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  • Valuable WWII Gun at Police Buy-Back

    12/12/2012 5:17:35 AM PST · by jneesy · 11 replies
    ABC News Blog ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | Annie Rose Ramos
    Just like a scene out of "Antiques Roadshow," a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station's gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, inherited the gun from her father who had brought it home with him from Europe as a memento from World War II.
  • Illinois concealed carry ban tossed by federal appeals court

    12/12/2012 5:08:04 AM PST · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12 dec 2012 | Ray Long
    Illinois' days as the only state in the nation to forbid public possession of a firearm could be numbered after a federal appellate court threw out a state ban and gave lawmakers six months to figure out a way to let people legally carry guns. The 2-1 ruling Tuesday by a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Chicago affirmed a constitutional right to have ready-to-use firearms for self-defense outside the home. Gun owner groups declared a historic victory, claiming leverage to limit restrictions on who can possess a weapon as negotiations on a new state law unfold. Gun...
  • Reese emergency release motion to be heard next week (NM)

    12/12/2012 5:05:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Lawyers for Rick and Ryin Reese, New Mexico gun dealers imprisoned without bail for well over a year, “filed a motion to release them until their sentencing date,” a source close to the case informed supporters this morning. “The motion is set for [a hearing on] Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Federal Courthouse in Judge Brack's courtroom,” the source announced. “Anyone who can attend would be WONDERFUL,” the source continued. “If you can't be there, please keep us in your prayers for release of the guys after 477 days in jail.” “The Reese family, facing up...
  • HSBC to Pay Record Fine in Money Laundering Case ($1.92bn)

    12/12/2012 5:05:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Dec. 12, 2012
    HSBC to Pay Record Fine in Money Laundering Case The U.S. Justice Department has filed court papers alleging felony criminal offenses against one of the world's largest banks, HSBC, in a New York federal court. HSBC announced earlier in the day that it has agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion fine to settle charges connected to a money laundering scheme in the United States. A U.S. Senate investigation published in July said HSBC had poor anti-money laundering controls in place and had shifted billions of dollars for Mexican drug lords, terrorists and governments under sanctions, including Iran and North...
  • Not Enough Liberal Bias in Loony Land

    12/12/2012 5:02:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | December 12, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    How could a liberal actually be upset with the liberal media for their coverage of the 2012 presidential election? Well, Daniel Froomkin of The Huffington Post (formerly of the Washington Post) is furious. His complaint carried the headline "How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign". What would that story be? Namely, the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth. Head Scratch Time. Who in the media didn't identify the Grand Old Party as burdened, infected and/or poisoned by their conservatives?...
  • Suburban supporters cheer concealed carry ruling; opponents want appeal(IL)

    12/12/2012 5:00:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Mike Riopell
    With a federal court ruling Tuesday possibly paving the way for those in Illinois to carry concealed weapons, some suburban officials are pushing to overturn the decision while others are now figuring out how a new law would work. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday in a 2-1 opinion that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry in Illinois. State Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican, called the ruling “historic” and said now the sides have to negotiate what kinds of fees, training and restrictions a concealed carry law in Illinois...
  • The Internet Is a Dud

    12/12/2012 4:54:14 AM PST · by dennisw · 15 replies
    dailyreckoning ^ | Dec 11th | Bill Bonner
    - Daily Reckoning - - The Internet Is a DudPosted By Bill Bonner On December 11, 2012 @ 4:38 pm The world today looks almost identical to the world of the 1960s because there have been very few important innovations since then. But you will leap to reply — the internet! Alas, electronic technology does not seem to noticeably increase output of stuff. The Internet affects our quality of life in many ways, but not our standard of living.The Internet was more or less fully built out in the US in the year 2000. All of a sudden, knowledge...
  • Campus Carry Bill Back On Tap For 2013 Session(NV)

    12/12/2012 4:52:35 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – A newly elected Republican state lawmaker plans to push forward with a bill next session to allow students and others with permits to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R- Las Vegas, elected to Assembly District 4 in November, has submitted a bill draft request to prepare a measure for consideration in the 2013 legislative session. The one-line description for the request says: “Authorizes the possession of a concealed firearm on property of the Nevada System of Higher Education under certain circumstances.” Fiore, a lifetime member of...
  • Senator Tom Coburn Calls For GOP To Agree To Tax Hikes

    12/12/2012 4:51:59 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 45 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/12/12 | LD Jackson
    Senator Tom Coburn, R-OK, has long been a voice of reason in the United States Senate. He was the same voice of reason in the House of Representatives, causing Speaker Newt Gingrich major headaches by not going along to get along. He has long been advocating a balanced approach to reducing the national debt and the deficit and it is worth mentioning that Coburn's approach is much more balanced than the proposals President Obama and the liberal Democrats have put forth. Coburn is called Dr. No in the Senate for a reason. The number of bills he has blocked because...
  • Government Gone Bad

    12/12/2012 4:51:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | December 12, 2012 | John Stossel
    Politicians claim they make our lives better by passing laws. But laws rarely improve life. They go wrong. Unintended consequences are inevitable. Most voters don't pay enough attention to notice. They read headlines. They watch the Rose Garden signing ceremonies and hear the pundits declare that progress was made. Bipartisanship! Something got done. We assume a problem was solved. Intuition tells us that government is in the problem-solving business, and so the more laws passed, the better off we are. The possibility that fewer laws could leave us better off is hard to grasp. Kids visiting Washington don't ask their...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 12, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/12/2012 4:45:57 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/12/12 | Joel Osteen
    He Still Has a Plan Today's Scripture ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture tells us that without vision, people perish. If you don’t have a dream or vision for your life, then you’re not really going to reach your fullest potential. Maybe at one time you had a dream, but you went through some disappointments or setbacks. Things didn’t turn out the way you planned....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 12, 2012]

    12/12/2012 4:43:46 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Personality ". . . that they may be one just as We are one . . ." —John 17:22 Personality is the unique, limitless part of our life that makes us distinct from everyone else. It is too vast for us even to comprehend. An island in the sea may be just the top of a large mountain, and our personality is like that island. We don’t know the great depths of our being, therefore we cannot measure ourselves. We start out thinking we can, but soon realize that there is really only one Being who fully understands us,...
  • Bill & wife speak ‘out’ (Hail her past as lesbian pioneer)

    12/12/2012 4:22:44 AM PST · by Liz · 36 replies
    Chirlane McCray and husband, NY Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a mayoral candidate, respond to her declaration in 1979 Essence magazine, “I am a lesbian.” McCray said, “I’m going to use this as a platform to go out and do a lot of good.” Asked if she was no longer a lesbian, McCray said, “Sexuality is a fluid thing and it’s personal. I don’t even understand the question, quite frankly.” A top aide to Mayor Bloomberg applauded the couple. De Blasio insisted he wasn’t exploiting the issue for political gain. “We’re very proud of who we are. We want to...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, 12-12-12 -- numerology

    12/12/2012 4:13:48 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 81 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 12-12-12 -- numerology ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". numerology [noo-muh-rol-uh-jee] hear it pronounced noun: the study of numbers, such as the figures in a birth date, and of their supposed influence on human affairs Etymology: Origin: 1911, "study of the occult meaning of numbers," a hybrid from L. numerus "number" + Gk. -logia, from logos "one who speaks (of a certain topic)." A correct formation would be arithmology, from Gk. arithmos "number." Related...
  • Let’s Just Call the Bush Tax Rates a Subsidy

    12/12/2012 4:12:05 AM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/11/2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    Listening to the self-righteous protestations of the class warriors, one would come away with the impression that the rich don’t pay any taxes. In fact, the top 1% of tax filers paid 37.4% of all federal income taxes in 2010; the top 2% paid almost 50%. Unfortunately, when it comes to real handouts for the rich, liberals are silent. In their dyslexic worldview, a tax cut is a handout and a handout is a tax cut. That is why both Democrats and Republicans are plotting to surreptitiously slip in a farm bill to the final negotiations over the tax rates....
  • Senate Democrats: Um, Let's "Postpone" Obamacare's Medical Device Tax

    12/12/2012 4:04:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 | Guy Benson
    What a pity.  If only someone had demonstrated the foresight to warn against the destructive consequences of Obamacare's medical device tax, they might have helped turn public sentiment sharply against the law prior to passage.  Oh, that's right, conservatives did -- and the American people rose up in opposition.  Now, the very actors who are most responsible for ignoring public demands and jamming through Obamacare are trying to "delay" or repeal a major element of their law, warning that it could stifle medical innovation and kill jobs.  Welcome to the party, guys.  You're about two years too late:   U.S....
  • "There Will Be Blood": Union Violence in the Age of Obama

    12/12/2012 3:54:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | December 12, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Not so many moons ago, President Obama urged us all to "make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." He Who Heals advocated "a more civil and honest public discourse" in the wake of the January 2011 Tucson massacre. As usual, though, the White House has granted Big Labor bullies a permanent waiver from the lofty edicts it issues to everyone else. This week, menacing union goons unleashed threats, profanity and punches in Michigan, which is now poised to become a "right-to-work" state. Obama met the initial outbreak of...
  • Judge says crooked pol Monserrate is like Nixon — except he gets jail

    12/12/2012 3:47:02 AM PST · by Liz · 14 replies
    NY POST ^ | 12/12/12 | BRUCE GOLDING
    Federal Judge McMahon rejected Hiram Monserrate’s tearful plea to stay free so he could care for sick relatives. “You should have thought about them before (looting city tax dollars to finance his campaign).” Montserrate has to repay $79,000 tax dollars he connived while serving on the NY City Council w/ the rest to be paid by co-conspirator Javier Cardenas, who ratted out Monserrate. Monserrate steered $100,000 to Cardenas’ non-profit "Latino Initiative for Better Resources and Empowerment" which took a cut and laundered the rest for Monserrate’s failed 2006 state Senate bid. After sentencing, the convicted Democrat embraced the ex-girlfriend he...
  • Today's Toons 12/12/12

    12/12/2012 3:28:05 AM PST · by pookie18 · 20 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 12/12/12 | pookie18
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  • Weekly job hours slashed below 30 as Obamacare kicks in

    12/12/2012 3:27:00 AM PST · by Jack023 · 35 replies ^ | 12/12/2012 | Mike Adams
    (NaturalNews) It is the ultimate example of how you reap what you sow: Huge numbers of American workers who voted for Obama are now seeing their own jobs slashed below 30 hours a week as employers desperately try to avoid "Obamacare bankruptcy." Obamacare mandates for businesses only apply to those working 30 hours a week or more, and while many businesses do not want to cut workers' hours, they are being forced to in order to stay afloat. This necessary action is causing businesses to lose money and become less competitive while at the same time destroying American jobs. Some...