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  • Good Samaritan vessel aids wooden-hull trawler

    12/14/2012 1:59:33 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | December 13, 2012
    KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Two Wrangell mariners are safe with the help of a Good Samaritan vessel. The Coast Guard says the wooden-hull trawler Carrie Arlene sent out a distress report . ... The Coast Guard and Wrangell Search and Rescue tried to reach the vessel but were turned back by foul weather.
  • Bobby Jindal: Birth control should be over the counter

    12/14/2012 1:59:00 PM PST · by Coronal · 102 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/14/2012 | Coronal
    Bobby Jindal wants you to be able to get your contraceptives over the counter, and that’s just the first step. “Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it,” the Louisiana governor writes in the Wall Street Journal today. “That’s hogwash.”
  • Ray Briem dies at 82; all-night radio host in L.A.

    12/14/2012 1:54:09 PM PST · by mgstarr · 41 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/13/12 | Elaine Woo
    Ray Briem, the longtime KABC-AM talk show host who ruled all-night radio for nearly three decades with his phone calls to the famous and the quirky and his opinionated banter slamming liberals, championing conservative causes and extolling the big-band music he loved, died Wednesday at his Malibu home. He was 82. The cause was cancer, said his son Bryan. Briem spent most of his life on the radio, reaching his largest audience as the host of a popular midnight-to-5 a.m. talk show on KABC from 1967 to 1994. During those 27 years he helped set the mold for what has...
  • With cyber crime on the rise, Portland couple make a device to detect digital break-ins

    12/14/2012 1:45:27 PM PST · by aimhigh · 19 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 12/13/2012 | Eric Mortenson
    IPCopper . . . makes devices with the forensic firepower to detect, track and ultimately prosecute cybercrooks, hackers or spies. The company's device captures all Internet activity without alerting hackers, or internal thieves, to its presence. Housed in tamper-proof aluminum boxes, the devices have full "packet capture" or "sniffing" capability. Placed in line between a company's Internet connection and the computers that access it, the appliances record every email, website visit or Voice Over Internet Protocol conversation in complete detail.
  • Human link to climate change stronger than ever: (IPCC) draft report

    12/14/2012 1:40:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/14/12 | Nina Chestney and Alister Doyle | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - International climate scientists are more certain than ever that humans are responsible for global warming, rising sea levels and extreme weather events, according to a leaked draft report by an influential panel of experts. The early draft, which is still subject to change before a final version is released in late 2013, showed that a rise in global average temperatures since pre-industrial times was set to exceed 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, and may reach 4.8 Celsius. "It is extremely likely that human activities have caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface...
  • Clackamas Town Center (OR) shooting: Mall gunman Jacob Roberts' short life ..

    12/14/2012 1:40:37 PM PST · by aimhigh · 15 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 12/13/2012 | Steve Beaven
    She also outlined some of the difficulties Jacob Roberts faced, explained how she took him in after her younger sister died and tearfully expressed her love for him. Jacob's mother . died in 1993 of Hodgkin's disease. She was 22 and Jacob was 2. He never knew his father. Tami Roberts took him in. She and her husband considered him their son and became his legal guardians. But the couple divorced and Jacob Roberts lived with one and then the other. Clackamas County court records show that, after Jacob Roberts inherited $18,000 from his grandmother in 2004, Tami Roberts soon...
  • Mexican President Peńa Nieto announces education reform plan

    12/14/2012 1:24:49 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tracy Wilkinson
    Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto, center, at the announcement of an education reform plan.President Enrique Peńa Nieto on Monday announced a broad reform aimed at improving Mexico’s sclerotic educational system, a plan that also seems aimed at weakening the enormously powerful teachers union. Mexico has some of the worst public schools in the hemisphere, consistently placing low on international surveys of education quality. Many blame the union and its autocratic boss, Elba Esther Gordillo, who have perpetuated a system that allows teachers to buy or inherit their jobs, regardless of skill or qualifications. The initiative announced Monday by Peńa Nieto...
  • U.S. Intelligence Agency Finally Releases Dispatch on Mexico Cardinal Assassination at Airport

    12/14/2012 1:15:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Friday, December 14, 2012
    Nearly four years after a Freedom of Information Request was submitted to the federal government, the Defense Intelligence Agency released a highly redacted cable on the 1993 murder of a Mexican archbishop said to be mistaken for drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera. Others argue it was an assassination and no accident. Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera The cable is definitely a blast to the past, as it talks about the rise of Guzman’s rise and mentions other traffickers, such as Juan Garcia Abrego and Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who were big deals a generation ago. Of course, Garcia Abrego...
  • Albania’s Abstention on Palestine U.N. Vote and the Islamist Response

    12/14/2012 1:12:47 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 14, 2012 | Stephan Swhwartz
    On November 29, Albania was the sole Muslim-majority country in the United Nations to be counted among the 41 abstainers from the proposal to admit Palestine as a non-member observer. Certain Islamists were displeased, to say the least. In particular, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the “fundamentalist-lite” Justice and Development Party or AKP, responded with one of the tantrums that has become a hallmark of his administration. Erdogan declared that he had exerted pressure on an unnamed Muslim land to abandon its intention to vote “no,” encouraging it to support the Palestinians, and arguing that an abstention...
  • Permian mass extinction triggered by humble microbe

    12/14/2012 1:12:41 PM PST · by Renfield · 30 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 12-14-2012 | Sara Reardon
    AROUND 251 million years ago, over 90 per cent of the species on Earth suddenly went extinct. Their killer may not have been a devastating meteorite or a catastrophic volcanic eruption, but a humble microbe. The prevailing theory is that the mass extinction at the end of the Permian period was triggered by volcanic eruptions over a vast area of what is now Siberia. This led, among other things, to a dramatic rise in greenhouse gas emissions. But the scenario just doesn't fit the facts, says Daniel Rothman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From his analysis of an end-Permian...
  • An emotional Obama: 'They had their entire lives ahead of them'

    12/14/2012 1:10:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 141 replies
    NBC ^ | 12/14/12 | Michael O'Brien
    An emotional President Barack Obama led the nation in mourning the victims of an elementary school massacre on Friday, speaking from the White House following the shooting in Newtown, Conn. The president not only pledged to assist investigations into the shooting, but also became openly emotional upon reflecting upon the many school children killed or injured in today's mass shooting. "The majority of those who died today were children -- beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10-years-old," he said, pausing to wipe away a tear. "They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings,...
  • Pastor arrested, accused of sex crimes involving child

    12/14/2012 1:10:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    WLKY ^ | 12.14.2012 | WLKY
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police arrested a New Albany pastor on sodomy charges involving a child. Isram Johnson is the pastor at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church. According to WLKY's partners at the News and Tribune, he faces three counts of sodomy on a victim under age 14.
  • Majoring in Fun..college campus culture.

    12/14/2012 1:02:43 PM PST · by virgil283 · 13 replies
    mindingthecampus ^ | December 10, 2012 | By Jackson Toby
    When Isaac Newton went to the University of Cambridge several centuries ago, he studied seven days a week, at least ten hours a day, and actively avoided the revelry that some Cambridge undergraduates engaged in even then. No one expects American undergraduates to work as hard as Isaac Newton or as medieval monks. However, what seems to be happening on many American college campuses is the development of such a powerful "fun" culture that a quarter of the students or more arrive thinking that having fun is the main reason they are at college and that the pursuit of knowledge...
  • NORTH: Obama’s decision deficit disorder

    12/14/2012 1:01:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 14, 2012 | Oliver North
    Troop dismay no longer hiddenQuantico, VA - Until I joined the Fourth Estate, it was my experience that most Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Guardsmen and Marines usually eschewed contact with members of the media. Regard for the potentates of the press used to be about equal to that of chiggers, ticks, scorpions and fire ants. When I was on active duty, I had an aerosol can of bug spray hand-labeled: “Reporter Repellant.” If a military person had to share space with any of these assorted insects, the last thing anyone wanted to do was to discuss politics. Things have changed. Shortly...
  • MASSACRE: Up to 27 people, including 20 children, shot dead (now it's ADAM Lanza, 20)

    12/14/2012 12:59:01 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 188 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/14/12 | LARRY CELONA, JOSH MARGOLIN, DANA SAUCHELLI, NATALIE O'NEILL and DAN MacLEOD
    A crazed gunman dressed in black went on a rampage at a Connecticut elementary school this morning, in a massacre that left the shooter and 26 dead others - including 18 children. Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother dead and targeted her kindergarten class at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., sources sais. Sources also told The Post that Lanza's mother was a teacher at the school and he "had a dispute with her." Lanza is dead inside the school. Lanza used two handguns and a .223-caliber assault rifle, an official said. The official also said that New Jersey...
  • Women steals ambulance from paramedics on emergency call

    12/14/2012 12:54:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    WOWK ^ | 12.14.2012 | WOWK
    According to a criminal complaint, a woman stole an ambulance that was on a call in the 4000 Block of MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston, W.Va on Dec 13. According EMS personnel who were responding to a call, Elizabeth Ann Lacy, 47, approached them and asked for a ride home. The EMS told her that they were on a call and couldn't take her home. The paramedics then entered the home of the patient and began treatment. According to witnesses, after the EMS's entered the home Lacy entered the ambulance and drove off with the emergency lights still on.
  • Michelle Suggests Republicans are Liars

    12/14/2012 12:52:53 PM PST · by yoe · 53 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | December 14,2012 | Keith Koffler
    First Lady Michelle Obama Thursday suggested Republicans are engaged in rampant lying as they debate the issues with President Obama. “People have to stay focused on what’s going on, because it’s easy to get confused in all the back and forth that goes on, and there’s a whole lot of not-truth telling going on, if you know what I mean,” Michelle said during a radio appearance on the (The Tom Joyner Show).Mrs. Obama also charged that voter suppression during the 2012 election was widespread. Michelle said Republicans sought to win the election by spending “unprecedented amounts of money,” running negative...
  • Knife-wielding man injures 22 school-children in China

    12/14/2012 12:49:42 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | December 14, 2012 | Terril Yue Jones
    A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks on schoolchildren in the country. The man attacked the children at the gate of a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province, the Xinhua news agency reported. Police arrested a 36-year-old man, identified as villager Min Yingjun, Xinhua said. It did not give further details of the extent of the injuries. There have been a series of attacks on schools and schoolchildren around China in recent years, some by people who have...
  • Facebook page of Hoboken man identified as Connecticut shooter: 'It wasn't me'

    12/14/2012 12:47:25 PM PST · by Arthurio · 31 replies
    3:20 p.m. UPDATE: The Ryan Lanza Facebook page has apparently been deleted. *** The Facebook page of the Hoboken man who has been identified in the national press as the shooter in the Newtown, Conn. school shootings has recent messages saying "It wasn't me." Meanwhile, former Jersey Journal staff writer Brett Wilshe said he has spoken with Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, who told Wilshe the shooter may have had his identification.
  • WVKO-AM 1580 is changing formats again! (Another liberal talker gone)

    12/14/2012 12:45:47 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 8 replies
    radiodiscussions ^ | 12/14/12 | gabigley1
    (Columbus OH) It was announced on WVKO-AM this morning, that as of midnight tomorrow, the format on WVKO-AM will be changing. The LMA for the station will ending at that time and the station won't be Progressive Talk anymore. Thanks to Gary Richards for bringing back the format to Columbus radio for one more go around. That said, Mr. Richards said last year he wanted to buy the station outright so this is a disappointment to me. My guess is the new lease holders will take the station to a Urban Gospel format. Just a guess on my part.
  • TSA refused to let mother comfort her weeping wheelchair-bound daughter, 12, as they detained

    12/14/2012 12:43:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/14/12 | Lydia Warren
    A 12-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair was left in tears after TSA agents detained her for nearly an hour at a Texas airport after saying they found traces of bomb residue on her hands, her mother claimed today. Shelbi Walser was travelling to Florida with her mother, Tammy Daniels, for treatment for her brittle bone disorder when she was stopped at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. A TSA agent swabbed Shelbi´s hands and she tested positive for explosives. But the wheelchair, which is likely to have transferred any substance to her hands as she pushed it Source: 29...
  • Philadelphia anchorwoman’s lawsuit tossed out

    12/14/2012 12:42:34 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 14, 2012 | DAN MANGAN
    A judge has tossed sexy Long Island-born TV news anchor Alycia Lane’s lawsuit against former employer CBS — and possibly crippled her suit against the love-struck co-anchor convicted of spying on her e-mails — after ruling she spun a yarn about a laptop she trashed. Philadelphia Judge Allan Tereshko wrote that Lane’s own testimony about the computer, which might have contained key evidence in her defamation suit against CBS and her former co-anchor Larry Mendte, “casts serious doubt upon . . . her credibility.”
  • Obama: 'These children are our children'

    12/14/2012 12:41:54 PM PST · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | Obama/politico44
    President Barack Obama, in a brief address to the nation, offered his condolences to those who lost loved ones in the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn., and said it is time to act to prevent similar tragedies. "As a country we have been through this too many times," he said, ticking off recent shootings across the nation. "These neighborhoods are our neghborhoods, and these children are our children, and we're going to have to come together …to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."
  • 22 children and elderly woman stabbed outside primary school by Chinese knifeman

    12/14/2012 12:40:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/14/12 | Daily Mail [UK], by Phil Vinter
    A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and an elderly woman outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes. The attack took place in the Henan province village of Chengping just before 8am, said a local police officer. The attacker, 36-year-old villager Min Yingjun, is now in police custody, according to an officer who declined to give her name, as is customary among Chinese civil servants. It is the latest in a series of similar periodic rampages at Chinese schools and kindergartens. A Guangshan county hospital administrator said the man first attacked an elderly woman
  • ISLAM IS THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN ENGLAND; CHRISTIANITY ON THE DECLINE, CENSUS DATA SHOWS

    12/14/2012 12:32:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/14/2012 | Jason Howerton
    Islam is the fastest growing religion in England and Wales, according to new census data. The number of people identifying with no religion nearly doubled over the last decade while the percentage of people who call themselves Christians has dropped to 59 percent, down from 72 percent 10 years ago. The Muslim Council of Britain was pleased with the new data, saying Muslims were playing a “significant part in increasing diversity in Britain.” Of the roughly 56.07 million people counted in the census, 33.24 million described themselves as “Christian” while 2.7 million identified as Muslims, an increase from 3.0 percent...
  • Pastafarians fight county commissioners for Holiday display

    12/14/2012 12:31:45 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    examiner ^ | 11.27,12 | Staks Rosch
      On Tuesday Nov. 27, the Chester County Pennsylvania Commissioners held their monthly “Sunshine Meeting.” During the “public comments” portion of the meeting, Pastafarian Minister Tracy McPherson requested a space on the county courthouse lawn next to the Jesus crèche, Hanukkah menorah, Christmas Tree, and Santa for a Pastafarian Tree representing the winter Pastafarian holiday of Holiday.McPherson made a point to inform the county commissioners that she and other local Pastafarians take their religious beliefs very seriously. Commissioner Terence Farrell (R), asked McPherson about the numbers and meeting places of her group even though none of that is relevant considering...
  • Obama orders flags at half staff

    12/14/2012 12:30:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 44 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | whitehouse/politico
    President Obama orders flags at the White House and all federal buildings at half staff in honor the victims of the "senseless acts of violence" in Newton, Conn., on Friday. He is scheduled to deliver remarks at 3:15 p.m. in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. Here is the full order on the flags: "As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United...
  • Ryan Lanza's younger brother is the 2nd suspect being held by police (Newtown, CT)

    12/14/2012 12:26:02 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 50 replies
    The AP reports his younger brother being held. CNN and WNBC report that the suspected gunman behind Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school has been identified as Ryan Lanza. Fox News reports that he is 24-years his mother was kindergarten teacher at the school
  • Why concerts/performances did you attend in 2012?

    12/14/2012 12:24:39 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 53 replies
    12/14/12 | GSWarrior
    2012 was a great year for live music. I got to see a lot of shows this year. Paul Thorn Dwight Yoakam Ruthie Foster Lambchop Justin Townes Earle Michael Nesmith Lawrence Arabia Purity Ring Dirty Projectors Wye Oak Lucero Dirty Three Giant Sand Walter Salas Humara (The Silos) Beachwood Sparks Buddy Miller Pickwick Jon Langford and the Sadies Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Fats Kaplan Sweet Talk Radio BTW, I enjoyed Lambchop, Lucero and Dirty Three the most from my list.
  • The Republican Presidential Debates for 2016 Need to be Better.

    12/14/2012 12:21:40 PM PST · by DanMiller · 18 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 14, 2012 | Dan Miller
    The 2011 - 2012 debates were a disaster. This is a modest proposal for changes "we can believe in." They are needed if Republicans are to win the presidency in 2016. For reasons which need not detain us except to note that they seemed initially to have had nothing to do with debates among political hopefuls, I tried to watch a The Voice segment on YouTube. Alas, it is unavailable in my viewing area. An alternative was to consult Wikipedia, according to which The Voice is a "reality" talent competition. The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a...
  • Hemingway Cat Descendants Are Regulated by Federal Law, Appeals Court Says

    12/14/2012 12:19:15 PM PST · by Mr. Know It All · 15 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 12/11/2012 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    Descendants of Ernest Hemingway’s six-toed cat Snowball that live at his museum home are subject to federal regulation because they substantially affect interstate commerce, a federal appeals court has ruled. The cats roam the late author’s former Key West home at 907 Whitehead Street, now a museum that hosts daily tours and weddings, report the Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio. On Friday, the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (PDF) that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has the authority to regulate the felines.
  • Car jacking suspect shot by off-duty cop in New Hope (MINNESOTA)

    12/14/2012 12:11:03 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    star tribune ^ | 12-14-12 | MARIA BACA
    car-jacking suspect was shot by the off-duty Crystal police officer whose car he was attempting to steal, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's office. The sheriff's account says that the suspect confronted the officer about 6 a.m. Friday outside a Holiday Station Store on the 7100 block of 42nd Av. N., in New Hope. It also said "there is evidence" that a gun was fired. The suspect drove away in the officer's personal vehicle. Soon afterward, Minneapolis police found the same vehicle; they arrested a man who had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center...
  • Highland hero — Boy Scout, 14, receives rare honor

    12/14/2012 12:06:44 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    hometownlife | 12.06.12 | Aileen Wingblad
    Highland hero — Boy Scout, 14, receives rare honor
  • <Flashback>1927 Bath Michigan School Massacre....38 children killed (no guns used)

    12/14/2012 11:55:16 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 18 replies
    The Bath School disaster is the name given to three bombings in Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, which killed 38 elementary school children, two teachers, four other adults and the bomber himself; at least 58 people were injured. Most of the victims were children in the second to sixth grades (7–11 years of age [1]) attending the Bath Consolidated School. Their deaths constitute the deadliest mass murder in a school in U.S. history and the fourth-deadliest massacre in U.S. history, behind the Oklahoma City bombing, the Mountain Meadows massacre and 9/11. The bomber was school board treasurer...
  • Prayer for the innocents

    12/14/2012 11:53:33 AM PST · by redgolum · 17 replies
    Vanity
    I would like to post some sort of prayer that is elegant and thoughtful, but at this time I can not. Dear Lord, be with the inoocents and their family. Please pray for them.
  • San Francisco Millionaires Join Scores of Rich People to Demand Higher Taxes on Wealthy

    12/14/2012 11:50:33 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wed., Dec. 12 2012 | Albert Samaha
    There are a bunch of bargaining chips currently being passed back and forth between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as they seek to reach a budget deal before the county slides down the much-feared fiscal cliff. Perhaps the most notable involved tax rates for the wealthy: Generally speaking, Democrats want to raise them; Republicans -- many of whom signed Grover Norquist's pledge to never raise taxes -- don't. So even though more than 60 percent of Americans say they would support higher taxes on the rich, we remain at an impasse. Some of those 60 percent also happen...
  • Report: Walmart, Kroger among bidders for Hostess brands

    12/14/2012 11:50:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | December 14, 2012
    Who's looking to snatch up Hostess Brands following the company's plans to liquidate? According to Bloomberg, Walmart and Kroger are among the two dozen bidders interested in the maker of Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread. Citing a person familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports the two companies, along with Grupo Bimbo and Alpha Baking, have placed bids on Hostess' assets. The source says some of the bids are for all of the assets, while others are just for the cakes or breads businesses. Some bidders, meanwhile, are only seeking to acquire Hostess' plants. Should the liquidation sale go through,...
  • 1996: Massacre in Dunblane school gym

    12/14/2012 11:50:24 AM PST · by BBell · 3 replies
    A lone gunman has gone on a shooting spree at a school in Dunblane, Scotland, killing 16 children and their teacher. The killer sprayed shots at random around the school gym in an attack that lasted just three minutes, but caused carnage in a class of five and six year olds. He then turned the gun on himself. Twelve other children were taken to hospital in Stirling, where one is reported to have later died of his injuries. The killer has been named as Thomas Hamilton, 43, a local man, who had once - briefly - been a scout master...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-14-12 ("Eat the rich" who are fleeing tax hikes!)

    12/14/2012 11:47:28 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 34 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 14, 2012 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    The DUmmies and their fellow travelers around the world are tax-devouring chowhounds with an insatiable appetite. As long as there are people in the world with more money than they themselves possess, they want to tax those b*st*rds mercilessly and spread the wealth around. "Eat the rich!" is the leftist cry. And so a problem arises when the evil rich, tired of their unjust tax burden, pack up their bags and leave. They move to somewhere that won't tax them so onerously--to another city, to another state, to another country. And that is what is happening now in Britain...
  • Extremism in Defense of Liberty

    12/14/2012 11:40:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 14, 2012 | William Voegeli
    Books discussed in this essay:It's Even Worse than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein;Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party, by Geoffrey Kabaservice;The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted, by Mike Lofgren; The Death of Conservatism: A Movement and Its Consequences, by Sam Tanenhaus;and Dead Right, by David Frum. The Republican party has gone insane. Not whacky-but-basically-harmless, Uncle Joe Biden insane....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 50 DECEMBER 14, 2012

    12/14/2012 11:34:17 AM PST · by greeneyes · 73 replies
    Free Republic | 12/14/2012 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • Marine double-amputee’s treatment on Delta flight angers other vets

    12/14/2012 11:30:35 AM PST · by el_texicano · 29 replies
    Wahsington Post ^ | December 13, 2012 | Annie Groer
    On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger. Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was “humiliated” to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row of...
  • Parents Sue School District For Strip-Searching Their 10 Year-Old Son

    12/14/2012 11:27:06 AM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12.12.12 | Criag Bannister
    The parents of 10 year-old J.C. Cox have sued a North Carolina public school district for allegedly strip-searching their son in search of a $20 bill lost by another student.J.C. had twice told school officials he did not have the missing money, which was later found in the school cafeteria, attorneys for the Rutherford Institute said announcing the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.Institute attorneys charge that a former Union Elementary School assistant principal violated J.C.'s Fourth Amendment rights when she allegedly ordered the fifth grader to disrobe down to his underwear...
  • Surprise! Treasury IG probing multi-million-dollar fraud in green-energy grants, tax credits

    12/14/2012 11:25:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:41 pm on December 14, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    And the probe doesn’t involve some bit players in an obscure program, either.  The 1603 Program was one of the centerpieces of Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus, designed to subsidize a transition from hydrocarbon-based energy to renewables in the residential market, and federal government sunk $13 billion into the effort.  Now the Inspector General of Treasury has opened a probe of the three largest providers of solar panel installations, who gained the most from the 1603 Program, and who may have fraudulently calculated their bills in order to claim more taxpayer cash: Three of the country’s most prolific installers of...
  • Hamas Gains Allure in Gaza, but Money Is a Problem

    12/14/2012 11:25:16 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | 13 December 2012 | Steven Erlanger
    Hamas has been riding high of late, after its professed victory in the recent conflict with Israel and the overthrow last year of Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak, an avowed enemy. Nevertheless, it is facing serious financial troubles stemming from the revolt in Syria and its expanding military ambitions, and its increasing demands on the impoverished population of Gaza are stirring resentments. In response, and with an anxious eye to the Arab Spring revolts, some Gaza residents say, it has eased up slightly in its religious restrictions on people’s lives. The government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria had been a...
  • Running for Town Office

    12/14/2012 11:22:58 AM PST · by Sopater · 13 replies
    12-14-12 | Vanity
    I'm planning on running for Town Office because I can't stand the escalating erosion of our liberties. I'm not sure if I can be more effective as a voting member of the town board or as a "local troublemaker". So, I'm asking for some advice from my fellow FReepers.
  • Knife attack at Chinese school wounds 22 children

    12/14/2012 11:22:05 AM PST · by Arthurio · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-14
    Beijing (CNN) -- Twenty-two primary school children were wounded in a knife attack Friday in central China, authorities said. The attack took place at the entrance to the Chenpeng Village Primary School in Henan province, according to the public information department of Guangshan county, the area where the school is located. An adult was also wounded, it said. Several of the children are in critical condition, the state-run website Chinanews.com said, citing local authorities. Police say they have detained a suspect, a 36-year-old man from the village, state media reported. Initial assessments suggest the man is mentally ill, Chinanews.com said,...
  • Federal Judges Sue to Win Promised Pay Increases

    12/14/2012 11:17:54 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 14th, 2012 | Jesse L. Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the nation teetering on an economic "fiscal cliff," federal judges may soon force Congress to dedicate possibly millions of dollars to what some of those same judges must consider a worthy cause: their own salaries. Congress in 1989 limited federal judges' ability to earn money outside of their work on the bench and in exchange provided what was supposed to be automatic cost-of-living increases to judicial salaries to ensure inflation wouldn't erode the value of those salaries over time. U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson Jr. of Texas, one of the judges seeking class-action status, called that...
  • CT Shooting- MNSBC playing up gun control minutes after shooting

    12/14/2012 11:13:06 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 52 replies
    Turned on MSNBC for awhile and Andrea Mitchell talked for some time about gun control. She even had someone from the Brady Campaign on very quick. So quick one must think that they are ready to take advantage of these types of shootings. I cannot verbalize my contempt for that channel.
  • I Hereby Withdraw My Name from Consideration for Secretary of Business

    12/14/2012 11:00:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Do you all realize how we're being played on this whole Susan Rice thing? Susan Rice has not even been nominated to be secretary of state, and she's already withdrawn. She wasn't even nominated. This is all such a smoke screen. All this is, is an effort to get an old white guy in there, which has the babes at the White House a little ticked off, by the way. But they're still angrier at the Republicans. Of course, everything is the fault of Republicans. Republicans derailed Susan Rice because all they care about is getting to...