Aggie Men's Basketball Loses Third Straight Falling 80-61 To USC Report
The Aggie men's basketball team dropped their third consecutive game falling 80-61 to the USC Trojans on Sunday afternoon at the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Springfield, Mass. Christian Kabongo led the Aggies in scoring with 14 points while Troy Gillenwater played just eight minutes and scored just two points, both from the free throw line.

The Aggies scored the game's first basket but six minutes into the game the Aggies trailed USC 15-5.

The Aggies would trim the deficit to three points at 24-21 after a pair of free throws by Christian Kabongo but a quick 7-2 spurt by USC gave the Trojans an eight point lead. The Aggies would get a three pointer fromGordo Castillo with 2:11 left in the first half to cut the deficit to five points but USC would go on a 12-5 run over the final 1:53 to take a 12 point lead into the break.

The Aggies would quickly fall behind by 18 points at 47-29 just two minutes into the second half after a lay-up by USC's Marcus Simmons. New Mexico State would trim the deficit to just 10 points by the under 16 minute media timeout as the Aggies would go on a 10-2 run spurred by a Gordo Castillo three pointer. The Trojans would respond however as they would go back up by 15 points at 54-39 after a three pioneer by Bryce Jones and a jumper from Garrett Jackson.

Over the next six minutes the Trojans would extend their lead to 22 points as they lead 67-45 with 9:43 left to play. USC would lead by as many as 23 points late in the game but the Aggies would whittle the margin down to 19 points at the end of the game.

The Aggies fall to 2-3 on the season and travel to I-10 rival UTEP on Tuesday night.

Lopez: A Thanksgiving Message

Kathryn Lopez
From - He saw this homeland for the first time in 51 years. I've spent the last week on a fundraising cruise for National Review magazine. We dropped by the Cayman Islands, Grand Turk and Cozumel. (I gather there are harder jobs.) It was more than just people listening to seminars, meeting one another, sharing gratitude for people and principles they appreciate and hold dear. And we passed by Cuba. A usual late-riser, our Cuban exile cruiser says he was given "a gift from God," when he found himself awake, to look out and see the country he fled as a youth. A flood of memories came back, and a dream that a future cruise might bring him home. Read here:

TSA Warns: $11,000 fine, arrest possible for anyone refusing airport scans and pat downs

From The - If you don't want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport. That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest. "Once a person submits to the screening process, they can not just decide to leave that process," says Sari Koshetz, regional TSA spokesperson, based in Miami.Koshetz said such passengers would be questioned "until it is determined that they don't pose a threat" to the public. Read more

Stories of TSA Humiliation Continue To Roll In

New TSA Logo
 From - A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn’t even speak,” said Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich. Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach. “I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes.” On Nov. 7, Sawyer said he went through the security scanner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Evidently the scanner picked up on my urostomy bag, because I was chosen for a pat-down procedure.” Full story here:

Throwing Money at Suicide Bombers

Hillary Clinton
From - The Obama administration astonished economists all over the world with its claim to have created "or saved" millions of jobs with its gusher of stimulus money. The $780 billion that kicked off the Niagara of spending was only the beginning of a spend-a-thon that shows no signs of slowing down. The latest outrage is this: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced she wants another $160 million to go to something called the Palestinian Authority. That outfit is the offspring of Yasser Arafat's terrorist Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), otherwise known as Fatah. Now, the $160 million is over and above the $600 million already given to Arafat's heirs by the Obama administration this year.
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92% of Afghans Have Never Heard of 9/11

Remains of WTC South Tower
From - Fewer than one in 10 Afghans are aware of the 9/11 attacks and their precipitation of the war in Afghanistan, says a study from an international think tank. A report (PDF) from the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) shows that 92 percent of those surveyed had never heard of the coordinated multiple attacks on US soil on September 11, 2001. It also shows that four in 10 Afghans believe the US is on their soil in order to "destroy Islam or occupy Afghanistan." More here


Obama Plans Truce With Chamber of Commerce

Nobel Peace Prize
From - Moving to repair a deep rift with leading CEOs, President Barack Obama plans to speak at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event next month and the two sides are trying to work out details, White House and Chamber officials said Saturday. The talks mark a dramatic rapprochement between the Chamber, which spent tens of millions of dollars in the midterm election to defeat Democrats, and the president, who openly criticized the “world’s largest business federation” for accepting contributions from undisclosed donors. White House Deputy Communications Director Jen Psaki said: “Economic recovery is the most important goal for the president and working with all of the stakeholders — including the Chamber of Commerce — on export promotion, free and fair trade to grow the economy and create jobs is an important part of achieving that goal."
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Senate Passes Reparations

From - The U.S. Senate yesterday approved spending $4.6 billion to settle two lawsuits: one by black farmers who alleged racial discrimination by government lenders and the other by 300,000 American Indians who said they had been cheated out of land royalties dating to 1887. Passage of the measure, by voice vote, unblocks a legislative logjam that has thwarted payouts, negotiated by the Obama administration, of $1.15 billion to the black farmers and $3.4 billion to the American Indians. “We are one step closer to ensuring that the black farmers and Native Americans in these suits are fully compensated for past failures of judgment by the government,” U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in a statement after the Senate vote. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said he hopes to seek a vote after Congress returns from a week-long recess on Nov. 29. President Barack Obama praised the Senate action and urged the House to move forward with the bill “as they did last year.” The House included the funding in war supplemental legislation it passed this summer, but it must vote on the settlements again. Full story here


Stop the Recount: We Found New Voting Machines...In The Trunk

Al Franken
From - And you thought the mid-terms were over. MUA HA HA! Ever since the ‘explodah in Minnesota’ where Al Franken ascended gloriously to the Senate, jokes about extra bags of votes being found in car trunks have become fairly ubiquitous among more jaded election watchers. But now, thanks to the eagle eye of William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, we know of a city in Upstate New York who may be trying a little oneupmanship on them. In the race for a seat in the closely contested state senate, GOP challenger Mark Grisanti is leading Democratic Sen. Antoine Thompson by 821 votes. While it’s too soon to declare victory, things are certainly looking up for the Republican, right? Not so fast there, slick. Two new voting machines were located last night in Buffalo, according to Sen.-elect Mike Gianaris, a Democratic attorney helping his party’s efforts in ballot counting…“It puts a cloud over the whole process,” Gianaris said of the machine irregularities. “And how we handle this is going to set the tone for around the state.” Full story here


Internet Kill Switch Coming to a Computer Near You

From - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a Christmas gift in store for the phone and cable industry: it may move ahead on its controversial net-neutrality regulations three days before Christmas. An FCC source confirmed on Friday that the commission plans to push its December meeting back by a week, meaning it will fall on the 22nd of the month. That's the same meeting in which analysts say the agency may move forward on its controversial net-neutrality proposal. Though the FCC has not confirmed that it will vote on net neutrality this year, rumors are swirling that it will. The timing of the meeting is already raising eyebrows. Some see it as a way to move the matter along before the GOP assumes the majority and while Congress is not in session to criticize the effort. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), ranking member of the telecom subcommittee, questioned the schedule on Friday. He said "it appears that Chairman [Julius] Genachowski is trying to slip it under the radar and hope no one notices." Full story here


Barbara Bush Weighs in on Palin

Barbara Bush
In a recent interview with CNN's Larry King set to air on Monday, Barbara Bush had this to say about Sarah Palin: "I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful," Barbara Bush said. "And she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there." In a recent interview with Oprah, George W. Bush was asked about Sarah Palin and her possibly running for President in 2012. His response was classy: "You know, I am not a political pundit. I'm really not. And secondly, a lot is going to happen between now and the nominating process," When Oprah pressed further, he replied, "You're asking me to wade back into the swamp." Now Barbara's son has enough sense to know what is best for both sides and that is keeping his mouth shut. Maybe Barbara could learn a thing or two from her daughter in-law and son. Dan Riehl has his own opinion on the topic.


Governor Perry: Take TSA Patters and Put Them on Mexican Border

From - The incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association suggested Friday that TSA screeners would be more help securing the nation's border with Mexico. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday on Fox Business Network that states need to "push Washington back into that box that we call the United States constitution," but said the federal government needs to follow through on its responsibility of securing the U.S. border. "Just in the last two weeks, I've had five of my citizens who've lost their lives on that border with Mexico, and that is an irresponsible lack of focus by our federal government," Perry said, calling the federal security an "abject failure." When asked if, in the wake of the TSA invasive pat-down controversy, he'd replace TSA screeners as states are allowed under federal law, Perry had an idea. "How about we take all those TSA agents and put them on the border with Mexico where they can do some security there?" Perry said. "That's where we need security substantially more than in our airports and what we're seeing out of this bunch." Perry cautioned that the incoming lawmakers in the 112th Congress "better be dreaming about" cutting the size of government and embracing fiscal conservatism when they go to sleep at night and focus on it every waking day.
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For Napolitano, Job Killing is a Way of Life

Janet Napolitano
The TSA decision to require air travellers to either endure mandatory heavy radiation body scans or invasive and disgusting pat down searches reveals the lunacy of an administration that has no regard whatsoever for the personal liberty of its perceived subjects. Sadly, enemy combatants captured on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan are handled more politely by Attorney General Eric Holder than domestic airline passengers are by HHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Not content with an economy crawling on its hands and knees, Napolitano, with the full support of President Obama, seems hell-bent and determined to implement mindless one-size-fits-all approaches to airline safety that are destined to kill tens of thousands of jobs in the hospitality industry. When are New Mexico citizens going to stand up for basic common sense and bombard their elected officials with cries of outrage? Senator Jeff Bingaman, a staunch supporter of virtually everything this administration does is facing re-election in 2012. We wonder what he thinks about this latest round of heavy handed government lunacy.