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  • Syrian jihadists form 'Supporters of the Khilafah' Brigade (with video)

    12/14/2012 3:39:51 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 | By Bill Roggio
    Five Syrian jihadist groups based in western Aleppo have joined together and announced the formation of the Supporters of the Khilafah (Caliphate). The group vowed to impose an Islamic state and fight democracy. The five groups, which US intelligence officials described to The Long War Journal as local units within the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, announced the creation of the Supporters of the Khilafah in a short video that was released on YouTube on Dec. 12. In the video, scores of Islamists, many dressed in military fatigues and brandishing RPGS and assault rifles, are seen standing...
  • Left Mobilizes to Politicize School Shooting

    12/14/2012 3:36:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: A terrible and awful thing has happened in Connecticut at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, I'm told. A shooting at a school, 26 people dead, including 18 children. It's just awful. It is terrible, incomprehensible. But I'm gonna tell you something. As we sit here at this very moment, you know it and I know it, there are liberals trying to find a way to blame this on conservatives and Republicans. It may sound a little hard-edged to say that, but I've lived through these things for 25-plus years. Every such incident as this, even Hurricane Katrina,...
  • Victim of mob-style hit in midtown may have been drug courier; police looking at missing cash

    12/14/2012 3:32:00 PM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/13/2012 | Rocco Parascandola , Nancy Dillon , Vera Chinese AND Ginger Adams Otis
    The Los Angeles dad executed in a mob-style hit in midtown may have been a drug courier — and police are looking at missing cash as a possible motive in his death. A police source said detectives are pursuing two new developments in the Monday murder of Brandon Woodard, 31, and both leads are linked to drug operations. Woodard may have been killed because drug money earmarked for dealers in the city was confiscated while he was in California — and he wasn’t able to replace the cash, believed to be tens of thousands of dollars. Detectives are also chasing...
  • 26 States Decline ObamaCare Exchange; 'Administrative Nightmare' Seen

    12/14/2012 3:30:36 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 54 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/14/2012 | David Hogberg
    The federal government will likely be involved in running the ObamaCare exchange in at least 30 states, 26 of which expressly declined to establish state exchanges. One health-policy expert refers to it as an "administrative nightmare" for the Department of Health and Human Services. Friday was the deadline for a state to let HHS know if it planned to establish a state exchange. Thus far only 18 states and the District of Columbia are planning on doing so. As of right now only Utah and Florida remain undecided. Utah may still decide to set up a state exchange, but few...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Friday,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 14,2012

    12/14/2012 3:09:02 PM PST · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 14,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • US President Obama Cries Over School Shooting

    12/14/2012 2:51:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 152 replies
    sky.com ^ | December 14, 2012
    US President Barack Obama wept as he addressed the nation in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut. Mr Obama paused repeatedly as he struggled to keep his composure while speaking of the children who had been killed and the milestones in their lives they would never have - birthdays, graduations, weddings. "Our hearts are broken today," he said, at times using a finger to wipe tears at the corners of his eyes. Mr Obama said he had reacted to news of the elementary school shooting first as a parent. He added that he and First Lady Michelle would...
  • Flashback: Aspies, You Are Not Alone (NY Times tribute to Asperger Syndrome)

    12/14/2012 2:48:32 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/24/2011 | ALBERT LIM KOK HOOI
    -snip- You are different and you are special. Beethoven, Mozart, Michelangelo, Thomas Edison and Mark Twain possibly had Asperger Syndrome. So had my intellectual ancestor, Charles Darwin. Woody Allen and Bill Gates probably have it. So did Michael Jackson, a source of great inspiration to me and others. Call it genetic, call it developmental, it does not matter. Many proud Aspies and I stand with you.
  • McCarthy: I will embarrass Obama on gun control

    12/14/2012 2:47:20 PM PST · by ColdOne · 158 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    In the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said she has warned the White House “the gloves are off” if President Obama fails to act on the issue. McCarthy (D-N.Y.), the foremost gun control advocate in Congress, said she spoke with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew before Election Day and told him she will exert pressure on the White House to push for gun control legislation. “I said, ‘Jack, I know the president is going through an election and I’m telling you after the election I’m coming out full force,’” McCarthy told POLITICO Friday....
  • What We Know About Alleged CT School Shooter Adam Lanza

    12/14/2012 2:47:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 82 replies
    GOTHAMIST ^ | 12.14.2012 | Gothamist
    After a whole lot of confusion, the NY Post, NY Times and other news outlets have now identified Adam Lanza as the suspect in the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut this morning. Altogether, at least 27 people were killed, including 20 children, when the 20-year-old Lanza allegedly walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and opened fire. NBC initially reported that a Ryan Lanza killed his father in Hoboken NJ this morning, then drove to Connecticut to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where his mother Nancy is a kindergarten teacher. It would be an understatement to...
  • ESPN suspends Rob Parker indefinitely (ESPN producers also under investigation...)

    12/14/2012 2:28:04 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/14/12 | BOB RAISSMAN
    ESPN has suspended Rob Parker indefinitely for his racially charged spew on Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. "Following yesterday's comments Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review," Mike Soltys, an ESPN spokesman said in a statement. Which means this case is far from being closed. A "full" and further review would seek to find out who knew what before the show aired. Did Parker tell the producers of "First Take" that he was going to offer his spiel on RGIII? That's a question that needs to be answered.
  • Radiation Risk: Japanese Scientists took Utility Money

    12/14/2012 2:07:59 PM PST · by null and void · 11 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | 12/12/12 | Yuri Kageyama and Julie Reed
    Influential scientists who help set Japan's radiation exposure limits have for years had trips paid for by the country's nuclear plant operators to attend overseas meetings of the world's top academic group on radiation safety. The potential conflict of interest is revealed in one sentence buried in a 600-page parliamentary investigation into last year's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant disaster and pointed out to The Associated Press by a medical doctor on the 10-person investigation panel. Some of these same scientists have consistently given optimistic assessments about the health risks of radiation, interviews with the scientists and government documents show....
  • Good Samaritan vessel aids wooden-hull trawler

    12/14/2012 1:59:33 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | December 13, 2012
    KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Two Wrangell mariners are safe with the help of a Good Samaritan vessel. The Coast Guard says the wooden-hull trawler Carrie Arlene sent out a distress report . ... The Coast Guard and Wrangell Search and Rescue tried to reach the vessel but were turned back by foul weather.
  • Bobby Jindal: Birth control should be over the counter

    12/14/2012 1:59:00 PM PST · by Coronal · 102 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/14/2012 | Coronal
    Bobby Jindal wants you to be able to get your contraceptives over the counter, and that’s just the first step. “Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it,” the Louisiana governor writes in the Wall Street Journal today. “That’s hogwash.”
  • With cyber crime on the rise, Portland couple make a device to detect digital break-ins

    12/14/2012 1:45:27 PM PST · by aimhigh · 19 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 12/13/2012 | Eric Mortenson
    IPCopper . . . makes devices with the forensic firepower to detect, track and ultimately prosecute cybercrooks, hackers or spies. The company's device captures all Internet activity without alerting hackers, or internal thieves, to its presence. Housed in tamper-proof aluminum boxes, the devices have full "packet capture" or "sniffing" capability. Placed in line between a company's Internet connection and the computers that access it, the appliances record every email, website visit or Voice Over Internet Protocol conversation in complete detail.
  • Human link to climate change stronger than ever: (IPCC) draft report

    12/14/2012 1:40:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/14/12 | Nina Chestney and Alister Doyle | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - International climate scientists are more certain than ever that humans are responsible for global warming, rising sea levels and extreme weather events, according to a leaked draft report by an influential panel of experts. The early draft, which is still subject to change before a final version is released in late 2013, showed that a rise in global average temperatures since pre-industrial times was set to exceed 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, and may reach 4.8 Celsius. "It is extremely likely that human activities have caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface...
  • Clackamas Town Center (OR) shooting: Mall gunman Jacob Roberts' short life ..

    12/14/2012 1:40:37 PM PST · by aimhigh · 15 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 12/13/2012 | Steve Beaven
    She also outlined some of the difficulties Jacob Roberts faced, explained how she took him in after her younger sister died and tearfully expressed her love for him. Jacob's mother . died in 1993 of Hodgkin's disease. She was 22 and Jacob was 2. He never knew his father. Tami Roberts took him in. She and her husband considered him their son and became his legal guardians. But the couple divorced and Jacob Roberts lived with one and then the other. Clackamas County court records show that, after Jacob Roberts inherited $18,000 from his grandmother in 2004, Tami Roberts soon...
  • Mexican President Peña Nieto announces education reform plan

    12/14/2012 1:24:49 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tracy Wilkinson
    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, center, at the announcement of an education reform plan.President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday announced a broad reform aimed at improving Mexico’s sclerotic educational system, a plan that also seems aimed at weakening the enormously powerful teachers union. Mexico has some of the worst public schools in the hemisphere, consistently placing low on international surveys of education quality. Many blame the union and its autocratic boss, Elba Esther Gordillo, who have perpetuated a system that allows teachers to buy or inherit their jobs, regardless of skill or qualifications. The initiative announced Monday by Peña Nieto...
  • U.S. Intelligence Agency Finally Releases Dispatch on Mexico Cardinal Assassination at Airport

    12/14/2012 1:15:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Friday, December 14, 2012
    Nearly four years after a Freedom of Information Request was submitted to the federal government, the Defense Intelligence Agency released a highly redacted cable on the 1993 murder of a Mexican archbishop said to be mistaken for drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera. Others argue it was an assassination and no accident. Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera The cable is definitely a blast to the past, as it talks about the rise of Guzman’s rise and mentions other traffickers, such as Juan Garcia Abrego and Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who were big deals a generation ago. Of course, Garcia Abrego...
  • Albania’s Abstention on Palestine U.N. Vote and the Islamist Response

    12/14/2012 1:12:47 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 14, 2012 | Stephan Swhwartz
    On November 29, Albania was the sole Muslim-majority country in the United Nations to be counted among the 41 abstainers from the proposal to admit Palestine as a non-member observer. Certain Islamists were displeased, to say the least. In particular, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the “fundamentalist-lite” Justice and Development Party or AKP, responded with one of the tantrums that has become a hallmark of his administration. Erdogan declared that he had exerted pressure on an unnamed Muslim land to abandon its intention to vote “no,” encouraging it to support the Palestinians, and arguing that an abstention...
  • An emotional Obama: 'They had their entire lives ahead of them'

    12/14/2012 1:10:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 141 replies
    NBC ^ | 12/14/12 | Michael O'Brien
    An emotional President Barack Obama led the nation in mourning the victims of an elementary school massacre on Friday, speaking from the White House following the shooting in Newtown, Conn. The president not only pledged to assist investigations into the shooting, but also became openly emotional upon reflecting upon the many school children killed or injured in today's mass shooting. "The majority of those who died today were children -- beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10-years-old," he said, pausing to wipe away a tear. "They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings,...