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  • US Senate Illegal Alien Intern Shows Depth of Lawlessness in Government Today

    12/16/2012 7:16:14 AM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://usdailyreview.com ^ | december 15, 2012
    According a report by the Associated Press, political appointees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) repeatedly instructed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents not to arrest an illegal alien sex offender who was employed as an unpaid intern in the office of Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) until after the elections. If confirmed, this overtly political act further demonstrates the shocking politicization of immigration enforcement under the current DHS leadership, charged the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
  • Deputies: Tuscaloosa gas station shooting may have been self defense(AL)

    12/16/2012 7:04:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    myfoxal.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | NA
    Authorities say that a 23-year-old suspected shooter has been questioned and released. Lt. Kip Hart says that investigators have reason to believe the shooting happened in self-defense. Three other suspects in the case have been arrested and charged. Their exact role in the shooting is unclear as the investigation continues.
  • Doomsday Phobia: China Goes Nuts For End Of The World After Screening Of Apocalyptic Movie '2012'

    12/16/2012 7:01:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Doomsday Phobia: China Goes Nuts For End Of The World After Screening Of Apocalyptic Movie '2012' BY IBTimes Staff Reporter | December 13 2012 10:06 AM While many have written off the possibility of the end of the world this Dec. 21, 2012, some have made extreme moves in fear of doomsday and have even developed a phobia for the event. People in China have been acting out in panic for the end of the world after a screening of doomsday film "2012." According to the Asia Times, a screening of the 3D film "2012" in China last month has...
  • No rise in mass killings, but their impact is huge

    12/16/2012 6:55:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    waff.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | HELEN O'NEILL, AP
    Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections who has written a history of mass murders in America, said that while mass shootings rose between the 1960s and the 1990s, they actually dropped in the 2000s. And mass killings actually reached their peak in 1929, according to his data. He estimates that there were 32 in the 1980s, 42 in the 1990s and 26 in the first decade of the century.
  • Ending Progressive Public Education

    If Barack and Michelle Obama feel comfortable allowing Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn to babysit their children, that is their problem. The question is, would you allow them to babysit yours? Let's take that a step farther: would you let them raise your children? Would you give them exclusive supervision over the majority of your children's daylight hours up to age eighteen, primary control of your children's academic curriculum and teaching methodology, and authority to arrange the broad social and moral framework within which your children will be educated? No? Then why do you accept modern public education? Furthermore, why,...
  • N. Korea's Choe Ryong-hae Demoted to Four-star general... Speculation Abounds

    12/16/2012 6:40:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 2012-12-16
    /begin my excerpts N. Korea's Choe Ryong-hae Demoted to Four-star general... Speculation Abounds 2012-12-16 Putting him on the equal rank with Hyun Young-chol and Kim Kyuk-shik... or a censure as a form of warning"" Choe Ryong-hae, the director of N. Korean military's General Political Bureau, arguably the most powerful military figure in Kim Jong-eun era, is found to be demoted by a single rank, from Vice Marshal to four-star general, according to a report on Dec. 16, generating speculation for the reason. In a rally commemorating the first anniversary of Kim Jong-il' death, which was held in Pyongyang Gymnasium on...
  • Adam Lanza: A 'Quiet, Odd' Loner Living On The Fringes

    12/16/2012 6:40:36 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 12/15/12 | JOSH KOVNER and EDMUND H. MAHONY,
    -snip- Adam Lanza had lived with his mother in the 4,000-square-foot, $700,000 house. His parents were divorced in 2009. He had two bedrooms that were clean and orderly when law officers swept into the house after the shootings Friday morning. Lanza apparently lived in one of the rooms and kept his computer gear and other items in the other one, the sources said. Law officers found evidence that Adam Lanza played graphically violent video games, the sources said.
  • Many Alaskans Against More Gun Control

    12/16/2012 6:37:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ktuu.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | Mallory Peebles & Phil Walczak
    In the wake of the most recent mass shooting in Newtown, CT, Gun control has become a hot topic nationwide. In a press conference Friday President Barack Obama said, "We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." Even though the President's statement was vague many feel that more strict gun control laws is the direction he is pursuing, especially customers at Wild West Guns in Anchorage. “I mean if you figure we have 300,000,000 guns in this country, how many are used in crimes? Statistically it’s insignificant...
  • Detroit-Area Pastor Threatens Campaign of Harassment Against Mich. Gov. and Family

    12/16/2012 6:29:44 AM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    'We'll Be At Your Daughter's Soccer Game!' Union protest speaker tells governor that union members will 'visit you' everywhere over right-to-work bill A speaker at a union protest against right-to-work legislation said if Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill he would get "no rest" and that protesters would be at his "daughter's soccer game." The Rev. Charles Williams II made the comments Tuesday to loud cheers before a group of thousands of union workers. After his promises to harass Gov. Snyder, he introduced Rep. Richard Hammel, D-Mt. Morris Township, and House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills. Williams is a...
  • Gun Control is Evil Misspelled.

    12/16/2012 6:29:18 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 16 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 16, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    If you’re the biblically minded sort, then the trouble began when a jealous Cain clubbed Abel to death, but if you’re evolutionarily minded, then it’s a “chicken and egg” question. Violence had no beginning, except perhaps in the Big Bang; it was always here, coded into the DNA. The issue isn’t really guns. Guns are how we misspell evil. Guns are how we avoid talking about the ugly realities of human nature while building sandcastles on the shores of utopia. The obsession with guns, rather than machetes, stone clubs, crossbows or that impressive weapon of mass death, the longbow (just...
  • Armed task force to patrol streets (Paragould, Arkansas)

    12/16/2012 6:25:54 AM PST · by tje · 56 replies
    Paragould Daily Press ^ | December 15, 2012 | Ryan Saylor
    In response to a recent increase in crime, Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall offered residents at a town hall meeting Thursday night at West View Baptist Church what could be considered an extreme solution — armed officers patrolling the streets on foot. Stovall told the group of almost 40 residents that beginning in 2013, the department would deploy a new street crimes unit to high crime areas on foot to take back the streets. "[Police are] going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck," Stovall said. "If you're out walking, we're going...
  • Ore. lawmaker says teachers should be allowed guns

    12/16/2012 6:25:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    dailyastorian.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | AP
    An Oregon lawmaker contends the massacre that left more than two dozen people dead at a Connecticut elementary school is another "heartbreaking failure" of school personnel to ensure protection, and is a reminder that teachers should be allowed to carry guns in the classroom.
  • Newtown: Just Leave Us to Grieve in Peace

    12/16/2012 6:25:14 AM PST · by upchuck · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Sunday, December 16, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    [snip] But that and everything else in my clipping file faded to insignificance when reports of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre hit the wires. There have been school shootings before but this one was particularly painful to learn about. In the first place the children were so young and innocent -- kindergartners. In the second, it is the season when young children are especially full of happiness. Their homes are filled with Chanukah and Christmas decorations and gifts. Their houses smell of yummy things to eat. Families make a special effort to be together for the holidays. [snip] Now families...
  • 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...