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  • Knife attack at Chinese school wounds 22 children

    12/14/2012 11:22:05 AM PST · by Arthurio · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-14
    Beijing (CNN) -- Twenty-two primary school children were wounded in a knife attack Friday in central China, authorities said. The attack took place at the entrance to the Chenpeng Village Primary School in Henan province, according to the public information department of Guangshan county, the area where the school is located. An adult was also wounded, it said. Several of the children are in critical condition, the state-run website Chinanews.com said, citing local authorities. Police say they have detained a suspect, a 36-year-old man from the village, state media reported. Initial assessments suggest the man is mentally ill, Chinanews.com said,...
  • Federal Judges Sue to Win Promised Pay Increases

    12/14/2012 11:17:54 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 14th, 2012 | Jesse L. Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the nation teetering on an economic "fiscal cliff," federal judges may soon force Congress to dedicate possibly millions of dollars to what some of those same judges must consider a worthy cause: their own salaries. Congress in 1989 limited federal judges' ability to earn money outside of their work on the bench and in exchange provided what was supposed to be automatic cost-of-living increases to judicial salaries to ensure inflation wouldn't erode the value of those salaries over time. U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson Jr. of Texas, one of the judges seeking class-action status, called that...
  • I Hereby Withdraw My Name from Consideration for Secretary of Business

    12/14/2012 11:00:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Do you all realize how we're being played on this whole Susan Rice thing? Susan Rice has not even been nominated to be secretary of state, and she's already withdrawn. She wasn't even nominated. This is all such a smoke screen. All this is, is an effort to get an old white guy in there, which has the babes at the White House a little ticked off, by the way. But they're still angrier at the Republicans. Of course, everything is the fault of Republicans. Republicans derailed Susan Rice because all they care about is getting to...
  • IPCC AR5 draft leaked, contains game-changing admission of enhanced solar forcing

    12/14/2012 10:41:45 AM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 13 December 2012
    Full AR5 draft leaked here, contains game-changing admission of enhanced solar forcing (Alec Rawls) I participated in “expert review” of the Second Order Draft of AR5 (the next IPCC report), Working Group 1 (“The Scientific Basis”), and am now making the full draft available to the public. I believe that the leaking of this draft is entirely legal, that the taxpayer funded report report is properly in the public domain under the Freedom of Information Act, and that making it available to the public is in any case protected by established legal and ethical standards, but web hosting companies are...
  • CBS News: 27 Dead, Including 18 Children, In Elementary School Shooting (Father was shooter)

    12/14/2012 10:40:10 AM PST · by Morgana · 185 replies
    CBS ^ | 12.14.2012 | CBS
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — CBS News is reporting that 27 people are dead, including 18 students, after a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The gunman is among the dead. CBS News’ John Miller reports there is preliminary information that the gunman was the father of one of the students. Miller additionally reports the gunman is 20 years old and is from New Jersey. The shooter was killed and apparently had two guns, a person with knowledge of the shooting said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way....
  • Matt Damon: 'I Need To Pay More Taxes'

    12/14/2012 10:31:52 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Matt Damon: 'I Need To Pay More Taxes' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/14/2012 - 11:23am Why is it wealthy liberals don’t understand that if they want to pay more income taxes, they can each year on their 1040 form make an additional contribution to the federal government above and beyond what they owe? Consider the case of actor Matt Damon who on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show Wednesday actually said, “I need to pay more taxes” (video follows with transcript and commentary): TAVIS SMILEY, HOST: Do you think that ultimately on the things that matter to you, the things that matter...
  • 4-D Transistor a Preview of Future Computers


    12/14/2012 10:29:58 AM PST · by null and void · 7 replies
    This image, taken with a transmission electron microscope shows the cross section of a new type of transistor shaped like a Christmas tree that was created by researchers at Purdue and Harvard universities. The transistor is made from tiny nanowires of a material called indium-gallium-arsenide, which could replace silicon within a decade. Courtesy of Purdue University A new type of transistor shaped like a Christmas tree has arrived just in time for the holidays, but the prototype won't be nestled under the tree along with the other gifts. "It's a preview of things to come in the semiconductor industry," said...
  • News: 27 dead in Connecticut elementary school shooting

    12/14/2012 10:29:36 AM PST · by Morgana · 64 replies
    CainTV ^ | 12.14.2012 | DAN CALABRESE
    There are no words. I have no words of wisdom or scintillating analysis. Just pray for these people. My God. Reuters reports: At least 27 people, including children, were killed on Friday when at least one shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, CBS News reported, citing unnamed officials. The shooter, the father of a student there, was also killed, CBS News reported. The principal and school psychologist were among the dead, CNN said. There were unconfirmed reports of a second shooter after witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots fired. Sandy Hook Elementary School teaches children from...
  • Man-made global warming: even the IPCC admits the jig is up

    12/14/2012 10:12:35 AM PST · by rocksandbroncs · 40 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Last updated: December 13th, 2012 | James Delingpole
    Breaking news from the US – h/t Watts Up With That? – where a leaked draft of the IPCC's latest report AR5 admits what some of us have suspected for a very long time: that the case for man-made global warming is looking weaker by the day and that the sun plays a much more significant role in "climate change" than the scientific "consensus" has previously been prepared to concede. [...] The admission of strong evidence for enhanced solar forcing changes everything. The climate alarmists can’t continue to claim that warming was almost entirely due to human activity over a...
  • The List; Obama's Two Hundred and Third Week in Office

    12/14/2012 9:57:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 12/14/12 | Nachum
    The Obama Administration: Year FourPresident Obama's Two Hundred and Third Week in Office12/13/2012Benghazi-GateState Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next weekSusan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state Rep. Frank Wolf: Tunisia Won't Let FBI Interview Benghazi SuspectObama Ethics, Year 4New Report Suggests National Labor Relations Board Under Obama Straying From Mission to Promote UnionsYour permanent record is now available on demandTSA's Grip on Internal Travel is TighteningChicago Sun Times: Obama swearing-in to be open to media coverage. Should not even have been a question600 Workers To Be Fired As Controversial Activist Judge Sides With Obama-NLRB And SEIU...
  • Moving Rice to National Security Advisor Is a Brilliant Tactical Move

    12/14/2012 9:48:07 AM PST · by CriticalThinking · 24 replies
    4YourCountry ^ | 12/14/12 | 4yourcountry
    President Obama made a brilliant move giving up Rice for Secratary of State. He can now move her to National Security Advisor, much how Nixon originally had Kissinger inside the White House. As National Security Advisor, she is covered by Executive Privilege (Secretary of State is not). This positioning affords Obama a great deal more strategic range. Kerry in State plays into placating Republican Senators - they will resist attacking Kerry. Kerry is ultimately an ineffective leader (also known as "Figure Head"), so he can travel the world collecting frequent flyer miles without disrupting the President's Foreign Policy Agenda. Loss...
  • Fox News Contributor Steven Crowder Files Criminal Complaint After Alleged Assault By Pro-Union

    12/14/2012 9:42:59 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 135 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12-14-2012 | Noah Rothman
    December 14, 2012 Fox News Contributor Steven Crowder Files Criminal Complaint After Alleged Assault By Pro-Union Protester Noah Rothman Fox News commentator Steven Crowder has filed a complaint with the Michigan State Police in relation to an assault he sustained by a pro-union protester while attending a demonstration outside Michigan’s state capitol on December, 11. The protesters were demonstrating against the state legislature’s efforts to pass right to work laws in the heavily unionized state. Crowder joined the protests in support of those controversial laws. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple spoke with Richard Hale, the shift supervisor at the Lansing...
  • Multiple people shot dead at elementary school in Connecticut (Principal, staffer killed)

    12/14/2012 9:41:10 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 229 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/14/12 | DAN MacLEOD
    Multiple people are dead after a shooting this morning at a Connecticut elementary school, according to a report. According to a witness report, the school's principal and another staffer were killed while the vice principal was shot in the leg afte a gunman opened fire in a hallway. A witness said gunshots were heard in the hallway during a meeting and that "100 rounds" must have been fired, according to CNN. After the shots were fired, three people ran into the hallway but only the vice principal crawled back. Cops responded to reports of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary...
  • Obama: I'm not a socialist

    12/14/2012 9:38:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 78 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Barack Obama on Thursday brushed aside concerns that he favors socialism, saying in an interview with Univision that his policies are so mainstream that he would have been considered a moderate Republican in the 1980s. Via the transcript of the interview by Alina Mayo Azze of "Noticias Univision 23" in Miami: AMA: One issue that Cuban-Americans are worried about is, they believe that you favor a socialist model for our country. Cubans and Venezuelans especially because of what they have gone through. What do you think of that? PBO: I don't know that there are a lot of Cubans...
  • The G.O.P.’s Existential Crisis (NYT version why we're not actually in debt, and the GOP is dying)

    12/14/2012 9:38:35 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/13/2012 | Paul Krugman
    We are not having a debt crisis. It’s important to make this point, because I keep seeing articles about the “fiscal cliff” that do, in fact, describe it — often in the headline — as a debt crisis. But it isn’t. The U.S. government is having no trouble borrowing to cover its deficit. In fact, its borrowing costs are near historic lows. And even the confrontation over the debt ceiling that looms a few months from now if we do somehow manage to avoid going over the fiscal cliff isn’t really about debt. No, what we’re having is a political...
  • ESPN suspends Rob Parker

    12/14/2012 9:36:42 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 20 replies
    SBNation.com ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 | Ryan Van Bibber
    ESPN announced Friday morning that commentator and Saturday First Take host Rob Parker has been suspended for his comments Thursday concerning Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Parker may not be out of hot water; network spokesperson Mike Soltys added that ESPN was conducting a "full review" of the incident.
  • Casper Police: Nail salon customer packs heat, gunman leaves

    12/14/2012 9:33:33 AM PST · by SLB · 9 replies
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | Dec 11, 2012 | Megan Cassidy
    A gunman retreated from a Casper nail salon last week after realizing one of its customers was packing heat. Police say about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, a man walked into Modern Nails at 2645 E. Second St. and asked a female employee if she wanted to buy some diamonds. The man walked toward the front desk area and the woman replied that she had no money to buy diamonds. A witness said the man then reached into his coat pocket and began to take out a silver-colored pistol. At that moment, a woman who was getting her nails done...
  • Fiscal Cliff: Majorities Only Favor Solutions Impacting the Wealthy

    12/14/2012 9:24:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    A poll by Pew Research Center shows that majorities of Americans only favor solutions that impact wealthy Americans to reduce the national debt and avoid the "fiscal cliff."Pew provided respondents with 12 deficit reduction options and asked if they approved or disapproved of each option. Majorities approved of five of the options: raise taxes on income over $250,000 (69 percent), limit deductions a taxpayer can claim (54 percent), raise the tax rate on investment income (52 percent), reduce Medicare benefits for higher income seniors (51 percent), and reduce Social Security benefits for higher income seniors (51 percent).Deficit reduction solutions that impact...
  • Panetta: “We’re Not Departing Afghanistan”

    12/14/2012 9:20:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the United States does have plans to draw down its military personnel from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but that the United States is “not departing Afghanistan.” “Well, first and foremost, we’re not departing Afghanistan. We are going to maintain an enduring presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014,” Panetta said at a Wednesday press conference alongside Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan. …
  • Pelosi: Stock Markets “Trust We Would Not Be So Stupid as to Go Over the Cliff”

    12/14/2012 9:15:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said what she views as optimistic market data is a sign that investors believe an agreement to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” will be reached, that the markets “trust that we would not be so stupid as to go over the cliff.” At a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, Pelosi said, “If we agree that we will have a solution and that we will avoid the cliff—I think we all should agree to that—then what are the steps we need to take and how quickly can we take them, so that we at...