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  • Lawmaker to take another shot at concealed carry(KS)

    12/03/2012 7:05:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    ljworld.com ^ | 2 December, 2012 | Scott Rothschild
    Topeka — Supporters of carrying concealed guns in Kansas will reload when the 2013 legislative session starts in January. “We can trust the average Kansan to carry a deadly weapon,” said Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona. “It is not the weapon that is evil; it is criminals that misuse weapons.” Knox was elected to the Kansas Senate in November and will take that position in January. During the last legislative session, Knox pushed a bill that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take their weapons into public buildings, such as university classrooms, dorms, city halls and other such structures if those...
  • CNN Blames Culture of 'Manliness' For Belcher Murder/Suicide

    12/03/2012 6:39:38 PM PST · by chessplayer · 89 replies
    On Saturday, a rich 25-year-old man, Jovan Belcher, murdered his 22-year-old girlfriend, the mother of his child. First, columnist Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports suggested that this “25-year-old kid” wasn’t responsible for his actions – it was the “gun culture” that was to blame. Then, Bob Costas of NBC repeats this idiotic notion, even though the 6’2”, 228 lb. linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs could easily have murdered his girlfriend with a knife. Now CNN is getting in on the act. Leading their website this afternoon is an op-ed from Kevin Powell, former Democratic Congressional candidate in New York,...
  • U.S. military court removes judge in Fort Hood massacre case

    12/03/2012 6:39:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Jim Forsyth | ^ | 12/3/12 | Reuters
    The top U.S. military appellate court on Monday ruled that the judge presiding over the case of an Army major charged with a 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas is not impartial and ordered him removed. The court also set aside the order by the judge, Colonel Gregory Gross, that accused gunman Major Nidal Hasan be forcibly shaved. The action by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces further delays the trial of Hasan, 42 (snip)
  • U.S. Plans for New H5N1 Science Reviews Ruffle Researchers

    12/03/2012 6:33:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 30 November 2012 | David Malakoff , With reporting by Martin Enserink
    Enlarge Image Risky science. The U.S. government is proposing special reviews for experiments that might increase the risk posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus (brown). Credit: Wikimedia Researchers are giving mixed reviews to a draft U.S. government plan to subject some grant requests for studies involving the H5N1 avian influenza virus to special reviews—and perhaps even require the work to be kept secret. Elements of the plan have been "very controversial within [the] U.S. government" committee that developed it, Amy Patterson, associate director for science policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, told a...
  • Homeland Security Uses Local Police to Set Up Surveillance Buffer Zones

    12/03/2012 6:31:13 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    In order to sweeten the pot of federalization, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is giving gifts of expensive gadgets to local police forces. (snip) How is all this new technology being used? Who is being watched? Why are they being targeted for surveillance? Neither law enforcement nor federal agents are talking. When contacted by The New American, the DHS representative in New Jersey refused to answer these questions, saying that revealing what information is being collected, how long it will be stored, or who will have access to it would threaten national security. Of course.
  • Boehner, GOP Leaders Purge Conservatives from Powerful Committees

    12/03/2012 6:26:04 PM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 122 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 3 Dec 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leadership have removed several conservative House members from their respective powerful committee positions, Breitbart News has learned. Effective next Congress, leadership pulled Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash and Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert off committees from which they could exert conservative pressure on fiscal matters. Amash and Huelskamp were pulled from the Budget Committee and Schweikert from the Financial Services Committee. Huelskamp, a freshman elected during the 2010 tea party wave, thinks the leadership move to pull him from the powerful committee is revenge for him standing up for...
  • DNA From 'In Cold Blood' Killers Could Solve 1959 Florida Cold Case

    12/03/2012 6:24:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    More than 50 years after the Walker family was murdered in the quiet, carefree town of Osprey, Fla., the focus of the cold case investigation has shifted to two notorious killers who were the basis of Truman Capote's true-crime book "In Cold Blood." Investigators from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office are hoping to travel to Kansas as soon as an order is approved by a judge to exhume the bodies of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. They hope mitochondrial DNA evidence collected from the bones of the killers, who were executed by hanging in 1965, will help close a cold...
  • Store owner not charged after shots fired(FL)

    12/03/2012 6:23:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    abc-7.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Steve Campion
    MATLACHA, FL - Gunfire on Matlacha shook the typically quiet coastal community Monday morning when a bait shop owner let off shots in what he says was self defense. As Joe Miceli readied his Matlacha restaurant Monday morning around 10:00 a.m., bullets flew next door to him at D & D Bait Shop. "Just two gunshots," said Miceli, Restaurant Owner. The bait shop owner told us -- off camera -- crooks tried robbing the business off Pine Island -- a shock to long time customers. "It's a small town out there," said customer Kyle Clement. Clement didn't realize why Lee...
  • Despite ‘war on Catholics,’ faculty & staff at Catholic universities gave overwhelmingly to Obama

    12/03/2012 6:18:49 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 62 replies
    Ninety-one percent of faculty and administrators from America’s top Catholic universities who contributed to presidential campaigns in 2012 gave to President Obama, a Campus Reform investigation has revealed. The strong support for President Obama from Catholic schools came despite Democrats’ controversial health care legislation which could force employers to provide contraception for employees even though it is explicitly forbidden under Catholic doctrine.
  • Eritrea/Uganda: Eritrean National Football Team Defects to Uganda

    12/03/2012 6:11:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    All Africa ^ | 3 DECEMBER 2012 | MICHEL ARSENEAULT
    Eritrea's entire national football team has defected while on a visit to Uganda, according to one of the players. The footballer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told RFI that 17 footballers and the team doctor are hiding in Kampala. "Everybody has to stay in secure places because the Eritrean government is searching for us," he said. "The Eritrean embassay in Uganda are trying to find us." The team member said the group could make an asylum claim on Thursday. He said he had decided to flee Eritrea because of its many problems, citing the government of President Isaias Afeworki...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, Massachusetts ~ 04 December, 2012

    12/03/2012 6:03:59 PM PST · by laurenmarlowe · 66 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: United States Army Soldier Systems Center, Natick, Massachusetts The United States Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) is a military research complex and installation in Natick, Massachusetts charged by the U.S. Department of Defense with the research and development (including fielding and sustainment) of food, clothing, shelters, airdrop systems, and other service member support items for the U.S. military. The installation includes facilities from all the military services, not just the Army, and is so configured to allow cross-service cooperation and collaboration both within the facility and with the many academic, industrial...
  • Senator: 'Increasingly Clear [Obama's] Comfortable Going Off the Cliff'

    12/03/2012 6:00:14 PM PST · by upchuck · 41 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Monday, December 3, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming believes President Barack Obama is "comfortable going off the [fiscal] cliff." "I think the president is increasingly showing his hand that he is comfortable going off the cliff," Barrasso tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD, in response to a question about President Obama's negotiation strategy. "He’s not involving Republicans in the process. He was playing golf this weekend with Bill Clinton, Ron Kirk, and ex-DNC chair Terry McAuliffe. He’s not seeming to be one to work together. He seems to be lecturing more than listening. And I just think that it’s increasingly clear he's comfortable going off...
  • Is Saké Chinese or Japanese?

    12/03/2012 5:57:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | Valeria Beroiz
    Saké is a drink that comes mainly from fermented rice. But to start talking about this drink that so popular in Asia, we must go back to the first recipes in the history of saké. It is said that the first saké was called “kuchikama no saké,” which means “mouth-brewed saké.” It was called so because it was prepared with chewing rice mixed with herbs, like chestnuts, millet, and acorns. All this was spit-chewed and then the whole mixture was put in a barrel. Although the procedure seems unappetizing, it was done because thanks to the enzymes in saliva, rice...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-3-12

    12/03/2012 5:55:08 PM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    http://www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-3-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • INDIA-CHINA: NEW BORDER TALKS, NEW BORDER ROW

    12/03/2012 5:53:15 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 11/29/2012 | Jeff Smith & Amanda Sawit. eds.
    China and India will hold talks on their disputed border December 3-4, when Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon will meet outgoing Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo in Beijing. Menon explained that the two sides are in the “second stage” of the dispute settlement process, and are now “agreeing on a framework to settle the boundary.” The two countries have held 15 rounds of Special Representatives (SR) talks since 2003, although the December meeting in Beijing is not being billed as a formal round of SR talks. Those will have to wait until China replaces Dai Bingguo with a...
  • Army/Navy Week Thread

    12/03/2012 5:52:43 PM PST · by chargers fan · 14 replies
    Vanity | 3 Dec 12 | Self
    It's that time of the year again. A place for grads and fans to get ready for the game and talk trash.
  • David and Bathsheba, a very modern story.

    12/03/2012 5:48:29 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 15 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 12/3/2012 | Moneyrunner
    This is a story of great men behaving despicably. It’s a fascinating story for several reasons, but one of them is that it's such a modern story. It could be told of men and women today. It’s the story of a hero who achieves fame and power. He finds an attractive woman who just happens to be married to someone else and seduces her. 2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3 and David sent someone...
  • Policing the Schutzstaffel

    12/03/2012 5:44:05 PM PST · by arthurus · 6 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 03 December 2012 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Those who know history, know that tyrants constantly ‘cleanse’ or ‘purge’ their ranks of those they perceive as disloyal to the powers that be. They rule with an iron fist and with total control, because not to is to expose their political jugular to their enemies. It truly is dog eat fascist dog. This is very true in the Obama sphere of influence and within the ranks of his court. So, in the true tradition of dumping earth shaking news before a holiday or on a Friday, the day before Thanksgiving, Obama published a memo laying out guidelines for executive...
  • Wars of Independence: William Wallace

    12/03/2012 5:43:07 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    'This is the truth I tell you: of all things freedom’s most fine. Never submit to live, my son, in the bonds of slavery entwined.’ William Wallace... On 11th September Wallace and Murray achieved a stunning victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. The English left with 5,000 dead on the field, including their despised treasurer, Hugh Cressingham, whose flayed skin was taken as a trophy of victory and to make a belt for Wallace’s sword. The Scots suffered one significant casualty, Andrew Murray, who was badly wounded and died two months later. 'Commander of the Army of the Kingdom...
  • Bloody new photo of Trayvon Martin's killer released

    12/03/2012 5:42:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12.3.2012 | Barbara Liston
    ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A color photograph of George Zimmerman with a bloody, swollen nose taken on the night he shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin last February was posted on the Internet on Monday by Zimmerman's legal defense team. As the photo began to be circulated widely by the news media, lawyers on both sides disagreed about its significance to the second-degree murder case against Zimmerman. "It's not a game changer," Zimmerman lawyer Mark O'Mara told Reuters. But O'Mara said the photo was significant in that it shows vividly the injuries Zimmerman incurred during his confrontation with...
  • Taiwan develops own “carrier-killer” missile

    12/03/2012 5:40:49 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 11/29/2012 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    Taiwan’s Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology has completed a series of tests of its Hsiung Feng III (HF-3) ‘carrier killer’ anti-ship missile. The missile, first showcased at the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition in August 2011, is a ramjet-powered, 120kg payload supersonic anti-ship missile with an estimated range of 130km to 150km and a maximum speed of Mach 2 – about twice the speed of sound. The Taipei Times reports that the HF-3 could be deployed on the west coast across from the mainland. That positioning would use mountains for cover against mainland missiles while bringing targets...
  • Text of Divisive Psychiatric Manual Finalized

    12/03/2012 5:40:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 3 December 2012 | Greg Miller
    Enlarge Image On Saturday, the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) voted to approve the final text of the DSM-5, the next revision to the leading manual for diagnosing mental illness. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which originated in 1952, will be released next May at the APA's annual meeting in San Francisco. The revision process leading to DSM-5 began in 1999, and APA says it consulted more than 1500 experts in 39 countries in updating the criteria for diagnosing hundreds of psychiatric conditions. It has been a bumpy...
  • Raging Against Self-Defense: A Psychiatrist Examines the Anti-Gun Mentality

    12/03/2012 5:34:47 PM PST · by Mozilla · 19 replies
    http://www.therightplanet.com/ ^ | 03 Dec 2012 | By Sarah Thompson, M.D.
    “You don’t need to have a gun; the police will protect you.” “If people carry guns, there will be murders over parking spaces and neighborhood basketball games.” “I’m a pacifist. Enlightened, spiritually aware people shouldn’t own guns.” “I’d rather be raped than have some redneck militia type try to rescue me.” How often have you heard these statements from misguided advocates of victim disarmament, or even woefully uninformed relatives and neighbors? Why do people cling so tightly to these beliefs, in the face of incontrovertible evidence that they are wrong? Why do they get so furiously angry when gun owners...
  • The Deepest Source of Our Troubles

    12/03/2012 5:34:08 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 57 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | Dec 2, 2012 | Paul Rahe
    On Saturday, I touched on some of the sources of Mitt Romney's failure on 6 November, noting his almost willful alienation of Hispanic voters and his incompetence in executing a get-out-the-vote effort, but emphasizing, above all else, his decision -- most evident in his contentless acceptance speech at the Republican convention -- to eschew an appeal to first principles, to treat Barack Obama as a decent fellow with decent principles who is merely out of his depth, and to present himself to the voters as a more competent manager. Of necessity, in that post, I ignored aspects of the situation...
  • Voyager 1 enters new region of solar system, on verge of crossing over to interstellar space

    12/03/2012 5:31:45 PM PST · by John W · 33 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | December 3, 2012 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES — The unstoppable Voyager 1 spacecraft has sailed into a new realm of the solar system that scientists did not know existed. Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, have been speeding away from the sun toward interstellar space, or the space between stars. Over the summer, Voyager 1, which is farther along in its journey, crossed into this new region where the effects from the outside can be felt. “We do believe this may be the very last layer between us and interstellar space,” said chief scientist Ed Stone of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages...
  • Home invader with knife stopped by homeowner with gun(TX)

    12/03/2012 5:31:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    12newsnow.com ^ | 2 December, 2012 | David Ingram
    Nederland police say a homeowner with a gun was able to stop an intruder who was armed with a knife late Saturday evening. Officers say it happened in the 100 block of Avenue D just before midnight. A man, woman and child were at home when they heard someone breaking into the house through a glass French door. The homeowner confronted the intruder and fired one shot. Police say the intruder was not hit by the bullet. Officers arrived shortly after the confrontation and arrested the intruder. Assistant Chief of Police Gary Porter tells 12 News the man's name is...
  • EU: French economy buckles as car sales collapse

    12/03/2012 5:24:29 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/3/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    France’s industrial woes deepened last month as car sales crashed 19pc and French brands lost market share at an dramatic pace, raising fears of a serious economic crisis next year once austerity hits. Markit’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for French manufacturing remained stuck in slump in November at 44.5 and is now the weakest in the eurozone after Greece. "The figures are shocking," said sovereign debt strategist Nicholas Spiro. "France has been sailing dangerously close to the wind for some time but is now tipping into outright contraction." The Committee of French Automobile Producers said this has been the worst...
  • MILLER: Obama is left of liberals

    12/03/2012 5:23:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Geithner’s fiscal cliff offer might not even be able to pass Democratic SenateTreasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner did what Washingtonians call the “full Ginsburg” on Sunday. The term refers to Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, who was the first to appear on all five network Sunday interview shows in one day. Mr. Geithner’s whirlwind tour revealed more of the White House’s endgame for the fiscal cliff negotiations, and it’s evident President Obama is positioning himself to the left of his own party. For the first time, Mr. Geithner revealed to Fox News’ Chris Wallace the White House determination to...
  • Man applied for pistol permit before deadly stabbings in Wyoming

    12/03/2012 5:22:23 PM PST · by matt04 · 24 replies
    The Vernon Police Department said a 25-year-old man from the town, who is believed to be responsible for killing his father and another woman in Wyoming, applied for a pistol permit before the murder. Police said Christopher Krumm stabbed his father, Jim Krumm, 56, a computer science teacher and his father's girlfriend Heidi Arnold, 42, who was also a professor at Casper College, a Wyoming community college, on Friday morning. According to police, Christopher Krumm first stabbed Arnold, who was his father's girlfriend, at the home he lived at with his father before going to the college. Investigators said the...
  • Making a Flu Vaccine Without the Virus

    12/03/2012 5:21:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 26 November 2012 | Kai Kupferschmidt
    Enlarge Image New approach. The new vaccine does not use the two proteins on the flu virus's surface, shown here as blue and red spikes, but mRNA encoding one of them. Credit: CDC A new vaccine strategy could make flu shots cheaper, safer, and easier to produce. Using synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA) instead of proteins purified from viruses, German scientists have shown they can protect mice, ferrets, and pigs against influenza. "This is a very interesting new approach," says Hans-Dieter Klenk, a virologist at the University of Marburg in Germany who was not involved in the work. Now, most...
  • Ithaca Sees 27% Hike in Robberies, Ending 3-Year Decline

    12/03/2012 5:20:22 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    ITHACA — Robberies in the city increased 27 percent during the first half of 2012, ending a three-year decline, according to the latest figures released by the Ithaca Police Department.... In another unsettling statistic, the number of burglaries committed in the first half of 2012 are already 71 percent of the level committed in all of 2011....
  • Pro-Life Activist: Human Rights in China “Getting Worse”

    12/03/2012 5:19:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Penny Starr
    hen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist who escaped house arrest in May and came with his family to live in the United States, has released a video condemning the human rights violations he claims are perpetrated by China’s Communist government, including the disappearance of dissidents and a one-child per family policy that includes forcing women to have abortions. “Unfortunately, the human rights in China is in fact getting worse,” Chen said in the video filmed in New York City with the Freedom Tower shining in the night skyline behind him. “This has to garner more attention from the world. And...
  • Schnitt Show Caller Claims Family Brutalized By Jovan Belcher

    12/03/2012 5:14:57 PM PST · by izzatzo · 11 replies
    SchnittShow ^ | 12/03/2012 | Schnitt
    TAMPA, Fla. (SchnittShow.com) Monday, a caller on the nationally syndicated “Schnitt Show” claimed his family was terrorized by Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs star who killed his girlfriend before taking his own life Saturday. The caller, who raised his family on Long Island, says his son attended school with Jovan, who regularly bullied and beat up his son. “We went to the police, we went to the Department of Education. We couldn’t do nothing about this kid. Around adults, he always acted like he was such a sweet little guy.”
  • Egyptian Feminist Activist: Hillary Clinton, U.S. Worked With Muslim Brotherhood... (TWINS?)

    12/03/2012 5:14:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/01/12
    Egyptian Feminist Activist: Hillary Clinton, U.S. Worked With Muslim Brotherhood to 'Abort' Revolution Egyptian feminist activist Nawal El Saadawi joined the "Smiley and West Show" on December 1st to talk about the Arab spring and the United States' involvement in bringing it to an end. Saadawi, who was actively involved in the revolution, tells progressives Tavis Smiley & Cornel West that the Obama administration and, specifically Hillary Clinton, worked with military and the Muslim Brotherhood to "abort" Egypt's revolution. Saadawi went on to say that Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood are now "twins" for their involvement in prematurely ending...
  • Merry Christmas, You're Fired...Love, President Obama

    12/03/2012 5:14:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2012 | Chad Stafko
    Thanks to the 62,615,406 individuals who took off their thinking caps and re-elected President Barack Obama, thousands upon thousands of folks are receiving their pink slips now or soon will over the next several weeks or months. These lost jobs are often high-paying and are disappearing by the hour. The culprit? It's none other than Obama's landmark legislation, The Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. Re-electing Barack Obama guaranteed that the 2.3% medical device tax, a key funding source for ObamaCare, will go into effect on January 1, 2013. This transfer of money from these companies to the federal government, which...
  • Chris Matthews Says 'Mr. Boehner, You Lost' - He Was Re-elected With 99.9% of the Votes

    12/03/2012 5:11:38 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    Chris Matthews Says 'Mr. Boehner, You Lost' - He Was Re-elected With 99.9% of the Votes By Noel Sheppard Created 12/03/2012 - 6:51pm Despite Chris Matthews having worked for former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, his grasp of how the United States government works is tenuous at best. On Monday's Hardball, the host repeatedly said current Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) "lost" on Election Day despite the Congressman winning 99.9 percent of the votes in his district while his Party retained control of the House (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me start tonight with this. So...
  • Susan Rice: U.N. Vote ‘Does Not Establish that Palestine Is a State’

    12/03/2012 5:11:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Matt Cover
    U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said that a vote elevating the status of the Palestinians at the United Nations did not establish that Palestine is its own separate country, a serious issue of contention between Israel and the Palestinians. “This resolution does not establish that Palestine is a state,” Rice said Wednesday at the U.N. in New York. “Progress toward a just and lasting two-state solution cannot be made by pressing a green voting button here in this hall. Nor does passing any resolution create a state where none indeed exists or change the reality on the ground.” …
  • Jackson Lee: “Who Wants to Make a Fuss About Social Security When It’s Solvent?”

    12/03/2012 5:08:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D.-Texas) said last week that Republicans are being “frivolous” when they talking about reforming Social Security as a means toward fixing the federal government’s fiscal problems because Social Security is “solvent.” According to Social Security’s trustees, the program has operated in the red each of the last two years. “Who wants to make a fuss about Social Security when it's solvent?” she asked on Friday. “And then who wants to make a fuss about Medicare when it's solvent until 2024?” …
  • New Details Emerge In Designer Handbag Heist At Ross Park Mall

    12/03/2012 5:07:45 PM PST · by traumer · 6 replies
    ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — There are new details to go along with the surveillance video police released of a brazen group of thieves that hit a local Louis Vuitton store and made off with thousands of dollars in merchandise. Police say the heist took less than 30 seconds. There are also indications the group may be behind similar thefts in other parts of the country. The high-end heist occurred Thursday around 8 p.m. when police say a group of five people entered the store. The suspects are visible in a short section of surveillance video, which Ross Township Police released...
  • Business owners approach open carry law differently, many wait and see (OK)

    12/03/2012 5:07:19 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    newsok.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Jennifer Palmer
    A handful of local businesses have posted signs banning, or welcoming, firearms since the state's open carry law went into effect Nov. 1. But many, possibly apprehensive to offend customers, have decided to wait and see if open carry becomes an issue first. Business owners have the right to control the presence of guns on their premises and it appears many are treading carefully since the open carry law went into effect Nov. 1. Signs banning, or welcoming, legal firearms are not widespread. Business owners face a difficult decision: if they ban firearms, will they alienate pro-gun customers? But if...
  • Rahm Emanuel Likens Obama to Lincoln

    12/03/2012 5:04:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, likened Obama’s values and “ability to see a clear road where everybody just sees fog” to President Abraham Lincoln as depicted in the 2012 Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln.” … Emanuel made his remarks specifically in reference to Obama’s decision to provide a financial bailout to General Motors in 2009, and how his experience as a community organizer helped him to make that decision. …
  • An open letter to Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock

    12/03/2012 5:03:54 PM PST · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    http://doubleplusundead.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | alexthechick
    Gentlemen: I see that you have chosen to use the horrific crime of the murder of Kasandra Perkins to express your belief that guns are the problem, not the men who wield them. I am utterly certain that you believe that you have the moral high ground on this matter. I am equally certain that such a belief is appallingly wrong, not to mention terribly misogynistic. Why do I say this? Because had your desires on gun control been in place, I would not be alive to be writing this now. I have an Ex. I have an Ex who,...
  • (Exempt) Dems: Federal health programs should cover DREAMers (Commiecare™ for anchor babies)

    12/03/2012 4:56:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/03/12 | Sam Baker
    Dems: Federal health programs should cover DREAMersBy Sam Baker - 12/03/12 02:53 PM ET Federal healthcare programs should cover the children of illegal immigrants, a group of House Democrats says. Democrats are asking the Obama administration to make healthcare available to children who are able to stay in the U.S. under the deferred-action immigration policy that President Obama announced earlier this year. The policy — similar to the DREAM Act — allows many children of illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation, as long as they meet certain criteria. A group of House Democrats, led by...
  • The Myth of Northern Innocence

    12/03/2012 4:55:51 PM PST · by John S Mosby · 48 replies
    Burly-and-bearded country singer Trace Adkins ruffled all the usual feathers and bruised all the usual feelings when he dared to wear a Confederate battle flag earpiece in full view of gasping national TV viewers while singing “The Christmas Song” in the Yankee stronghold of Rockefeller Center on November 28. Adkins, who belches out such venerable neo-country chestnuts as “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Brown Chicken, Brown Cow,” was subjected to the predictably rage-stroking vilification that comes whenever anyone suggests that the American South has ever been anything beyond a rancid cultural cesspool of lynching, incest, bestiality, racism, toothlessness, retardation, and yes,...
  • Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman has bloody lip in new photo of fateful night

    12/03/2012 4:55:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Christine Roberts
    Blood runs down George Zimmerman’s lip in a newly released photo taken the night he gunned down Trayvon Martin.

 The neighborhood watchman’s legal team released the picture Monday, in a move that could draw renewed attention to Zimmerman’s claims that he shot the unarmed, black 17-year-old in self-defense. 

Zimmerman, 29, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal Feb. 26 shooting of Martin in his gated community in Sanford, Fla.

 He claims he pulled out his gun after the teenager attacked him and threatened to kill him.


  • The GOP Fiscal Cliff Counter Offer Is Brilliant—And It's Actually A Really Good Sign

    12/03/2012 4:39:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/03/2012 | Grace Wyler
    Republican House Speaker John Boehner offered the GOP's first counter-proposal in the fiscal cliff negotiations Monday, sending a letter to the White House that demands both parties negotiate from a middle ground. The letter is actually a savvy tactical maneuver by Boehner, and underscores just how angered Republican leaders were by the White House's initial offer on the fiscal cliff. That plan, presented to House Republicans by the Obama administration last week, called for $1.6 trillion in increased revenues, and closely mirrors the president's "Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction," which was submitted in September 2011. In the letter...
  • Local Store Clerk, Robbers Exchange Gunfire; Clerk Wounded(TX)

    12/03/2012 4:37:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    kwtx.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | James Warde
    WACO (December 3, 2012)—Waco police were looking for two men Monday after a local convenience store clerk was injured in an exchange of gunfire during a robbery. At around 9:20 p.m. Sunday, two men, one of whom was armed, entered the Snacks convenience store at 2901 North 18th St, police said. The 48-year-old clerk, whose name wasn’t released, was also armed, however, and he and the robber exchanged gunfire. Both would-be robbers fled, police said, but the armed man returned to the store and he and the clerk exchanged gunfire for a second time and then began struggling over the...
  • Obama Wants To Go Over The Fiscal Cliff

    12/03/2012 4:35:55 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 31 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | 11-29-2012 | RB
    November 29, 2012 Obama Wants To Go Over The Fiscal Cliff RB It’s pretty obvious by now that Obama actually wants to go over the so-called “Fiscal Cliff.” Occam’s Razor tells us that’s the only possible conclusion. Let’s run it down:1. Even before the election, Obama said he would veto any legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff that didn’t include a tax hike on the “top 2%.” It used to be 1% but that changed over time for some odd reason. Probably because the number doesn’t really matter. It’s just a metaphor for “millionaires and billionaires” who, incidentally, aren’t the...
  • Reid Statement On Boehner Proposal

    12/03/2012 4:34:19 PM PST · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 12/3/12 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today:“To protect millionaires, Speaker Boehner’s offer would force middle class families to pay higher taxes. Raising taxes on the middle class is bad policy and flunks the test of balance. To protect the middle class while reducing the deficit, simple math dictates that tax rates must rise on the top two percent of taxpayers next year. The sooner Republicans grasp that reality, the sooner we can avoid the fiscal cliff.“Democrats are willing to compromise, but any agreement must protect the middle class. We have also been clear that...
  • Obama Willing To Go Over Fiscal Cliff, According To White House Leaks

    12/03/2012 4:26:04 PM PST · by drewh · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 13:00 12/03/2012 | Neil Munro
    White House sources are telling Democratic reporters that the president is willing to go over the so-called “fiscal cliff” if GOP leaders don’t agree to his demand for higher tax rates on the wealthy without substantive spending cuts. A political deadlock would mean an automatic tax increase for middle-class and wealthy Americans on January 1, and the opportunity for Obama and the Democrats to push a tax-cutting bill for middle-class voters in 2013, say the White House officials, who leaked the claim to two liberal columnists. The first of two December 3 leaks came via the left-wing Mother Jones Magazine...