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  • Gov. Snyder reveals his conversation with President Barack Obama

    12/26/2012 9:36:25 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 18 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Tim Skubick
    Lots of folks scoffed in town when reports surfaced that Democrats had petitioned the President of the United States to insert himself into the unseemly debate over Right to Work. Some asked out loud, doesn't POTUS have more important things to do than lobby Gov. Rick Snyder on that? But lobby the president did. During an exclusive one-hour sit down on WKAR-Public TV, the governor confirms that he and President Barack Obama shared a few minutes in private and the president looked the governor in the eye and said, "He wasn't pleased with Right to Work," Mr. Snyder reveals for...
  • Need FReepers advice about move to Greenfield,Indiana

    12/26/2012 9:34:52 AM PST · by TNoldman · 24 replies
    My wife and I are thinking about moving from Knoxville,Tn to Greenfield,Indiana(20 miles east of Indianapolis). The main reason for the move is to be near family members who live in Greenfield and nearby Michigan. Most of the family is in or near Greenfield. We are 78 and 75 years old white married couple in good health and are physically active - Travel, Camping, Golf etc. The questions we have are relative to the stability of the local economy, the crime statistics, availability of homes in good neighborhoods. We would like a 1500 sq ft - one level home -...
  • Iranian Christian Pastor Nadarkhani Re-Arrested in Tehran

    12/26/2012 9:33:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Pete Winn
    The Iranian Christian pastor who was acquitted just two months ago on charges he converted from Islam to Christianity and freed from prison has reportedly been re-arrested in Iran. Sources close to Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, including the British group Christian Solidarity Worldwide and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), say the Iranian Christian pastor was reportedly taken back into custody on Christmas Day. … According to the sources, Nadarkhani was re-arrested by Iranian authorities to serve the remainder of a three-year sentence he had received for helping Muslims convert from Islam to Christianity. …
  • Solidoodle 3 Provides High-Quality 3D Printing on the Cheap

    12/26/2012 9:28:32 AM PST · by null and void · 17 replies
    Design News ^ | 12/26/12 | Cabe Atwell
    Fierce market competition is pitting the multitudes of 3D printer companies against one another, forcing lower prices on higher-quality machines. Like a new iPhone, Solidoodle is releasing the third iteration of its printer with some updated parts, bigger size, and improved performance. A pre-sale offers the latest printer for $799, but it will not be shipped for eight to 10 weeks, so don't count on it arriving in time for Christmas. But perhaps, for the price, it may be worth the wait. The resolution of obtainable printings is dependent on layer thickness. Solidoodle says the new system has a potential...
  • Social Security Ran $47.8B Deficit in FY 2012; Disabled Workers Hit New Record in Dec: 8,827,795

    12/26/2012 9:28:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Social Security program ran a $47.8 billion deficit in fiscal 2012 as the program brought in $725.429 billion in cash and paid $773.247 for benefits and overhead expenses, according to official data published by Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration also released new data revealing that the number of workers collecting disability benefits hit a record 8,827,795 in December—up from 8,805,353 in November. The overall number of Social Security program beneficiaries—including retired workers, dependent family members and survivors and disabled workers and their dependent family members—also hit a record in December, climbing from 56,658,978 in November to 56,758,185...
  • Merry Christmas from the Second Amendment, the TSA and Barack Obama

    12/26/2012 9:23:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Another good job by Remy and the folks at Reason TV.Last year, they produced this parody about Grandma’s Christmas visit to Gitmo.Now we see what happens when Santa tries to slip past the Transportation Security Administration.And if you’ve ever been curious about what a “hooha” is, here are two additional TSA Christmas videos.P.S. If you’re in the mood for some more holiday humor, we have a couple of videos from Larry the Cable Guy, one featuring slightly modified Christmas carols and the other telling the politically correct version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”Remy: I Saw Daddy Pat Down Santa...
  • Police: NBC asked for high-capacity clip (The David Gregory plot thickens...)

    12/26/2012 9:21:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/26/12 | Peter Hermann and Martin Weil
    NBC News asked D.C. police for a high-capacity ammunition clip to use as a prop on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” show, a request District authorities said Wednesday they denied. But host David Gregory appears to have obtained one anyway — and then displayed it on national television. Now D.C. police say they’re investigating whether the District’s gun laws were violated in the incident. -snip- It’s not clear where the prop used during the show was obtained, or who obtained it. -snip- Any request to use a magazine would have been turned down as a matter of course, the official saids,...
  • Russian parliament approves ban on American adoptions

    12/26/2012 9:18:02 AM PST · by Dartman · 48 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec 26/12 | REUTERS
    MOSCOW - Russia’s upper house of parliament approved a bill on Wednesday that would prohibit Americans from adopting Russian children and impose other measures in retaliation for a U.S. law designed to punish Russians accused of human rights violations. The bill, which President Vladimir Putin has hinted he will sign, would also outlaw some U.S.-funded non-governmental organisations and impose visa bans and asset freezes on Americans accused of violating the rights of Russians abroad.
  • ICE Scraps 287(g) Program That Allowed Local Police to Enforce Immigration Law

    12/26/2012 9:13:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Susan Jones
    Amid Hispanic calls for immigration leniency, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is scrapping a program that allowed specially trained state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law. On Dec. 21, the Friday before Christmas, ICE announced that it has decided “not to renew any of its agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies that operate task forces under the 287(g) program.” ICE said it has concluded that “other enforcement programs, including Secure Communities, are a more efficient use of resources for focusing on priority cases.” …
  • Team Obama's 'superstitious obsessive-compulsive disorder'

    12/26/2012 9:05:28 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/26/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    , the brain trust in Chicago was also obsessed with superstitions, particularly after the president’s disastrous performance in Denver at the first debate. As Thrush and Martin report, the unlikely ringleader of the “superstitious obsessive-compulsive disorder” was the uber-rational David Plouffe. Here are some fun tidbits they dug up about the guidelines the Obama camp followed before the second debate: No Thai food, because that’s what the team ate before the Denver debate. No one can wear the same clothes they wore before Denver. No one can follow the same exercise routine. (“If you had gone for a jog thirteen...
  • Holiday Cheer: House Prices Rise 4.3% YoY in October, Mortgage Rates Near All-Time Low

    12/26/2012 9:03:31 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/26/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 4.3 percent from October 2011, the biggest 12-month advance since May 2010. The median forecast projected a 4 percent gain. On a month-over-month basis, house prices rose 0.48% in October. I should not that these are seasonally adjusted numbers. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, house prices actually fell slightly in October by -0.1%. oct12-case-shiller The Case-Shiller 20 (green), FNC 30 (yellow) and FHFA Purchase Only (purple) indices are all showing house price recovery from the the disastrous housing bubble. Of course, The Federal Reserve and the fiscal fiasco in...
  • 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. …
  • What Does It Mean To “Prepare For The Economic Collapse”?

    12/26/2012 8:14:39 AM PST · by blam · 72 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-24-2012 | Daisy Luther
    What Does It Mean To “Prepare For The Economic Collapse”? Daisy Luther December 24th, 2012 The Organic PrepperLast week I wrote an article in response to the media’s vilification of preppers in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The article was quoted in an article on Yahoo.com, to my great astonishment, and that is when I saw how little most people understand about prepping. You can see in most of the 4492 comments the article received that many folks just don’t “get it”. My inbox was filled with a barrage of hate mail and a number of...
  • Is Christmas Good For the Jews?

    12/26/2012 8:11:23 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 40 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 15/25/2012 | Rabbi Benjamin Blech
    My parents told me many times how much they dreaded the Christmas season. Living in a little shtetl in Poland, they knew what to expect. The local parish priest would deliver his sermon filled with invectives against the Jews who were pronounced guilty of the crime of decide, responsible for the brutal crucifixion of their god and therefore richly deserving whatever punishment might be meted out against them. No surprise then that the Christian time of joy meant just the opposite to the neighboring Jews. The days supposedly meant to be dedicated to "goodwill to all" were far too often...
  • Some urge Boehner: Let Dems pass fiscal cliff bill

    12/26/2012 8:11:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2012 11:27 AM EST | Charles Babington
    In case the public weren’t frustrated enough over Congress’ failure to resolve the “fiscal cliff,” consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.That would give Democrats a bigger voice in the bargain, of course, which the Republican-led House is loath to do. That’s why about 10 percent of the House’s members—staunch anti-tax conservatives—were able to thwart Speaker John Boehner’s bid to pass a narrowly crafted bill that might have strengthened his bargaining hand. … It’s not known how many House Republicans would vote to avert the “fiscal...
  • Starbucks to Congress: ‘Come Together’

    12/26/2012 8:02:57 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 26, 2012 | Lyneka Little
    Starbucks will use its words and coffee cups to send a message to Congress about working together on securing America’s future. In an effort to prod the Democratic and Republican members to come together to create a responsible financial plan as the country approaches the looming fiscal cliff, Starbucks employees will write “Come Together” on every cup of coffee sold in its Washington, D.C., area stores.
  • British Petition Gov't: We Don't Want Piers Morgan Back!

    12/26/2012 7:59:57 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 30 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    The British have responded to a petition calling for the deportation from the United States of CNN host Piers Morgan with one of their own: “Stop Piers Morgan from being deported back to the UK from America.” The counter-petition, addressed to Theresa May, Home Secretary, is a direct response to the 70,000 Americans who have signed a petition calling for Mr. Morgan to be deported from the United States because of his strong gun-control views. The UK petition, posted on change.org reads as follows: “We got rid of him [Piers Morgan] once and why should we have to suffer again....
  • The Church and the Mandate

    12/26/2012 7:59:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | 12/19/12 | George Weigel
    The strategic situation after a year, and the terrain aheadAs the Catholic Church and the Obama administration approach the first anniversary of what has become the most serious confrontation between the Church and the federal government in U.S. history — a confrontation caused by a regulatory mandate implementing Obamacare — a review of the strategic situation is in order, with an eye to the terrain ahead. But given the confusions about this struggle that were sown in many minds during the presidential campaign (not least by the vice president of the United States), it is important to begin by remembering...
  • Don't Allow Collectors Access to Your Money

    12/26/2012 7:57:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, I’m trying to help my son and daughter-in-law by encouraging them to get out of debt and live on a budget. It hasn’t been a problem to give them money when they’ve asked in the past, but I’m afraid they’re still in a mess. How can I make sure I’m doing the right thing?MargaretDear Margaret,The first thing you need to do is sit down and have a serious, loving talk with them. If they’ve asked for money before, and it has become something of a trend, you have a right to know more about their circumstances. In addition,...
  • Russian ruling party official shot dead in Caucasus

    12/26/2012 7:53:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Kyivpost ^ | 12/26/12 | Reuters
    MOSCOW, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Two gunmen shot dead a ruling party official on Tuesday in Russia's North Caucasus, where the Kremlin is fighting to subdue an Islamist insurgency, investigators said. Unknown assailants burst into Boris Zherukov's office in Nalchik, capital of the province of Kabardino-Balkaria, and shot him twice in the head, Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement. Zherukov was head of President Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party faction in the local parliament. He was also rector of the local State Agricultural University. Insurgents fighting to carve an Islamic state out of a patchwork of mainly Muslim...
  • David Gregory under investigation by D.C. police

    12/26/2012 7:51:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 12/26/12 | David B. Wilkerson
    "Meet The Press" host David Gregory is under investigation by Washington D.C. police after he brandished what appeared to be a 30-round magazine during Sunday morning's program, according to various published reports. District of Columbia laws prohibit the possession of a large-capacity ammunition device that holds more than 10 rounds. Police told CNN they were still trying to determine whether Gregory was holding a prop or a real magazine.
  • Fathers disappear from households across America Big increase in single mothers

    12/26/2012 7:50:30 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 60 replies
    The Washington Times, LLC ^ | December 25, 2012 | By Luke Rosiak
    Nicole Hawkins‘ three daughters have matching glittery boots, but none has the same father. Each has uniquely colored ties in her hair, but none has a dad present in her life. As another single mother on Sumner Road decked her row-house stoop with Christmas lights and a plastic Santa, Ms. Hawkins recalled that her middle child’s father has never spent a holiday or birthday with her. In her neighborhood in Southeast Washington, 1 in 10 children live with both parents, and 84 percent live with only their mother
  • 1 Dead, 13 Wounded In Christmas Eve, Christmas Shootings (Chicago)

    12/26/2012 7:48:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 12/26/12 | CHICAGO (STMW)
    violence over the Christmas holiday, including an 11-year-old boy grazed by a bullet and a man who was shot to death during a dispute in the Englewood neighborhood. Joshua Davis, 18, was shot to death in the 2000 block of W. 69th Street — a few blocks from his home — after an altercation with several males on a CTA bus, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The group followed Davis off the bus when one of the males pulled out a handgun and shot Davis several times in the torso and once in the ear about 11:30...
  • Top Ammo Supplier Sells 3 1/2 Years Worth Of Assault Rifle Magazines In 72 Hours

    12/26/2012 7:47:09 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    Firearm accessories supplier Brownells says that it's experiencing "unprecedented" sales of magazines.Brownells has sold 3 1/2 years worth of PMAG magazines in just 72 hours, according to a statement posted from the company's official account on gun owner forum AR-15.com.It also says that it has sold "an even greater amount" of its own  Brownells magazines.PMAGs, manufactured by Magpul, are used with AR-15/M4/M16 compatible weapons. "Its rugged design has made it as one of the top performers in the small-arms accessory arena,  according to combat veterans who credit the PMAG with drastically improving the reliability of the M4," writes Matthew Cox at Military.com. The U.S....
  • Shoppers disappoint retailers this holiday season

    12/26/2012 7:46:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | December 26, 2012 | Daniel Wagner
    U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. Sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent compared with last year, according to the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse report. That was below the healthy 3 to 4 percent growth that analysts had expected...
  • Obama Dines at Morimoto On Your DIme While We Go Over the Fiscal Cliff!

    12/26/2012 7:46:10 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-26-2o12 | MOTUS
    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I did, and even managed to go home to visit my Mirror family(snip)Butt here’s what you get when the “B” team is on duty: Instead of a high quality reflection, all you get is a grainy, crappy photo taken by a local journolist of MO and BO leaving Morimoto Waikiki where they dined before Christmas. Actually, the restaurant choice was surprising because, as I pointed out last year, Morimoto isn’t exactly an exemplary model of our new soon-to-be-imposed standards of civility. A little too much “Samurai Warrior” for the kinder, gentler, unarmed...
  • Triple Lutz Report--Boehner Helped Cost Republicans The 2012 Elections…Good Riddance

    12/26/2012 7:41:22 AM PST · by appeal2 · 46 replies
    Financial Survival Network ^ | 12/24/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    All the mainstream country club “Bow Tie” Republicans are shaking their heads and wondering. “What went wrong?” The answer is really as simple as it is overlooked. In 2010, Republicans were swept into control of the House of Representatives and were within a stone’s throw of Senate control. Were it not for a few candidates who did themselves in as well as being done in by the establishment republican types, there may well have been a tied senate. Just two years later, Obama is re-elected and the Republicans lose ground in the House and Senate. What on earth happened? Click...
  • Report: Top Palestinian operative killed in Syria

    12/26/2012 7:39:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Ynet news ^ | 12/26/12 | staff
    The Syria-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command announced that its operations commander, Madal Elian, was killed by rebels in Syria, according to the Lebanese news channel LBC. The group is one of the last Palestinian factions to remain loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. (Roi Kais)
  • The Left Bullies the NRA

    12/26/2012 7:36:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    On Christmas Eve, seven people were shot in the city of Chicago. The media made little mention of the shootings, since they're now routine in Chicago -- the city has seen some 500 shootings in 2012 alone. The vast majority of the shooters are black, and the vast majority of the victims are black. Many of the victims are under the age of 18: Anton Sanders, 15, shot on Jan. 20; Deshun Winfert, 15, shot on Feb. 5; Damion Rolle, 14, shot on Feb. 21; George Howard and Albert Guyton, both 15, shot on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28; the...
  • Ordinariate Priest Appointed to South London Parish [Anglican Ordinariate Gets Own Parish]

    12/26/2012 7:29:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    An announcement was made yesterday (Sunday) that the Parish of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, is to be cared for by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. By the kind invitation of the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith, the diocesan parish of the Precious Blood near London Bridge station will be cared for by Fr Christopher Pearson - a priest of the Personal Ordinariate - with the permission of the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate, Mgr Keith Newton. Replacing the Religious Community of the Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians), who currently care for the...
  • Stefan Molyneux In Just A Few Short Minutes Completely Shatters All Control Myths

    12/26/2012 7:27:18 AM PST · by appeal2 · 5 replies
    www.financialsurvivalnetwork.com ^ | 12/26/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio has done a ground-breaking recitation and analysis of all relevant gun control arguments and his conclusions are virtually unassailable. Guns cut down on violence, save lives and property and help protect the public. Over 2.5 million times per year, guns prevent robberies and armed assaults on the public. Stefan’s coverage of this always difficult subject, especially in the aftermath of the horrid Newtown Connecticut school shooting, puts the matter into perspective and helps us to understand that the best way to stop gun crime is by allowing honest law abiding citizens to responsibly own and...