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  • Thailand Will Extradite Mafia Banker

    12/20/2012 6:28:03 AM PST · by AtlasStalled
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/20/12 | Friends of Ours
    Vito Roberto Palazzolo, convicted in absentia by an Italian court in 2009 for laundering money for "boss of bosses" Toto Riina and Bernardo Provenzano from Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia, will be will be extradited from Thailand following his arrest in Bangkok earlier this year after a long international chase to apprehend him as reported by International Business Times. Palazzolo was found from clues he and his relatives left on their Facebook profiles as reported by Alessio Fratticcioli for the Digital Journal. The money man previously was implicated in the so-called Pizza Connection case in which the Mafia distributed...
  • West Virginians protest Manchin’s gun rights betrayal

    12/20/2012 6:25:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | Neil W. McCabe
    West Virginians plan to rally in front of the Charleston, W.V. offices of Sen. Joseph Manchin III (D-W.Va.) Dec. 22 in protest of his abandonment of the pro-gun rights positions he campaigned on in 2010 and 2012. “We are expecting 300 to 1,000 people to attend — it will be bigger than any of the events we held during the campaign,” said Keith T. Morgan, the president of the Charleston-based West Virginia Citizens Defense League. “We have received hundreds of RSVP’s through our Facebook page and tons of emails,” he said. “It is front page news here and we’ve gotten...
  • Obam's Petulant Chlid, "Eat Your Peas" Swagger Returns!

    12/20/2012 6:25:04 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-20-2012 | MOTUS
    I see we’ve returned to what somebody called the “smartest man in the room” swagger. This “eat your peas” scold was last heard during the fiscal cliff talks 2011(snip) Butt yesterday’s presser completed Big Guy’s on the job growth curve: from whiny baby, to petulant child, through cocky adolescence, before emerging in tact as the peevish, hubristic adult he is today. All the while staying true to his community organizer roots. And when asked where he’s been on gun control for the last 4 years by that uppity ABC reporter, Big Guy really put him in his place: “I don’t...
  • Reagan on 'Blaming Society'

    12/20/2012 6:23:33 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    "We must reject the idea that each time a law's broken, society is guilty- rather than the lawbreaker. It's time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions"-Ronald Reagan ________________________________ 'nuff said...
  • Abornaments? Abortion Activists Make Sacrilegious Ornaments

    12/20/2012 6:19:43 AM PST · by massmike · 14 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 12/20/2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business upset pro-life advocates for years with its sacreligious “Choice on Earth” Christmas cards, but pro-abortion activists have taken that outrage to the next level. The pro-life group Life Dynamics has been highlighting so-called “Abornaments” that pro-abortion activists are promoting. They are sharing the images of the sacrilegious ornaments on the popular image sharing web site Pinterest. Most of the so-called Christmas ornaments pictured involve the manipulation and desecration of plastic fetal models depicting unborn children at various stage of development before birth. The makers added: “While it’s obviously not a challenge to figure out where...
  • Americans seeking unemployment aid rises by 17,000

    12/20/2012 6:17:13 AM PST · by John W · 7 replies
    US News ^ | December 20, 2012 | PAUL WISEMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines. But the number of people seeking aid is consistent with a job market that continues to grow modestly. Unemployment claims rose the week of Dec. 15 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000 from a revised 344,000 the week before.
  • Final Q3 GDP Prints 3.1% - Government, Inventories Account For Half; Fixed Investment Negligible

    12/20/2012 6:16:28 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    Moments ago the BEA released the final Q3 GDP number, which printed at 3.1%, up from the second GDP guesstimate 2.7% reported last month, the first 3%+ print since Q4 2011 when, just like today, everything was coming up roses and when growth was on the horizon. Sadly, just like then, reading between the lines reveals more of the same disappointing components, with nearly half of the entire 3.1% annualized growth being derived from Government (0.75) and Inventories (0.73%), combined adding 1.48% (more than in the second revision) of the 3.1% print. Annualized Personal Consumption as a portion of the...
  • JIM ROGERS: I'm A Gold Bull, But I Think Prices Will Tumble For A While Longer

    12/20/2012 6:16:13 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-20-2012 | Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani
    JIM ROGERS: I'm A Gold Bull, But I Think Prices Will Tumble For A While Longer Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani, CNBCDecember 20, 2012With gold prices being hammered in recent weeks, and trading near four-month lows on Wednesday, longtime gold bull Jim Rogers is sounding a word of caution, saying it's possible the correction in bullion may continue into the new year. "Just be careful, there're too many bulls, including me, but I'm very cautious," Rogers told CNBC. "Gold is having a correction— it's been correcting for 15-16 months now— which is normal in my view, and it's possible that [the] correction is...
  • The Fix is in: Hillary’s Benghazi Report (ARB) Blames Amb. Christopher Stevens

    12/20/2012 6:11:57 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    When government officials like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton self- investigate themselves in ‘internal’ ‘independent’ reviews the truth is always covered up and buried. While you were sleeping on Tuesday night the Obama-Clinton regime did just that when they released a 39-page, unclassified report, an Accountability Review Board (ARB), on the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith, a computer expert. Straight out of the Clinton era cover-up playbook, everyone except Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, disgraced, philandering ex-CIA director David Petraeus...
  • The 'Pro Big Business' Myth Put to Rest

    12/20/2012 6:11:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    The New York Times has a long piece discussing the use — and abuse — of state and local tax incentives to businesses. The Times estimates a minimum of $80 billion worth of select tax breaks are given out nationwide each year, though the real number is much higher since many locals do not track the money or require a proper accounting. These breaks are the result of state and local bureaucrats and elected officials picking and choosing which companies should receive special economic treatment while the rest of businesses and individual taxpayers pay full freight. The article includes a...
  • The Fix is in (Part II): Hillary’s Benghazi cover-up

    12/20/2012 6:08:31 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    Yesterday, John Bolton, President George W. Bush’s former U.N. ambassador, alleged that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concocted a “diplomatic illness”avoid testifying this week on the September 11 anniversary attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith, a computer expert. Over the weekend Clinton reportedly fainted and suffered a concussion. She continues to work from home (where she could also testify by a live feed). While it might sound callous to some people, there is very good reason for Ambassador Bolton’s skepticism considering the last time Hillary...
  • GDP SOARS PAST EXPECTATIONS, RISING 3.1 PERCENT

    12/20/2012 6:07:24 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-20-2012 | Matthew Boesler
    GDP SOARS PAST EXPECTATIONS, RISING 3.1 PERCENT Matthew BoeslerDecember 20, 2012 U.S. economic output rose 3.1 percent in Q3 versus consensus estimates of a 2.8 percent gain. An increase in nonfarm private inventories was one of the largest single drivers of growth, contributing 1.1 percentage points to the number. Personal consumption growth came in at 1.6 percent versus expectations of a 1.4 percent rise. Below, the full text from the BEA: Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 3.1...
  • When you do this, Sun-Tzu smiles (strategy and tactics)

    12/20/2012 6:01:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    In a minute, we'll give you four concrete steps you can take to preserve your guns and your gun rights -- and not coincidentally, make Sun-Tzu, the greatest of ancient strategists, smile. But first, an assessment of the position. We're under attack, but it's not unprecedented. It's just the usual suspects, taking delight in a crisis they won't let go to waste, frolicking in the bloody shirt. If you're young you haven't seen this before. If you're older, you saw it in the mid-nineties. A little older, you saw the 80s hysteria that led to the Hughes Amendment and the...
  • Shiller: Housing Hasn’t Necessarily Bottomed Yet

    12/20/2012 6:01:24 AM PST · by blam
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 12-20-12 | Cullen Roche
    Shiller: Housing Hasn’t Necessarily Bottomed Yet 12/20/2012 1:39 AM Cullen Roche In an interview on CNBC earlier today Robert Shiller provided his outlook for housing. Shiller says house prices haven’t necessarily bottomed yet. “A lot of people seem to think that if the market turns around, that means more of the same, meaning another big boom.” … “I don’t think [a boom] is in the cards. We might see home prices go up a little bit, you know, a little bit above inflation, maybe. Not likely that we’ll see a real boom.” “I’d like to people getting optimistic again. Not...
  • Leno: 'When Congress Talks About Plan B, The Rest of Us End Up With Plan F and U'

    12/20/2012 5:54:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Leno: 'When Congress Talks About Plan B, The Rest of Us End Up With Plan F and U' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/20/2012 - 8:08am Jay Leno said a really inconvenient truth about the fiscal cliff negotiations on NBC's Tonight Show Wednesday "John Boehner told Congress to prepare for plan B," Leno teased during his opening monologue. "You know what that means when Congress talks about plan B? The rest of us end up with plan F and U. Okay? That's the plan we get, F and U." Ain't that the truth? Leno followed this up by saying, "But, the...
  • What Is FedEx Telling Us About The Global Economy?

    12/20/2012 5:51:08 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 12-20-2012 | Cullen Roche
    What Is FedEx Telling Us About The Global Economy? 12/20/2012 3:04 AM Cullen Roche Everyone always thinks that Alcoa kicks off the earnings season, but I donÂ’t see it that way. The real earnings season kicks off with FedEx who usually reports well in advance of Alcoa and gives us a much more meaningful look into the state of the economy. So whatÂ’s the global bellwether telling us? Here are some of the key highlights from their earnings report yesterday and the conference call: â–  Guidance for the full-year was in-line with expectations after last quarterÂ’s big cut. That could...
  • San Jose man out of immigration jail for Christmas

    12/20/2012 5:47:35 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    San Mateo County Times ^ | 12/19/2012 | Joshua Melvin
    SAN FRANCISCO -- When Jesus Ruiz Diego, 26, woke up in San Jose on Wednesday morning he thought for a second that he had just dreamed about getting out of jail. But when he saw it was his aunt who had awaked him, not a guard, he knew he wouldn't have to face the horrible reality of a Christmas spent awaiting deportation in the Yuba County Jail. "And then I was like, 'It's real,' " he said Wednesday during a news conference in front of the San Francisco office of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, whom he hopes will help in...
  • BRITISH ARMY ADVANCES 40 MILES INTO BURMA; RUSSIA STARTS NEW MAJOR OFFENSIVE ON DON (12/20/42)

    12/20/2012 5:45:57 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 16 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 12/20/42 | F. Tillman Durdin, Ralph Parker, Grant Parr, Hanson W. Baldwin, Raymond Daniell, Charles Hurd, more
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  • WA: Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill Welcomes Marijuana Smokers

    12/20/2012 5:43:54 AM PST · by Wolfie · 39 replies
    WA: Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill Welcomes Marijuana Smokers Washington state recently passed a ballot initiative that permits marijuana smokers the ability to smoke the drug in their homes legally. Frank Schnarr, the owner of Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Olympia, said that pot smokers can smoke in his establishment, according to Reuters. “I stay up at night,” he said. “I’m about to lose my business. So I’ve got to figure out some way to get people in here.” No one knows for sure if Schnarr is breaking the law by allowing his patrons to smoke marijuana at his...
  • "Obama Demands Gun Plan" (USA Today)

    12/20/2012 5:43:35 AM PST · by freedumb2003 · 20 replies
    USA Commie Today ^ | 12/20/12 | Martha (big surprise) Moore
    The assault on the Bill Of Rights: A 1: Political Correctness A 2: underway -- SCOTUS opinion of "personal right" rendered meaningless by Ayers' puppet obozo A 3: A cop comes to your house/car and flashes a badge. Say "No" I dare ya. (yes, I would say No) A 4: Tell a cop he can't search your car. A 5: Tell a cop you had "2 beers" A 6: The cop shows up -- facts are irrelevant: He can lie until the cows come home - you are screwed A 7: See A 6 A 8: Irony. Those who torture...
  • GOA's Larry Pratt DESTROYS CNN's Piers Morgan on CT Shooting

    12/20/2012 5:14:05 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 49 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Gary Mule
    "I think we need to ban control laws that prevent people from protecting themselves".
  • Cinematic Firsts Enshrined in 2012 Film Registry

    12/20/2012 5:03:11 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | December 19, 2012
    The excitement of national football; the first black star of an American feature-length film; the visionary battle between man and machine; and an award-winning actress born yesterday are part of a kaleidoscope of cinematic moments captured on film and tapped for preservation. The Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today named 25 motion pictures that have been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. These cinematic treasures represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking. "Established by Congress in 1989, the National Film Registry spotlights the importance of preserving America’s unparalleled film heritage,"...
  • I'm A Dead Sandy Hook Teacher.

    12/20/2012 5:02:20 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 47 replies
    AbsoluteSurvivalist.com ^ | 12/18/2012 | Absolute Survivalist
    I’m A Dead Sandy Hook Teacher 12/18/2012 I want to tell you about my recent death. I will be brief, because I know there are many other stories to be told about my tragic day. I hope that my death brings about the the type of conversation that will help to prevent more unnecessary deaths of teachers and children, or of any persons caught in similar circumstances. I was a normal person. I liked many of the things that you like. But mostly I loved my children and I loved teaching them. That is what I was doing four days...
  • Chinese State Media Demands US Citizens Be Disarmed

    12/20/2012 4:46:17 AM PST · by yoe · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 18, 2012 | Brandon Darby
    The official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, has demanded the US immediately adopt stricter gun control measures to reduce the number of firearms the US populace is permitted to possess. The Chinese state-controlled media’s statement, titled (“Innocent Blood Demands No Delay for US Gun Control,”) is primarily focused on the Newtown tragedy in which 26 Americans were killed by a mad gunman. Twenty of the victims were young children. The Chinese government stated, “Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control.” In an apparent effort to restrict information to their populace, the Chinese government wrote of...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/20/12)[Prayer]

    12/20/2012 4:44:42 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/20/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Buckler2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 18:30, Proverbs 2:7 1. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. 2. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
  • Who Will Pardon the Pardoner?

    12/20/2012 4:44:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    If there is one virtue voters had every reason to expect from Barack Obama, it is a strong sense of social justice. Yet somehow the one-time community organizer has dropped that ball when it comes to the exercise of his constitutional power to pardon individuals who have committed federal offenses. With only one sentence commutation and 22 pardons (for offenders who served their time), Obama has the lowest pardon rate of any modern president. This week Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz informed the Department of Justice that the president's pardon attorney, Ronald Rodgers, withheld information that could have led to...
  • Wrong answers for Newtown

    12/20/2012 4:42:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 dec 2012 | Steve Chapman
    The film "Casablanca" has many famous lines, but none more immortal than Capt. Renault's order after seeing a Nazi officer shot by Humphrey Bogart's character, Rick Blaine: "Round up the usual suspects." He issues that command to give the impression he's trying to solve the crime. In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, the Renault approach is alive and well. The three suspects commonly cited are the purported danger of certain firearms, mentally ill individuals and modern forms of entertainment. They all make plausible culprits, until you look closely. The first is our old nemesis the "assault weapon." The Newtown...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(12/20/12)[prayer]

    12/20/2012 4:41:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/20/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 18:2 1. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. 2. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. God Bless America!
  • Gun Control Perspectives: Am I a Defeatist?

    12/20/2012 4:39:09 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 7 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/20/12 | Jack Camwell
    The new political-newspeak-flavor-of-the-month is swirling around the gun control debate, and that word is "defeatist." I've been called that several times over the past week, always from Democrats who support stricter gun control regulations and even firearm bans. Just the other day, I read an article in which President Obama actually used the term "defeatist," which pretty much solidified that word in the vernacular of every blue dog Democrat who loves using political buzzwords. Instead of calling it the "gun control debate," perhaps we should resort to calling it the "War on Defeatists," since such catchy phrases like that seem...
  • Good Laws Will Never Abolish All Evil

    12/20/2012 4:26:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    IT IS REMARKABLE how confident so many people are that they know what causes – and just how to prevent – horrific massacres like Friday's bloodbath at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. In a TV interview over the weekend, one observer insisted that the mass-murder in Newtown was all too predictable, given America's failure to implement an obvious and desperately overdue reform. "Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?" this individual demanded, showing no hint of uncertainty about exactly what needs to be fixed. Who was that? Was it Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel,...
  • Tim Scott and Daniel Inouye Show a Better America

    12/20/2012 4:20:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Michael Barone
    On Monday, the U.S. Senate got its newest member and lost its most senior member. The newest senator is South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott, whom Gov. Nikki Haley said she would appoint to fill the vacancy caused by the pending resignation of Jim DeMint. The most senior senator was Hawaii's Daniel Inouye, who died at 88 just a few hours after Haley's announcement. Much has been made of the fact that Scott will be the only black senator and the first black Republican senator since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, who was elected in 1966 and 1978. Haley noted that fact...
  • The Lord's Kind Invitation [New Church, Ecumenical]

    12/20/2012 4:10:30 AM PST · by DaveMSmith
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed, Dec 19, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    This Bible Study offers thoughts about how to move away from violence and mayhem, where the Lord is in all this, and what His life on earth did (and did not) do for us.I can field questions or comments here or feel free to use Spirit and Life Bible Study on Facebook
  • Piers Morgan Calls Pro-Gun Advocate 'Unbelievably Stupid,' 'Dangerous': 'You Shame Your Country'

    12/20/2012 4:05:58 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 37 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    CNN's Piers Morgan has been on a rabid anti-gun rant since July's Aurora, Colorado, shootings that has gotten even more venomous after Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. On Tuesday, he rudely and disgracefully tore into guest Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, calling him "an unbelievably stupid man" who's "dangerous," concluding the interview by saying, "You shame your country" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • One Night in Bangkok

    12/20/2012 4:00:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    BANGKOK -- Most of us can read about sex trafficking with a sense of detachment. It is only when we see its results up close that we are forced to confront the full extent of its horror. Nana Plaza is one of several "red light" districts in Bangkok. It is less than two blocks from my upscale hotel, but worlds away from it, a distance, you could say, separating Heaven from Hell. Girls -- and that's what many of them are -- wear almost nothing. They are there to please. My guide points out a three-story structure. "The higher you...
  • Thanks for the Gun, Stupid

    12/20/2012 3:51:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | John Ransom
    So I’m reading this email teaser from National Journal’s Influence Alley called Spending Cuts Added to Plan B that says: “In a bid to win more support for Republican House Speaker John Boehner's Plan B to cut taxes for everyone but millionaires, GOP leaders are adding a second bill that would reduce the deficit and avoid the sequester, a GOP leadership aide told the Alley.” So first I’m thinking “What tax cut?” Doesn’t a tax cut necessitate some sort of tax “cutting” action? The net result of the proposal is to increase taxes for some. If these guys worked on...
  • China’s airing of “V for Vendetta” stuns viewers

    12/20/2012 3:38:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 20, 2012 2:00 AM EST | Louise Watt
    Television audiences across China watched an anarchist antihero rebel against a totalitarian government and persuade the people to rule themselves. Soon the Internet was crackling with quotes of “V for Vendetta’s” famous line: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” The airing of the movie Friday night on China Central Television stunned viewers and raised hopes that China is loosening censorship. … The 2005 movie, based on a comic book, is set in an imagined future Britain with a fascist government. The protagonist wears a mask of Guy Fawkes, the 17th-century English...
  • Gun Violence -- Let's Shift the Odds in Favor of the Good Guys!

    12/20/2012 3:37:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Larry Elder
    The unimaginable horror of Sandy Hook jumpstarts another "national conversation" about firearm violence. President Barack Obama, promising "meaningful action," said: "We will have to change. ... We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end." Let's examine four of the "commonsense" measures frequently proposed by "gun control advocates": One, closing the "gun show loophole." What gun show loophole? Restricted from selling at guns shows prior to 1986, a licensed dealer today requires a background check whether he sells guns at a store, a gun show or the back of his SUV. Two, banning "high-capacity" magazines. One of the firearms...
  • Al Queda grows powerful in Syria as endgame nears

    12/20/2012 3:32:13 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | Khaled Oweis
    Having seen its star wane in Iraq, al Qaeda has staged a comeback in neighbouring Syria, posing a dilemma for the opposition fighting to remove President Bashar al-Assad and making the West balk at military backing for the revolt. The rise of al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, al-Nusra Front, which the United States designated a terrorist organisation last week, could usher in a long and deadly confrontation with the West, and perhaps Israel. Inside Syria, the group is exploiting a widening sectarian rift to recruit Sunnis who saw themselves as disenfranchised by Assad's Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 20, 2012 – apopemptic

    12/20/2012 3:31:11 AM PST · by secret garden · 56 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 20 December 2012 | Thursday's sub
    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".apopemptic \ap-uh-PEMP-tik\, adjective 1. Pertaining to leave-taking or departing; valedictory.noun:1. Obsolete. A farewell address; valedictory. Example sentences:The others followed suit and, politely apopemptic, vanished into the night.-- SĹŤseki Natsume, Aiko Ito, Graeme Wilson, I Am a Cat Only to the fool who believes all truths debatable, who believes true virtue resides not in men but in eulogies, true sorrow not in partings but in apopemptic hymnsÂ…-- John Gardner, Jason and Medeia Etymology: Rising to...
  • France passes contentious budget, heavy on taxes

    12/20/2012 3:30:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 6:01 AM EST
    France’s parliament has passed a contentious budget for next year that includes a raft of new taxes aimed slashing the country’s deficit and putting it on the path to economic recovery. …
  • Today's Toons 12/20/12

    12/20/2012 3:24:25 AM PST · by pookie18 · 11 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 12/20/12 | pookie18
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  • ObamaCare 2016

    12/20/2012 3:24:05 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
  • Jimmy Savile scandal: BBC branded 'incapable and chaotic'

    12/20/2012 3:07:30 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | December 19, 2012 | John Plunkett and Dan Sabbagh
    A scathing report into the BBC's handling of a shelved Newsnight exposé of Jimmy Savile revealed a culture of "suspicion and mistrust" at the corporation, riven by factions and in-fighting with "rigid management chains" that rendered it "completely incapable" of dealing with the scandal when it was exposed. One senior BBC executive resigned and another three were moved from their jobs following the publication of the 185-page report by Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News. After a six-week inquiry that examined more than 10,000 emails and other documents and interviewed 19 people, at a cost of Ł2m, Pollard...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 20, 2012

    12/20/2012 2:51:43 AM PST · by sneakers · 13 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Islamists throw TVs on beach to denounce “corrupt” media (Tunisia)

    12/20/2012 2:36:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    France 24 ^ | 19/12/2012 | (The Observers)
    Concerned by what they say is incompetent and corrupted media, the League for the Protection of the Revolution (LPR), a group of activists that is, according to Tunisia’s opposition, close to the Islamist party in power, organized a “flash mob” protest in the city of Sousse. Television sets were thrown onto the beach like rubbish. After chanting slogans calling for the purification of the media, the protesters were asked to scatter their television sets and newspapers along Boujafaar beach, situated in the town center. …
  • Putin offers Depardieu Russian passport

    12/20/2012 2:30:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    France 24 ^ | 20 December 2012 - 11H04 | (AFP)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was ready to offer French movie star Gérard Depardieu a Russian passport to resolve his tax row, calling him a friend. “If Gérard really wants to have a residency permit in Russia or a Russian passport, we can consider this issue resolved positively,” Putin said at his first major news conference after his return to the Kremlin in a March election. …
  • Egypt’s Mubarak taken to military hospital after fall

    12/20/2012 2:24:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    France 24 ^ | 19 December 2012 - 22H11 | (AFP)
    Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak was transferred on Wednesday to a military hospital almost a week after slipping and injuring himself in a prison shower, a security official said. Mubarak was taken by ambulance from Torah jail to the Maadi military hospital in Cairo under heavy police protection, the official said, adding that the former strongman was due to undergo a head scan. …
  • NRA sees rise in membership after Connecticut school shooting

    12/20/2012 2:00:42 AM PST · by South40 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2012 | James Rosen
    The National Rifle Association, while staying mostly quiet in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Connecticut, has registered an average of 8,000 new members a day since the tragedy, an NRA source told Fox News. While this broadly aligns with trends seen after similar incidents in the past, the surge in membership this time is said to dwarf past trends. The source, based on his access to an internal memo prepared by the organization’s membership division, said both the number of individual contributions to the NRA and their average amount have risen significantly in this period.
  • Doctor developing universal snake bite cure

    12/20/2012 1:59:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Dec 12 13:44 CET | (The Local/jcw)
    In a potential scientific breakthrough for the treatment of venomous snake bites, a German doctor has been given a grant to develop a universal antidote. Martin Metz, specialist at Berlin’s Charite hospital, has figured out a way of alleviating the effects of any venom using one drug. … “I realized that the human enzyme protease disrupts proteins in all snake venom,” Metz told the paper. Taking mast cells from human enzymes almost completely cuts chance of allergic reaction. …
  • Star Senator search (Insiders: Kennedy Jr. best bet vs. Brown)

    12/20/2012 12:26:06 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/20/12 | Hillary Chabot
    Democrats seeking to convince the late Edward M. Kennedy’s son to join a special U.S. Senate election are moving to douse criticism that the Connecticut resident would be a Bay State interloper — pointing out that he owns a home on Cape Cod. “Obviously there will be people who question his ties, but he considers Massachusetts home,” said a source close to the Kennedy family. “He’s seriously considering it, and he would be the best candidate for the Democrats.” National Democrats ramped up their campaign to get 51-year-old Edward M. Kennedy Jr. to run yesterday. The Herald’s Truth Squad first...