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  • 22 children and elderly woman stabbed outside primary school by Chinese knifeman

    12/14/2012 12:40:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/14/12 | Daily Mail [UK], by Phil Vinter
    A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and an elderly woman outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes. The attack took place in the Henan province village of Chengping just before 8am, said a local police officer. The attacker, 36-year-old villager Min Yingjun, is now in police custody, according to an officer who declined to give her name, as is customary among Chinese civil servants. It is the latest in a series of similar periodic rampages at Chinese schools and kindergartens. A Guangshan county hospital administrator said the man first attacked an elderly woman
  • ISLAM IS THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN ENGLAND; CHRISTIANITY ON THE DECLINE, CENSUS DATA SHOWS

    12/14/2012 12:32:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/14/2012 | Jason Howerton
    Islam is the fastest growing religion in England and Wales, according to new census data. The number of people identifying with no religion nearly doubled over the last decade while the percentage of people who call themselves Christians has dropped to 59 percent, down from 72 percent 10 years ago. The Muslim Council of Britain was pleased with the new data, saying Muslims were playing a “significant part in increasing diversity in Britain.” Of the roughly 56.07 million people counted in the census, 33.24 million described themselves as “Christian” while 2.7 million identified as Muslims, an increase from 3.0 percent...
  • Obama orders flags at half staff

    12/14/2012 12:30:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 44 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | whitehouse/politico
    President Obama orders flags at the White House and all federal buildings at half staff in honor the victims of the "senseless acts of violence" in Newton, Conn., on Friday. He is scheduled to deliver remarks at 3:15 p.m. in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. Here is the full order on the flags: "As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United...
  • Ryan Lanza's younger brother is the 2nd suspect being held by police (Newtown, CT)

    12/14/2012 12:26:02 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 50 replies
    The AP reports his younger brother being held. CNN and WNBC report that the suspected gunman behind Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school has been identified as Ryan Lanza. Fox News reports that he is 24-years his mother was kindergarten teacher at the school
  • Hemingway Cat Descendants Are Regulated by Federal Law, Appeals Court Says

    12/14/2012 12:19:15 PM PST · by Mr. Know It All · 15 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 12/11/2012 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    Descendants of Ernest Hemingway’s six-toed cat Snowball that live at his museum home are subject to federal regulation because they substantially affect interstate commerce, a federal appeals court has ruled. The cats roam the late author’s former Key West home at 907 Whitehead Street, now a museum that hosts daily tours and weddings, report the Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio. On Friday, the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (PDF) that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has the authority to regulate the felines.
  • Car jacking suspect shot by off-duty cop in New Hope (MINNESOTA)

    12/14/2012 12:11:03 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    star tribune ^ | 12-14-12 | MARIA BACA
    car-jacking suspect was shot by the off-duty Crystal police officer whose car he was attempting to steal, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's office. The sheriff's account says that the suspect confronted the officer about 6 a.m. Friday outside a Holiday Station Store on the 7100 block of 42nd Av. N., in New Hope. It also said "there is evidence" that a gun was fired. The suspect drove away in the officer's personal vehicle. Soon afterward, Minneapolis police found the same vehicle; they arrested a man who had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center...
  • San Francisco Millionaires Join Scores of Rich People to Demand Higher Taxes on Wealthy

    12/14/2012 11:50:33 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wed., Dec. 12 2012 | Albert Samaha
    There are a bunch of bargaining chips currently being passed back and forth between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as they seek to reach a budget deal before the county slides down the much-feared fiscal cliff. Perhaps the most notable involved tax rates for the wealthy: Generally speaking, Democrats want to raise them; Republicans -- many of whom signed Grover Norquist's pledge to never raise taxes -- don't. So even though more than 60 percent of Americans say they would support higher taxes on the rich, we remain at an impasse. Some of those 60 percent also happen...
  • 1996: Massacre in Dunblane school gym

    12/14/2012 11:50:24 AM PST · by BBell · 3 replies
    A lone gunman has gone on a shooting spree at a school in Dunblane, Scotland, killing 16 children and their teacher. The killer sprayed shots at random around the school gym in an attack that lasted just three minutes, but caused carnage in a class of five and six year olds. He then turned the gun on himself. Twelve other children were taken to hospital in Stirling, where one is reported to have later died of his injuries. The killer has been named as Thomas Hamilton, 43, a local man, who had once - briefly - been a scout master...
  • Extremism in Defense of Liberty

    12/14/2012 11:40:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 14, 2012 | William Voegeli
    Books discussed in this essay:It's Even Worse than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein;Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party, by Geoffrey Kabaservice;The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted, by Mike Lofgren; The Death of Conservatism: A Movement and Its Consequences, by Sam Tanenhaus;and Dead Right, by David Frum. The Republican party has gone insane. Not whacky-but-basically-harmless, Uncle Joe Biden insane....
  • Marine double-amputee’s treatment on Delta flight angers other vets

    12/14/2012 11:30:35 AM PST · by el_texicano · 29 replies
    Wahsington Post ^ | December 13, 2012 | Annie Groer
    On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger. Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was “humiliated” to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row of...
  • Parents Sue School District For Strip-Searching Their 10 Year-Old Son

    12/14/2012 11:27:06 AM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12.12.12 | Criag Bannister
    The parents of 10 year-old J.C. Cox have sued a North Carolina public school district for allegedly strip-searching their son in search of a $20 bill lost by another student.J.C. had twice told school officials he did not have the missing money, which was later found in the school cafeteria, attorneys for the Rutherford Institute said announcing the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.Institute attorneys charge that a former Union Elementary School assistant principal violated J.C.'s Fourth Amendment rights when she allegedly ordered the fifth grader to disrobe down to his underwear...
  • Surprise! Treasury IG probing multi-million-dollar fraud in green-energy grants, tax credits

    12/14/2012 11:25:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:41 pm on December 14, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    And the probe doesn’t involve some bit players in an obscure program, either.  The 1603 Program was one of the centerpieces of Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus, designed to subsidize a transition from hydrocarbon-based energy to renewables in the residential market, and federal government sunk $13 billion into the effort.  Now the Inspector General of Treasury has opened a probe of the three largest providers of solar panel installations, who gained the most from the 1603 Program, and who may have fraudulently calculated their bills in order to claim more taxpayer cash: Three of the country’s most prolific installers of...
  • Hamas Gains Allure in Gaza, but Money Is a Problem

    12/14/2012 11:25:16 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | 13 December 2012 | Steven Erlanger
    Hamas has been riding high of late, after its professed victory in the recent conflict with Israel and the overthrow last year of Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak, an avowed enemy. Nevertheless, it is facing serious financial troubles stemming from the revolt in Syria and its expanding military ambitions, and its increasing demands on the impoverished population of Gaza are stirring resentments. In response, and with an anxious eye to the Arab Spring revolts, some Gaza residents say, it has eased up slightly in its religious restrictions on people’s lives. The government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria had been a...
  • 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...