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  • Smart TVs can spy on their owners

    12/16/2012 6:25:14 AM PST · by shove_it · 50 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 15 Dec 2012
    Viewers, beware: while you’re watching TV, your TV might be watching you back. A security firm discovered that Samsung’s Smart TV can give hackers access to the device’s built-in camera and microphones, allowing them to watch everything you do. The Malta-based firm ReVuln posted a video showing its team of researchers hacking into one of the Samsung TVs and accessing its settings, channel lists, widgets, USB drives, and remote control configurations. The security flaw allows hackers to access any and all personal data stored on the TV. “We can install malicious software to gain complete root access to the TV,”...
  • Obamacare and My Daughter: “In two years, the surgery will cease to be available for the insured"

    12/16/2012 6:21:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/16/2012 | JUSTIN BINIK-THOMAS
    Elections have consequences. The president signed a law which forces citizens to purchase a product simply on the virtue that they are alive. Our Supreme Court upheld the law, giving the government the power to tax inactivity. When the law is fully implemented, we may see a shift from our role as citizens to subjects. Instead of “pay for play,” it will become “pay, if you play our way.” We are moving slowly down this path, and can begin to see the cliff before us. Still, there is time to slow the process and change course. Knowing the risk and...
  • A Methodical Massacre: Horror And Heroics

    12/16/2012 6:19:32 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 12/16/12 | EDMUND H. MAHONY and DAVE ALTIMARI,
    -snip- It was about 9:40 a.m. Friday. In just minutes, Lanza — a withdrawn, emotionally detached 20-year-old who lived with his mother and is said to have played graphically violent computer video games — would kill 26 people in the country's second-largest mass killing. -snip- The classroom he chose to enter was substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau's, where he proceeded to systematically shoot everyone inside — the 14 children who investigators believe were huddled and clutching one another in fear, Rousseau and a special education teacher who happened to be in the room. Rousseau was filling in for the regular teacher,...
  • Gunman's aunt speaks out about the Conn. shooting

    12/16/2012 6:17:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    cw56.com ^ | 16 December, 2012 | na
    “Last time we visited with her in person we talked about prepping and you know, are you ready for what can happen down the line when the economy collapses,” said the gunman’s aunt, Marsha Lanza. ---------------------cut------------------------ Nancy’s guns were supposed to be for self defense. Marsha Lanza called her nephew a special needs child. So far, no motive has been released. “Just pray for peace,” said Marsha Lanza. “Do I think gun laws need to be changed? No. It’s the person that does the killing, not the gun."
  • Time for Schools to be Gun-free Free

    12/16/2012 6:17:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2012 | Selwyn Duke
    If there's anything the Newtown massacre has proven, it's that school zones billed as "gun-free" cannot be guaranteed to thus be. They're only virtually certain to be good-guy-gun-free. And it's time for this symbolism-over-substance policy to end. The fact is that we're making the good easy prey for the wicked, and this has been acknowledged by some current and former law-enforcement officials. As Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police Jim Kouri writes: ******** [F]ormer police detective Mike Snopes believes that gun free zones invite killers. "The killer in [Newtown] came armed for...
  • States with No Income Tax Grow Faster and Create More Jobs

    12/16/2012 6:13:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchells
    One of the key ways of controlling state and local tax burdens, according to this map from the Tax Foundation, is to not have an income tax. But that’s not too surprising. States have just a couple of ways of generating significant tax revenue, so it stands to reason that states without an income tax would have relatively low tax burdens.Light-blue states have no broad-based income tax The more important question is whether this approach leads to better economic performance. The evidence is pretty clear that zero-income-tax states grow faster and create more jobs.I’ve already shared some important research on...
  • The unbearable lightness of the Second Amendment [Mega-barf Alert!]

    12/16/2012 6:03:03 AM PST · by jjotto · 28 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | December 16, 2012 | Boaz Bismuth
    It is uncommon to see an American president and an entire nation weep. It is also rare to hear about 20 precious children (and six adults) being gunned down at a school for no reason. But in America, horrific and senseless mass killings are not unusual and Americans cannot understand why they happen. Every so often (Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and the Colorado movie theater), a mass killing causes us to once again write about the unbearable ease at which lives were taken. There have been 31 school shootings in America since the Columbine massacre in 1999. Why? That...
  • What We Can Do and What We Cannot Do

    12/16/2012 5:53:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Paul Jacob
    December 16, 2012 When 20 kindergartners and first-graders and six adults are senselessly slaughtered at a small town elementary school by a heavily armed lunatic, it’s normal to want to do something — anything — to help make certain such a horrific event never happens again. But “never again” has proven a very difficult, if not impossible, standard to achieve. Pass any number of new laws — the problem will remain that Adam Lanza, and other killers like him, don’t obey such laws. We might force a background check or establish a more thorough one before a person may buy...
  • Mythbusting: Israel and Switzerland are not gun-toting utopias. (BARF.)

    12/16/2012 5:40:20 AM PST · by CommieCutter · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 14, 2012 | Ezra Klein
    My post “12 facts about guns and mass shootings” included a mention of Israel and Switzerland, societies where guns are reputed to be widely available, but where gun violence is rare. Janet Rosenbaum, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center School, has actually researched this question, and she wrote to tell me I had it wrong. We spoke shortly thereafter on the phone. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows. Ricky Carioti — The Washington Post Ezra Klein: Israel and Switzerland are often mentioned...
  • A Smart Conservative Position on War on Drugs

    12/16/2012 5:35:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Mandatory sentences breed injustice," Judge Roger Vinson told the New York Times. A Ronald Reagan appointee to the federal bench in Florida, Vinson was railing against a federal system that forced him to sentence a 27-year-old single mother to prison life without parole because her dealer ex-boyfriend had stored cocaine in her house. Note to D.C. Republicans: This would be a great time to take on the excesses of the war on drugs. The Times was writing about conservatives, including Jeb Bush and former Watergate conspirator Chuck Colson, who advocate for smarter, more humane incarceration policies under the rubric "Right...
  • The Federal Government is Guilty Accomplice in School Shooting in Newtown Connecticut

    12/16/2012 5:34:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    oathkeepers.org ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Oathkeepers
    This shooting is yet another tragic example of the failed, grotesque insistence on helpless victim zones where any crazed gunman can be assured of a large number of disarmed, undefended, helpless victims, all crammed into one place, where he can kill many children before an armed defender arrives from elsewhere. It is disturbing and sick that the federal government so hates the right of the American people to bear arms, and so hates their natural right to self defense, that the government insists on making them helpless, disarmed victims for anyone who cares to kill them. And in this case,...
  • Exit polls: LDP projected to win Japan election

    12/16/2012 5:32:39 AM PST · by Perdogg · 28 replies
    The Liberal Democrat Party was poised to return to power in Japan on Sunday, with exit polls projecting a sweeping victory in the general election. Exit polls from CNN affiliate NHK show that the Liberal Democrat Party, or LDP -- led by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- won the majority of votes in the country's lower house election. The projected results, which indicate the party captured at least 275 of 480 house seats, would give the party another stab at power three years after it was unceremoniously dumped for the Democrat Party of Japan, or DPJ.
  • Man uses gun to save tow truck driver's life(IN)

    12/16/2012 5:21:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    fox59.com ^ | 12 December, 2012 | na
    Indianapolis As a tow truck driver lay pinned between a car and a metal wire, it was a passerby's quick thinking that saved his life. Jamaryon Middlebrooks was driving along North Emerson on a Sunday night when a frantic person waved him off the side of the road. Middlebrooks found a chaotic scene, as the tow truck driver went unconscious and witnesses described him turning blue. "He wasn't breathing. ... They felt a pulse but that was about it," Middlebrooks said. Middlebrooks made a split-second decision, grabbing his handgun out of his truck and firing nine shots at the chain,...
  • New Rule: All Teachers Should Be Required to Carry Guns

    12/16/2012 5:17:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Doug Giles
    My heart is sick. I feel so sorry for the children who were murdered, as well as the parents and loved ones of the slain kids and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. All of us here in the U.S.—who still have a soul—pray for those whose lives were just senselessly shattered. But imagine if at least one teacher (with a concealed weapons permit) had their .40-caliber Glock with them, locked and loaded, when this weed Adam Lanza began his murderous mayhem Friday on the Sandy Hook Elementary School campus. What would have happened differently? Would...
  • Eric “Mexican Drug Guns” Holder Wants to Discuss How to Ban Guns in a Responsible Way

    12/16/2012 5:07:22 AM PST · by Perseverando · 35 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Lately it seems like our leaders constantly want to “discuss” things with us. It used to be that principals and doctors would want to “discuss” things with us, like our grades or lack of exercise. Now everyone single time there’s a crackdown it begins with a “serious discussion”. Attorney General Eric Holder made remarks a short time ago on the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, where a 20-year-old gunman killed 20 children and six adults. Holder appeared to suggest the country’s gun laws may need to be looked at more closely in the wake of the latest mass shooting....
  • Corporate Tax Crash Created By Dems Lame Duck Act

    12/16/2012 5:01:31 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | John Ransom
    Canetoad wrote: Let's see, Corporate tax receipts as a share of profits are at their lowest rate in forty years. Somethings got to give and it shouldn't be the middle class.- World Begins to Heal with Taxes on Rich January 1st Dear Comrade Mr. Toad,Did I ever tell you how much I loved your Wild Ride at Disney when I was a kid?I really did.You are on to something here. Of course, you’re liberal and the fact that you have a point is accidental and unintentional. But you have made an effective case why tax rates on corporations should be...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 16 December 2012

    12/16/2012 5:01:17 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 115 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 16 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 16th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Dannel Malloy, D-Conn.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Malloy; Connecticut state police Lt. Paul Vance; Sens. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.THIS WEEK (ABC): Malloy; Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Reps. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Mayor Pedro Segarra of Hartford, Conn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Live coverage of...
  • Latest Video From Terry Jones (Threat Warning May Incite Violence)

    12/16/2012 4:10:03 AM PST · by BCW · 9 replies
    You Tube Video ^ | 15 DEC 2012 | Stand Up America Now
    The Innocent Prophet is the film that will help Muslims know the true face of Muhammad, as the creator of the false religion of Islam to achieve his own goals. It's time to clear all doubts and accept that Muhammad was not a prophet but was a mobster, murderer, abuser of children and a self-proclaimed prophet.
  • Tragedy and Exploitation – The Progressive Way

    12/16/2012 4:01:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    I’ll leave it to others better suited to comment on the horror of Friday afternoon in Newtown, Conn. I am not yet a parent and would not presume to understand the emotions involved in something like this. But on the media reaction and exploitation that followed the horrific news, I will comment. Simply put, it was disgusting. I’ve said before how progressives will exploit anyone and anything to advance their agenda, but I’d always thought there was a line, somewhere, of decency they wouldn’t cross. I was wrong. With the blood of the victims still wet, progressives began their...
  • The Newtown Tragedy

    12/16/2012 3:51:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Carol Platt Liebau
    As the mother of five-year-old twins in a small town not too far from New York city, yesterday's events in Newtown hit close to home -- literally and figuratively.  It's hard to imagine the depths of shock, sorrow and anguish rippling throughout our community in the wake of yesterday's hideous crime. It is a terrible, terrible thing to be reminded, once again, of how powerful, how senseless and how ugly the face of evil can seem.  It is terrible even to have to acknowledge that such evil exists in the world.  But it does, and there's no use in hiding...