Accuser: Cain Wouldn’t Be A Good President

From George Stephanopoulos at ABC News:

Herman Cain Would Not Make a ‘Good President,’ Ginger White Says

George Stephanopoulos
November 30, 2011

Ginger White, who says she was involved in a 13 or 14 year “on and off” affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, today told me she does not think he is fit to be president.

It was so casual she can even say how many years it lasted? Also, where are the documents. After 14 years, there should be documents.

“I honestly do not think that he is, in my opinion, would make a good president as far as I’m concerned,” White told me in an exclusive interview on “GMA.”

Cain has denied the affair and publicly criticized White, calling her a “troubled Atlanta business woman” who is using “national media outlets to promulgate a fabricated, unsubstantiated story,” he wrote in an email to supporters.



‘Free’ School Lunches Up 17% Under Obama

From an ecstatic New York Times:

Line Grows Long for Free Meals at U.S. Schools

November 29, 2011

Millions of American schoolchildren are receiving free or low-cost meals for the first time as their parents, many once solidly middle class, have lost jobs or homes during the economic crisis, qualifying their families for the decades-old safety-net program.

The number of students receiving subsidized lunches rose to 21 million last school year from 18 million in 2006-7, a 17 percent increase, according to an analysis by The New York Times of data from the Department of Agriculture, which administers the meals program. Eleven states, including Florida, Nevada, New Jersey and Tennessee, had four-year increases of 25 percent or more, huge shifts in a vast program long characterized by incremental growth

The New York Times acts like this is not a tremendous success story for Obama and the Democrat Party, who want and need to have more and more people dependent on the government.



100s Of Solar Co’s Expected To Go Bankrupt

From CNN’s Money.Com:

Solar power bankruptcies loom as prices collapse

By Steve Hargreaves
November 30, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The once high-flying solar power sector is headed for tough times, as a combination of slack demand and massive oversupply is leading to plummeting prices and profits for solar panel makers

The only time solar power was high flying was when it was being held up by massive government subsidies and sweetheart deals.

The past year was already grim. The Guggenheim Solar (TAN) exchange-traded fund is down 60% since January and sits even lower than it did following the crash in 2008.

Two high profile companies have gone bankrupt in the United States — government-backed Solyndra and Evergreen — and analysts anticipate more failures ahead.



3rd Quarter Productivity, GDP Revised Down

From a perpetually blind-sided Reuters:

Third-quarter nonfarm productivity growth cut to 2.3 percent

Wed Nov 30, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The rebound in U.S. nonfarm productivity growth was not as strong as previously estimated in the third quarter, while wages declined for two straight quarters, supporting the Federal Reserve’s views of moderate inflation pressures.

You see, wages are going down. So there just can’t be any inflation. You are simply imagining that the cost of groceries is going up.

Productivity increased at a 2.3 percent annual rate, the Labor Department said on Wednesday, a downward revision to its previous estimate of 3.1 percent

Compared to the third quarter of last year, productivity increased 0.9 percent instead of 1.1 percent.

So things are even worse than this time last year.


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UK Unions Strike Over 3.2% Pension Increase

From a cheering Agence France-Presse:

Two million strike in Britain over pension changes

By Guy Jackson
November 30, 2011

Two million public sector workers in Britain went on strike on Wednesday over changes to their pensions in the biggest walkout for decades, closing thousands of schools and disrupting transport.

"Transport" is British for transportation.

Three-quarters of schools were estimated to be closed during the 24-hour strike, hospitals were operating with skeleton staff and local authorities were paralysed.

Notice how the children and the sick are always made to suffer first by these heartless union members.

By the way, this is one of the reasons why states like Wisconsin and Ohio have moved to take away the right to strike from some public sector unions.


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Radical Muslims Lead In Egypt, US Reassured

From a cheering al-Reuters:

Egypt’s Brotherhood says it leads in vote count

By Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad
November 30, 2011

CAIRO/ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood said on Wednesday it was leading in the initial count of results from the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary election and one source in its party said it had secured 40 percent of votes cast for party lists.

A member of the rival liberal Egyptian Bloc also said that in Cairo, one area that voted on Monday and Tuesday, the list led by the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had 40 to 50 percent of votes. His Bloc had 20 to 30 percent, he said…

The overall outcome will not be known until January.



Occupy Protester’s Miscarriage Questioned

A random act of journalism from the Seattle Times:

Occupy protester’s miscarriage claim questioned

By Jonathan Martin
November 22, 2011

A Seattle teenager’s claim that abuse by Seattle police caused her to miscarry has become a viral Internet sensation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but no evidence has emerged to support her allegation.

Jennifer M. Fox, 19, has accused police of kicking her and hitting her in the stomach with a bicycle during a Nov. 15 Occupy Seattle protest, even after she yelled: "I’m pregnant," then dousing her with pepper spray. A viral video shows her reeling from the pepper spray, but not being struck.

Which is peculiar in itself, given that these are really just media events. Some camera should have recorded the alleged brutality.’

Fox has declined to provide medical records supporting her claim that she had a miscarriage five days after being hit, and her family has cast doubt on the claim.



‘Occupy LA’ Defies Deadline, Burns Money

From a relieved Reuters:

Police delay eviction of Occupy LA camp

By Mary Slosson
November 28, 2011

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police in riot gear began closing in early on Monday on some 2,000 anti-Wall Street activists who defied a midnight deadline to vacate an eight-week-old encampment outside Los Angeles City Hall as some protesters blocked traffic.

And notice there is no mention of any arrests. Or even anything about anyone being pepper sprayed. The laws are for Republicans.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had given Occupy LA protesters until midnight local time to dismantle their tents, pack up their belongings and clear out of the City Hall park, or face a forcible removal.

For the record, Occupy Los Angeles is really the last remaining OWS camp of any significant size.


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Occupy Protesters Harass Walmart Shoppers

From San Diego’s East County Magazine:


November 26, 2011 (San Diego) – Startled shoppers in two San Diego Walmart stores received a message delivered by 75 Occupy San Diego protesters forming a human microphone. The protesters urged Walmart shoppers to support locally-owned small businesses instead of corporate-owned mass merchandizers.

We thought that ‘bullying’ was a crime?

Some pushed shopping carts to blend in with shoppers at check-out stands, until an organizer announced, a " Mic check!" Then announced, "In the spirit of holiday giving, we believe a discussion is in order about the meaning of value and low cost. For every low-priced product purchased at Walmart, your communities pay the difference.”  Participants repeated each line announced by their leader, forming a human microphone throughout the two stores on Murphy Canyon Road and Shawline Streets.



UK Ministers Warn Of Euro Collapse, Riots

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Prepare for riots in euro collapse, Foreign Office warns

By James Kirkup, Deputy Political Editor
25 Nov 2011

As the Italian government struggled to borrow and Spain considered seeking an international bail-out, British ministers privately warned that the break-up of the euro, once almost unthinkable, is now increasingly plausible.

Diplomats are preparing to help Britons abroad through a banking collapse and even riots arising from the debt crisis.

The Treasury confirmed earlier this month that contingency planning for a collapse is now under way.

A senior minister has now revealed the extent of the Government’s concern, saying that Britain is now planning on the basis that a euro collapse is now just a matter of time

Recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office instructions to embassies and consulates request contingency planning for extreme scenarios including rioting and social unrest

Diplomats have also been told to prepare to help tens of thousands of British citizens in eurozone countries with the consequences of a financial collapse that would leave them unable to access bank accounts or even withdraw cash.



The Hive – Please Talk Among Yourselves

Here is our usual weekend discussion thread, where comments on the general topics of the day are welcome.

But please remember to post and comment on specific news items in the ‘News Selected By Our Correspondents’ thread below or via the link found in the sidebar.




Selected News For The Week Nov 26 – Dec 2

This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that may not warrant their own thread.

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Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

It’s become a tradition this time of year here to post President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation, which gave thanks to God for our nation’s newly enacted Constitution:

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted’ for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.



Reuters: Gingrich Stumbled On Immigration

From an always on the lookout for the the chance to divide and conquer Reuters:

Did Gingrich’s [Sic] stumble on immigration?

By Steve Holland
Wed Nov 23, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich finally reached front-runner status this week after a long climb and may now have drawn the wrath of conservatives by professing a moderate position on illegal immigration.

At least Reuters hopes that’s the case. As is evidenced by their headline, which they were too excited to correct.

The former speaker of the House of Representatives was sailing along confidently at a CNN-sponsored debate on Tuesday night and seemed to be wearing the front-runner label with pride after seeing his campaign nearly collapse six months ago.

You see, ‘pride always goeth before a fall,’ at least in the mind of the news media, and when they are talking about Republicans.



NYT Says New Climate E-Mails Are A Crime

From an outraged (at the leak) New York Times:

New Trove of Stolen E-Mails From Climate Scientists Is Released

November 22, 2011

The anonymous hacker who shook the world of climate science two years ago by posting a trove of stolen e-mails delivered a new batch on Tuesday, stirring up climate-change contrarians a little more than a week before global negotiations on greenhouse gases are to begin in Durban, South Africa.

What a typically unbiased lede sentence from the New York Times. Some "anonymous hacker" "stole e-mails" from "scientists" just "to stir up climate-change contrarians" and hurt vital "global negotiations."

The new e-mails appeared remarkably similar to the ones released two years ago just ahead of a similar conference in Copenhagen.



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