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  • Gun Manual For Nearly EVERY Firearm On The Planet (free .pdf downloads)

    12/23/2012 2:15:22 PM PST · by dynachrome · 67 replies ^ | 2012 | Steve
    FIREARMS "A" Accuracy International AE Accuracy International AW-50 Accuracy International AW Sniper 7.62x51 Accu-Tek AT25, AT32, AT380 Accu-Tek AT380 II AK-47 AKDAL M-1919 American 180 Rifle American Arms Escort American Arms P98 American Tactical AK47 American Tactical AT15 American Tactical AT94 American Tactical Double Action Pistols American Tactical FX45 American Tactical JR Carbine American Western Arms 1873 AMT 45 DAO AMT Automag II AMT Backup .22-.380 AMT Backup DAO AMT Hardballer AMT Lightning AMT On Duty Amtec 2000 Anschutz 54 Anschutz 64R Anschutz 64P Anschutz 275 Anschutz 380 Anschutz 525 Anschutz 1388 Anschutz 1400-1500 Anschutz 1403 Anschutz 1408 Anschutz 1411-1413...
  • And they say Wayne LaPierre is crazy? I’ll show you crazy.

    12/23/2012 2:12:55 PM PST · by Starman417 · 50 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-23-12 | DrJohn
    After tragedies there is often a call for action – any action- regardless of how ineffective it might be. This week Wayne LaPierre of the NRA made a speech in which he called for armed cops in schools and it was ridiculed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen-elect Chris Murphy of Connecticut. Blumenthal called it “sadly and shamefully inadequate.” Murphy called it “revolting and tone-deaf.” The New York Daily News called LaPierre the “craziest man on Earth.” Let’s examine those accusations. Among LaPierre's remarks: - We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports,...
  • The Scourge of Concealed Weapons

    12/23/2012 1:52:50 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 91 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/23/2012 | Op Ed
    Nowadays, however, there are four states that require no permit at all to carry a gun, and 35 states have permissive “shall issue” or “right-to-carry” laws that effectively take the decision of who should carry a weapon out of law enforcement’s hands. These laws say that if an applicant meets minimal criteria — one is not having been convicted of a felony, and another is not having a severe mental illness — officials have no choice about whether to issue a permit. Some states go even further by expressly allowing guns where they should not be. Nine states now have...
  • CIA chief sends out extraordinary email to entire staff complaining about agency's portrayal in Zer

    12/23/2012 1:50:15 PM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies ^ | 12/23/12 | Nina Golgowski
    full title...CIA chief sends out extraordinary email to entire staff complaining about agency's portrayal in Zero Dark Thirty'I would not normally comment on a Hollywood film, but I think it's important to put Zero Dark Thirty which deals with one of the most significant achievements in our history, into some context,' Mike Morell began in his note to his staff on Friday.
  • Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas -- for Families

    12/23/2012 1:37:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | December 1998 | MICHAELANN MARTIN
    Catholic Traditions for Advent and ChristmasMICHAELANN MARTINIssue: How can families better live the spirit of Advent and Christmas in their homes? ResponseThe Catholic Church has designated the four weeks preceding Christmas as Advent, a time to “prepare the way of the Lord” for His coming as our King and Savior. In addition, the Church teaches that: [w]hen the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating [John...
  • Ad guru reveals why he sold Hamptons estate: I’m paying unfair price for working hard

    12/23/2012 1:33:58 PM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 23, 2012 | JERRY DELLA FEMINA
    I’m happy to pay my fair share — which is whatever the tax is right now. The thing about capital gains is, I made the investment. I put in the original money. The house cost $3 million and then I put in an additional $6 million because the house was in terrible shape. We added rooms, sections, areas, and basically it was my investment. When I bought that house I think Obama was in high school, and I certainly have paid taxes ever since. -snip Now I’m being told the right thing is to do more. And because I can...
  • Is Christmas Pagan? No! It's time to learn some real history....

    12/23/2012 1:28:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 91 replies ^ | December 2012 | CatholicKnight
    Is Christmas Pagan? A Jewish Star of David Tops This Christmas Tree   THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:   About this time every year we hear the usual misnomer that Christmas is a Pagan celebration whitewashed by the medieval Catholic Church. We hear this from all corners. Secularists just accept it as fact. Catholics, rather embarrassingly, often try to gloss over it. While Protestant Fundamentalists frequently rail against it, usually calling for either a boycott of the holiday, or else a return to the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. (For some ridiculous reason, some Fundamentalists subscribe to the notion that if a certain...
  • Americans Won't Give Up Their Guns, Law Or Not!

    12/23/2012 1:26:07 PM PST · by upchuck · 76 replies
    Faultlineusa blog ^ | Monday, December 17, 2012 | J. D. Long street
    Ordinarily, I'd agree that THIS is no time to be arguing gun control. With the pain still intense in Connecticut, there should have been a truce declared, to allow for grieving. But the plain truth is, those who declare that a good crisis must not be wasted, jumped the gun (as they usually do) and began a nationwide PR war through the national Mainstream Media to bring as much pressure to bear as they possible could on our government for laws to ban certain guns, eventually ALL guns in the hands of US civilians. To those on the political and...
  • The 12 Charts Recapping The 12 Months Of 2012

    12/23/2012 1:25:42 PM PST · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 23, 2012
    From Gas Prices to Food Stamps; from 'Bulk Ammo' to Consumer Confidence; and from Earnings to Economic Data, these 12 charts of the 12 months of 2012 are definitely Not Jim Cramer's.
  • Executive Order Holds Guns Accountable (parody)

    12/23/2012 1:10:35 PM PST · by yoe · 3 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | Dece,ber 22,2012 | Tad Cronn
    Saying he was unwilling to let what he called a “lazy-a** Congress” go on a Kwanzaa break without doing something to end gun violence, President Obama on Friday wrote and signed Executive Order No. 57-ought-nought, demanding that law enforcement officials in all 57 states immediately arrest any and all guns believed to be used in crimes. “This will get those dang guns off the street,” the president remarked as he signed the order, which was written on a cocktail napkin from the Kappuhualuhannilannamaliki-aha Hotel where he, the family and their entourage of 700 personal assistants, servants, cooks and interior decorators...
  • Austria: Three Churches Burned at Same Time

    12/23/2012 1:06:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    IslamvsEurope ^ | 12.23.2012 | Cheradenine Zakalwe
    Three churches in the Austrian town of Amstetten (pop: 21,000) were burned this morning. All of the indications point to arson. Several eye-witnesses saw a suspect. As is their custom, the police and newspapers have given a detailed account of his stature and clothing, but fail to mention his skin colour. Amstetten has a large Mohammedan population.
  • Muslim Cleric Encourages Christian Woman And Girls To Be Kidnapped/Raped, ‘Friends Of The Zionists’

    12/23/2012 1:04:37 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 23 replies
    The Global Dispatch ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012 | Brandon Jones
    The details and translations emerged Saturday of a December 13 interview on Egyptian television Al Baghdadia. During the discussion the Shiite ayatollah Ahmad Al Hassani Al Baghdadi issued a that against Christians in Iraq. Labeling them as “polytheists” and “friends of the Zionists”, the leader stressed that they must choose “or Islam or death,” while “their women and girls may legitimately be regarded wives of Muslims.” This last statement regarding the females is the Muslim indirect way of authorizing any Christian woman or girl may be captured and raped, even if she is already married, within Islam captive women may...
  • Turkey, mac and cheese: Michelle reveals she's throwing out 'Let's Move' campaign to give her fam

    12/23/2012 1:04:14 PM PST · by ColdOne · 52 replies ^ | 12/23/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    full title...Turkey, mac and cheese: Michelle reveals she's throwing out 'Let's Move' campaign to give her family a good stuffing on Christmas DayMichelle Obama put her campaign to end childhood obesity on hold as she helped cook up some turkey, stuffing and mac and cheese. The First Lady dubbed herself ‘hostess in chief’ as she welcomed the country into her family’s home for the holidays. ‘This is the time when I throw “Let's Move” out the window for a moment, and get that mac and cheese. Everybody deserves their mac and cheese,’ she told The Today Show this week.
  • Iowa court OKs firing of female dental assistant for being too 'irresistibly attractive'

    12/23/2012 12:58:07 PM PST · by jakerobins · 66 replies
    Dental assistant Melissa Nelson was fired by her boss of 10 years because he felt her presence was a threat to his marriage Horndog bosses in Iowa have a new tool to save their marriages — they can fire employees who are too hot for the workplace. The state’s all-male Supreme Court ruled 7-0 Friday that an Iowa City dentist legally canned his female assistant because she was “irresistibly attractive” and a threat to his marriage. The bombshell ruling came after Melissa Nelson sued her boss of 10 years, Dr. James Knight, for discrimination. The married mother claims she was...
  • Awesome Christmas Light setup on House

    12/23/2012 12:55:55 PM PST · by Bikkuri · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 21, 2012 | listentoourlights
    Must see for anyone that enjoys Christmas lights :)
  • Businessman: Europe Preparing Holocaust for Muslims

    12/23/2012 12:53:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 54 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Well-known religious businessman Moti Zisser predicted Saturday evening that Europe will unleash a second Holocaust – but this time, the victims will be Muslims, not Jews. "I think another Holocaust is brewing in Europe," he told congregants at Bnei Brak's Heichal Shlomo synagogue, according to Maariv-NRG. "I said it five years ago and everyone laughed at me. Today nobody is laughing; today they only argue with me over when it will happen." The entrepreneur, who has businesses in Israel as well as Poland and other European countries, explained that Muslims are increasingly gaining control of the European economy, and that...
  • Former Calhan teacher charged with sexually assaulting students

    12/23/2012 12:50:44 PM PST · by Arthurio · 17 replies
    KRDO ^ | 12.21
    EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - A former Calhan School teacher is charged with sexually assaulting two students while she was employed there as a teacher. 27-year-old Amanda Rowles is accused of having a sexual relationship with two students under the age of 18. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the unlawful activity happened over the course of the 2011-2012 school year. Rowles had since moved to the Denver Metro area and did not teach at Calhan School this school year. Rowles was arrested on Thursday by the Aurora Police Department and booked into the Aurora City Jail on a...
  • A Pledge To Gun Grabbers

    12/23/2012 12:44:58 PM PST · by .454Puma · 40 replies
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 12/23/2012 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    I was 26 years old and barely married for two months when what you see in the pictures above happened. I was in Romania, carrying an AKM-47 as a Navy reservist. I didn't really cared if I was to live or to die - living my entire as a slave under communism really made me indifferent to the perspective of dying. In fact, I was ready to put a bullet in my head if the revolution wouldn't have succeed. My father once told me: son, the single biggest mistake me and your grandad did was to surrender our guns in...
  • Medford School Board member opposes armed educators idea

    12/23/2012 12:44:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Mail Tribune ^ | December 23, 2012 | Damian Mann
    A Medford School Board member has criticized state Rep. Dennis Richardson's call to arm educators at local campuses to help prevent a mass shooting in Oregon. "I respect Dennis Richardson, but I don't always agree with him," said Paulie Brading, a former principal at three Oregon schools who has been on the board since 2008. "It's almost a knee-jerk reaction that has politicized this situation." Richardson, R-Central Point, has proposed arming and training two to three school officials at each school in the state to help prevent the kind of mass killing that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in...
  • Was Promoting Democracy a Mistake? Liberalism, the Arab Spring, and the mugging of neoconservatives

    12/23/2012 12:42:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies
    Commentary ^ | November 2012 | John Agresto
    AS SECTARIAN VIOLENCE in the Middle East increases, as Iraq falls further into the orbit of Iran,as Afghanistan seems poised to hand over its corrupt democracy to terrorists and Taliban murderers, and as American interests and lives are sacrificed to the depredations of the so called Arab Spring, it might be worthwhile to take stock of what these unfolding debacles mean for neoconservatives and our attachment to democracy’s expansion. We should begin with Iraq, where our most recent foray into democratic nation-building began. I was, from the start of the campaign to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein, both a supporter...
  • Dreamland

    12/23/2012 12:36:43 PM PST · by OddLane · 2 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 23, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One of the unfortunate developments of 2012 was the continued usurpation of the legislative process by a president intent upon pursuing his personal political objectives, even if doing so meant evading the constitutional separation of powers. In addition to the broad administrative amnesty initiated by ICE in 2011, the last year of the Obama administration saw the implementation of a policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an end-run around Congress’s consistent rejection of the Dream Act that has already afforded hundreds of thousands of potential criminals the opportunity to exploit American taxpayers, i.e. suckers. While the executive branch seeks...
  • We Three Kings (Coolest Christmas song EVER)

    12/23/2012 12:36:39 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Pink Martini
    I just recently discovered Pink Martini when the local classical FM station added them to the playlist. Enjoy!
  • Silver-collar economy: Kalamazoo-area workers follow national trend in putting off retirement

    12/23/2012 12:21:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | December 23, 2012 | Yvonne Zipp
    KALAMAZOO, MI – It may be time to put away those rocking chairs and list the golf clubs on eBay. Whether driven by economic necessity or a desire to remain engaged, more people are punching clocks well past their 65th birthday. In 2012, one in nine men over age 75 was working, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and one in 20 women over 75 were employed. That was the highest number recorded since the government started keeping those statistics in 1981. "I do think that a lot of people who are approaching later in life these days...
  • Teachers attacked by children as young as FOUR: Rising tide of violence in Britain's primary schools

    12/23/2012 12:12:13 PM PST · by Arthurio · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12.21
    Pupils as young as four are using scissors, chairs, bats and staple guns to attack teachers amid a rising tide of violent indiscipline in primary schools. Growing numbers of teachers are falling victim to serious assaults by young pupils who punch, stab, kick, bite and push. Cases detailed in incident logs include an attempted strangling with a scarf and an injury to a teacher who disarmed a pupil caught carrying a kitchen knife. Children also arm themselves with any classroom items at hand - including sharpened pencils, metal stools, large batteries, tennis rackets and computer keyboards. Read more: Follow...
  • Down to -50C: Russians freeze to death as strongest-in-decades winter hits

    12/23/2012 12:11:21 PM PST · by FreeReign · 80 replies ^ | 19 December, 2012 | RIA Novosti / Yakov Andreev
    Russia is enduring its harshest winter in over 70 years, with temperatures plunging as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Dozens of people have already died, and almost 150 have been hospitalized. The country has not witnessed such a long cold spell since 1938, meteorologists said, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees lower than the seasonal norm all over Russia. Across the country, 45 people have died due to the cold, and 266 have been taken to hospitals. In total, 542 people were injured due to the freezing temperatures, RIA Novosti reported. The Moscow region saw temperatures of -17 to -18...
  • Delhi gang-rape protests: Scores injured, PM appeals for calm

    12/23/2012 12:10:05 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 33 replies
    Zeenews Bureau ^ | December 23, 2012 | Zeenews Bureau
    New Delhi: Hundreds of people, mainly the young, on Sunday continued their noisy protests against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman, sparking off sporadic clashes with polices. Having barricaded all roads leading to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and nearby government offices, security forces sprayed water at a large crowd shouting slogans against the Delhi police and demanding death to the rapists. Eight Delhi Metro stations were shut today, but that seemed to have no impact on the crowds. There is genuine and justified anger and anguish at this ghastly incident, PM said today on Delhi gangrape. I appeal to all concerned...
  • Cops: Man Shot Two Girls Who Saw Him Shoot Motel Clerk

    12/23/2012 12:04:23 PM PST · by Arthurio · 27 replies
    CBS ^ | 12.13
    CHICAGO (STMW) – A 21-year-old man already in jail for shooting two girls on the West Side earlier this week did so, according to authorities, because they were witnesses to his shooting of a motel clerk who would not let him and the girls check in. David Victory, a parolee who was denied bond on Wednesday after being charged with attempted murder for the shooting of two 17-year-old girls on the West Side, now faces an additional count of attempted murder, and gun charges, for shooting the motel clerk in Cicero. About 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, a clerk at the Karavan...
  • Police In Riot Gear Break Up Brawl Among Parents At Youth Football Game

    12/23/2012 12:02:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    AP) ^ | December 23, 2012 8:35 AM
    Police in riot gear flooded the field of a youth football game in Southern California to stop a brawl that involved dozens and possibly hundreds of adult spectators. Chino police told the San Bernardino Sun they received several calls saying a melee had broken out amid a crowd of hundreds of parents who were watching a Pop Warner playoff game at the city’s Ayala Park on Saturday. Sgt. Frank Mena said ..... one of the teams was from Alhambra, but did not know the hometown of the other. Chino is in San Bernardino County 35 meals east of Los Angeles.
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "It's A Wonderful Life"(1946)

    12/23/2012 11:58:34 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1946 | Frank Capra
    Today being Christmas Eve Eve is the inspiration for today's feature. The beloved perennial Christmas classic about a man who sees what life would've been liked if he had never been born. Starring conservative Republican and WWII veteran James Stewart and directed by Republican, pro-American director Frank Capra. Possibly my favorite film of all time.
  • E. Idaho call center closes, 100 workers lose jobs

    12/23/2012 11:50:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — About 100 workers have lost their jobs after an eastern Idaho call center in Rexburg closed. The Standard Journal reports that the Opinionology Market Research Call Center closed on Wednesday. Opinionology and Survey Sampling International merged last year...
  • Obama and Bush Eulogies: The Grotesque and the Graceful

    12/23/2012 11:47:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 23, 2012 | Thomas Lifson
    Video at link. President Obama has a very serious ego problem, and when he goes off teleprompter, it sticks out like a sore thumb. His eulogy for Senator Inouye on Friday was grotesque in its focus on the speaker, not the dearly departed. Unsurprisingly, President George W. Bush delivered a graceful eulogy for Gerald R. Ford's funeral, a model from which his successor should, but will not, learn. As David Paulin points out: A great funeral eulogy and not a single mention of "I" or "me" by President Bush. He says "us" and "we" at two points, both only in...
  • Mystery of dogs leaping from 'suicide' bridge

    12/23/2012 11:46:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 85 replies ^ | Saturday, 22 December, 2012 | "Seeder"
    Over the last 50 years dozens of pet dogs have leapt from the 50ft bridge for no apparent reason, usually on clear sunny days. Each of the dogs jumped from the same spot between two parapets on the right-hand side. In 2005 the problem was so bad that 5 dogs jumped to their deaths off the bridge within the space of 6 months. The SSPCA ( Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ) considers the matter a 'heartbreaking mystery'. Many theories have been proposed to explain these peculiar circumstances. Some people believe that the dogs have jumped...
  • Toure: NRA Wants Massacres And For Mentally Ill To Have Access To Guns (video)

    12/23/2012 11:45:34 AM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 20, 2012
    MSNBC'S TOURE: We have to remember that the NRA does not really represent gun owners. They really represent gun and ammunition manufacturers. So, they’re not going to do anything tomorrow, or at any point, that would hurt their business, the billion dollar business that they represent.
  • (Prince)Harry kills Taliban chief

    12/23/2012 11:36:09 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 75 replies
    SunUK ^ | 12/23/12 | Staff
    PRINCE Harry has killed his first Taliban commander, The Sun can reveal. The 28-year-old gunship co-pilot was called on to unleash a missile strike to eliminate a senior terror leader. Harry has proved a massive hit with comrades in Helmand, Afghanistan, who have nicknamed him Big H. A defence insider said: "Big H is a legend. “We were on patrol and the Apache helicopters were called in. We heard this posh voice come over the radio and knew it was Big H. They were tracking a Taliban leader — he was commander level.
  • Pizzu Hut - No checks policy (along with many others)

    12/23/2012 11:34:39 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 82 replies
    To the question "Can you use a check ordering from Pizza Hut online?" We have this answer: You can only used a credit card or a Pizza Hut gift card to purchase online, no checks accepted. And, driving up to their window in South Central Texas, the same sign is posted. No checks accepted as of January 1. Wonder how many other establishments are going to do the same? I thought the economy was recovering....
  • (Potheads Vs. Tree Huggers) Pot Farms Wreaking Havoc on Northern California Environment

    12/23/2012 11:26:16 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 23, 2012 | Joe Mozingo
    Pot farms wreaking havoc on Northern California environment • Burgeoning marijuana growing operations are sucking millions of gallons of water from coho salmon lifelines and taking other environmental tolls, scientists say. EUREKA, Calif. — State scientists, grappling with an explosion of marijuana growing on the North Coast, recently studied aerial imagery of a small tributary of the Eel River, spawning grounds for endangered coho salmon and other threatened fish. In the remote, 37-square-mile patch of forest, they counted 281 outdoor pot farms and 286 greenhouses, containing an estimated 20,000 plants — mostly fed by water diverted from creeks or a...
  • Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City

    12/23/2012 11:24:29 AM PST · by goodwithagun · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12-16-2012 | Juliet Macur and Nate Schweber
    HOURS AFTER SUNSET, the cars pulled up, one after another, bringing dozens of teenagers from several nearby high schools to an end-of-summer party in August in a neighborhood here just off the main drag.
  • House Ethics Committee Dismisses Charge against Meeks

    12/23/2012 11:08:02 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    The House Ethics Committee cleared Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) of wrongdoing in connection with his secret acceptance of a $40,000 payment from Edul Ahmad, an individual who subsequently pleaded guilty in a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme. While the Ethics in Government Act requires members of Congress to disclose payments received from private parties, Meeks argued that the $40,000 was a “loan” rather than a “gift” and, therefore, exempt from the reporting requirement. Unfortunately, Meeks was unable to document his claim as he says he “misplaced” the relevant papers. The Ethics Committee report found that “while Congressman Meeks’ excuse for his...
  • CF-18 pilots on standby to escort Santa across Canada

    12/23/2012 10:42:02 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 44 replies
    CBC ^ | December 22, 2012 | Janyce McGregor
    Santa Claus may see you when you’re sleeping, but only a privileged few can actually see Santa during his high-speed international flight on Christmas Eve. The job of escorting Santa while the rest of the world sleeps falls to the same people tasked with keeping North American skies safe the other 364 days of the year: the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD.) But it’s more than monitoring the jolly man's flight on radar: Santa also gets a fighter jet escort during his time in North American airspace. Videos released on NORAD’s website reveal two of the four Canadian fighter...
  • Former President Bush Still Hospitalized

    12/23/2012 10:37:40 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    AP ^ | December 23, 2012
    President George H.W. Bush, who has been in a Houston hospital with a lingering cough since November, needs to "build up his energy" before he can be released, doctors said Sunday. Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said in an emailed statement that doctors are still optimistic the 88-year-old Bush will make a full recovery, but are being "extra cautious" with his care. Bush is in stable condition, he said.
  • Mitt's Son Says He Never Wanted to be President Anyway

    12/23/2012 10:37:20 AM PST · by Java4Jay · 11 replies
    If you thought the tale of how Mitt Romney lost the general election was already told, you would be wrong. Because there is so much left to tell, like how Mitt never wanted to be President anyway.
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 12/23 7-11pm est

    12/23/2012 10:33:04 AM PST · by Vision · 17 replies
    WAMU ^ | 12/23/12 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs... Listen Live Info
  • Why Reported Inflation Seems Different Than Reality

    12/23/2012 10:30:36 AM PST · by arthurus · 43 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 20 December 2012 | Tyler Durden
    But the manipulation of the data did not stop there. Aside from the weighting changes the BLS instituted a system of “hedonic” adjustments. Hedonics adjusts the prices of goods for the increased pleasure the consumer derives from them. “That new washing machine you bought did not cost you 20% more than it would have cost you last year, because you got an offsetting 20% increase in the pleasure you derive from pushing its new electronic control buttons instead of turning that old noisy dial, according to the BLS. When gasoline rises 10 cents per gallon because of a federally mandated...
  • Immigration rules relaxed for Santa: Kenney

    12/23/2012 10:30:10 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies ^ | December 22, 2012 | Mark Dunn
    OTTAWA - Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Santa Claus won't need proof of citizenship when he returns to the North Pole at some late hour after his Christmas Eve flight to deliver gifts around the world. "As a Canadian citizen living in Canada's North, he may re-enter the country freely at the end of his international trip," Kenney said.
  • Study: Mistletoe Effective Against Colon Cancer (Fraxini extract combats colon cancer cells)

    12/23/2012 10:26:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 12/23/12 | CBS Local Media
    SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia (CBSDC) – Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia have found another purpose for mistletoe – apart from helping potential suitors steal kisses around the holidays. Mistletoe could also be used to help the effectiveness of chemotherapy, or could even act as an alternative to chemotherapy for treatment of colon cancer, according to Newswise. The American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. noted on its official website that colorectal cancers are preventable – as many as 45 percent of occurrences could be curbed with dietary and habit modifications. Despite that fact, the news of a...
  • Sex-offender intern's case goes underground: Homeland Security, courts, senator's office all mum

    12/23/2012 10:25:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    wnd ^ | 12/22/12 | Micheal Carl
    The case against an intern serving in the Newark, N.J., office of Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from that state, who was arrested Dec. 6 reportedly for being both an illegal immigrant and a sex offender, apparently has gone underground. The Associated Press reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 18-year-old Luis Abraham Sanchez Zavaleta outside of his Newark home. However, there seems to be no record of the arrest, the progress of Sanchez’s case, or that he is even still in custody.
  • The Truth About The Right To Keep And Bear Arms

    12/23/2012 10:17:01 AM PST · by Starman417 · 34 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-22-12 | CJ
    “I don’t think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, ‘I need an assault weapon to go hunting,’” Cuomo said, according to the New York Times. “There is a balance here — I understand the rights of gun owners; I understand the rights of hunters.” Cuomo indicated the state will likely force some kind of permit process on owners of semi-automatic “assault weapons.” In addition to generating revenue and expanding the size and reach of government, the effort will allow the state to confiscate the weapons of citizens who do not comply. “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the...
  • Mitt's Son Says He Never Wanted to be President Anyway

    12/23/2012 10:14:31 AM PST · by OKRA2012 · 79 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 12/23/12 | Connor Simpson
    If you thought the tale of how Mitt Romney lost the general election was already told, you would be wrong. Because there is so much left to tell, like how Mitt never wanted to be President anyway.
  • Passenger Caught at Cairo Airport With 96 Snakes

    12/23/2012 10:08:04 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012
    Customs suspected passenger’s bulging clothes inside bagEgyptian authorities arrested a man who was about to board a flight from Cairo to Saudi Arabia with 96 snakes he planned to sell in the Gulf Kingdom. Customs men in Cairo suspected the passenger’s bulging clothes inside his bag as he headed for the aircraft, newspapers in Egypt and Saudi Arabia said. When they searched the bag again, they found 96 snakes with a length ranging between 30 and 90 cm each. The man said he had concealed the snakes to take them to Saudi Arabia to sell them for a large sum...
  • Argentine judge stops woman wedding twin sister's killer

    12/23/2012 10:01:36 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies,au ^ | December 23, 2012
    <p>AN ARGENTINE judge has blocked planned nuptials between a 22-year-old woman and her twin sister's convicted killer. Edith Casas insists Victor Cingolani did not murder her sister Johana Casas, a fashion model. He is serving a 13-year prison sentence in southern Santa Cruz province for her murder in 2010.</p>