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  • Update: Robbery suspect shot, killed; two hostages unharmed at Sacramento Jack in the Box

    12/09/2012 7:18:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    blogs.sacbee.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | Debbie Arrington and Edward Ortiz
    Hundreds of Saturday afternoon customers at a Sacramento shopping center witnessed a tense three-hour standoff at a Jack in the Box restaurant, which ended with a robbery suspect shot by Sacramento police sharpshooters. ------------------------cut---------------------- Dan Escamilla had just sat down to lunch at El Festival taqueria behind the Jack in the Box. A bail agent from Orange County, he was visiting the area in search of a violent felony fugitive. Still wearing her headset from the drive-through window, a female Jack in the Box employee rushed into the taqueria and said the nearby restaurant was being robbed, Escamilla said. "The...
  • Gun Owners: Should We Listen to Bob Costas or Jesus Christ?

    12/09/2012 7:07:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Doug Giles
    As most of you know, during a football game last week Bob Costas lectured us po’ goofy Americans about the evils of a “gun culture” and how we need to evolve away from being obsessed with firearms. As soon as I heard that drivel roll off Mr. C’s tongue I ordered another 30/06, a sweet Walther PPK and a custom .416 Rigby turnbolt. Cowabunga, Bob. Thanks for reminding me to buy more guns. First off, let me help you, Robert: Guns do not kill people. Dads with daughters do. Oh, and BTW, Planned Parenthood kills a lot of people …...
  • Coolest Guy at The Boat Ramp

    12/09/2012 7:05:51 AM PST · by navysealdad · 17 replies
    This dude is by far the coolest guy at the boat ramp and this is the coolest video you'll see today.
  • Intruder dies in Mississauga home invasion, police allege(Canada)

    12/09/2012 6:56:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | 7 December, 2012 | NA
    Police believe the man shot dead during a home invasion in Mississauga early Friday morning was an intruder. The robbery was at a residence on Corkstone Glade, near Rathburn Road and Dixie Road. Police responded to a 911 call just after 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, the suspects were gone and 22-year-old Ibrahim Abukar was found dead. He was alleged to have broken into the home along with the two other men. Peel police said that the men, two of whom were armed, were confronted by the homeowner. A struggle ensued, resulting in Abukar's death.
  • Why did nurse at Kate Middleton’s hospital kill herself?

    12/09/2012 6:55:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/09/2012 | Delia Lloyd
    LONDON — It’s the million-dollar question, and not only here in the U.K. Jacintha Saldana — one of the nurses taken in by the prank phone call to the hospital where Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, was being treated for acute morning sickness — killed herself early Friday. And we are all left scratching our heads. Why did she do it? Of course, the first thing we all wonder is about her mental stability. We’d all desperately like to believe that this hard-working mother of two, who commuted 140 miles to her day job, often working double shifts so that she...
  • MSNBC host: Energy is just too darn cheap (Watch Video)

    12/09/2012 6:53:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/08/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    While I was taking a short break from working this morning and fixing some breakfast, my TV was still on in the background, tuned in to MSNBC. The host of Up With Chris Hayes was holding court over a panel discussion on domestic energy issues, so since that’s pretty much my field I had decided to tune in. The initial discussion had roped in quite a bit of the usual disinformation on natural gas fracking (which appeared to draw heavily on "facts" from fabulist Josh Fox's fictional propaganda piece, Gasland). There was one industry "advocate" included who I wasn't familiar...
  • PDF of full court opinion: "There is no, 'Trust us, changes are coming' clause in the Constitution."

    EXCERPT: Moreover, the First Amendment does not require citizens to accept assurances from the government that, if the government later determines it has made a misstep, it will take ameliorative action. There is no, "Trust us, changes are coming" clause in the Constitution. To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction. See Florida Cannabis Action Network, Inc. v. City of Jacksonville, 130 F. Supp. 2d 1358, 1362 (M.D. Fla. 2001) ("The whim, self restraint, or even the well reasoned judgment of a government official...
  • Report: Israel Special Forces Tracking Chemical Weapons In Syria

    12/09/2012 6:43:54 AM PST · by Fennie · 36 replies
    INN ^ | December 9, 2012
    IDF Special Forces are operating inside Syria to track chemical weapons, the London Sunday Times reported. The Israeli government has not commented on the report. The report from London comes hours after Syrian opposition forces released a video showing that Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons in the commercial center of Aleppo. The newspaper stated that the IDF operations across the border are part of new secret operations to locate non-conventional weapons and to sabotage them to prevent their use.
  • Feds handing NYC kids $30 million for free lunch as Sandy aid — whether they need it or not

    12/09/2012 6:39:52 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | MARY KAY LINGE
    Even as the nation teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the feds have found $30 million in extra lunch money to shower on city schoolchildren in the name of hurricane relief. New York City’s 1.1 million public-school students can each get a free school lunch every day in December (and could have last month, too) — even if their homes were undamaged by the superstorm or they have no financial need. Some parents are furious that the feds put this spending ahead of aid for storm victims scrounging for cash to pay for home repair and other basic...
  • Swedish diplomat crosses legs, Iran angry

    12/09/2012 6:39:34 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 8, 2012
    TEHRAN, - The newly appointed Swedish ambassador to Iran apparently upset the Iranian president by crossing his legs, an Iranian website reported. The offending act came during a meeting after a ceremony in which Swedish ambassador Peter Tejler presented Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his credentials, The Local.se reported. Iranian website Asriran.com posted photos from the meeting in which Tejler is sitting cross-legged, but in the photos, Ahmadinejad is also seen crossing his legs. Armenian website Panorama translated Asriran.com's report, which explains that sitting cross-legged "contradicts international diplomatic norms." "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his part, himself crossed his legs in response...
  • Bishop Joe Devine Attacks David Cameron’s Morals [UK]

    12/09/2012 6:38:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | 12/9/12 | Eddie Barnes
    THE tensions between Church and state have provoked their fair share of war and bad blood over the centuries. But an infuriated Catholic bishop in Scotland, appalled over social reforms being carried out by David Cameron, has taken things to a whole new level. In an intemperate two-page letter to the Prime Minister, Bishop Joe Devine of Motherwell has accused him of being “out of his depth” and suggested he is “devoid of moral competence” over his attitude to Christianity. Not only that, he also tells Cameron that he is responsible for a political culture in which “words mean nothing”...
  • PETA Crashes Biker Gathering

    12/09/2012 6:38:09 AM PST · by MamaTexan · 14 replies
    fromthetrenchesworldreport ^ | December 4, 2012 | by RightBill
    What a wonderful coming together of two diverse groups! This is how they found one of them.
  • Healing Priest Fr. Suarez reaches out to Fil-Ams

    12/09/2012 6:28:42 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Asian Journal ^ | 12/8/12 | Mico Letargo
    LOS ANGELES – Renowned Filipino healing priest Fr. Fernando Suarez recently reached out to Catholics in Los Angeles -- Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. Although he made a few stops in some other places in the west coast, one of the notable events in his 2012 ministry was his Dec. 5 healing mass at the St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Reseda. In an exclusive interview with Asian Journal, Fr. Suarez admitted that the reception of the people to his ministry has been very overwhelming. “I think you can attest to that because there are so many people everywhere I go....
  • No community programs at ‘Ground Zero’ mosque a year after the controversy

    12/09/2012 6:28:07 AM PST · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    It’s all pray and no play. The Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero that opened with great fanfare a year ago is now an empty space with no community programs. And while the developers behind Park51 insisted for two years that the project was more than a mosque, it now appears to be just that. Dozens of worshipers gather at the site on Park Place Friday for prayer services — but that’s the only activity in the building. Gone are the Arabic classes, workshops in calligraphy, talks on the genealogy of Muslims in America, film screenings and art exhibits. The...
  • Public pension 'spiking': No one's monitoring overtime spiking in Minnesota

    12/09/2012 6:23:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-9-12 | MaryJo Webster and Christopher Magan
    It's unknown how many public employees are spiking their pensions by working huge amounts of overtime. The problem is that no one is watching. And that lack of oversight means it is also unclear whether there's any financial impact on Minnesota's public pension funds. Some experts say it's become a pervasive problem nationally, at least among public workers who have the ability to work overtime in their final years before retirement. "It angers those who are playing by the rules," said Ed Siedle, a Florida-based lawyer who has been dubbed the "pension detective" for his work uncovering abuse and fraud....
  • Obama’s second-term agenda will be shadowed by budget woes

    12/09/2012 6:21:29 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8 Dec 12 | Peter Wallsten and Zachary A. Goldfarb
    Even if President Obama succeeds in getting Republicans to agree to tax hikes on the wealthy as part of a “fiscal cliff” deal, the country’s grim budget realities will still cast a long shadow — limiting his ambitions as he begins plotting a second-term agenda. Any agreement is likely to result in less than the $1.6 trillion in new taxes over the next decade that Obama requested in his initial offer to House Republicans, and White House aides are signaling to allies that any new money from taxes would be used almost entirely for deficit reduction — not for ambitious,...
  • Woman, 77, shoots at would-be burglar

    12/09/2012 6:21:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ATLANTA — A 77-year-old grandmother says she used a gun to protect her home from a burglar. Rita James told Channel 2’s Amanda Cook that a man tossed a brick through the bedroom window of her northwest Atlanta home Wednesday afternoon. James said the man tried to crawl through her window. “He got to cleaning the glass out of the window as much as he could,” James said.
  • Freedom's greatest tool in danger

    12/09/2012 6:15:40 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 30 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/9/12 | Judson Phillips
    There is one tool of this modern age that we can argue is the greatest aid to the spread of liberty and freedom. This one great tool is in danger. This is a tool that tyrants would like to see dismantled. With freedom and liberty riding on the defense led by the Obama Regime, we should all be worried. What is this great tool and why is it in danger?
  • Young Mexican police chief who fled drug cartels seeking asylum in the US

    12/09/2012 6:12:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT
    As the bodies of her former law-enforcement colleagues pile up in Mexico’s violent drug wars, former small-town police chief Marisol Valles Garcia is fighting for asylum in the United States. “I thought I could make a difference,” Valles says of her decision at age 20 to become the top cop in Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a dusty town of 9,000 in the Chihuahua region, just south of the US border. Two of her predecessors were executed, and the job was vacant for a year before Valles, a criminal-justice student, took it. But she, too, was vulnerable to the intense violence of...
  • Philippine economy grows 7.1 percent in the third quarter, among the fastest in Asia and world

    12/09/2012 6:09:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/09/2012
    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine economy expanded 7.1 percent in the third quarter, among the fastest growing in Asia despite headwinds from overseas, officials said Wednesday. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said household spending, public construction and higher farm output boosted growth. Exports have also improved but trade makes up a smaller proportion of the economy than in many other Asian nations, cushioning the Philippines from weak growth in Europe, Japan and the U.S. The economy grew 6.5 percent for the first nine months of the year and is likely to exceed the government’s 5-6 percent growth target for 2012,...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Coptic Church

    12/09/2012 6:07:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Coptic Church 1251. I have read recently that the Abyssinians belonged to the Coptic faith, the earliest sect of the Christian denominations, to which all the Christian world adhered until the rise of the Church of Rome. It is true that the Abyssinians belonged to the Coptic Church. But the rest of the statement is erroneous. Firstly, a sect is a group of dissentient people who abandon a previous position in order to set up a new form of Church. If the Coptic Church were the original Church to which the whole Christian world adhered, then it is not a...
  • Alleged burglar shot in Old Tazewell Pike home(TN)

    12/09/2012 6:06:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    knoxnews.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Staff
    KNOXVILLE — A Knox County man — released from jail on a burglary charge earlier this week — was shot while allegedly burglarizing a Northeast Knox County home today. Authorities responded just before noon to a home on the 5700 block of Old Tazewell Pike to a possible shooting, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Moments later, deputies found an injured man in a blood-spattered white car a couple of miles away near the corner of Washington Pike and Babelay Road.
  • Egyptian President Morsi Annuls Emergency Decree

    12/09/2012 5:59:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 12/09/2012
    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has annulled a decree he issued last month granting him sweeping emergency powers, in a push to defuse political tensions and deadly violence gripping the country. But a spokesman, speaking late Saturday in Cairo, said a referendum on a controversial draft constitution will still go forward as planned December 15. There has been no formal opposition response to the decree annulment, and it was not immediately clear what impact it will have on opposition protesters who have camped out near the presidential palace since Tuesday. The two issues -- the decree and the referendum -- are...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/9/12)[Prayer]

    12/09/2012 5:57:23 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/9/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Small, Still Voice1 Kings 19:11-13 King James Version (KJV) 11. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12. And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the...
  • Piers Morgan’s Solution to Gun Violence: “I’d Remove Every Gun in America”

    12/09/2012 5:40:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 100 replies
    guns.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    On Monday, Research Director of the Independence Institute David Kopel appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight to debate the issue of gun-related violence with Piers and Josh Horwitz from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. In the video below, you can see the debate unfold. What’s most telling in this exchange is Morgan’s admission that he, personally, would like to “Remove every gun in America.” Of course, what preceded this statement only seconds earlier was the perfunctory disclaimer, which is often made by those who secretly wish to pass onerous gun laws, “I do have a respect for the Second...
  • Lawsuit: Homeless sex offenders need a break

    12/09/2012 5:37:50 AM PST · by Salman · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | FRANK MAIN
    Attorneys for sex offenders who claim they’re too poor to register have filed a separate case against the city of Chicago on behalf of homeless sex offenders who say they can’t register because they don’t have permanent addresses. Douglas M. Montgomery, a plaintiff in the new case filed Thursday, says in the lawsuit he’s been in the Cook County Jail since July 2011 when he was arrested for urinating in public. He’s awaiting trial on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Montgomery, 57, said he was living under a bridge in January 2011 and police refused...
  • Mobster uses mass-mailed letters from Obama, other politicians in bid for leniency

    12/09/2012 5:37:44 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 8, 2012 | MITCHEL MADDUX and PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR
    A longtime Gambino crime-family associate tried to convince a judge he’s politically connected to avoid a harsh sentence — claiming a mass-mailing from President Obama proves he has pals in the Oval Office. -snip “Anthony, I’m about to go to speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first,” read an election night e-mail from the president’s campaign headquarters, which was also sent to millions of other supporters. Another, from former President Bill Clinton, read, “Anthony, Thank you so very much for your message on my 66th birthday. “Hearing from you made a special day...
  • News: Old, White Liberals OK with Obamacare

    12/09/2012 5:34:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | John Ransom
    LoninPa wrote: Is Ransom saying that the Senate would never approve the tax bill that they already approved and sent to the house? I know it started out as a non-tax bill with the tax part amended on. But that hardly changes the fact that the Senate voted for it.What Ransom, pretty much alone, seems to have missed is that the Democrats don't have to vote for a tax hike bill. The Republicans voted for one 12 years ago (extended by a compromise for two years) and it will go into effect in January. The Democrats only plan on passing...
  • Amazing tale of a desperate WWII pilot’s encounter with a German flying ace

    12/09/2012 5:23:56 AM PST · by lowbridge · 55 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    On Dec. 20, 1943, a young American bomber pilot named Charlie Brown found himself somewhere over Germany, struggling to keep his plane aloft with just one of its four engines still working. They were returning from their first mission as a unit, the successful bombing of a German munitions factory. Of his crew members, one was dead and six wounded, and 2nd Lt. Brown was alone in his cockpit, the three unharmed men tending to the others. Brown’s B-17 had been attacked by 15 German planes and left for dead, and Brown himself had been knocked out in the assault,...
  • Egypt's Predictable Unraveling

    12/09/2012 5:20:08 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/8/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Brothers are playing for keeps. As Egypt under the heel of Mohamed Morsi unravels, here’s the late-breaking news: The Muslim Brotherhood is the enemy of democracy. This has always been obvious to anyone who took the time to look into it. Nevertheless, it has not been an easy point to make lo these many years. Even as the Justice Department proved beyond any doubt in court that the Brotherhood’s major goal in America and Europe — its self-professed “grand jihad” — is “eliminating and destroying Western civilization,” to have the temerity to point this out is to be smeared...
  • PETA Crashes Biker Gathering… Not to be missed…

    ohnstown, 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,” said a still visibly shaken organizer of the protest. “Something just went horribly, horribly, wrong.” The organizer said a group of concerned animal rights activists, “growing tired of throwing fake blood and shouting profanities...
  • ALLIES DRIVE BACK FOE NEAR TEBOURBA; AIR STRUGGLE CRUCIAL, ARNOLD ASSERTS (12/9/42)

    12/09/2012 5:17:39 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 15 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/9/42 | James MacDonald, Charles Hurd, F. Tillman Durdin, Foster Hailey, Arthur Krock, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Trucking company’s bet paying off in Eagle Ford play

    12/09/2012 5:16:09 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 8, 2012 | Jennifer Hiller
    Douglas Cain made a big bet on the shale drilling industry in South Texas, and so far it seems to be paying off with a boom for his family’s longtime trucking company.? Since moving the company from Houston to San Antonio to get closer to the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play, Cain’s Lake Truck Lines Inc. has grown from 11 trucks to 67. The company opened a location in Odessa to serve the Permian Basin. And it’s started a new subsidiary, Lake Oilfield Services, to provide equipment such as tanks to drilling rigs or hydraulic fracturing sites. “I...
  • GOP: Obama 'Bullying' Charities into Backing Tax Hike on Wealthy

    12/09/2012 5:13:55 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 8, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    On Friday, the Obama Administration sought to teach the nonprofit world the same lesson during a White House gathering of charitable officials, say Republicans, when charities were bullied into supporting higher taxes on the wealthy to avoid losing vital deductions for charitable contributions. “Today, the White House chose to mislead and scare America’s charitable giving community, using them as pawns in an effort to achieve their tax hike proposal,” said Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the ranking Republican at Senate Finance in a joint statement issued Friday....
  • Bob Costas and the Media Miss the Real Problem

    12/09/2012 5:12:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    Bob Costas, an admitted ignoramus on the issue of the Second Amendment, chose halftime in a nationally broadcast football game to infect the world with his uneducated opinion on gun rights. Speaking about Jovan Belcher, the NFL player who killed his girlfriend then committed suicide, Costas missed the point completely – as did the equally ignorant sports columnist Jason Whitlock. It wasn’t “loose gun laws” that sparked this tragedy. If anything, it had to do with how we treat celebrities. Costas and Whitlock have the right to their opinions – and the Democrat Media Complex has the right to amplify...
  • Why Michigan Should Abolish Handgun Purchase Permits & Handgun Registration

    12/09/2012 5:08:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Rick Ector
    Detroit, MI --(Ammoland.com)- The state of Michigan may soon abolish handgun registrations and handgun purchase permits. Michigan House Bill 5225 (HB 5225) – the legislation which seeks to abolish the aforementioned pistol reporting requirements – has already been passed by the Michigan House of Representatives and is expected to be put up for a vote within the next few days in the Michigan Senate. At least with respect to handgun registrations, the state of Michigan is very late to the gun rights party; it is one of a small remaining number of US states that still require them: California,...
  • Egypt’s Predictable Unraveling (Andrew McCarthy)

    12/09/2012 5:06:10 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/8/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    As Egypt under the heel of Mohamed Morsi unravels, here’s the late-breaking news: The Muslim Brotherhood is the enemy of democracy. This has always been obvious to anyone who took the time to look into it. Nevertheless, it has not been an easy point to make lo these many years. Even as the Justice Department proved beyond any doubt in court that the Brotherhood’s major goal in America and Europe — its self-professed “grand jihad” — is “eliminating and destroying Western civilization,” to have the temerity to point this out is to be smeared as an “Islamophobe.” That’s the Islamophilic...
  • Dick Cheney: Our Allies Don’t Trust Us, Our Enemies Don’t Fear Us

    12/09/2012 5:01:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 December, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- During comments at the 2012 Herman Khan Award Dinner in New York last night, former VP Dick Cheney criticized Obama’s Middle East policy and what he perceives as the projection of U.S. weakness instead of U.S. strength. Cheney said the Middle East is moving in a direction “fundamentally hostile to U.S. interests” and “the U.S. is increasingly unable to influence events there.” Cheney believes our inability to influence is largely tied to the fact that Obama is “headed for the exit” in Afghanistan. The former VP then reminded his audience of Obama’s “apology” tour to the...
  • Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012

    12/09/2012 5:00:49 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 173 replies
    Michiganvotes.org ^ | 12/9/12 | Cripplecreek
    Make Michigan a "right-to-work" state: Passed 58 to 52 in the House To prohibit employers from enforcing a union contract provision that compels employees to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment. The bill also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof." All Democrats voted "no" and all Republicans voted "yes" except for Reps. Forlini, Goike, Horn, McBroom, Somerville and Zorn. , Make Michigan a "right-to-work" state: Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate The Senate vote on the same "right-to-work" measure described above. All Democrats voted "no" and all Republicans voted "yes" except...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 9 December 2012

    12/09/2012 4:56:19 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 112 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 9 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 9th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, leaders of President Barack Obama's now-defunct deficit commission; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Reps. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): hristine Lagarde, managing director of the International...
  • Archaeologist sues over use of artifact likeness in Indiana Jones crystal skull

    12/09/2012 4:48:58 AM PST · by Renfield · 11 replies
    A Belize archaeologist is suing the makers of a blockbuster ‘Indiana Jones’ film for using a likeness of a so-called Crystal Skull, which he says is a stolen national treasure. Dr. Jaime Awe claims the skull was stolen from Belize 88 years ago, and that filmmakers had no right to use a model of it in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In a lawsuit filed in Illinois this week, Awe is demanding the return of the Crystal Skull, which he says is a national treasure, from a treasure-hunting family who...
  • Marijuana mayhem in Pierce County leaves two dead(WA)

    12/09/2012 4:43:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Dave Workman
    As many Washington potheads were legally lighting up, two men were shot dead in what appears to be a pot theft gone very bad in Pierce County, the first time the Puget Sound region has read about a wild dope shootout since the Steve Sarich incident in March 2010. This column discussed the Sarich shooting here and here. Now in Pierce County, an unidentified homeowner defended himself and his 9-year-old son when the two would-be robbers broke in. Sheriff’s Detective Ed Troyer noted to the Tacoma News Tribune that it could have turned out a lot differently. However, unlike Sarich...
  • A Holiday of Resistance

    12/09/2012 4:40:30 AM PST · by expat1000 · 33 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Dec 8, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The first night of Chanukah marks the beginning of a holiday that for many of its celebrants has no identity, that celebrates 'celebration', with no thought to what it is celebrating. For many Americans, Chanukah appears to overlap with Christmas, but there is no similarity between the two other than the season. The more appropriate analogy is to the 4th of July overlaid with Thanksgiving, a celebration of divine aid in a military campaign against tyrannical oppression. The overt militarism of the Chanukah story has made it an uncomfortable fit for many Jews who have found it easier to strip...
  • The income inequality factor liberals can't talk about

    12/09/2012 4:32:47 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    But let's take a look at that list of high-income-inequality states again. What do California, Arizona and New Mexico all have in common? I'll give you a hint: Texas comes in seventh on the high-income-inequality state list. That's right: The three states with the highest income inequality also all share a border with Mexico. But what about New York? Or Georgia? Or Illinois (which is the sixth-most-unequal state)? They are all hundreds of miles away from Mexico. Well, it turns out that all of those states have huge illegal immigrant populations too. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, every one...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 9, 2012]

    12/09/2012 4:30:48 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Opposition of the Natural "Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires" —Galatians 5:24 The natural life itself is not sinful. But we must abandon sin, having nothing to do with it in any way whatsoever. Sin belongs to hell and to the devil. I, as a child of God, belong to heaven and to God. It is not a question of giving up sin, but of giving up my right to myself, my natural independence, and my self-will. This is where the battle has to be fought. The things that are right,...
  • Surprise Side Effect Of Shale Gas Boom: A Plunge In U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    12/09/2012 4:20:38 AM PST · by EBH · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/7/2012 | Julie M. Carey
    In the first quarter of this year, U.S. carbon emissions hit a 20-year low. As Figure 1 below demonstrates, the U.S. has observed substantial reductions in CO2 emissions over the last five years. These reductions contrast with the increases in CO2 emissions that the Energy Information Administration forecasted in 1998 when the U.S. was considering committing to CO2 emissions reductions in the Kyoto Agreement. At the time of these discussions, the EIA estimated that CO2 emissions would increase at a rate of approximately 1.3 percent annually through 2020. In fact, to reach the Kyoto Agreement target for 2012, the U.S....
  • Reaganite's Sunday Funnies

    12/09/2012 3:44:54 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Best political humor fr. around the USA this week... More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Howie Carr thread week of Dec 9, 2012

    12/09/2012 3:30:11 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 24 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 12/9/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie tjread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column
  • Legal pot complicates drug-free work policies

    12/09/2012 3:03:33 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 57 replies
    AP ^ | 12/7/12 | KRISTEN WYATT and GENE JOHNSON
    DENVER (AP) -- Pot may be legal, but workers may want to check with their boss first before they grab the pipe or joint during off hours. Businesses in Washington state, where the drug is legal, and Colorado, where it will be by January, are trying to figure out how to deal with employees who use it on their own time and then fail a drug test. It is another uncertainty that has come with pot legalization as many ask how the laws will affect them.
  • Does Obama's arrogance have any limits?

    12/09/2012 2:43:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 12/8/2012 | Bobby Eberle
    Being president of the United States must fill a person with a certain level of confidence. Winning reelection despite miserable economic conditions could only add to that level. But has there ever been a president in the history of this country as arrogant as Barack Obama? Not only does he never miss an opportunity to inject his image into historical events, but now he's even adding himself to historical descriptions of other presidents. Back in August, I wrote on the passing of the first man to step foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. As a "tribute" to Armstrong, Obama...