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  • Piers Morgan Lashes Out on Twitter Against Petition Asking White House to Deport Him

    12/24/2012 1:31:28 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/24/12 | Alex Kantrowitz
    Piers Morgan lashed out on Twitter today after a petition on the White House’s official website demanding his deportation blew past the 25,000 signature mark necessary to require an official response. The petition, now over 45,000 signatures, asks the White House to deport Morgan, a CNN host, for what it calls an attack on the second amendment. Morgan, who is British, has been an outspoken advocate for gun control in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings earlier this month. The petition calls his advocacy a “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution,” and demands that he “be deported immediately for his...
  • Bennett on Netanyahu: He Wants to Navigate Alone

    12/24/2012 1:25:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/12/12
    Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett responded Monday night to the uproar created by comments he made last week regarding the expulsion of Jews from their homes. Referring to Netanyahu's campaign, Bennett told Channel 2 that "a national camp does not attack a national camp. It is completely unnecessary to play in the internal field. We have to take votes away from Livni." "This policy debate is fine," said Bennett, "but to get up in the morning and see a flood of anonymous personal negative ads is not right." "Netanyahu prefers to surround himself with weak parties who have no influence...
  • That map of gun owners circulating around (Vanity, it must)

    12/24/2012 1:23:05 PM PST · by Celerity · 22 replies
    I would like to talk about something from lohud, but those people are creeps. This map has been circulating around with the exact locations of NY state registered and licenced gun owners. This is highly upsetting. I did a search for it, and tried to scan the site for a thread - But threads are truncated for me just like everyone else.
  • The NRA plan is so stupid that 1/3rd of all public schools already use it

    12/24/2012 1:17:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    The National Review ^ | 12/24/12 | Via New York Times:
    [. . .] Nationwide, at least 23,000 schools — about one-third of all public schools — already had armed security on staff as of the most recent data, for the 2009-10 school year, and a number of states and districts that do not use them have begun discussing the idea in recent days. . . Plus the NRA plan was much more comprehensive than just armed guards.
  • Wreaths Across America (Sierra Vista, AZ)

    12/24/2012 1:16:06 PM PST · by SandRat
    Wreaths Across America (Sierra VistaFt. Huachuca, AZ)
  • To American Gun Owners

    12/24/2012 1:15:47 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 18 Dec 12 | Kenn Blanchard
    Watch
  • Photos: Rare Cat Breeds

    12/24/2012 12:48:09 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 80 replies
    Petside.com ^ | ? | Dorri Olds
    There are close to 100 recognized domestic cat breeds and every last one of them descended from wildcats. Some are recognizable just by looking at them. For instance, we’ve all heard of Persian, Siamese and Burmese cats. Other cats, however, aren't as recognizable, and not nearly as common. Here are some adorable photos of rare cat breeds who may not have crossed your path!
  • ’Tis the season to bash Israel

    12/24/2012 12:44:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Monday December 24, 2012 | David M. Weinberg
    Every Christmas eve, you can count on several foreign correspondents in Israel to produce their annual bash-Israel-for-Christmas articles. These propaganda pieces usually focus on the plight of Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem, laying the blame on Israel for the dramatic decline (from perhaps 70 percent to under 25%) in the number of Christians in that city. Earlier this year, in April, CBS’s Bob Simon produced a masterpiece of mistruth on “60 Minutes” in which he indicted Israel's “occupation” and its security fence for the decline of the Christian population in the entire West Bank. Yesterday, the slam-Israel doozy of the year...
  • Group says Gaza Palestinians violated laws of war

    12/24/2012 12:35:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 24, 2012 7:56 AM EST
    Gaza militants violated laws of war by launching hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians during last month’s fighting, Human Rights Watch said in a release Monday. … “Palestinian armed groups made clear in their statements that harming civilians was their aim,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at the New York-based rights group. “There is simply no legal justification for launching rockets at populated areas.” …
  • A sampling of child firearms deaths in 2012

    12/24/2012 12:35:12 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-24-12 | Administration Propaganda(AP)
    A sample of deaths by gunfire this year of children age 12 and under based on an Associated Press review of media reports: Jan. 23—Jaymee M. Steward, 7, is accidentally shot in the head while he and his brothers, ages 4 and 13, play in a bedroom of the family home in Morristown, Tenn., with a .22-caliber gun they mistake for a toy. Jaymee dies three days later. Feb. 20—Delric Miller, 9 months, is struck by gunfire when an attacker sprays the Detroit home he is in with an AK-47. Authorities say the gunfire is gang-related.
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/24/2012 12:26:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam...
  • #ObamaChristmasSongs (trending on Twitter)

    12/24/2012 12:22:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/24/12 | Nachum
    Currently trending on Twitter... "Mele Kalikimaka is Obama's way to say Fiscal Cliffmas to you" O Come, All Ye Useful Idiots Up on the Foreclosed Housetop #obamachristhmassongs I'm dreaming of a half-white Christmas I'll be Vacationing for Christmas All I want for Christmas is to tax the Rich White Line Christmas Rudolph the red nosed communist I'm dreaming of a tax Christmas. The Twelve Days of Gun Control Silent Drones I Saw Daddy Kissing Larry Sinclair Silent Right All You Who Are To Mirth Inclined - Marx Joy to the world, I won
  • $2 Billion to Detain Immigrants? Not a Good Move — Rev. Lauma Zusevics Writes at The Capital Times

    12/24/2012 12:16:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    Capital Times ^ | December 24, 2012 | LAUMA ZUSEVICS
    In the wake of Election Day, “immigration reform” has been on the lips of our political leaders, Republicans and Democrats alike. Hearing such talk makes me wish those officials could share the experiences I’ve had, so that those reforms are based on reality rather than wishful thinking. Whether your family arrived in America by disembarking before there was a country, or by dutifully waiting in line to immigrate, we can all agree that as Americans we have certain responsibilities. We have a moral obligation to refrain from treating illegal immigrants with undue harshness, and as a nation respected for its...
  • What will more gun laws accomplish?

    12/24/2012 12:09:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Yahoo! Answers ^ | December 24, 2012 | Gavin
    I'm 15, and where I live, most people have guns, yet you've never heard of anything like the Newtown tragedy happening here. I'm not sure if there has ever been an attempted murder in the area where I live. The way I see it gum laws will accomplish nothing. You see, criminals aren't exactly known for following laws. That's what makes them criminals. Marijuna is illegal, yet millions of Americans still do it. If there is something I'm not understanding, please educate me. Best Answer - Chosen by Asker Actually at age 15 you are more educated than the 40...
  • A Carolina Christmas Carol

    12/24/2012 11:53:51 AM PST · by Windflier · 6 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Charlie Daniels
    Every year during the Christmas season I replace my regular column with a story I wrote years ago. It’s totally fictitious, but there are bits and pieces of autobiographical material here and there that reflect on my earliest remembrances of Christmas time in North Carolina. We always have a get together with family and friends at our house on Christmas Eve night. We share some food and drink and then sit around the den in a circle and everybody gets a turn to say whatever is on their minds followed by me reading Luke's version of the Christmas story. Several...
  • FR screen layout changed

    12/24/2012 11:50:33 AM PST · by bravo whiskey · 42 replies
    24DEC12 | bravowhiskey
    i just lost my forum selection blocks on the right side and now i have to go back to home to change forums. it was fine yesterday and i haven't looked at preferences in years. is this me? Merry Christmas to all freepers.
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 12/24 7-11pm est

    12/24/2012 11:46:40 AM PST · by Vision · 14 replies
    WAMU ^ | 12/24/12 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs... Listen Live Info
  • The Unholy War on Christmas

    12/24/2012 11:33:08 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 24, 2012 | JP
    My company, a major metropolitan newspaper, used to host an annual Christmas party for employees. But, this year, the paper broke with tradition, hosting instead a “holiday party,” so as not to offend the sensibilities of those that do not believe Christ the Son of the God. Well, I respect the Constitutionally-protected right of every American to practice a religion other than Christianity, the faith of this nation’s founders. Or to practice no religion whatsoever (which I suspect of many, if not most of my journalistic peers). What I find objectionable, though, is the insistence of non-Christians that the holiday...
  • Rip Hawk dead at 82 (professional wrestler)

    12/24/2012 11:31:54 AM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | December 22, 2012 | Steven Johnson
    During his thirty years as a pro wrestler, Rip Hawk piled up enough championship belts, main event appearances, and road stories to last a lifetime... Hawk, who died December 22 at 82, after a series of heart-related ailments in recent years, was best known as the tag team partner of Swede Hanson in Jim Crockett Sr.'s Charlotte, N.C.-based promotion in the 1960s and 1970s...
  • John Kerry's Record in Latin America

    12/24/2012 11:31:44 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2012 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    ... Mr. Kerry's record of promoting American values abroad is dismal. It isn't that he opposes U.S. intervention—far from it. The trouble is that he has a habit of intervening on behalf of bad guys. A left-wing world view and an earnest conviction that it is his destiny to impose it on others may make him a perfect fit in the Obama cabinet. But it won't be good for poor countries or for U.S. interests. Latin America knows all too well the dangerous combination of Mr. Kerry's arrogance and, to be polite, let's say, naiveté. In 1985, in the midst...
  • Next-generation handcuffs deliver electric shocks, drugs to detainees

    12/24/2012 11:18:05 AM PST · by JOAT · 46 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 10 December 2012 | Mike Flacy
    Definitely an interesting, if not controversial, invention for the field of law enforcement, a new set of handcuffs delivers electric shocks like a taser. Covered in detail on Patent Bolt recently, a patent application for an advanced set of handcuffs was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark office during late November 2012. Filed by a group called Scottsdale Inventions during late 2010, technology that could potentially go into the handcuff design includes an accelerometer, a location sensing device, a microphone; a camera and a biometric sensor to measure a detainee’s physical state. However, the group has also designed the...
  • Another Danger! Chocolate Pudding

    12/24/2012 11:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I don’t like bloated government. It undermines economic performance by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy and often leads to destructive tax policy. But when trying to build support for good fiscal policy, it often helps to cite specific examples of wasteful and foolish government. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been comparing examples of government stupidity and political correctness in the United States and the United Kingdom.After all, how many people would want to pay more taxes after reviewing these bizarre episodes of government in action?From the United Kingdom A job-placement center got in trouble for discriminating...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/24/2012 11:07:39 AM PST · by Faith · 19 replies
    December 24, 2012 | Faith
    There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse.And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-2
  • The PRIVILEGE of Being ANTI-GUN

    12/24/2012 11:07:24 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 19 Dec 12 | MrColionNoir
    Watch
  • Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to Vote Fraud (It's a Joke!)

    12/24/2012 11:06:18 AM PST · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Massachusetts State Representative Stephen Smith (D-Everett) agreed to plead guilty to vote fraud in order to avoid a jail sentence. The plea agreement includes resigning from his seat in the state legislature and refraining from running for elective office for the next five years. Smith’s scam involved casting absentee ballots for ineligible voters as well as casting votes in the names of eligible voters without their knowledge. The scheme was aided by unnamed government officials who helped Smith intercept absentee ballots before they could be mailed to the intended recipients. Mild as the sanctions on Smith appear to be, US...
  • Catching Some Z’s ( thoughts from an MD about Z-Pak's )

    12/24/2012 11:05:57 AM PST · by Kimmers · 4 replies
    Bolg ^ | Jan.12, 2012 | Dr. Rob Lamberts
    “I’ve got bronchitis and my doctor gave me a Z-Pak.” I hear this from friends, from family members, and from my patient who went to the urgent care over the weekend. I smile and don’t say what I am really thinking: Bronchitis: noun - inflammation of the mucous membrane in the bronchial tubes. It typically causes bronchospasm and coughing Translation: a loose cough. This is one of the most common tricks we use as doctors: stating the obvious using a Latin or Greek word to describe the symptoms and call it the diagnosis. The suffix -itis refers to inflammation. Dermatitis...
  • Dems in CT: DSS Chief Roderick Bremby in Trouble for Lying in Federal Eldercare Court Case.

    12/24/2012 10:56:36 AM PST · by KingCast · 2 replies
    KingCast.net ^ | 24 Dec. 2012 | Christopher King, J.D.
    Here is a movie showing how bad the Connecticut Democrats are, with Gov. Dan Malloy covering for DSS wonk Roderick Bremby: http://youtu.be/xTtY8pC6lsI Our family filed to intervene in a pending lawsuit because our mother, suffering from ALZ, was not getting her Title XIX Medicaid benefits processed in a timely fashion. It is a HUGE problem in CT and many disadvantaged and elderly people are being denied benefits that were already paid for. There are two lawsuits pending: Shafer v. Bremby 12-CV-00039 on Medicaid processing issues, and Briggs v. Bremby 12-CV-00324 on Food Stamps. We don't need not stinking food stamps...
  • Update: Friend Kevin Is Cancer Free!

    12/24/2012 10:52:16 AM PST · by poobear · 22 replies
    12-24-2012
    My friend is cancer free!
  • Ansar al Sharia Tunisia releases pictures of FBI agents

    12/24/2012 10:47:00 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | 23DEC12 | Thomas Joscelyn
    A media outlet for Ansar al Sharia Tunisia has released pictures purportedly showing three FBI agents who interviewed Ali al Harzi, a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The release of the pictures on jihadist forums was first noticed by the SITE Intelligence Group. The US government had been seeking access to Harzi for more than two months, since he was arrested in Turkey and deported to his native Tunisia in October. Harzi's lawyer told the Associated Press yesterday (Dec. 22) that the FBI had finally been given permission to interview him. The interview last...
  • Create 'Gun Free Politician Zones' for all politicians who support 'Gun Free School Zones'

    12/24/2012 10:46:27 AM PST · by lward99 · 15 replies
    White House Petition ^ | 12/24/2012 | Larry Ward
    Gun control advocates' loudest voices are most heavily protected by guns. Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and other gun grabbing politicians are protected with secret service and/or security details that carry guns. If their argument is right, that guns kill people, it is more than appropriate that they disarm their security and themselves to demonstrate that they can live the way they are both proposing and legislating that the rest of the 99%, (not in the political 1% elite) live. If the Political 1%ers do not shed their armed protection for themselves and their own families then...
  • The story behind Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential campaign to President Obama.

    12/24/2012 10:43:51 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 48 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 22, 2012 | By Michael Kranish
    It was two weeks before Election Day when Mitt Romney’s political ­director signed a memo that all but ridiculed the notion that the Republican presidential nominee, with his “better ground game,” could lose the key state of Ohio or the election. The race is “unmistakably moving in Mitt Romney’s direction,” the memo said. But the claims proved wildly off the mark, a fact embarrassingly underscored when the high-tech voter turnout system that Romney himself called “state of the art” crashed at the worst moment, on Election Day. To this day, Romney’s aides wonder how it all went so wrong.
  • "All Clear" Given on Potential 2040 Impact of Asteroid 2011 AG5

    12/24/2012 10:43:12 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    NASA scientists have announced that new observations of 2011 AG5 show that this asteroid, once thought to have a worrisome potential to threaten Earth, no longer poses a significant risk of impact. The orbital uncertainties of the 140m diameter near-Earth asteroid had previously allowed a 0.2% chance of collision in Feb. 2040, leading to a call for more observations to better constrain the asteroid's future course. ... Richard Wainscoat and Marco Micheli used the Gemini 8-meter telescope at Mauna Kea, Hawaii to successfully recover and observe the small and very faint asteroid on October 20, 21 and 27, 2012. In...
  • A Christmas Reminder of Our Dual Citizenship

    12/24/2012 10:38:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Terry Paulson
    Over half of voting Americans are pleased to see Barack Obama continue for a second term while just under 50% are wondering how voters could reelect him after such a dismal record of broken promises. As believers, we ask--Is God guiding us, punishing us, or reminding us again of what truly counts in the Kingdom of God. After all, at this time of the year, when we celebrate the birth of Christ when God chose to lower himself into our playpen that by His grace we might join the family of God, we wonder what God is doing to...
  • Depardieu Move to Belgium Divides France

    12/24/2012 10:36:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2012 | Rick Moran
    If people like Paul Krugman get their way, we will be having this debate in America too.And actually, it’s not much of a debate. One of the benefits of being free is you get to go wherever you want without government interference. Evidently in France, this freedom may be in jeopardy as some wealthy citizens, refusing to give the government 75% of their income, have fled France for friendlier climes. Actor Gerard Depardieu is only the most visible individual to choose to leave. The mini-exodus has sparked a fierce debate involving “greed,” “patriotism,” and “solidarity.” Some have even questioned...
  • NASA Plans to "Lasso" Asteroid And Turn It Into Space Station

    12/24/2012 10:33:11 AM PST · by shove_it · 29 replies
    SlashDot via Yahoo ^ | 24 Dec 2012
    SternisheFan writes "NASA scientists are planning to capture a 500 ton asteroid, relocate it and turn it into a space station for astronauts to refuel on their way to Mars. From the article: 'The 1.6bn-pound plan will be considered by the White House's Office of Science and technology in the coming weeks, as it prepares to set its space exploration agenda for the next decade, the Daily Mail reported. According to a report prepared by NASA and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists, a, 'asteroid capture capsule' would be attached to an old Atlas V rocket and directed towards the...
  • Santelli: If the Fiscal Abyss Is THAT Important, Why is The President on Christmas Vacation?

    12/24/2012 10:28:57 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 17 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/24/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    One of my favorite commentators on television is CNBC’s Rick Santelli. And today, he made a great point: when the Senate wanted to pass Obamacare, they met on Christmas eve, 2009. Somehow, the fiscal cliff isn’t that important to the Senate or House this time around. We know that President Obama is perfectly happy to let tax rates automatically increase on everyone (or at least those households earning $250,000 has above). And payroll taxes rise 2% regardless of the fiscal cliff or not. Then there are the 10+ Obamacare taxe, mostly hitting the top 2% of earners. But President Obama...
  • Michael Graham Exits WTKK

    12/24/2012 10:18:56 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    All Access ^ | 12/24/12 | All Access
    Earlier speculation that GREATER MEDIA Talk WTKK/BOSTON is considering a format change sooner rather than later (NET NEWS, 12/11) may be getting closer to reality with the news that station veteran and current afternoon host MICHAEL GRAHAM has left the building. His departure follows that of middayer DOUG MEEHAN (NET NEWS, 12/17). The fate of other staffers is still unconfirmed; the station is currently airing "best ofs" of morning duo JIM AND MARGERY. We'll have more details on anything else as soon as we can confirm them. In the meantime, GRAHAM is actively looking for his next opportunity.
  • [In 2001] [Eight] Pupils die in Japan knife massacre [he didn't need a gun to massacre children]

    12/24/2012 10:17:06 AM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | June 8, 2001
    A knifeman has killed at least eight pupils in a rampage at their school in western Japan. Officials say more than 20 other pupils were hurt, along with several teachers. Some are seriously ill in hospital. It is believed the children were aged six or seven.
  • KFPS Royal Friesian Horse(VIDEO)

    12/24/2012 10:14:33 AM PST · by navysealdad · 8 replies
    The KFPS Friesian Horse- beautiful, versatile, athletic, kind, willing, and able to do anything! The Friesian is a horse breed that originated in the Netherlands. During the Middle Ages ancestors of Friesian horses were used as war horses. Their size enabled them to carry a knight in armor.
  • We escaped the end of the Mayan world...or did we?

    12/24/2012 10:10:58 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/24/12 | Jerry Todd
    Did you ever read “The Prophecies of St. Malachy?” Malachy, an Irish saint, “prophesied’ the reigns of Popes from his time of 1143 AD to the end of his list – the next pope after Benedict XVI in an era of persecution and the destruction of “the seven hilled city.” He didn’t predict their names or state his list as the end of time (nor do I), but he does predict judgment following…interestingly accurate in its 1 to 5 word phrases codifying each succeeding Pope. E.g., Pope John Paul I was called 869 years ago “of the half moon” –...
  • Random Thoughts (Thomas Sowell)

    12/24/2012 10:09:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 25, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, "What you don't know would make a big book." Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone, "What you don't know would fill more books than the Encyclopedia Britannica." At least half of our society's troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of all. Some people seem to think that, if life is not fair, then the answer is to turn more of the nation's resources over...
  • Cop Or Soldier (Can you tell the difference?)

    12/24/2012 10:09:20 AM PST · by Altariel · 31 replies
  • Edward M. Kennedy Jr. announces he will not run for US Senate in Massachusetts

    12/24/2012 10:08:14 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 19 replies
    Boston Globe-Democrat ^ | 12/24/12 | Martin Finucane
    Edward M. Kennedy Jr. announced today he would not run for US Senate in Massachusetts, removing a potentially formidable contender for the seat that will be left vacant if US Senator John F. Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. “Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and I hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future,” Kennedy said in a statement. Kennedy lives in Connecticut but also owns a house at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport. He is the son of the late...
  • How Boehner Can Stop Tax Hikes, Save His Speakership

    12/24/2012 10:04:48 AM PST · by yoe · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | December 21,. 2012 | Editor
    Budget: Plan Boehner — also known as Plan B — has failed in the House because the Republican speaker couldn't get the Republican members to follow him. So what should they do now? Wait until next year. [snip] Not that a vote would have mattered: Harry Reid's do-nothing Senate — it hasn't passed a budget in more than three years — would not have even taken up the bill. [snip] Let him send his budget to Congress in February, as required by law, and show his plans for escaping the cliff. {snip}After all, won't Obama be responsible for the tax...
  • Afghan policewoman kills US military adviser inside Interior Ministry

    12/24/2012 9:48:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | December 24, 2012 | Bill Roggio
    An Afghan policewoman gunned down a US military adviser inside the Interior Ministry today. The insider, or green-on-blue, attack is the first in nearly six weeks, and the first recorded by a female member of the Afghan security forces. The policewoman, who was identified as Nargis, is "assigned to the gender and equality department" at the Afghan Interior Ministry, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. "She fired one shot at the advisor, a construction engineer, in the head at close range," according to the Afghan news agency. The policewoman's motivation for shooting the civilian adviser is not know. She is...
  • The Cliff That Isn't

    12/24/2012 9:38:39 AM PST · by Shout Bits · 16 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 12/24/2012 | Shout Bits
    Washington is abuzz about the Fiscal Cliff, a combination of tax increases and modest cuts in spending growth. Since the Old Media and most of Washington always favor tax increases, the fear must be over spending. But even with the cuts, Washington will remain overfunded. So, what is not to like about the Fiscal Cliff? The Cliff allows for tax rates to return to those Pres. Clinton approved in the early 1990's. Most taxpayers will see their rates increase and some people who now pay no income tax will have to begin paying. In a 2007 primary debate, Pres. Obama...
  • When the ice melts, the Earth spews fire

    12/24/2012 9:37:21 AM PST · by Errant · 70 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 24 December, 2012 | Staff Writers
    It has long been known that volcanic activity can cause short-term variations in climate. Now, researchers at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany), together with colleagues from Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) have found evidence that the reverse process also occurs: Climate affects volcanic activity. Their study is now online in the international journal "Geology". In 1991, it was a disaster for the villages nearby the erupting Philippine volcano Pinatubo. But the effects were felt even as far away as Europe. The volcano threw up many tons of ash and other particles into the atmosphere causing...
  • Russell Wilson defied all odds to become the talk of the NFL (football, family, faith)

    12/24/2012 9:24:07 AM PST · by doug from upland · 34 replies
    seattle slimes ^ | 12-2012 | Danny O'Neill
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tammy Wilson is referencing scripture, 1 Samuel Chapter 16, Verse 7, and looking through her purse to find her Bible. Turns out it's in her work bag, which just means she'll go from memory. "It's not the countenance of a man nor the height," she begins. "But the heart." And then Russell Wilson's mother begins to speak of the difference between fact and truth. The fact that her son, the Seahawks' quarterback, stands short of 6 feet does not define the truth of his abilities. And the fact her husband was once feared brain dead did not...
  • Penn Jillette schools 2 libs on what to do about mass shootings

    12/24/2012 9:22:42 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    These libs are out of control. One of them is Nicole Lapin who is a former CNN financial reporter who wants to ban all semi-automatic weapons because they ‘can be turned into machine guns’. Yeah, she really said that. She also said that if the Sandy Hook shooter had walked in with a handgun, that he could have only killed 2 people. Yeah, just like in the 1800s? Oh wait, those were six-shooters. Well, seems clear she is far more beautiful than she is bright.
  • USAID Still Seeks Contractors for Syrian Operations

    12/24/2012 9:19:45 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Dec. 24, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Private contractors capable of helping the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) prepare for potential future actions in Syria still are being sought by the agency. USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) last week extended until Dec. 28 the deadline for Personal Service Contract (PSC) applications for two positions based in Turkey: OTI Country Representative-Syria (Solicitation #SOL-OTI-13-000010) and OTI Deputy Country Representative-Syria (Solicitation #SOL-OTI-13-000011). USAID in 1994 created OTI: as a distinct operating unit within USAID to help local partners advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries. Seizing critical windows of opportunity, OTI works on the ground to provide...