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  • Dems join in calling for delay to ObamaCare medical device tax

    12/11/2012 9:17:05 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/11/2012
    Democratic lawmakers have joined with Republicans in raising alarm about a looming ObamaCare-tied tax on medical devices, saying the additional tax is causing "uncertainty and confusion for businesses" and should be delayed. The previously obscure tax has, over the last several months, emerged as one of the most controversial in the health care overhaul and one of the few with bipartisan opposition. Starting Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act imposes a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade. But a group of U.S. senators this week revived concerns that...
  • Only 7% of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders Proficient in Reading

    12/11/2012 9:16:00 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | December11, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading. Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature. Under current law, Michigan public school teachers must pay dues to the teachers’ union. If the right-to-work law is enacted, Michigan public-school teachers will be free to join the union and pay dues to it...
  • The Obama-Phone Is Back - But This Time It's Real (CA phones for homeless)

    12/11/2012 9:15:07 AM PST · by mojito · 9 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/11/2012 | Tyler Durden
    While some saw the clip of the lady implying 'victory for Obama means phones for everyone' as perhaps exaggerated out-of-context right-wing propaganda - as that would be preposterous right? - it appears San Francisco took it a little more serious. As SFGate reports, the California Public Utilities Commission is expected to approve (within a couple of weeks) a plan to offer homeless and other poor people in California 'virtually free cell phones and service'. The plan is funded through the federal LifeLine program and is designed to enable these individuals to 'keep in touch with family, potential employers and others...
  • Teens Ask for Smoke, Kill Woman When She Replies "Get a Job": Cops

    12/11/2012 9:12:36 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 118 replies
    NBC 10 ^ | December11, 2012
    Police say three teens charged in the fatal shooting of a western Pennsylvania woman targeted her after she told them to "get a job" when she saw them trying to bum a cigarette off her boyfriend. Beaver Falls police have charged 14-year-olds Todavia Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez and Kyle Goosby Jr., 13, with criminal homicide and other charges in Saturday's shooting of Kayla Peterson, 22. She was shot at about 3:30 p.m. that day and died in a Pittsburgh hospital two hours later. Goosby is in custody and his attorney says he was just "in the wrong place at the...
  • USF researchers find 19 more graves at Dozier School for Boys

    12/11/2012 8:48:37 AM PST · by null and void · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | December 10, 2012 - 8:56 PM | JEROME R. STOCKFISCH
    Researchers from the University of South Florida say there are at least 50 graves on the grounds of a former Panhandle reform school – higher than a state estimate of 31 graves – and that a second cemetery is likely to exist. Anthropologists and archaeologists from USF have spent months conducting field work, scientific analysis and ethnographic research at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, which has been the subject of investigations into abuse allegations and suspicious deaths. The school, which opened in 1900, was closed last year. A USF report contradicts a previous state report that...
  • A Victory for Demagoguery (America seems to be falling for Obama's class warfare campaign)

    12/11/2012 8:47:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2012 | Mona Charen
    I’m in the camp that believes Republicans have no choice but to agree to raise taxes on the top 2 percent of earners. The party has been successfully caricatured as the servant of the rich. This is unjust, yes, but justice is imperfect in this life. It’s political suicide for Republicans to stand fast on maintaining current rates for high earners even at the cost of raising taxes for everyone else. Imagine if we went over the fiscal cliff. In January, Obama would call upon Congress to pass a law restoring the tax rates for 98 percent of filers. What...
  • Cost of building and operating upstream oil and gas facilities reaches record high

    12/11/2012 8:46:50 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Oil & Gas Financial Journal ^ | December 4, 2012 | Oil & Gas Financial Journal
    The costs of building and operating upstream oil and gas facilities continued to rise over the last six-month period and have reached record highs, according to two cost indexes developed by IHS [NYSE: IHS]. The IHS Upstream Capital Cost Index (UCCI) rose 1% over the Q1 2012-Q3 2012 period to an index score of 230, matching its Q3 2008 high. Its counterpart, the IHS Upstream Operating Cost Index (UOCI), rose to 0.5% to a new high score of 190 over the same period. The indexes are proprietary measures of cost changes similar in concept to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)...
  • An Embarrassing Metric Disappears: Why are gov't stats taxpayer migration being discontinued?

    12/11/2012 8:45:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2012 | Jim Pettit
    As the din of America’s falling headfirst over the fiscal cliff reverberates across the nation, the Obama administration is quietly killing a key economic metric that tells how, and how many, people are voting with their feet. Since 1991 the Internal Revenue Service has been compiling statistics on filers’ addresses, which the agency’s Statistics of Income division uses to show who is moving into and out of every county and state in the nation. As you’d expect, the IRS also knows the aggregate income levels of those who move. So the movements of the most fundamental productive components of the...
  • Jamie Foxx Jokes About Killing 'All The White People' In His New Movie

    12/11/2012 8:40:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 12/11/2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Two weeks ago, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx made national headlines when he called President Obama "Our lord and savior." While hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, Foxx joked about how in his new film "Django Unchained," "I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO JAMIE FOXX: My name is Jamie Foxx. Give it up, give it up, New York City, Saturday Night Live. Come on, make some noise, man. New York City, New York City, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, it’s crazy. I'm...
  • Teachers ditch school kids to protest vote on right-to-work

    12/11/2012 8:40:15 AM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/11/2012 | fox news
    Two Michigan school districts reportedly closed shop Tuesday after teachers called out, likely so they could participate in union protests tied to the expected passage of "right-to-work" legislation this week in the state capital. Demonstrators have already started to march down the streets, as lawmakers return to put the final touches on legislation that would bar unions from demanding dues from workers. The move would make Michigan the 24th "right-to-work" state and strike a blow to organized labor in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. Local unions spent the weekend preparing for massive protests on Tuesday, in a last-ditch...
  • (VIDEO) How to Opt Out of a Teachers' Union Membership

    12/11/2012 8:31:34 AM PST · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    mrctv.org ^ | dec 2012
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  • Exports drop in October by biggest margin in almost four years

    12/11/2012 8:31:09 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    “The private sector is doing fine,” Barack Obama assured us in June, but we haven’t seen much evidence for that argument. Today’s report from Commerce on the trade deficit certainly doesn’t provide any reassurance for that claim. In fact, exports dropped in October by the biggest margin since Obama took office, and the trade gap with China widened to a new record:
  • Northern Virginia Lawmakers Say Gun Control Remains a Tough Fight

    12/11/2012 8:24:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    delray.patch.com ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Drew Hansen
    Trying to get more stringent gun control legislation through the Virginia General Assembly is something of a losing battle, according to at least two state lawmakers representing Northern Virginia. Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-35th) lamented that he’s tried multiple times to tighten up Virginia’s gun rights, but to little avail. He told audience members of a state legislative forum held at Alexandria’s City Hall that three years ago he introduced a bill after a man shot and killed two police officers before shooting and killing himself. Saslaw said in response, he introduced a bill making it illegal in Virginia to bring...
  • Syrian Rebels: We Are All Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Qaeda)

    12/11/2012 8:23:14 AM PST · by bayouranger · 6 replies
    dianawest.net ^ | 11DEC12 | Diana West
    You can almost hear the Obama administration call out, as one voice, "Aha! We'll designate the Syrian al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra a terrorist organization, thus barring the group from receiving Western money and arms, and be done with it!" And so they did. But they weren't. From the NYT story, picking up with paragraph 9: But a growing number of anti-government groups — including fighters in the loose-knit Free Syrian Army that the United States is trying to bolster — have signed petitions or posted statements online in recent days expressing support for the Nusra Front. In keeping...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 11,2012

    12/11/2012 8:13:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 50 replies
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  • Gay marriage: Religious 'opt-in' offered, but not to CofE

    12/11/2012 8:06:23 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | December 11, 2012 | Unattributed
    The Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced. Other religious organisations will be able to "opt in" to holding ceremonies, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said. But she added that the Church of England and Church in Wales had "explicitly" stated strong opposition and would not be included. In her statement, Mrs Miller promised a "quadruple lock" to protect religious freedom, involving: No religious organisation or individual minister being compelled to marry same-sex couples or to permit this to happen on their premises Making it unlawful for religious...
  • Police Shot And Kill Burglar(IN)

    12/11/2012 7:51:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wbiw.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | NA
    (INDIANAPOLIS) - Police shot and killed a burglar found hiding in a family’s basement on Indianapolis’ northeast side Monday night. Officers were called to a home in the 3800 block of North Arlington Avenue just after 7 p.m. Family members said they came home to find someone had broken into their home, so they called police and waited for officers to arrive. When police searched the home, they said they found the burglar hiding in the basement. Officers struggled with the suspect, and shots were fired, hitting the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not...
  • Venezuela Without Chavez: Chaos The Most Likely Successor

    12/11/2012 7:47:31 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10 Dec 2012 | Editorial
    Americas: Dictator Hugo Chavez's near-certain exit in Venezuela looks like a second wind for the country's democrats. But not so fast: The petrotyranny is no longer a republic, it's a cult of personality. Latin Spring is more like it. The shocking news over the weekend from Chavez, that he was heading back to Cuba for a third operation less than a week after treatment there, pretty well signals that the still-undisclosed type of cancer that afflicts him is terminal. A somber Chavez announced Saturday for the first time that he was turning over the reins of power to former bus...
  • Venezuela Without Chavez: Chaos The Most Likely Successor

    12/11/2012 7:47:20 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10 Dec 2012 | Editorial
    Americas: Dictator Hugo Chavez's near-certain exit in Venezuela looks like a second wind for the country's democrats. But not so fast: The petrotyranny is no longer a republic, it's a cult of personality. Latin Spring is more like it. The shocking news over the weekend from Chavez, that he was heading back to Cuba for a third operation less than a week after treatment there, pretty well signals that the still-undisclosed type of cancer that afflicts him is terminal. A somber Chavez announced Saturday for the first time that he was turning over the reins of power to former bus...
  • Taxifornia Lessons

    12/11/2012 7:38:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    California revenue is up from a year ago. Unfortunately, California revenue is not up as much as expected, while spending is up way more than expected. Please consider California Finances in November 2012 by state controller John Chiang. November's tax receipts fell 10.8% short of expectations contained in the 2012-2013 State Budget, although they were above the year-ago level. Total revenues year to date are now 2.6% less than anticipated at this time, with shortfalls among all of the major sources. Expenditures are 4.9% above estimates contained in the Budget, with assistance to local governments driving the overage. Total revenues...
  • Anarchist Protest Trainer Preps Michigan Unions for Right to Work Showdown

    12/11/2012 7:30:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Mother Jones calls her “Professor Occupy.” She was the brains behind the violent 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Now, Lisa Fithian – a self-described anarchist – has brought her tactics to Michigan, where the unions are prepping for a massive demonstration Tuesday as the legislature gives final passage to Right to Work legislation. EAGnews exposed Fithian when she popped up in Chicago last year to organize the Chicago Teachers Union during the height of the silly but dangerous Occupy protests. SEE THE VIDEO HERE. But strangely, the Associated Press didn’t mention Fithian’s track record in a story it...
  • (How's This For Strange?) Mysterious Mass Whale Graveyard Unearthed in the Chilean Desert

    12/11/2012 7:22:44 AM PST · by lbryce · 195 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | November 22, 2012 | Bryan Nelson
    While working on a highway-widening project in the middle of South America's Atacama Desert, Chilean workers unearthed an eerie scene that had no business being more than a kilometer away from the ocean: a mass fossil graveyard containing more than 75 ancient whales, reports MSNBC. Finding whale bones in the middle of the desert is strange enough, but scientists were quick to notice a deeper mystery. The fossils ended up right next to one another — some mere meters apart — as if to suggest that the whales all died at once, possibly during some cataclysmic tragedy. What could have...
  • Why Liberalism Doesn't Work

    12/11/2012 7:19:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    Reason No. 1 not to tremble at the prospect of liberal ascendancy, world without end: Liberalism doesn't work. At any rate, not the way liberals commonly suppose it's going to work when they devise enormous taxpayer-funded, government-run programs, minimally connected, if at all, to the realities of human existence. An article in the Dec. 9 New York Times, of all places, gleams in the darkness of the present political moment as the Obama administration works to rub away resistance to its vision of an all-encompassing federal government. "This is painful for a liberal to admit," admits Nicholas D. Kristof, a...
  • You Think the GOP Has Problems?

    12/11/2012 7:19:04 AM PST · by NCjim · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 11, 2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    While everyone gathers around the water cooler Monday-morning quarterbacking Speaker Boehner on the execution of his game plan for the Cliff Bowl before it is even played, let us spare a thought for the hapless Democrats. After all, who would want to be a Democrat as we go into 2013? Don't be fooled by that tough-guy act. Yes, yes, we know that the Democrats own the future with the educated, the young, the black, and the Hispanic. And Republicans have just got to learn to speak Hispanic. Even Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan seem to agree. But my suspicion is...
  • An Honest Liberal Confronts the Problem of Government Dependency

    12/11/2012 7:05:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve written and pontificated about the problem of government-created dependency and how the welfare state traps people in poverty. I also shared this dramatic chart showing how redistribution programs create shockingly high implicit marginal tax rates for those with modest incomes.But when a liberal writer for the New York Times basically comes to the same conclusion, that’s a sign that there may finally be some consensus about the need for reform.Here’s some of what Nicholas Kristof wrote, beginning with an acknowledgement of the welfare state’s perverse incentives.This is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill...
  • Royal Canadian Mint’s Tungsten Gold Twostep?

    12/11/2012 6:59:13 AM PST · by Renfield · 14 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 11-28-2012 | Rob Kirby
    In the end, we were all told that this loss was due to honest miscalculations and blunders, or in other words – LAX CONTROLS.Lax Internal Controls at the Royal Canadian Mint?It's elementary(?), Watson -- (December 21, 2009) A series of miscalculations and blunders in its gold refinery dating back to 2005 were responsible for 17,500 troy ounces of gold going missing from the mint's Sussex Drive inventory count last October, the mint announced in a 12-page report. That's the equivalent of almost forty-four 400-ounce bars and worth more than $20 million in today's prices.More than $3 million in government gold...
  • U.S. Economic Confidence Continues Post-Election Fade

    12/11/2012 6:58:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Gallup ^ | 12/11/12 | Gallup staff
    Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index is at -16 for the week ending Dec. 9, down from -12 the previous week. Confidence is now the lowest it has been since the presidential election... The decline in confidence comes even though the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a better-than-expected jobs report on Friday, showing a 0.2-percentage-point improvement in the seasonally adjusted employment rate. Still, confidence was -16 from Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9 -- similar to the weekly average. The trend in Gallup's Economic Confidence index, based on more than 3,000 interviews conducted each week, is not as negative...
  • How Liberals Think: Mika Says 'It's Kind Of Simple'—Just Pay Workers More

    12/11/2012 6:54:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 82 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I post this item not to mock Mika Brzezinski. But her comments this morning were so illustrative of the liberal mindset--in ignoring fundamental principles of economics--that they are worth highlighting here. An entire Morning Joe segment had been devoted to discussing the wage dilemma in America. In the context of analyzing the right-to-work law soon to be signed in Michigan, the panel—apparently excepting Mika—agreed that we face hard choices here. We can artificially preserve high wages for a relative few, or let wages seek their natural level, providing more jobs at lower pay. As Joe Scarborough put it, we have...
  • Local housing specialists join national debate over changes in tax deduction for mortgage holders

    12/11/2012 6:52:48 AM PST · by Hemingway's Ghost · 31 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11 December 2012 | Jenifer B. McKim
    The generous mortgage-interest tax deduction that homeowners have long enjoyed could be diminished or eliminated as part of efforts to reduce the federal deficit, disproportionately hurting Massachusetts and other regions where real estate is especially costly. Proposals to change the deduction include limiting it to the 28 percent tax bracket and lower; converting the deduction to a less generous tax credit; reducing the maximum allowed mortgage balance from $1.1 million to $500,000; and eliminating the benefit for second homes and equity loans, according to the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., nonpartisan think tank.
  • Did Obama steal the 2012 election?

    12/11/2012 6:48:04 AM PST · by wesagain · 34 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 11, 2012 | James Simpson
    "Overwhelming evidence shows vote fraud, abuse played major role in outcome Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/did-obama-steal-the-2012-election/#IucGe1EBe2cW55XF.99 "WASHINGTON — Following Barack Obama’s re-election, accusations from some quarters have held that his campaign stole the election through vote fraud. Others claim no vote fraud occurred, and that the election victory resulted from the Obama campaign’s vastly superior get-out-the-vote effort. One RedState diarist has even gone so far as to announce that commenters complaining that the election was stolen will be banned from the site. With all of the swirling allegations, where does the truth lie? While there have been many proven cases of...
  • Atheist Attacks on Christmas

    12/11/2012 6:45:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Bill O'Reilly asked this question on his Fox News program last week: "Why do I have to be the leader defending Christmas against its attackers?" O'Reilly was criticizing Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's renaming his state's Christmas tree a "holiday tree." Good question. It's time for Christians to realize that their religion is under attack, and they had better start fighting to win the war for religious liberty in public opinion, in the courts and in the schools. The war against Christianity has been waged by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and similar groups. Their...
  • Haslam Announces State Will Not Run Health-Care Exchange

    12/11/2012 6:44:13 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 18 replies
    State of Tennessee newsroom ^ | 12/10/2012 | Unknown
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Haslam made the following statement on the issue: “Tennessee faces a decision this week about health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. “I'm not a fan of the law. The more I know, the more harmful I think it will be for small businesses and costly for state governments and the federal government. It does nothing to address the cost of health care in our country. It only expands a broken system. That’s why I’ve...
  • Minn. gay couple in '71 marriage case still united

    12/11/2012 6:39:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | PATRICK CONDON
    When Jack Baker proposed to Michael McConnell that they join their lives together as a couple, in March 1967, McConnell accepted with a condition that was utterly radical for its time: that someday they would legally marry. Just a few years later, the U.S. Supreme Court slammed the door on the men's Minnesota lawsuit to be the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the U.S. It took another 40 years for the nation's highest court to revisit gay marriage rights, and Baker and McConnell — still together, still living in Minneapolis — are alive to see it.
  • Democrats' Assault on Language

    12/11/2012 6:29:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    For months, pundits and politicians have been saying that Americans have a math problem. They have a point, for Mr. Obama routinely champions the idea that running annual deficits in excess of $1 trillion dollars can be continued, simply by requiring Americans to pay $200 billion in taxes more each year. Anyone with a 3rd grade grasp of math has long ago come to the conclusion that even if Mr. Obama gets his way, huge annual deficits will remain, and the nation cannot sustain the current level of profligate spending indefinitely. Somehow, contrary to all known mathematics principles, and contrary...
  • Do you think (Florida) college students should be allowed to carry guns on campus? (FREEP THIS POLL)

    12/11/2012 6:25:24 AM PST · by rarestia · 30 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | 10 December 2012 | Staff
    I-POLL on the front page: Do you think college students should be allowed to carry guns on campus? Yes (26%) No (71%) Not Sure (3%) FREEP IT UP!
  • So Much For "Confidence" - NFIB Small Business Outlook Drops To Record Low

    12/11/2012 6:16:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    While Europe's confidence-inspired rally is floating all global boats in some magical unicorn-inspired way, the reality is that on the ground in the US, things have never looked worse.
  • The Winter of Conservative Discontent

    12/11/2012 6:16:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    As the white flag rises above Republican redoubts, offering a surrender on taxes, the mind goes back to what seemed a worse time for conservatives: December 1964. Barry Goldwater had suffered a defeat not seen since Alf Landon. Republicans held less than one-third of the House and Senate and only 17 governorships. The Warren Court was remaking America. In the arts, academic and entertainment communities, and national press corps, conservatives were rarely seen or heard. It was Liberalism's Hour, with America awash in misty memories of Camelot and great expectations of the Great Society to come in 1965. That year,...
  • News story shows gun store in false light | Firearms Lawyer

    12/11/2012 6:16:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    federalwaymirror.com ^ | 10 December, 2012 | MARK KNAPP
    A recent King 5 News broadcast reported on gun violence around the Puget Sound. The fact that the reporters referenced Champion Arms and the Kent gun store’s licensing issues is a case history in how the news media often portray gun issues in a false light. Champion Arms had almost nothing to do with the stated subject matter of the story, which was how people like the Cafe Racer killer, Ian Stawiki, obtain guns. Stawiki, who killed four people in Seattle and wounded another, did not have a criminal record nor any record of mental illness. It is hard to...
  • This Is Why You Never, Ever Break Into a Boxer’s Home

    12/11/2012 6:15:25 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 43 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    A suspected burglar got more than he could handle when he attempted to break into an Oklahoma City home, which ended up being inhabited by a boxing and kickboxing trainer — and apparently a good one. Jonathan Wise, 19, was arrested earlier this month with two black and bloodshot eyes and in need of stitches for other injuries. He reportedly tried to rob the home of Norm Houston, according to police. “I heard a thumbing noise on my garage door,” Houston told KFOR. “I swung open my back door and somebody was standing there.” Wise, the suspected burglar, probably could...
  • Waseca man knocks intruder down with shotgun(MN)

    12/11/2012 6:10:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 43 replies
    Mankato Free Press ^ | 10 December, 2012 | na
    WASECA — A woman suspected of burglarizing a Waseca home is in jail after fleeing on foot from the shotgun-wielding homeowner, then being chased and caught by a police officer neighbor. The male homeowner, who police did not identify, confronted Kotek with a 12-gauge shotgun. Kotek, armed with a knife found in the home, refused to be detained and tried to escape. The homeowner struck her with the shotgun, knocking her to the floor. She got up and ran outside.
  • How Congress Is Getting It Wrong

    12/11/2012 6:05:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Tim Phillips
    In the current debate over the lame duck deal, the focus seems to be solely on the issue of taxes. Raising rates or closing loopholes: which will it be? After all it’s essential that the federal government increase its revenues, right? Everyone knows the government has run out of money, and talk of another debt limit debacle is already surfacing. Is the cause of the deficit declining federal revenues? Perhaps it's those pesky billionaires moving jobs and profits overseas? Or, there's always some way to blame oil companies or George W. Bush. The reality is far less flattering for...
  • Fracking seen robbing OPEC of gasoline pricing power

    12/11/2012 6:01:07 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 11, 2012 | Bloomberg
    Link only due to Bloomberg content
  • George Zimmerman Hearing 9:00 AM EST -- LIVE

    12/11/2012 5:58:38 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 57 replies
    UC | December 11, 2012 | UC
    Live streaming coverage should be at these links: http://cfnews13.com/ http://www.myfoxorlando.com/ http://www.wesh.com/ Agenda for the hearing: http://184.172.211.159/~gzdocs/documents/1212/notice_of_hearing_121112.pdf
  • Man Shoots Intruder in Santa Maria(CA)

    12/11/2012 5:57:01 AM PST · by marktwain
    crimevoice.com ^ | 10 December, 2012 | April Charlton
    SANTA MARIA – An unidentified intruder was shot Sunday evening in Santa Maria when he knocked on a homeowner’s door and brandished a gun. Police received a 9-1-1 call just after 7:30 p.m. that shots were fired in the area of the 400 block of North Oakley. Officers responded to the scene, where they found a male subject who had been shot multiple times. According to police, the adult shooting victim knocked on a homeowner’s door in the neighborhood and began threatening the occupants in the house. The suspect was also armed with a gun and began threatening the resident...
  • Sheriff: Armed homeowner walks burglar outside to wait for deputies(MS)

    12/11/2012 5:52:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    wlox.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Staff
    GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A George County man found himself on the wrong end of a homeowner's gun after allegedly breaking into a home on Crenshaw Road Saturday night. Sheriff Dean Howell said just after midnight, dispatch received a call from a homeowner who said he was holding a burglar at gunpoint. When deputies arrived, they found Alex Hamblin standing on the sidewalk with the suspect, Wilton Grady Dickerson, 28. Hamblin recounted how he had heard a loud noise downstairs, grabbed his gun and found Dickerson standing in the kitchen. At first, the homeowner thought it was his son,...
  • Administration Pushes For Lighter Iran Sanctions In Legislative Fight

    12/11/2012 5:45:52 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | December 10, 2012 | Rosie Gray
    A version of the Iran sanctions legislation from the administration would give the regime more time. Fewer business would face sanctions. The Obama administration is requesting a number of changes to congressional sanctions on Iran that would make the sanctions less strict, according to a redlined version of the legislation sent to the Armed Services Committees of the House and Senate. The document, provided to BuzzFeed by a Democratic source who is privy to the negotiations, proposes a number of alterations to a package aimed at raising the pressure on Iran to abandon a nuclear program most American observers believe...
  • Iran: We Stole All Secrets From US Drone

    12/11/2012 5:41:17 AM PST · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    ABC ^ | By LEE FERRAN (@leeferran) | Dec. 10, 2012
    An Iranian military commander claimed Monday that the country has stolen all the secrets held by a high-tech American surveillance drone that crashed in Iran last year, according to Iranian news reports. "All the intelligence in this drone has been completely decoded and extracted and we know each and every step it has taken," said Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Aerospace Division for the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard, according to an English-language report by Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.
  • School Districts Closed Because Of Excessive Teacher Absences Over Right-to-Work

    12/11/2012 5:33:35 AM PST · by MV=PY · 53 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | 12/11/12 | Audrey Spalding and Jarrett Skorup
    Students suffer because 'several hundred' teachers call in sick to attend right-to-work protest in Lansing. At least 26,000 children will miss school today because their teachers called in sick or took a vacation day to protest proposed right-to-work legislation, which is expected to pass today. Warren Consolidated Schools, Taylor School District and Fitzgerald Public Schools are confirmed to be closed. It is also suggested that schools in Detroit and St. Johns may be missing a significant number of teachers...
  • 3,000 Foreign Jihadis to Terrorize Egyptian Opposition?

    12/11/2012 5:22:53 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 11, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - 3,000 Foreign Jihadis to Terrorize Egyptian Opposition?Posted By Raymond Ibrahim On December 11, 2012 @ 12:42 am In FrontPage | 1 Comment The title of a recent Al Akhbar report declares: “Morsi summons 3,000 jihadis from Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Somalia and Iran to be an Islamic army to strike the police and army forces” of Egypt.According to the report, Ibrahim Ali, a lawyer of various Islamic groups, said that 3,000 leaders and members of the Jihad Groups and the notorious Islamic Group—including the brother of Khaled al-Islambouli, the army officer who planned and participated...
  • Egypt’s Torturer-in-Chief Headed to Washington

    12/11/2012 5:21:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 11, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Egypt’s Torturer-in-Chief Headed to WashingtonPosted By Arnold Ahlert On December 11, 2012 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment On Monday, Yasser Ali announced that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi will visit the United States in 2013, in what would be his first visit to Washington since he was elected last June. Ever since, Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies have made numerous moves to reimpose a dictatorship on an Egyptian opposition that grows more impassioned against this power grab with every passing day. Yet like every would-be dictator, Morsi has his methods of dealing...