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  • Haniyeh: Israel is a 'Cancerous Tumor'

    01/01/2013 1:22:01 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Hamas's de-facto Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, took advantage of an educational conference on Tuesday to attack Israel, Channel 10 News reported. "Israel is a cancerous tumor that must be removed and uprooted," Haniyeh was quoted as having said during an international conference on education. "The hand of the resistance and the jihad fighters has begun to uproot the tumor, and will work to end the occupation of Palestine as a whole. Allah willing, we will break the occupation," Haniyeh said in a speech which was heard by representatives from Egypt, Tunisia and Qatar. He called for Gazan teachers...
  • NY Times reporter forced to leave China over visa

    01/01/2013 1:05:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 6:23 PM EST
    A New York Times correspondent who has worked in China for more than a decade was forced to leave the country on Monday because his visa wasn’t renewed, the newspaper said. Chris Buckley, a 45-year-old Australian, flew to Hong Kong with his family amid increased pressures on foreign journalists by the Chinese government, which is concerned over media scrutiny of its top leaders. …
  • Portman Tells Obama to Rescind Federal Pay Raises

    01/01/2013 1:01:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 31 Dec 2012 06:26 PM | Stephen Feller
    Republican Sen. Rob Portman on Monday called on President Barack Obama to rescind government pay raises—including his own—saying they are out of line at a time the country is struggling to get its debt under control. … Under the executive order issued on Thursday, most members of Congress would receive a $900 annual raise, pushing their salary to $174,900. House Speaker John Boehner and the leaders of each party in each house would gain $1,100 a year. Vice President, Biden would get the biggest bump, with an increase of more than $6,000 to $231,900. …
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal: $1 in Spending Cuts for Every $41 in Tax Increases

    01/01/2013 12:58:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 31, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts. When Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts—cuts that never ultimately came—they did so at ratios of 3:1 and 2:1. “In 1982, President Reagan was promised $3 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax hikes,” Americans for Tax Reform says of those two incidents...
  • Chief justice stresses need for judges, funds despite US fiscal strain

    01/01/2013 12:55:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:59pm EST | Jonathan Stempel
    Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday called on the White House and Congress to provide sufficient funding and enough judges to ensure that the federal judiciary can do its job well despite the fiscal problems the country faces. In his annual report on the federal judiciary, Roberts recognized the battle in Washington over the “fiscal cliff,” saying the country has a fiscal ledger that has “gone awry” and must address the longer-term problem of a “truly extravagant and burgeoning national debt.” He said the judiciary has been doing its part to cut costs aggressively, but can only go so far...
  • ObamaCare, 2013, and the Start of the GOP Comeback

    01/01/2013 12:45:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 31, 2012 | Peter Wehner
    Right now the political landscape is grim for Republicans–and in the short term, thanks to the so-called fiscal cliff, things may get grimmer still. But moments like these can pass, often quicker than we think. And next year may turn out to be one in which the pernicious effects of the Affordable Care Act–aka ObamaCare–really begin to kick in, from higher premiums to the loss of employer-based health insurance to the start of enrollment in insurance exchanges. It will become more and more clear to the public what a nightmarish law the Affordable Care Act actually is. “The administration is...
  • Choose Your Own Crime Stats - (FBI and UK Crime Stats Compared)

    01/01/2013 12:41:36 AM PST · by GVnana · 1 replies
    An interesting comparison of violent crime statistics for the US and UK. Also, FBI stats on the 54% decline in violent crime in the US. Yes. It is DECLINING. And concentrated in urban centers of 250,000+ population. http://youtu.be/Ooa98FHuaU0
  • Pizza magnate wins temporary ruling on contraception coverage dispute (Tom Monaghan)

    01/01/2013 12:31:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | December 31, 2012 | Bill Mears
    The billionaire founder of Domino's Pizza has won a temporary court victory, with a federal judge blocking enforcement of part of the health care reform bill requiring most employers to provide a range of contraception and reproductive health services. Some business owners and their staff see that as a violation of their religious rights. Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff issued his order late Sunday, saying Thomas Monaghan had "shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion." "The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a...
  • The New Year (vanity)

    01/01/2013 12:30:30 AM PST · by GeronL · 5 replies
    Organic gray thing in my head | Jan 1, 2013 | geronl
    A new day, a New Year as the sun rises over the bloated stagnant corpse that is western civilization that has chosen ritual suicide and selling of themselves into slavery and the tossing of our real rights for promises of temporary goodies and ephemeral "rights". So as America and the world head even deeper into oblivion and knowing that your children and their children will be poorer and less free because our generation is spending their incomes and trading away our freedoms before they are even born please try as hard as you can to pretend I just said "Happy...
  • 'SAD' pets now have their own light to boost a blue mood

    01/01/2013 12:19:14 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 24 replies
    KATU News ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | Erica Nochlin KATU News and KATU.com Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Here in the Northwest you've probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. It's where you get depressed during the gray, winter months. But have you heard of SAD in pets? A Portland man says the condition exists, and he's created a treatment – a light-box for your dog or cat. It's the first of its kind to be made specifically for pets. The light itself is the same as the human versions, but it's all about the design that makes it different. It's small, portable, has safe corners and it easily sits on the ground. Max...
  • Hollande refuses to back down on French super-tax

    12/31/2012 11:21:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Monday 31 December 2012 18.37 EST | Angelique Chrisafis
    François Hollande on Monday vowed to press on with his super-tax on the rich, despite a damning decision by France’s top court to throw it out as unconstitutional. But it is uncertain when a new version of the tax will be introduced and whether it will be watered down. … “We will still ask more of those who have the most,” said Hollande. He added that the exceptional tax on France’s wealthy would be “adjusted without changing its objective”, but did not provide details of any new proposal. … The tax remains overwhelmingly popular with the French public, 60% of...
  • The budget deal passed in the senate

    12/31/2012 11:12:25 PM PST · by null and void · 55 replies
    12/31/21 | nully
    Just announced on KKSF 910
  • Louis Michael Seidman: Time to scrap the constitution

    12/31/2012 11:10:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 49 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | December 31 2012 | Doug Brady
    <p>I first thought this was going to be some kind of parody.  It isn’t.  My first clue should have been that it was published in, you guessed it, the New York Times.</p> <p>AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.</p>
  • Manassas News & Messenger prints final edition ( Warren Buffett )

    12/31/2012 11:07:35 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | - 1/1/2013 | Kathy Stewart
    WASHINGTON - The Manassas News & Messenger is no more. The paper printed its final edition after 143 years of covering the news in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park Sunday. The paper's parent company, the Warren Buffett-owned World Media Enterprises, decided to close the paper and its website ... World Media Enterprises purchased the paper, as well as several others, from Media General in June. ... All employees lost their jobs, and
  • 366 days: 2012 in review

    12/31/2012 10:29:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Nature News ^ | 19 December 2012 | Richard Van Noorden
    This epic year for science saw the discovery of the Higgs boson and Curiosity’s arrival on Mars, but researchers also felt the sting of austerity. Two of the biggest breakthroughs of this leap year relied on breathtaking amounts of data. The ENCODE project has generated 15 terabytes of data over the past five years to uncover the functions of human DNA sequences; CERN has stored 26 petabytes of data this year alone from its Large Hadron Collider, as physicists worked to prove the existence of the Higgs boson. But data were a source of controversy as well as discovery. Arguments...
  • 2013

    12/31/2012 10:15:15 PM PST · by Mr. Impatient · 12 replies
    Beef jerky time.
  • Devin Hester ponders retirement

    12/31/2012 10:02:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    ESPN ^ | December 31, 2012
    Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester was so distraught Monday after hearing Lovie Smith was fired that he actually talked about retiring. The 30-year-old Hester has one year left on his contract. "I don't even know if I want to play again," Hester said. "That's been something on my mind for two years. "It's not (much fun for me anymore). I've got my workers comp papers in my pocket. We'll see how I feel. I'm going to go home and talk to my wife and talk to my family and see where we go from there. I got two beautiful kids,...
  • House won't vote on any deal until after cliff deadline

    12/31/2012 9:58:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | December 31st, 2012 02:17 PM ET
    <p>Washington (CNN) – House GOP sources told CNN the House is increasingly unlikely to vote on any fiscal cliff package until New Year's Day, after the midnight deadline and after tax rates have technically already gone up.</p> <p>The reason is partly about process, but the benefit is political.</p>
  • Obama's New Economic Normal: Seven Devastating Facts

    12/31/2012 9:39:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/1/13 | Wynton Hall
    America is entering a new economic normal, a reality where almost everything that should be going up is going down, and everything that should be going down is going up. The United States begins 2013 in uncharted economic waters; America has never been here before. Consider, for example, these seven “firsts” for the U.S. economy: 1. All-time record annual average gas price: In 2012, the average cost of a gallon of gas eclipsed the previous record by nine cents, bringing the annual average to $3.60. 2. All-time record food stamp participation: As of last month, for the first time in...
  • Obama’s leadership failure

    12/31/2012 9:36:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | Decewmber 31, 2012 | Robert J. Samuelson WaPo op-ed:
    The “fiscal cliff” is a massive failure of presidential leadership. The tedious and technical negotiations are but a subplot in a larger drama. Government can no longer fulfill all the promises it has made to various constituencies. Some promises will be reduced or disavowed. Which ones? Why? Only the president can pose these questions in a way that starts a national conversation over the choices to be made, but doing so requires the president to tell people things they don’t want to hear. That’s his job: to help Americans face unavoidable, if unpleasant, realities. Barack Obama has refused to play...
  • 'Journal News' advertisers face boycott over gun map (Gannett)

    12/31/2012 9:32:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/31/12 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is calling for a nationwide boycott of the advertisers of the suburban New York newspaper that published online maps revealing names and addresses of people with pistol permits. **SNIP** The group is encouraging “concerned citizens” to contact national and local advertisers who use the Journal News — including Best Buy, CVS, IKEA and Target, among others — and tell them to stop running ads until the list of lower Hudson Valley pistol license holders is off the Web.
  • Obama, Senate Republicans reach agreement on ‘fiscal cliff’ (All taxes, no cuts)

    12/31/2012 9:32:12 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 78 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | DECEMBER 31, 11:01 PM ET | By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane,
    President Obama and Senate leaders struck a bipartisan agreement late Monday to let income taxes rise sharply for the first time in two decades, fulfilling Obama’s promise to raise taxes on the rich and avoiding the worst effects of the “fiscal cliff.”The agreement, brokered by Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), primarily targets taxpayers who earn more than $450,000 per year, raising their rates for wages and investment profits. At the same time, the deal would protect more than 100 million households earning less than $250,000 a year from income tax increases that are scheduled to...
  • Cops in Schools

    12/31/2012 9:25:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    NRO ^ | December 31, 2012 | Eliana Johnson
    The NRA’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, has been the subject of Beltway ire for his proposal to put police officers in schools across the country; the White House, lawmakers, and political analysts on both sides of the aisle have summarily denounced him. Rewind just 13 years, though, and many of these lawmakers were cheering a proposal that bears a remarkable resemblance to the one set forth by the NRA: President Clinton’s “COPS in Schools” program. In October 1998, Clinton announced the $60 million grant program, which was housed in the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services...
  • They Just Won't Go Away: Ancient Heresies in Post-Modern Dress (Ecumenical)

    12/31/2012 9:21:49 PM PST · by narses · 37 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | Kenneth D. Whitehead
    Virtually as soon as the revelation brought by Christ was delivered to the Church he had established, some of those within the Church got it very wrong about what it meant and entailed. Even some of the bishops, successors of the apostles, got it wrong. The history of the first four or five centuries of Christianity, especially as reflected in the first four ecumenical councils, is largely a history of how the Church developed, formulated, and explained its Creed — beliefs based on the teachings of Christ. In the process of developing and formulating that Creed — the same Nicene...
  • Noe we have illegal votes in the Senate and house.!!

    12/31/2012 9:19:22 PM PST · by willowdean · 35 replies
    The constitution. | vanity
    All elected officials who were defeated or resigned are not legal to vote!!!READ THECONSTITUTION ( even if you don't read the tyrannical bills.) Those who are are not sworn in are history and cannoy vote for McConnell's "cave in". Please leave our buildings!!Happy new year idiots.
  • You Know How This Ends Right? This Ends Through War.

    12/31/2012 9:07:36 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-31-2012 | Mac Slavo
    You Know How This Ends Right? This Ends Through War. Mac Slavo December 31st, 2012 In 2006, when Americans were flying high on ever-expanding credit and double digit real estate growth, hedge fund manager Kyle Bass came to the conclusion that something was very wrong. He and his investors determined that a massive real estate bubble was forming in sub-prime mortgages. But rather than just making a prediction, they put their money where their mouth was, and took a $4 billion gamble that the real estate market was about to detonate. At the time, many in the industry and within...
  • Today's U.S. Soldiers Fitter Than Decades Ago: Report

    12/31/2012 8:58:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | December 26, 2012 | Steven Reinberg
    However, study found those serving in Afghanistan, Iraq still had beginnings of heart diseaseHealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan had been healthier than troops in previous wars, military researchers report.Although almost 9 percent of those autopsied had some degree of atherosclerosis (or "hardening") of their coronary arteries, which can lead to heart disease, this was far lower than seen in soldiers who died in Vietnam or Korea, researchers say.Similar studies had shown that 77 percent of soldiers in the Korean War and 45 percent in the Vietnam War had atherosclerosis,...
  • Ed Schultz: Obama Took "Republicans To The Cleaners" In Fiscal Cliff Deal (video)

    12/31/2012 8:52:07 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 67 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 31, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    ED SCHULTZ, MSNBC: "If I could just put it this way: the White House is taking the Republicans to the cleaners in negotiation on this. This is a huge win for the White House, if they can get the votes on this. And that's why Schumer is coming out, saying that there's going to be strong Democratic support here. This is a big win for the Democrats, no question about it. A big win for America. This underscores the vote on November 6th, there's no question about it."
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    12/31/2012 8:44:39 PM PST · by MestaMachine · 61 replies
    Me | Mesta
  • Clinton’s physicians expect ‘full recovery’

    12/31/2012 8:41:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/31/12 | Guy Taylor
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was being monitored closely at a New York hospital Monday night, although doctors said she was making “excellent progress” toward “a full recovery” from a blood clot inside her skull. Doctors discovered the clot Sunday during a routine MRI as part of a follow-up exam to a concussion Mrs. Clinton sustained in mid-December after dehydration from an acute stomach virus caused her to faint and hit her head. “The scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated
  • Not Ashamed of America’s Gun Culture

    12/31/2012 8:37:50 PM PST · by Clintons-B-Gone · 16 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | December 31, 2013 | R.G. Yoho
    The other day in our local newspaper, there were three political columns on the editorial page, all three of them one-sidedly calling for gun control and moaning about America’s “Gun Culture.” As a law-abiding gun owner, I must say that I am a part of America’s gun culture. I am proud of it. In addition, I often thank God for it.
  • Employer Wins Relief From U.S. Contraceptives Mandate

    12/31/2012 8:35:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/29/12 | Jonathan Stempel
    (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court has temporarily barred the U.S. government from requiring an Illinois company to obtain insurance coverage for contraceptives, as mandated under the 2010 healthcare overhaul, after the owners objected on religious grounds. More than 40 lawsuits are challenging a requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires most for-profit companies to offer workers insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices and other birth control methods. Friday's 2-1 order by a panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in favor of Cyril and Jane Korte was the second...
  • Occupy Float To Follow Rose Parade

    12/31/2012 8:24:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 31, 2012 | Adolfo Flores
    Occupy Float To Follow Rose Parade The 15-foot-high float, with "Mr. Monopoly" riding a red wagon, is designed to draw attention to foreclosures and "illegal bank practices," an organizer says. By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times December 31, 2012 The Occupy movement will be making a repeat appearance at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade, organizers and police said Monday. A 15-foot-high float, with "Mr. Monopoly" riding a red wagon, will wheel its way down the 5.5-mile route at the conclusion of the parade, organizers said. The board game character, intended to represent bankers, will have strings attached to participants...
  • Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders vs U.S. Troops

    12/31/2012 8:18:57 PM PST · by JouleZ · 36 replies
    Daily Spicy ^ | 21 November 2012 | Clare
    U.S. Troops in Afghanistan respond to a video made by the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders of the "Call Me Maybe" video. It made me laugh and I had never heard the song before...enjoy and Happy New Year!
  • Sleight Of Arms: Liberals' anti-gun pincer movement

    12/31/2012 8:15:52 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 21 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | December 31, 2012 | Daniel Clark
    Sleight Of Arms: Liberals’ anti-gun pincer movement by Daniel Clark In the aftermath of the mass murder (not “the tragedy”) in Newtown, Connecticut, we’re hearing the predictable calls for “commonsense” gun legislation. President Obama is pushing for a reinstatement of the “assault weapons ban” that expired in 2004, in contradiction of the “I believe in the Second Amendment” sweet nothings he’d been whispering through much of his first term. The argument behind such a ban is that there’s no reason for a private citizen to own military-style weapons, or in the president’s words, “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers,...
  • Woman accused of burglary, battery left unconscious after fight

    12/31/2012 8:09:05 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | December 31, 2012 | Tonya Alanez,
    FORT LAUDERDALE— A woman was rendered unconscious from a choke hold by one of her alleged victims while committing a burglary and battery on Saturday, authorities said. LaToya Haynes, 28, forced her way into a residence where she used to live, took belongings and struck a 65 year old woman in the face with a cane, according to a police report.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-01-13, SOL, Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

    12/31/2012 8:05:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-01-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 1, 2013 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God   The Octave Day of Christmas   Reading 1 Nm 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites.Say to them:The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine uponyou, and be gracious to you!The LORD look upon you kindly andgive you peace!So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.” Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.May...
  • Choose Your Own Crime Statistics

    12/31/2012 7:40:16 PM PST · by BattleFlag · 9 replies
    Amidst The Noise ^ | 12/31/2012
    This video shows a calm, well thought out take on how raw data and statistics can show the true nature of many problems we face as a society. It also give insight as to how the media and certain politicians with an agenda can manipulate the "truth" especially with regard to violent crime and firearms. When talking about such things it easy to loose the audience but this vid is only a little over 6 minutes long. I hope this guy does more of this sort of thing.
  • Pelosi: House Dems will look at deal after Senate passage

    12/31/2012 7:37:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/31/12 | Felicia Sonmez
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday night that she will present the fiscal cliff deal to House Democrats as soon as it’s approved by the upper chamber. “I understand at the present time, Senate Democrats are meeting with the Vice President,” Pelosi said in a statement. “When a final agreement is reached and passed by the Senate, I will present it to the House Democratic Caucus.”
  • Obama's Call for More Revenue Next Year Angers GOP Senators

    12/31/2012 7:32:35 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Rollcall ^ | Dec. 31, 2012, 2:29 p.m. | Steven T. Dennis
    Douglas Graham/CQ Roll CallMcCain said he believes the president’s statement “clearly will antagonize members of the House.” With both sides on the cusp of a fiscal cliff deal, President Barack Obama vowed Monday to seek additional revenue next year alongside spending cuts. In the process, he also angered several GOP senators who said he demeaned their efforts to reach a deal.Obama said that a year-end deal to avert tax hikes for the middle class “is within sight, but it’s not done.” The emerging deal, which sources have pegged at around $600 billion in new revenue, would include permanent extensions of...
  • 'Why is Miss South Africa white?'

    12/31/2012 7:28:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 94 replies
    Channel 24 ^ | 2012-12-24 | Lesley Mofokeng
    Johannesburg - A white girl representing South Africa was the most jarring thing for some beauty pageant watchers to witness this week. When the blue-eyed former Miss SA Melinda Bam took to the Miss Universe stage at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, she triggered a social media buzz. Her appearance sparked an avalanche of tweets, mostly from American viewers during the pageant, which was streamed live online at 03:00 local time.
  • In the world, 75% of humans live their lives being ransacked by mafias, cops, and the military

    12/31/2012 7:27:43 PM PST · by virgil283 · 13 replies
    no-pasaran ^ | Monday, December 31, 2012
    "Something I never see mentioned as an argument for an armed citizenry: look at the everyday life of regular people in the rest of the world, outside of the West and other developped nations. Until today, 75% of humans live their lives being ransacked by mafias, cops, and military. That's why I've always been suspicious of law enforcement and military: these people should never been allowed to outgun the citizenry..... The right to keep and bear arms is a civil right. If you doubt that, consider the history of arms control in England, where members of the Catholic minority (and...
  • SF student suspended over Connecticut poem (possibility of being expelled)

    12/31/2012 7:23:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 12/27/12 | Alan Wang
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco high school senior is suspended because of a poem she wrote which dealt with the school shooting in Connecticut. What she wrote has left officials with a dilemma. It was a dark poem and in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy, it raised red flags and triggered a quick response by school officials. Now the student is facing the possibility of being expelled. "I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger," said Courtni Webb, the suspended student. **SNIP** She says she didn't turn in the poem as an...
  • Israeli fence construction cuts off migration from Egypt

    12/31/2012 7:23:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 31 December 2012 | Harriet Sherwood
    The number of migrants crossing the border between Egypt and Israel dropped to zero last week for the first time since 2006, as construction of the last small sections of a 150-mile fence is due to be completed in the coming weeks. A total of 36 migrants crossed into Israel from Egypt in December, all of whom were detained, compared with 2,295 in January. The numbers have steadily declined throughout 2012 as construction of the vast steel fence through the desert from Eilat to the border with Gaza has progressed. "We have succeeded in blocking the phenomenon of illegal infiltrators,"...
  • "Fiscal cliff" deal reached between White House, lawmakers: source

    12/31/2012 7:03:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/31/12 | reuters
    (Reuters) - The White House and congressional lawmakers have reached a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that would delay harsh spending cuts by two months, Obama administration officials said on Monday. President Barack Obama called Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who both signed off on the deal, one source said. The agreement includes a balance of spending cuts and revenue increases to pay for the delay in the automatic spending cuts that would go into effect without a deal by lawmakers.
  • Drilling Opponents Plan Rally In Northeast Ohio

    12/31/2012 6:58:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    cleveland.cbslocal.com ^ | December 28, 2012 6:06 AM
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Anti-drilling demonstrators say a new movie is inspiring a protest in Youngstown, where deep injection of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing was linked to a series of earthquakes. The group Frackfree Ohio planned a rally Friday afternoon. It’s seeking to draw attention to an initiative it’s pursuing that would prohibit drilling rigs, wastewater deep-injection wells and other oil and gas infrastructure around homes, schools, cemeteries, parks and national forests
  • Five Mainstream Republican Resolutions for 2013

    12/31/2012 6:50:43 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 31, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Time once again for a list of New Year’s Resolutions for the Republican Party. The party leaders haven’t taken my advice these past few years, so there’s no reason to believe they shall this year, but who knows? Perhaps if things get too dire, they’ll start looking to bloggers for solutions to the problems that their top consultants haven’t been able to solve. One can but hope. 1. Learn the Meaning of Compromise This isn’t entirely fair, but it’s still a good place to begin. Republicans are notorious for conceding defeat before negotiations begin. Let’s say for example that the...
  • Hey Piers, Don't let the door catch your Bum!

    12/31/2012 6:50:02 PM PST · by Noremac · 8 replies
    Blasted Fools.com ^ | 12/31/2012 | Richard Cameron
    IÂ’m somewhat ambivalent about Piers Morgan. Not much, but a little bit. He is a person with a generally higher level of intellect than a great deal of his contemporaries in television journalism and IÂ’ve enjoyed his interviews much more than the guy he replaced, Larry King, who always looked like he was an eyeblink away from nodding off altogether. Of course, saying that his intellect exceeds that of the rest of the talking heads, may be damning him with faint praise because that is a fraternity of empty suits (think Bob Costas). ItÂ’s more accurate to say that he...
  • Torii Hunter being criticized for his comment on gay athletes

    12/31/2012 6:49:50 PM PST · by JohnSmith13 · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/31/12 | Houston Mitchell
    Former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter is receiving some criticism for his comments in a story by The Times' Kevin Baxter about homosexuals in sports. In the story, Hunter said he would find it difficult to be supportive of a teammate with a different sexual orientation than his own:
  • "Judge England" and the upcoming "Eligibility Challenge" of Illegal-Alien Barack Obama

    12/31/2012 6:47:47 PM PST · by ednoonan7 · 64 replies
    Orly Taitz Press Release ^ | 12-31-12 | Edward C. Noonan
    As one of the litigants in Attorney Orly Taitz's upcoming Barry Soetoro (aka BHO) eligibility case (Jan 3, 2013), I have doubts that Judge Morrison C. England, Jr can be objective about removing the Usurper-in-Chief from office. England will be incapable of being fair and honest in this "Soetoro eligibility" matter. I will admit that England was nominated by George W. Bush (on March 21, 2002) for the seat on the Federal bench but I can hardly believe that England is a stalwart GOPer. I have been unhappy with England in the past. He was the "conservative turncoat" who decided...