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  • Insurance policy (Left plans for MANDATORY liability insurance for gun owners)

    12/26/2012 9:00:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Economist ^ | December 26, 2012
    NOURIEL ROUBINI, a guy who knows a lot about risk, tweets in favour of mandatory liability insurance for gun owners: “ If we had liability insurance on guns, as we do 4 cars, we will see which insurance company would insure at which price folks with arsenals” It's an idea that seems to be gathering a bit of steam. At Forbes.com, John Wasik lays out the logic behind treating firearm deaths as a market externality to be compensated via insurance, as we do with cars: "Those most at risk to commit a gun crime would be known to the actuaries...
  • LET’S NOT FORGET KNIFE CONTROL

    12/26/2012 8:59:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Powerline ^ | 12/26/2012 | Scott Johnson
    One of my 2013 predictions — coming soon! — is that rifles will trail knives as murder weapons of choice in the coming year as they have in the most recent five-year period for which statistics are available. Magical thinking underlies the calls for gun control in the wake of the slaughter of the innocents at the Sandy Hook school, but a relentless logic is at work in this anecdote of modern life in the Britain formerly known as Great: A disabled caravanner who kept a penknife in his glove compartment to use on picnics has blasted the authorities after...
  • Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies aged 83

    12/26/2012 8:59:40 AM PST · by the scotsman · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26th December 2012 | BBC News
    'Gerry Anderson, creator of the Thunderbirds and Joe 90 puppet superhero TV shows, has died at the age of 83, his son has announced. Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since early 2010, and his condition had worsened in the past six months, Jamie Anderson said. Gerry Anderson also created Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Thunderbirds was filmed on Slough Trading Estate in Berkshire and was first broadcast in 1965. Jamie Anderson announced the news on his website, saying his father had died peacefully in his sleep at noon on Wednesday. His other creations included UFO, Space:...
  • SOLDIER EARNS SILVER STAR IN AFGHANISTAN AS MARINE

    12/26/2012 8:59:19 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/26/2012 | Marine Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne
    Sgt. David M. Gerardi, a weapons sergeant with the Army National Guard's 19th Special Forces Group, received the nation's third highest medal for his actions while deployed in 2011 as an active-duty Marine with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force. (Marine photo by Marine Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne) PITTSBURGH (Army News Service, Dec. 18, 2012) — It’s not every day a National Guard sergeant receives a Silver Star for actions performed as a Marine. But that’s exactly what happened in Pittsburgh, Dec. 10.Sgt. David M. Gerardi, a weapons sergeant with the Army National Guard’s 19th...
  • EDITORIAL: Government recalls GM stock (Good read)

    12/26/2012 8:48:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2012 | Editorial
    Administration puts an expensive end to a disgraceful episodeGeneral Motors will no longer be “Government Motors.” The Treasury Department on Wednesday announced its intention to liquidate federal holdings in the automobile company over the next 15 months. The final tally will show this policy has been a disaster for taxpayers. Under the best case scenario, the public will wind up shelling out more than $13 billion by the close of this unfortunate episode. Though President Obama has portrayed the GM bailout as saving Detroit, it was really a reward for the auto unions. It was a celebration of bad management...
  • Anonymous hacked Big Red football site again!

    12/26/2012 8:46:22 AM PST · by goodwithagun · 5 replies
    I will provide a link in the comments section to a nice NY Times article that is quite long but really covers what is happening well. I don't think Anonymous is doing this just because of the rape; I believe iris because of the lawsuit against the bogger. I will provide a link for her as sell. I'm pretty sure she make money from her blog so don't click if you have issues with that.
  • A BIG HAND FOR THE LITTLE LADY (Maria Bartiromo calls Dem Senator out for being duplicitous)

    12/26/2012 8:46:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | 12/26/2012 | Scott Johnson
    Maria Bartiromo cuffed Senator Ben Cardin (D., MD) about the ears when he turned up on her show to peddle the party line on the fiscal cliff negotiations. Having unsuccessfully explored alternatives to raising tax rates with him, she commented: “That’s all you want to do. That’s it. It’s your way or the highway. Raise the rates on the rich. No other way. Your way or the highway. That’s it. That’s where we are. Thank you, Senator.”Bartiromo was not amused. She heatedly observed: “You’re talking about $1.2 trillion in revenue, but you’re not prepared to put anything on the...
  • Ticket rush: Film fans hand Hollywood record cash

    12/26/2012 8:45:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 26, 2012 8:24 AM EST | David Germain
    The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It’s the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years. Thanks to inflation, revenue generally rises in Hollywood as admission prices climb each year. The real story is told in tickets, whose sales have been on a general decline for a decade, bottoming out in 2011 at 1.29 billion, their lowest level since 1995. The industry rebounded this year, with ticket sales projected to rise 5.6 percent to 1.36 billion by Dec. 31, according...
  • Chaparral Energy to pipe CO2 to help extract Osage County oil (OK)

    12/26/2012 8:44:18 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 23 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 12/26/12 | Rod Walton
    Winding from Coffeyville, Kan. to Burbank, Okla., is a pipeline project that maybe even Al Gore could love. Chaparral Energy Inc. is building a line that will move carbon dioxide to help with enhanced oil recovery at the historic North Burbank field in Osage County. The project, due for completion early next year, initially will pipe about 23 million cubic feet of CO2 captured from a Coffeyville fertilizer plant. "This is a very green operation," Chaparral CEO Mark Fischer said. "For the life of that (fertilizer) plant, the CO2 has been emitted into the atmosphere." That, of course, is what...
  • The internet is leaving children brain-dead: Inventor warns 'Google generation

    12/26/2012 8:42:38 AM PST · by traumer · 37 replies
    One of Britain's leading inventors has warned that a 'Google generation' who rely on the internet for everything are in danger of becoming 'brain-dead'. Trevor Baylis, who invented the wind-up radio, said children are losing creativity and practical skills because they spend too much time in front of screens. The 75-year-old said he fears that the next generation of inventors is being lost, with young people often unable to make anything with their hands. But he said children could rediscover vital skills if schools used Meccano and other practical toys. Mr Baylis said: 'Children have got to be taught hands-on,...
  • Who killed the phrase "Merry Christmas?" A schizophrenic felon and Al Sharpton did!

    12/26/2012 8:40:17 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/26/12 | Kevin "Coach" Collns
    This year those of us who cherish the phrase “Merry Christmas” have started to say “Merry Christ-mas” to reinsert the name Christ into the greeting. Here’s a reminder of how we started to lose “Merry Christmas” 40 years ago. On the day before Christmas in 1971 the New York Times ran an article about a new “holiday” called Kwanzaa that was invented by an America hating Black separatist named Ron Everett. Everett now uses the made up “African” name Maulana Ron Karenga to show the world he wants nothing to do with White America. That Mr. Karenga was in a...
  • Iraq: New protests break out in Sunni heartland

    12/26/2012 8:36:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2012 8:32 AM EST | Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    Thousands of Iraqi demonstrators massed in a Sunni-dominated province west of Baghdad Wednesday, determined to keep up the pressure on a Shiite-led government that many accuse of trying to marginalize them. It was the third major protest in less than a week in Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, once the heart of the deadly Sunni insurgency that erupted after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. … The demonstrations follow the arrest last week of 10 bodyguards assigned to Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi, who comes from Anbar and is one of the central government’s most senior Sunni officials. The case is exacerbating tensions...
  • Where's Hillary?

    12/26/2012 8:29:59 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 61 replies
    On December 15, the day after the day after the shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, State Department officials notified the press that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had fallen ill. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," deputy assistant secretary Philippe Reines said in a statement to the press.
  • Judge deciding if stores must post tobacco apology

    12/26/2012 8:25:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 26, 2012 10:48 AM EST | Michael Felberbaum
    A federal judge will soon decide whether your next tank of gas or bottle of soda comes with a free apology from the Marlboro man and Joe Camel. A recent ruling ordering a multimedia blitz stating that the nation’s largest tobacco companies lied about the dangers of smoking left open the possibility that retailers could be required to post large displays with the mea culpas. Retail trade groups are upset about the possibility the displays would commandeer their most valuable selling space and imply their own guilt-by-association. …
  • Benghazi penalties are bogus

    12/26/2012 8:25:07 AM PST · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned. The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back. The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/26/2012 8:23:16 AM PST · by Hiskid · 18 replies
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  • SpaceX Grasshopper reusable rocket improves leap to 131 feet (video)

    12/26/2012 8:23:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    engadgit ^ | posted Dec 26th, 2012 at 5:27 AM | By Brian Heater
    Not to mix Aesop's Fables or anything, but when it comes to the world of commercial space race, sometimes slow and steady is the thing. A couple months back, we watched SpaceX's reusable vertical takeoff, vertical landing rocket, the Grasshopper, nudge its way off the ground. And while this current test isn't exactly the "few hundred feet to two miles" that we were promised, it's quite literally a step in the right direction, at 131 feet, plus some quality hover time. All in all, the test, conducted December 17th in McGregor, Texas, took around 29 seconds to unfold. Relive it...
  • 'Les Miserables' Wins Huge Christmas Box Office.

    12/26/2012 8:22:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    MTV ^ | 12/26/2012 | Josh Wigler
    Even if you walked away from the holidays this year with the Red Ryder BB Gun you always dreamed of, you weren't the big winner this Christmas season: that distinction belongs to "Les Miserables," the long-awaited adaptation of the award-winning musical, directed by Tom Hooper. Deadline.com reports that "Les Mis" opened with close to $18 million on Christmas day (December 25), making it the decisive "Master of the House" at the box office. Hooper's adaptation of the beloved musical stars Hugh Jackman as fugitive Jean Valjean, a bread thief on the run from the vengeful lawman Javert (Russell Crowe). Valjean's...
  • Interesting But Not The Best Of Ideas

    12/26/2012 8:20:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 26 December, 2012 | John Richardson
    By now you may have read about the DC Metropolitan Police Department's active investigation into David Gregory. The host of NBC's Meet the Press thought a 30 round AR magazine would make a cool prop to shake in the face of Wayne LaPierre this past Sunday. What Gregory didn't think about was the DC law which forbids the mere possession of any magazine that is capable of holding more than 10 rounds. If he did think about the law, he obviously assumed it didn't apply to "esteemed journalists" such as himself. Now conservative attorney Aaron Walker is offering to defend...
  • Iran media report new cyberattack by Stuxnet worm

    12/26/2012 8:15:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2012 9:10 AM EST
    An Iranian semi-official news agency says there has been another cyberattack by the sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet, this time on the industries in the country’s south. … (Provisional civil defense chief Ali Akbar) Akhavan says Iranian computer experts were able to “successfully stop” the worm. …