girl’s ‘loose fitting’ dress

WSBTV is reporting news of an investigation. But would they launch one of those for a member of...

Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho’s condition worsens, on life support after heart attack

November 21, 2012
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Chances for his recovery are now said to be slim. The the other man in the vehicle involved in a car-to-car shooting died.

Doctor Ernesto Torres, the Medical Center’s Director said on Wednesday morning that Camacho’s chances of survival were slim. But explained that doctors can keep him alive with the...

Two Bangor, Maine TV anchors quit on air

November 21, 2012
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There’s video of it at link below.

Citing a longstanding battle with upper management over journalistic practices at their Bangor TV stations, news co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced their resignations at the end of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast.

Michaels and Consiglio, who have a combined 12½ years’ service at WVII...

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