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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 In just minutes, Lanza — a withdrawn, emotionally detached 20-year-old who lived with his mother and is said to have played graphically violent computer video games — would kill 26 people in the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...
  • U.S., rebels urge gloomy Moscow to help oust Assad

    12/16/2012 3:06:40 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Oliver Holmes
    "We want to commend the Russian government for finally waking up to the reality and acknowledging that the regime's days are numbered," the U.S. State Department spokeswoman said after a senior Kremlin envoy conceded publicly on Thursday that Assad's opponents could win the 20-month-old civil war. "The question now is, will the Russian government join those of us in the international community who are working with the opposition to try to have a smooth democratic transition?" U.S. spokeswoman Victoria Nuland added in Washington... ...rebel political leader Mouaz al-Khatib said he believed Russia, ally and arms supplier to the Assad dynasty...
  • Howie Carr thread Dec 16-31, 2012

    12/16/2012 2:34:02 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 42 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 12/16/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr thread for the final 2 weeks of the year starting with his Sunday Boston Herald columnm
  • Hard-Line Israeli Foreign Minister Resigns [Avigdor Lieberman]

    12/16/2012 2:27:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | Friday, December 14, 2012 | Jodi Rudoren
    Born in Moldova, Mr. Lieberman enjoys wide support among Israel's one million immigrants from the former Soviet Union. He lives in a West Bank settlement considered illegal under international law, and he is perhaps the government's harshest critic of President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, having called for his ouster and denounced as "diplomatic terrorism" his recent bid for upgraded Palestinian status at the United Nations. Polls have consistently shown that Mr. Lieberman's joint ticket with Mr. Netanyahu, known here as Likud Beiteinu, is expected to receive up to 40 of the 120 seats in Israel's next Parliament, by...
  • Syria opposition forms body to preserve state institutions

    12/16/2012 2:13:40 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, December 15, 2012 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Tom Pfeiffer
    Syrian government defectors and opposition figures formed a body on Saturday that would step in to prevent the collapse of state institutions if President Bashar al-Assad is overthrown. The Free National Gathering was formed largely by members and supporters of Syria's opposition coalition, which was recognized this week by 114 countries as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Among them are several high-level defectors such as former Prime Minister Riyad Hijab who are concerned that, were Assad to fall, his opponents would turn upon government employees who did not take part in the country's 21-month uprising, causing the disintegration...
  • Russia and Its Syrian Debacle: When the Enemy of My Friend Becomes My Friend

    12/16/2012 1:58:02 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Time ^ | Friday, December 14, 2012 | Simon Shuster
    On the night of Nov. 29... Riad Darar, a former imam and one of the leading members of the group known as the National Coordination Committee (NCC), sat at the table sipping juice and nibbling on a quesadilla. In Syria, his group is viewed among the rest of the opposition as Assad collaborators... On Dec. 13, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov//became the first senior government official to publicly state that Assad's downfall looks imminent... The next day, the ministry denied that Bogdanov had made any "statements or special interviews for journalists"... After months of vetting rebel groups for possible links...
  • Egypt: A New Dark Age Begins

    12/16/2012 1:52:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    RSN ^ | Friday, 14 December 2012 09:09 | Robert Spencer
    Eight people have been killed and hundreds wounded, but the latest bloody chapter in Egypt’s unhappy recent history is about to draw to a close: this Sunday a referendum will be held on the proposed new constitution, and that, presumably, will be the end of that. And what it will most likely herald is the end of the brief era of any meaningful voting in Egypt, and of any hope on the part of women and Egyptian Christians for equality of rights before the law.Underlining the claim that to oppose their rule is to oppose Islam itself, the Muslim Brotherhood...
  • Canada-Iran Crisis: Canada Accuses Iran Of Subversive Activity On Its Soil

    12/16/2012 1:36:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    RSN ^ | Thursday, 13 December 2012 05:13 | Y. Mansharof
    On September 7, 2012, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird unexpectedly announced that Ottawa had severed relations with Tehran, and that all Iranian diplomats were being expelled from Canada. He explained that, as of that date, Canada was considering Iran a terror-sponsoring country and formally listing it as a state sponsor of terrorism under the country's Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act. Canada-Iran relations soured in 2003, with the rape and murder of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison. Since then, Canada has been advancing a proposal for condemning Iran in the U.N. for human rights violations. Apparently,...
  • The Sandy Hook Murders: What To Do?

    12/16/2012 1:17:28 AM PST · by zeestephen · 72 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 15 December 2012 | John Hinderaker
    If we are going to take mass shootings as an occasion to infringe constitutional rights, the most effective place to start would be the FIRST Amendment [Freedom of the Press].
  • White House won’t accept new tax offer from Republican leader; source

    12/16/2012 12:35:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:31am EST | Thomas Ferraro and Steve Holland
    President Barack Obama is not ready to accept a new offer from the Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives to raise taxes on top earners in exchange for major cuts in entitlement programs, a source said late on Saturday. The shape and details of Boehner’s offer were uncertain Saturday night, as was the exact reason the president was prepared to reject it. … Tax rates and entitlements are the two most difficult issues in the so-far unproductive negotiations to avert the “fiscal cliff” of steep tax hikes and spending cuts set for the new year unless Congress and...
  • Agents visit Conn. gun shops after school massacre

    12/16/2012 12:24:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 16, 2012 3:05 AM EST | John Christoffersen and Matt Apuzzo
    While white-steepled churches and President Barack Obama prepared to comfort a grieving town Sunday, federal agents planned to fan out to dozens of gun stores and shooting ranges across Connecticut, chasing leads they hoped would cast light on the life of school shooter Adam Lanza. Among the questions to be answered: Why did his mother, a well-to-do suburban divorcée, keep a cache of high-power weapons in the house? What experience did Lanza have with those guns? And, above all, what set him on a path to shoot and kill 20 children, along with the adults who tried to stop him?...
  • Santae Tribble Exonerated for 1978 Slaying

    12/16/2012 12:15:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    WJLA ^ | 12:33 AM, Dec 16, 2012
    A judge has formerly declared the innocence of a Washington man who spent 28 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. Fifty-one-year-old Santae Tribble's long fight for exoneration ended Friday when a judge granted his request for a certificate of innocence. The judge wrote that there is "clear and convincing evidence" that he didn't commit the crimes he was convicted of.
  • HMCS Windsor Returns to Sea

    12/16/2012 12:12:40 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor returned to sea yesterday at Halifax, N.S., officially marking the completion of a deep maintenance cycle known as an Extended Docking Work Period. “HMCS Windsor’s return to sea is a key milestone and her crew now embarks on another challenging journey as they focus on operations at sea,” said The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “I commend the outstanding efforts of Windsor’s crew, our Fleet Maintenance Facilities and of industry that have brought us to this point.” “Over the next few months, Windsor will conduct additional crew training and trials on her...
  • India wants license to produce Iron Dome - report

    12/15/2012 11:22:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Globes Israel ^ | 12 December 12 | Ran Dagoni
    India wants license to produce Iron Dome - report "Defense News": Israel is uncertain whether to let India have the technology to produce the rocket interception system. Israel and India are discussing cooperating in the development of weapons systems. "Defense News" reports from New Delhi that one of the aspects of this trend is India's wish to procure and manufacture the Iron Dome system against short-range missiles. During a visit to India last week, Ministry of Defense director general Udi Shani discussed with India's Defense Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma the progress of current defense projects by the two countries and...
  • USAF mulls options for replacement of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle

    12/15/2012 11:18:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    Flight International ^ | 13 Dec 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    USAF mulls options for replacement of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle On 11 December, the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle marked the 26th anniversary of its first flight, but the venerable strike fighter will continue serving with the US Air Force well into the 2030s. "There are no plans to replace the F-15E for the foreseeable future," the USAF says. "It is true that the F-15E, like all of our legacy aircraft, are accumulating more flight time than used to be typical, but given current fiscal realities, the AF [air force] fleet will continue to age well past the point at which...
  • China's J-15 fighter superior to Russian Su-33

    12/15/2012 11:10:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    People's Daily Online, China ^ | December 06, 2012
    China's J-15 fighter superior to Russian Su-33 (People's Daily Online) On Nov. 25, 2012, China's carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet has successfully undergone a series of sailing and technological tests on the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, marking a great success of the carrier-borne fighter jet independently developed by China and a major breakthrough in the development of aircraft carrier technology. The J-15 is equipped with two high-power engines and a brand-new system of high lift device, takeoff and landing device and arrester hook. Its wing can be folded up to both maintain the excellent combat capability and meet the special...
  • Counterterrorism Agency: Every Citizen a Suspect

    12/15/2012 10:59:41 PM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    The New American ^ | December 15, 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Regulations recently signed into effect by Attorney General Eric Holder allow the National Counterterroism Center (NCTC) to monitor records of citizens for any potential criminal activity, without a warrant and without suspicion. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the records that will be subject to seizure and examination by the NCTC include “flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign exchange students and many others.” Prior to the promulgation of these new regulations, such records were stored on only those citizens suspected of terror-related activity or as part of ongoing criminal investigations. Furthermore, this information...
  • CIA Study: Pollard didn't Seek Info on U.S. A 1987 study now made public shows Pollard's

    12/15/2012 10:53:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 12/15/12 | Gil Ronen
    A 1987 study ordered by the CIA found that Jonathan Pollard, convicted in the U.S. of spying for Israel, never sought to obtain information about U.S. activities. Rather, he was instructed by his Israeli handlers to obtain information about Israel's enemies. The 1987 study by the Foreign Denial and Deception Analysis Committee was ordered by the CIA. It is now being made public, 25 years later, with heavy CIA redaction. It said Pollard's handlers were Rafi Eitan, advisor on counterterrorism to Prime Minister Shamir, as well as IAF Col. Aviem Sella and Joseph Yagur, Counselor for Scientific Affairs at the...
  • CNN Analysis: Kerry would bring experience, deep personal resources to State Dept.

    12/15/2012 10:47:42 PM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Chicken Noodle News (CNN) ^ | December 16, 2012 | Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty
    Sen. John Kerry, who sources say has been tapped by President Barack Obama to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, will come to the post with a full plate of foreign policy crises, from the civil war in Syria, to the nuclear antics of North Korea, to a looming showdown with Iran over its nuclear program. Anybody who follows Clinton would have some pretty big shoes to fill. Clinton was not just the most popular member of the president's Cabinet for the past four years, she had celebrity status and respect almost everywhere she went around the world. But...
  • Russian money-bags to deal with luxury tax in 2013

    12/15/2012 9:52:30 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 7 replies
    Pravda.ru ^ | December 14, 2012 | Valentin Gridin
    The tax on luxury will become reality for all Russians without exception next year. President Vladimir Putin reminded everyone of that in his annual Address to the Federal Assembly. According to experts, the new tax may send a definite message to wealthy citizens to redistribute their revenues. The head of state said in his speech that the decision on the so-called luxury tax should be made in the first half of 2013. According to the official website of the President of the Russian Federation, one should not give up on the "flat" income tax scale, since the progressive taxation of...
  • Did massacre gunman make internet threat the day before Sandy Hook massacre?

    12/15/2012 9:42:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/12 | staff
    An eery post on an Internet message board made Wednesday night by a user allegedly in Connecticut who threatened to kill himself on Friday morning and 'make the news,' is raising some questions as to whether it was Newtown Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza. According to Infowars.com, the post appeared on the 4Chan web site at 10:18pm Wednesday and was made by a user with the user name ‘iKTatjYX.’ The post stated, 'I’m going to kill myself on Friday and it will make the news, be watching at 9am.'
  • Holder: We Must Answer 'Hard Questions' About Gun Rights

    12/15/2012 9:35:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/15/12 | Mary Chastain
    Attorney General Eric Holder made a few remarks about the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School that should raise some eyebrows. "As a nation I think we have to ask ourselves some hard questions. We gather too often to talk about these kinds of incidents. We need to discuss who we are as a nation, talk about the freedoms that we have, the rights that we have and how those might be used in a responsible way. But for now I think we should concentrate on dealing with the situation in Connecticut and we are doing, and I...
  • Australian politicians agree on gun laws

    12/15/2012 9:23:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 63 replies
    sbs.com.au ^ | December 15, 2012
    Both sides of Australian politics agree the US must consider legislating for tougher gun control following the massacre at a Connecticut school. A gunman on Friday shot dead 20 small children and six teachers at the Newtown school, in one of the worst incidents of its kind in US history. Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop told ABC TV she was sure US President Barack Obama, members of Congress and senators would want to debate the issue. "There has to be an end to this kind of senseless killing," she said. "I'm sure there will be a search for the cause,...
  • White House Gun Control Petition Quickly Surpasses Required Signature Count

    12/15/2012 9:22:12 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/15/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Petitions on the White House’s “We the People” online petition site require 25,000 signatures within a month to garner an official administration response.
  • White House Gun Control Petition Quickly Surpasses Required Signature Count

    12/15/2012 9:21:53 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 3 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/15/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Petitions on the White House’s “We the People” online petition site require 25,000 signatures within a month to garner an official administration response.
  • 'As a black person it's always racial': Jamie Foxx

    12/15/2012 9:18:12 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 65 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 14 December 2012 | J J Anisiobi
    Jamie Foxx has revealed that he finds himself facing racial challenges in everyday situations of his life. The African American actor explained during an interview with Vibe magazine that he is always sensitive about his skin colour. Jamie, 45, admitted that 'Every single thing in my life is built around race'. He told Vibe magazine: 'Cause as black folks we're always sensitive. As a black person it's always racial. 'I come into this place to do a photo shoot and they got Ritz crackers and cheese. 'I'll be like, ain't this a b***h. Y'all didn't know black people was coming.'...
  • Obama to travel to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday

    12/15/2012 9:06:59 PM PST · by Red Steel · 152 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 15, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    President Barack Obama will travel to Newtown, Conn., on Sunday to meet with families of those killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and thank emergency workers who responded to the tragedy, the White House said Saturday. "The President will also speak at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families" at 7 p.m., press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. On Friday, an emotional Obama vowed to "take meaningful action, regardless of the politics," to prevent future tragedies like the shooting massacre, which killed 26 people at the school, 20 of...
  • Chicagoans mourn Connecticut shooting victims

    12/15/2012 9:02:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    wgntv.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Gaynor Hall
    CHICAGO— There was an outpouring of grief and an impassioned call to action Saturday night as Chicagoans gathered to mourn the victims of the Connecticut school shooting. Standing in a cold drizzle while hot tears streamed down their faces, several dozen people gathered in Union Park for a candlelight vigil in memory of the lives shattered by gun violence-- in Newtown, in Chicago and around the country. Chicago resident Lydia Gonzalez said “That's every parent’s worst nightmare. I can't even start to imagine what they're going through, but i feel their pain because we here in Chicago, we know this...
  • China Calls for ‘No Delay’ on Gun Controls in U.S.

    12/15/2012 8:56:12 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 131 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | MARK MCDONALD
    HONG KONG — The state news agency in China, the official voice of the government, has called for the United States to quickly adopt stricter gun controls in the aftermath of the shooting rampage in Connecticut that left 28 people dead, including 20 schoolchildren. According to the state medical examiner who was overseeing autopsies of the children, all of them had been hit multiple times. At least one child had been shot 11 times. All of the children were in the first grade. “Their blood and tears demand no delay for U.S. gun control,” said the news agency, Xinhua, which...
  • AP source: Boehner offers millionaire tax hike ( RINO Capitulation )

    12/15/2012 8:52:53 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 27 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling new movement in "fiscal cliff" talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Barack Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than $250,000, has not accepted the offer, this person said. The proposal, however, indicated progress in talks that had appeared stalled. The person would only discuss the plan on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.
  • Rahm Wants New Gun Laws in Wake of Newtown School Shooting

    12/15/2012 8:48:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    nbcchicago.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Alexandra Clark and Emily Florez
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for current gun laws to change. "There is no parent and no grandparent in America that is not a resident to Sandy Hook, Conn.," Emanuel said Saturday afternoon while attending a ceremony for a new police building in District 12. "There is nobody that had their child last night, that didn't hold them a little closer, pull them in a little tighter, didn't hug them a little more. Emanuel stressed a need for gun laws to assure an event like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School does not happen in Chicago. The mayor is...