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  • WaPo/ABC poll: Compromise on fiscal cliff — but without cuts

    12/18/2012 7:58:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9:41 am on December 18, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    If you want to see why American politics are so dysfunctional, just take a look at American voters.  In a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, there is a broad consensus that Barack Obama and Republicans should reach a compromise to fix the fiscal cliff.  Only a third believe that Obama has a mandate to insist on his own policies as an exclusive response to the crisis.  And, oh, by the way … spending cuts are unacceptable.In other news, next week Santa Claus will come to deliver a solution, in partnership with the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny: Most Americans...
  • Anglican vicars threaten to defy gay marriage ban

    12/18/2012 7:57:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | Edward Malnick
    Leading Anglican campaigners have warned that Government plans to exempt the Church from the new legislation will lead to hundreds of homosexual clergy and worshippers marrying in Quaker and Unitarian services and then returning to the Church. In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, dozens of clergy, including Lord Harries, the former Bishop of Oxford, today urge homosexual Anglicans to follow this course of action.“Until the Church of England allows us to solemnise same-sex marriages in our churches, as a matter of pastoral expediency we will counsel lesbian and gay members of our congregations to marry in those churches willing...
  • Boehner to GOP: Prepare for 'Plan B' on Fiscal Cliff

    12/18/2012 7:52:12 AM PST · by Cheerio · 23 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | December 18, 2012 | Billy House
    House Speaker John Boehner told rank-and-file Republicans that they should consider a “Plan B” on how to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. House leadership sources say the option would be for the chamber to pass a plan letting top tax rates increase on income over $1 million only. The House would then send that bill, along with a House-passed bill extending the current tax rates enacted under former President George W. Bush for everyone, and leave it up to the Senate to decide.
  • St. Rufus {Ecumenical}

    12/18/2012 7:51:28 AM PST · by Cronos
    Rufus and Zosimus were citizens of Antioch (or perhaps Philippi) who were brought to Rome with St. Ignatius of Antioch during the reign of Emperor Trajan. They were condemned to death for their Christianity and thrown to wild beasts in the arena two days before the martyrdom of Ignatius. Feast Day December 18.
  • [Freep this gun-control poll!] What should be done to protect schools from mass shootings?

    12/18/2012 7:45:37 AM PST · by 4Liberty · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 18, 2012 | SFGate
    "What should be done to protect schools from mass shootings?" One of the response options is "Let teachers pack heat."
  • The numbers don’t lie: banning guns means more crime; more innocent victims and the Left knows it

    12/18/2012 7:41:05 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | DECEMBER 18TH, 2012 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    As threaten as the Second Amendment looks right now, in the end new attacks on our freedom to own guns will fail. The numbers will once again prove the Left’s arguments are built on lies and distortions. In the coming weeks disingenuous liberals will try to use the tragic murders of 20 children and 6 staff at a Connecticut grade school to justify curtailing our Second Amendment rights to own firearms. That this horrific crime was committed by a likely paranoid schizophrenic will mean nothing to the gun grabbers. That the ACLU recently defeated a Connecticut law which might have...
  • Wisconsin Wants $19,969 for Public Documents Detailing ‘Cultural Sensitivity’ Training

    12/18/2012 7:36:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Government transparency is a critical tool in the public’s accountability arsenal, so long as the public can afford it. But when dealing with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), transparency comes with a five-figure price tag. EAGnews.org has been conducting an investigation into a “cultural sensitivity” teacher training program the department has been doing for the last few years. There is a clear link between the department’s “CREATE Wisconsin” initiative and the nutty, left-wing San Francisco-based Pacific Educational Group. PEG recently made headlines when its training urged school employees to downplay American cultural staples like peanut butter and jelly...
  • Driver charged with DUI Marijuana after deadly crash in Vancouver

    12/18/2012 7:27:17 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 86 replies
    The Vancouver Police Department arrested a man for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in connection with a deadly crash in Vancouver. Investigators said the driver hit and killed a pedestrian around 5:50 p.m. on East Mill Plain Boulevard and Andresen Road. Police say the victim, a male in his 50's, was believed to be walking back from Safeway and stepped out into the middle of traffic. The driver, Scotty Rowles, was driving westbound on East Mill Plain Boulevard and could not stop his car in time, according to police. Detectives says Rowles cooperated with the investigation, but after interviewing...
  • Sandy Hook and the Second Amendment

    12/18/2012 7:26:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Susan Brown
    With emotions running high in response to the heart wrenching events that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School December 14, many of my liberal friends and family members believe now is the perfect time for gun control legislation. As heartbreaking as it is that 20 children in Connecticut will not have the chance to open Christmas presents, celebrate birthdays, go on a first date, drive a car, graduate, get married, and have kids, there are millions of kids out there who will. And they are the reason why the rest of us need to fight for the...
  • States Give ObamaCare A Massive Vote Of No Confidence

    12/18/2012 7:25:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily | 12/17/2012 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: If ObamaCare is such a great idea, why are so many governors — including several Democrats — refusing to play along? What do they know that the administration isn't telling the rest of us? So far, not one part of ObamaCare has worked as planned. Almost immediately, the administration had to distribute huge numbers of waivers to companies because its initial rules would have forced them to drop their low-cost plans. ObamaCare's high-risk pools promised to cover hundreds of thousands, but ended up attracting almost no one. The small-business tax break has been a complete bust. Insurance premiums...
  • New Sexual Abuse Claims At St Ambrose College, Cheshire

    12/18/2012 7:24:32 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne
    Detectives investigating alleged sexual abuse at a Catholic boys' school are looking into new allegations after receiving more calls from former pupils. Last month, a 63-year-old former teacher was held on suspicion of indecent assault and possession of indecent images dating back to the early 1980s.
  • Muslim Tory MP: After Britain, Israel is best

    12/18/2012 7:20:41 AM PST · by lowbridge · 4 replies
    http://www.thejc.com ^ | december 13, 2012 | martin bright
    It is not often that the Prime Minister is upstaged when he is guest of honour at an official function. It is even more unusual when it is one of his own MPs who is responsible. But this is just what happened when Sajid Javid, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Bromsgrove, spoke at the Conservative Friends of Israel “business lunch” on Tuesday. This annual jamboree has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the key events of the year for supporters of Israel. And each year one of the MPs who has been on a...
  • Conversion of Members of One of First Anglican Religious Orders Heralds End of Anglo-Catholicism

    12/18/2012 7:12:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/18/12 | William Oddie
    It was announced last week that at 10am on January 1, eleven Anglican Sisters, members of the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, one of the first post-Reformation Anglican religious communities to be established in England in the wake of the Tractarian movement, will be received into the Catholic Church. They will be received into the ordinariate by Mgr Keith Newton, leader of the ordinariate in England and Wales, at St Aloysius, Oxford, the Church of the Oxford Oratory (which, as it happens, is my own parish church). This will, of course, be a wonderful and joyful occasion....
  • Libor scandal grows as the fathers of two mass murderers were to testify (Hoax)

    12/18/2012 7:10:20 AM PST · by RetiredArmy · 6 replies
    examiner.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    Libor scandal grows as the fathers of two mass murderers were to testify In the wake of the mass murders that took place in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14, information on the shooter, and his family, is slowly being discovered by law enforcement other sources. One interesting connection to the tragedy that took place at the Sandy Hook school is that the father of Adam Lanza has a connection to the theater shootings that took place in Aurora earlier this year by James Holmes. Both fathers of the shooters were allegedly expected to testify in the Libor scandal that rocked...
  • Search and Rescue Helicopter landing on Rock Cliff

    12/18/2012 7:06:15 AM PST · by navysealdad · 8 replies
    Washington County Utah Search and Rescue,Utah DPS Trooper Helicopter Pilot Terry Mercer is an awesome pilot. Helicopter landing on Rock pinnacle above cliff. We had just rescued a man that fell down a cliff.
  • ‘White as snow’ Miss France beauty queen gets caught in racism row

    12/18/2012 7:05:02 AM PST · by massmike · 58 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/18/2012 | Alex Gore
    A newly crowned Miss France beauty queen has become embroiled in accusations of racism and a catfight between previous winners just days into her reign. The Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN) denounced medical student Marine Lorphelin, 19, for being 'as white as snow' and criticised the lack of black and Arab contestants. The organisation labelled the contest outdated and an insult to the country's ethnic diversity. CRAN president Louis-Georges Tin said in a statement jointly issued by Miss Black France creator, Fred Royer: 'The failure to represent the contemporary French population in an event such as this is obviously...
  • Adam Lanza's Hard Drive Damaged Beyond Repair? Motive for Shooting Hidden

    12/18/2012 7:00:28 AM PST · by KansasGirl · 180 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/18/12 | Brittney Villalva
    Adam Lanza's hard drive, which was found destroyed in his Connecticut home, may be beyond repair police say, leaving them at a loss to explain the shooter's motive. When police first discovered the tainted hard drive, they believed that it could serve as a key piece of evidence in discovering why a 20-year-old man would terrorize an elementary school filled with children. It appears, however, that the shooter did not want his motive unveiled. "The computer's hard drive appeared to have been badly damaged with a hammer or screw driver," law enforcement authorities told ABC News on Monday. Two other...
  • John Boehner moving to Plan B on fiscal cliff

    12/18/2012 6:56:45 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    House Republicans, discouraged by the pace of negotiations with the White House, will move their own bill that would hike tax rates on income above $1 million, according to several sources familiar with the plans. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told President Barack Obama of his plan last night on a phone call, according to sources. Boehner will make the argument to House Republicans that tax rates will go up on everyone come Jan. 1. “The question for us is real simple: How do we stop as many of those rate hikes as possible?” Boehner plans to tell House Republicans. “For...
  • NBC’s Richard Engel, crew freed after 5 days of captivity in Syria

    12/18/2012 6:55:06 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 15 replies
    NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel is safe in Turkey after five days of captivity in Syria, the network said Tuesday morning. Engel and his crew were last heard from Thursday just after they entered Syria.
  • Five polio workers shot dead in Pakistan {Islam strikes against medics}

    12/18/2012 6:53:58 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18.Dec.2012 | AFP
    Four were killed in three different incidents in the sprawling port city and the fifth in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on the second day of a nationwide three-day drive against the disease, which is endemic in Pakistan. Sagheer Ahmed, the health minister for Sindh province, of which Karachi is capital, said he had ordered a halt to the anti-polio drive in the city in the wake of the shootings. Senior Karachi police officer Shahid Hayat said another polio worker was shot dead in the city on Monday, but the circumstances of his death only became clear on Tuesday. In...