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  • The Most Absurd 'Loophole' in the Tax Code

    12/19/2012 2:43:21 AM PST · by plsjr · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | Mike Flynn
    We all know that the U.S. tax code is riddled with "loopholes", exemptions and deductions intended to incentivize certain activities. ... to the technocrats in the federal government, the tax you don't have to pay on the value of rent you don't have to pay because you own your home is a loophole. Read that last sentence again. Its called "The Imputed Net Rental Income on Owner-Occupied Housing" and the feds include it in their annual list of "tax expenditures." That term is how Washington officially refers to credits, deductions and exemptions. Here's how the federal government describes it: Under...
  • Women Sue DPS for roadside body cavity search

    12/19/2012 2:32:26 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 81 replies
    myfoxdfw.com ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | Shaun Rabb
    <p>DALLAS - Two women claim they were molested during a body cavity search on the side of the road. They are now suing the Texas Department of Public Safety and its officers.</p> <p>Angel Hobbs, 38, and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley Hobbs, were stopped along Highway 161 in July.</p>
  • Mental Illness In America

    12/19/2012 2:27:38 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 16 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/19/12 | GD Jackson
    Everyone I know is very disturbed about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, wondering why or how someone could do such a thing. Anyone in their right mind wouldn't dream of committing such a terrible act of violence. I read an article the day after that really brought to light something that might be at the root of this unspeakable evil. It is mental illness, in one form or another. I Am Adam Lanza's Mother tells the story of a mother faced with what Adam Lanza's real mother may have failed to deal with. Here is how Liza Long begins...
  • Letter to the Principal (Headmaster)

    12/19/2012 2:22:06 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 12 replies
    Vanity | December 19, 2012 | Jim Noble
    Dear Principal or Headmaster, I am sure you are as grieved and upset as I am over recent events. I would like to know (I am writing to all of my children's schools): Do you have a policy regarding the use of force, including all necessary and legal force, to defend the children who attend your school in the event of danger? If so, what is it? If not, why not, and what is being done to develop such a policy? Sincerely,
  • Gay Marine Pops the Question in the White House

    12/19/2012 2:17:07 AM PST · by maddog55 · 56 replies
    NEWSMAX ^ | Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 03:15 AM | Stephen Feller
    A U.S. Marine Corps captain proposed to his partner in front of a Christmas tree at the White House Saturday in the first gay engagement to happen there. Capt. Matthew Phelps asked his boyfriend Ben Schock to marry him in the grand foyer of the White House, on the six-month anniversary of their first date, which also was at the White House, reported ABC News. “Our first date was to the White House, so I wanted to propose to him there,” Phelps told ABC News. “When I got invited to the holiday tour — six months to the day that...
  • Samsung overtakes Nokia to become top phone brand of 2012: IHS

    12/19/2012 2:11:45 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Times of India ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | AFP
    Samsung has overtaken Nokia as the top mobile phone brand for 2012 and has opened up a decisive lead over Apple in the smartphone market, a research firm said on Tuesday. This will mark the first time in 14 years that Finland-based Nokia will not sit atop the global mobile phone business on an annual basis, according to IHS iSuppli. Samsung is expected to account for 29 percent of worldwide cellphone shipments, up from 24 percent in 2011, according to the IHS, which said Nokia's share dropped to 24 percent from 30 percent. This will mark the first time the...
  • Panetta says first F-35 overseas deployment planned for Iwakuni

    12/19/2012 1:59:27 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 19, 2012 | Stars and Stripes
    Plans call for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to get its first overseas deployment in 2017 to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in line with the military’s “Pacific pivot,” according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The F-35B Lightning II — the Navy and Marine Corps variant featuring short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities — has been billed as the next-generation stealth fighter despite complaints about noise and cost overruns. It can travel at speeds of Mach 1.6 — about 1,200 mph — and can land on ships or damaged runways, according to the web site for developer Lockheed Martin Corp....
  • Redistribution as Slavery

    12/19/2012 1:53:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 18, 2012 | Dean Kalahar
    The idea that we should take from those who have and give to those who don't is viewed as proper and just among liberals. In fact, if you do not subscribe to redistribution ideology, you are attacked as being greedy at best and racist at worst. The problem is that income redistribution in practice promotes one of the same moral injustices found under slavery. As Thomas Sowell put it: "Not since the days of slavery have there been so many people who feel entitled to what other people have produced as there are in the modern welfare state." If morality...
  • Man Arrested For Facebook Comments

    12/19/2012 1:48:19 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    700WLW News ^ | December 17, 2012 | 700WLW News
    (Finneytown)--18 year old Devon Carey from Finneytown was arrested after he allegedly threated to shoot children. Police say that Carey was tired of seeing all the comments about the tragedy in Connecticut on his facebook feed. He said he was so fed up that it made him want shoot kids himself.
  • House, Senate agree on sweeping defense bill

    12/19/2012 1:47:01 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 18, 2012 | By JOYCE TSAI
    After ironing out differences in the House and Senate’s competing versions of the bill, congressional negotiators have set the stage for a final vote this week on the National Defense Authorization Act, a sweeping $632 billion defense bill, which will provide for modest troop pay increases and Tricare fee hikes, as well as insurance coverage for abortions in the case of rape and incest. Considered must-pass legislation every year, the bill provides a blueprint for Congress’ national defense priorities for the year. Lawmakers hailed their ability to get the bill passed for the 51st year a row, a sign of...
  • Israeli Druze Envoy: Abbas Does Not Even Represent His Wife

    12/19/2012 1:04:08 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The so-called problem of the Palestinian Authority-Israel struggle actually disguises the real problem of Islamic fundamentalism, Israeli Ambassador to Norway Naim Araidi told the local ABC news outlet. He said that Muslim extremists want to replace modern life in Europe with Islamic Shari'a law. As for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, “He does not even represent his wife," according to the ambassador. Araidi, who earned undergraduate and Msters degrees at Hebrew University and received his Doctorate at Bar-Ilan University, grew up in a Druze village near Haifa. The Druze do not consider themselves Arabs, and their religion is considered “secret” that...
  • Canadian child-killer's release draws outrage

    12/19/2012 12:40:01 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    cnn ^ | December 14, 2012 | Paula Newton
    Canadians expressed outrage Thursday after the release of Guy Turcotte, a cardiologist who in 2009 confessed to killing his children as they slept in their beds. What many wanted to know was how a father who stabbed his children dozens of times could be free after 46 months of confinement. Those voices echo the grief of Turcotte's ex-wife, Dr. Isabelle Gaston, the mother of 5-year-old Olivier and 3-year-old Anne-Sophie. As Gaston pored over her children's autopsy reports, she wished she had no idea what they meant. But as a physician and a coroner, she knows it's true: Her children suffered...
  • Kasich Will Not Delay Signing Of New Gun Bill(OH)

    12/19/2012 12:39:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    10tv.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | NA
    “I’m a Second Amendment supporter and that’s not going to change. There are a range of issues at play here involving mental health, school security and a culture that at times fails to reject the glorification of violence that can desensitize us to the sanctity and majesty of life. Going forward, we need to pay close attention to what the experts conclude from this incident in order to see if there are lessons to be learned and applied here in Ohio," said Kasich.
  • A word from Stephen Hunter

    12/19/2012 12:38:13 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    Powerline ^ | 18 Dec 2012 | Stephen Hunter
    It seems odd that in the orgy of recrimination, faux solemnity and glycerine tears of the past few days on the issue of “What can we do?” no one has mentioned something that is A.) Immediate, B) Cheap and C) Bound to be effective and at the least, D) Certainly worth trying. That is if the New York Times, the Washington Post, People Magazine, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox–Big Media, USA– were to announce, jointly, the following voluntary policy: “As of January 1, 2013, we will not publish or broadcast the name, photograph or background of anyone who attempts or...
  • Man shoots another in self defense at East Monague Market

    12/19/2012 12:34:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    counton2.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | NA
    Fleming went into the store, while his girlfriend waited in the vehicle. According to the girlfriend Rodrequez Shaw approached the vehicle in the parking lot and they exchanged words. Shaw then entered the store with a handgun and approaching Fleming. Fleming pulled a handgun and fired two rounds striking Shaw. Shaw fled the store and collapsed a short distance from the rear door. He was later pronounced dead.
  • Store Owner, Robbery Suspects Exchange Gunfire in West Little Rock(AR)

    12/19/2012 12:29:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    arkansasmatters.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | NA
    The Little Rock Police Department is investigating a weekend shooting incident on the city's west side after a store owner exchanges gunfire with suspects who tried to rob his business. It happened Saturday afternoon around 4:45 along North Bowman Road. A police officer on patrol said he heard two to three loud bangs before he was flagged down by several people reporting the shooting. Police say the 27-year-old owner of Urban Swagg said three suspects beat him in the head and face before tying him up and then tying up his 25-year-old girlfriend too. It happened after the men walked...
  • Sources: MTA Chairman Joe Lhota To Run For New York City Mayor

    12/19/2012 12:25:44 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 6 replies
    CBS Local New York ^ | December 18, 2012 11:50 PM | New York CBS Local
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — CBS 2 has learned Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota will resign his post and run for mayor of New York City in 2013. Highly placed sources in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration and the MTA board told CBS 2′s Dick Brennan that Lhota will step down Friday and is expected to join the mayoral race for the Republican nomination.
  • Florence County resident shoots home intruder, deputies say

    12/19/2012 12:24:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    FLORENCE, S.C. -- The victim of an attempted burglary was awakened and fired several shots at the intruder, hitting him in the leg, Florence Deputies said on Monday. According to Investigators, the residents of the dwelling on Old McAllister Road awoke to find an intruder in the home mid-morning on Monday, deputies said in a press release. The victim fired several shots at the suspect while inside the residence and the suspect fled on foot. The suspect was later found a short distance from the residence with a gunshot wound to the leg, deputies said. Deputies did not say when...
  • Liberals Pine for China's Top-Down Society

    12/19/2012 12:21:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | John Ransom
    Kenneth416 wrote: While I will not be affected by the increase in the marginal rate of taxation of salaries and wages from the current 35% to 39.6% (as under the Clinton-era), I doubt that it will have a serious effect on the behavior of the highest earners. Note that, for a high earner who earns $1M, the additional income tax will be only $46,000, less than the cost of the luxury Mercedes or Lexus he or she drives (and which is probably provided by his/her employer, anyway). The real bite comes in the tax on Dividends and Cap Gains, where...
  • The Year of "Our Savior" Obama

    12/19/2012 12:14:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Brent bozell
    The year 2012 was defined by the calculated re-emergence of Obama worship, no matter how obvious his failures in office. After his re-election, the actor Jamie Foxx let it all hang out in a tribute at the BET Awards on November 25: "First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior, Barack Obama!" For that President Jesus gasbaggery, Foxx was selected as one of the winners of the Media Research Center's Best Notable Quotables of 2012, a collection of liberal foolishness selected by 46 judges of distinction in the conservative media. Foxx won the "Barbra Streisand...
  • A Hundred Percent of Nothing

    12/19/2012 12:03:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Walter E Williams
    JoAnn Watson, Detroit city council member, said, "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo." In other words, President Obama should send the nearly bankrupted city of Detroit millions in taxpayer bailout money. But there's a painful lesson to be learned from decades of political hustling and counsel by intellectuals and urban experts. In 1960, Detroit's population was 1.6 million. Blacks were 29 percent, and whites were 70 percent. Today, Detroit's population has fallen precipitously to 707,000, of which blacks are 84 percent and whites 8 percent....
  • It's the Spending, Stupid!

    12/18/2012 11:55:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | John Stossel
    Listening to progressive media pundits, I'd think the most evil man in the universe is Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform. His crime? He heads a movement that asks political candidates to pledge not to raise taxes. I think Grover accomplished a lot. But I wish he'd convinced politicians to pledge not to increase spending. President Obama says raising taxes to cut the deficit is a "balanced" approach. Balanced ... But what's "balanced" about raising taxes after vast increases in spending? Trillions for war, Medicare, "stimulus" and solar panels. Tax receipts rose -- after tax-rate cuts -- from...
  • Jihadists Exploit Syrian Turmoil as the Islamic State of Iraq Makes a Comeback

    12/18/2012 11:38:09 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 12/14/2012 | Ludovico Carlino
    Iraq’s armed Islamist front is beginning to see favorable results from a new phase in the movement’s struggle that began in the summer. The plan, entitled “Demolishing the Walls,” was announced in a July 21 audio message by Abu Bakr al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi, the Amir of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), a Sunni Islamist umbrella group formed in 2006 by al-Qaeda in Iraq. [1] Since last July, the ISI has been able to orchestrate an effective and geographically widespread bombing campaign in regions ranging from Mosul and Kirkuk in the north to Basra and Nasiriya in the south. Targets of...
  • Golden Eagle Snatches Kid (Video)

    12/18/2012 11:32:28 PM PST · by beaversmom · 40 replies
    You Tube ^ | December 18, 2012 | MrNuclearCat
    Caught on video. Bird of prey tries to snatch toddler. Bird gets in the air for a little bit with child but releases. I guess this is real. Looks it to me. Bad enough to happen to a pet, but holy cow, what if it got higher in the air and released or didn't release! Wow.
  • Golden Eagle Snatches Kid (But Fails)

    12/18/2012 11:32:05 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/18/2012 | Youtube
    Video Linky Here
  • Giants star Victor Cruz visits family of biggest fan and Sandy Hook victim

    12/18/2012 11:19:27 PM PST · by dead · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/19/12 | LAUREL BABCOCK in Sandy Hook, Conn. and YOAV GONEN in NY
    Jack would have loved it. New York Giants star wide-receiver Victor Cruz visited the family of his biggest little fan, 6-year-old Jack Pinto, in Connecticut today, paying respects to the family four days after Jack was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School bloodbath. On Sunday, Cruz had honored the little boy by dedicating a football game to his memory. Today, the day after Jack was buried, Cruz spent more than three hours in the family's Sandy Hook home visiting with family, friends and neighbors of little Jack — who was buried in his favorite football jersey, No. 80, Cruz's...
  • Larry Pratt: The ban on semiautomatic rifles didn't work then and won't work now

    12/18/2012 11:14:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 16 December 2012 | Larry Pratt
    A gunman whose name we do not need to memorialize took advantage of our gun-control laws to slaughter 20 children and six adults in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. In addition to the gunman, blood is on the hands of members of Congress and the Connecticut legislators who voted to ban guns from all schools in Connecticut (and most other states). They are the ones who made it illegal to defend oneself with a gun in a school when that is the only effective way of resisting a gunman.What a lethal, false security are the "gun-free zone" laws. Virtually all...
  • Clackamas mall shooter faced man with concealed weapon

    12/18/2012 11:06:08 PM PST · by MPJackal · 8 replies
    KGW.com ^ | 17 December 2012 | Mike Benner
    by Mike Benner, KGW Staff Posted on December 17, 2012 at 5:18 AM Updated yesterday at 11:52 AM PORTLAND -- Nick Meli is emotionally drained.  The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire. "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?,'" he said the friend and baby hit the floor.  Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar. "He was working on his rifle," said Meli.  "He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side." The break in gunfire...
  • Important Statement from the National Rifle Association

    12/18/2012 10:56:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 105 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | December 18, 2012 | NA
    The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown. Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.Details will...
  • Civilian analysts gained Petraeus’s ear while he was commander in Afghanistan

    12/18/2012 10:54:58 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2012 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, a husband-and-wife team of hawkish military analysts, put their jobs at influential Washington think tanks on hold for almost a year to work for Gen. David H. Petraeus when he was the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Provided desks, e-mail accounts and top-level security clearances in Kabul, they pored through classified intelligence reports, participated in senior-level strategy sessions and probed the assessments of field officers in order to advise Petraeus about how to fight the war differently. Their compensation from the U.S. government for their efforts, which often involved 18-hour workdays, seven days a week and...
  • Amazing Reality: Eagle Picks Up Baby Video

    12/18/2012 10:54:12 PM PST · by woofie · 21 replies
    First link is for a video : Golden Eagle Snatches Kid in Montreal! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POx37iFsWrQ Make sure you see the end in slow motion This link is for a 1908 D W Griffith Movie Short: RESCUED FROM AN EAGLES NEST http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lflJ6ZVKgo
  • NYT: The Puzzle of Black Republicans ("modern black Republicans have been more tokens...")

    12/18/2012 10:45:48 PM PST · by dead · 47 replies
    The NY Times ^ | December 18, 2012 | ADOLPH L. REED Jr.
    WHEN Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina announced on Monday that she would name Representative Tim Scott to the Senate, it seemed like another milestone for African-Americans. Mr. Scott will complete the term of Senator Jim DeMint, who is leaving to run Heritage Foundation. He will be the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction; the first black Republican senator since 1979, when Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts retired; and, indeed, only the seventh African-American ever to serve in the chamber. But this “first black” rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes — including that of President Obama —...
  • VIDEO: SD Woman Makes Ornaments Out of Moose Droppings

    12/18/2012 10:45:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    KSTP ^ | 12/18/2012 | Jennie Olson
    A South Dakota woman is using a little bit of creativity and an unusual material to make Christmas tree decorations. She shellacs and decorates ornaments made from moose droppings. She’s even painted the classic Peanuts character, Snoopy, on several of the crafts. She says she got the idea of using the material after seeing other such products being sold in stores in Alaska
  • A Mummy Murder Mystery Is Solved: King's Throat Was Slit

    12/18/2012 10:37:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/18/2012 | Megan Gannon
    Solving a centuries-old murder mystery, researchers say Egyptian King Ramses III's throat was likely slit by conspirators in his harem. Moreover, the body of the pharaoh's traitorous son, Prince Pentawere, may have finally been found. Scholars have long been puzzled about the death of Ramses III, believed to have ruled from about 1186 B.C. to 1155 B.C. during Egypt's 20th dynasty. While ancient papyrus court documents show that members of the king's harem plotted to kill him as part of a palace coup, it has remained unclear whether the assassination scheme was successful. Researchers revisited the mummy of Ramses III...
  • Michigan’s Republican governor vetoes bill that would allow concealed carry in schools

    12/18/2012 10:31:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 18, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Disappointing but understandable. If even the NRA was sufficiently cowed by public reaction to Sandy Hook to keep silent until today, how much political leeway did the Republican governor of a blue state have to expand gun rights — in schools? Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a bill this afternoon that would have allowed gun owners with extra training to carry their concealed weapons in schools, day care centers, churches and stadiums. In his veto letter sent to the Legislature shortly before 4 p.m., Snyder said the bill had a fatal loophole that didn’t allow for those institutions to opt out...
  • Best holster for teachers?

    12/18/2012 10:20:24 PM PST · by exhaustguy · 24 replies
    Vanity
    What is the best holster to use when you Conceal Carry while working as a teacher in middle and high school? In particular a gym, shop, or music teacher who is in close contact with his/her students. What holster works best to avoid the gun being seized when working day to day and possibly being distracted by another student?
  • Jon Hammar May Be Released Friday

    12/18/2012 10:20:19 PM PST · by JouleZ · 8 replies
    KFI ^ | 12-18-2012 | John and Ken
    Jon Hammar to be released on Friday from a Mexican jail. The former Marine's mother speaks about his freedom at the link.
  • Is organic food more nutritious than non-organic food?

    12/18/2012 10:13:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 12 December 2012 | Harriet Brewerton
    Scientists in Denmark have compared how organic and non-organic diets affect dietary mineral uptake in humans, focusing on copper and zinc. They found that there is no difference between the two diets when it comes to uptake and how the minerals are processed in the body.Copper and zinc are two essential trace elements with unknown availability in organic verses non-organic diets. Alicja Budek Mark and colleagues at the University of Denmark investigated the content of these elements in non-organic versus all-organic diets fed to 20 men over 12 days. And Mark’s team assessed the in vivo absorption of zinc and...
  • Chicago gang violence shows no signs of stopping

    12/18/2012 10:12:55 PM PST · by RC one · 9 replies
    CBC ^ | 12/12/12
    (CBS News) CHICAGO - There is a war going on -- not overseas, but right here on the streets of America. A gang war has taken over parts of Chicago.Over the weekend, 14 people were shot. Two were killedSo far this year, there have been more than 2,364 shootings and 487 homicides.CBS News National Correspondent Dean Reynolds rode along with Commander Leo Schmitz of Chicago Police Department's 7th district. The area is a gang-related swath of the city's South Side. They started to drive as children were leaving school for the day."When you have them coming out of school, and...
  • Ireland to LEGALIZE abortion: Terminations will be allowed if woman feels “suicidal”

    12/18/2012 10:11:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:35 EST, 18 December 2012 | Vanessa Allen
    Ireland is to legalize some abortions after the death of a pregnant woman who was refused a termination. It was announced yesterday that the Dublin government would legislate to decriminalize abortion if the mother’s life was at risk. Reforms are expected to include the threat of suicide as a ground for abortion, but may not extend to pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The country has the strictest abortion laws in Europe, and any move to change them is expected to face strong opposition from the Catholic Church. …
  • Chicago cop whose home was raided is awarded $565,000 in damages

    12/18/2012 10:06:59 PM PST · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 10, 2012 | Annie Sweeney
    When Chicago police broke into his Austin home with guns drawn and a search warrant, Markee Cooper Sr., a cop himself, and his family could only look on as drawers and closets were searched for crack cocaine based on an alleged informant's tip. On Friday, a federal jury awarded Cooper and his family $565,000 in damages after finding one officer at fault for a falsified warrant and two others responsible for the illegal 2007 search.
  • 2 teens sentenced for gang murder in Caldwell

    12/18/2012 10:06:43 PM PST · by RC one · 4 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | December 17, 2012
    Two gang members who stabbed an 18-year-old man to death outside a party in Caldwell in April will spend at least 10 years in prison. Miguel Angel Talavera, 19, and Bobby Zepeda, 18, were sentenced Monday by 3rd District Judge Molly Huskey to 25 years in prison with eligibility for parole after 10 years. The men had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the April 28 stabbing death of Victor Garcia. According to police, Talavera and Zepeda confronted the victim in the Indian Creek subdivision and chased him for several blocks before stabbing him to death. Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan...
  • Gun debate needs a waiting period (An honest Leftist?)

    12/18/2012 9:53:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 18, 2012 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    Given the self-serving way in which many reacted to the news of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., one really has to ask gun-control advocates: "Have you no decency?" How about giving a horrified and heartbroken nation a chance to mourn and bury the dead? How about showing some respect for the victims you claim to care about? How about giving politics, pet causes and partisan jockeying a rest until we wipe our tears? Tell that to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who said after the shootings: "If now is not the time to have a serious...
  • (Video) Democrat Exploitation of Shootings

    12/18/2012 9:52:55 PM PST · by publius321 · 3 replies
    Similar to the way Obama used the families of victims of the Benghazi murders for which he is responsible, Obama licked his chops over the opportunity to use the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary to further his assault upon the constitution...
  • Let the truth be known - Did Walmart pay to enter India? Probe the issue

    12/18/2012 9:42:48 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | December 12, 2012 | Editorial
    Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath has done well to assure the Opposition early Tuesday that the Government will inquire into the details of Walmart's lobbying activities in India. The retail giant’s recent disclosure to the US Senate that it has spent $25 million (about Rs125 crore) since 2008 to lobby for access to the Indian market, has raised uncomfortable questions on whether policy-makers in India were bribed by the American retail giant. Muddying the waters is the announcement by Bharti Walmart Pvt Ltd — the joint venture company of Walmart and Bharti Enterprises Ltd — last Friday that...
  • As Oregon's jobs growth crawls, thousands await their shot at recovery

    12/18/2012 9:40:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 18, 2012 | Molly Young
    Hope for finding a job, for paying next month's rent and for keeping the lights on over for the holidays is fading for Brenda Wallis. She lost her job in 2008, at the dawn of a recession that eventually claimed 147,700 Oregon jobs. She exhausted her unemployment benefits and has applied for cash assistance from the same state agency at which she once worked. And she's filled out hundreds of applications, landing six interviews but no offers. As the gap in her work history grows, the bills get harder to pay. There's little left to hope for, says the Fairview...
  • Iraq War Veteran Celebrates End of 2,012 Mile Walk

    12/18/2012 9:32:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Dec 2012
    Major Phil Packer MBE, who was injured in a rocket attack in Iraq in 2008, has crossed the finishing line of his 2,012 mile charity walk in Canary Wharf, London.Major Phil Packer MBE, a former soldier who was told he would never walk again after a rocket attack in Iraq in 2008, has completed his 2,012 mile walk to raise money to build a Centre for Inspiration to help youngsters facing adversity. It is the latest of a series of challenges that the former soldier has undertaken since 2008, including parachuting with the Red Devils and rowing the English Channel.
  • Nuland: Israeli Construction is 'Provocative'

    12/18/2012 9:30:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 12/19/12 | Elad Benari
    For the second day in a row, the Obama adminstration criticized Israel on Tuesday for its decision to build new housing units in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, often wrongly described by anti-Israeli media as an "illegal settlement in east Jerusalem". “We are deeply disappointed that Israel insists on continuing this pattern of provocative action,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters. “These repeated announcements and plans of new construction run counter to the cause of peace. "Israel’s leaders continually say that they support a path towards a two-state solution, yet these actions only put that goal further...
  • The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico (Schadenfreude Never Sounded So Ecstatic)

    12/18/2012 9:15:19 PM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | DAVID BARSTOW and ALEJANDRA XANIC von BERTRAB
    Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found. AN JUAN TEOTIHUACÁN, Mexico — Wal-Mart longed to build in Elda Pineda’s alfalfa field. It was an ideal location, just off this town’s bustling main entrance and barely a mile from its ancient pyramids, which draw tourists from around the world. With its usual precision, Wal-Mart calculated it would attract 250 customers an hour if only it could put a store in Mrs. Pineda’s field. One major obstacle stood in Wal-Mart’s way. After...
  • Liberty Medical Supplies layoffs: 250 Port St. Lucie employees to lose their jobs(200 in VA, too)

    12/18/2012 9:13:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WPTV-TV ^ | December 18, 2012 | Eric Pfahler
    PORT ST. LUCIE — Liberty Medical Supplies announced Tuesday plans in two months to lay off 250 employees from its Port St. Lucie location after the company's new owners opted to exit the Medicare fee-for-service business in early 2013. Employees will be given severance packages depending on their positions, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Frank Harvey said. Some of the company's outgoing business will turn over to Coral Springs-based Arriva Medical. Harvey said Arriva Medical probably will hire several hundred employees from Liberty Medical for at least six months. Liberty Medical also announced the company will layoff 200 employees at...