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  • Vladimir Putin calls on Russian families to have three children

    12/18/2012 4:05:53 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 December 2012 | Tom Parfitt
    In a bullish state-of-the-nation address in Moscow on Wednesday, Mr Putin promised to smite corruption, create millions of new jobs and boost Russia’s military might while warning that foreign meddling in the country’s internal affairs was unacceptable. He claimed the country shared universal democratic values, adding: “Russian democracy is the power of the Russian people with their own traditions of national self-government, and not the realisation of standards foisted on us from outside.” In characteristic rhetoric, Mr Putin also addressed internal as well as external enemies while suggesting a link between the two, saying that “chinovniki” (state officials) — often...
  • Britain will be weaker without EU, says USA

    12/18/2012 4:04:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | December 18, 2012 | Alex Spillius
    With David Cameron now saying a Britain out of Europe was now 'imaginable', US agitation has reached a new high The Obama administration has expressed concern at what US officials see as Britain's slide towards the European exit door. Washington firmly believes that the departure of its strongest partner in Europe would also reduce American influence on the continent, as Britain so often shares American views. An EU without Britain would be seen as weaker on free trade and less reliable on defence and foreign policy issues. With David Cameron now saying a Britain out of Europe was now "imaginable",...
  • NRA promises "meaningful contributions" to avert another Newtown

    12/18/2012 3:59:27 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 56 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/18/2012 | Brian Montopoli
    In its first comment following the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association today said it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." The NRA went silent in the wake of the tragedy last Friday: The gun-rights group's Facebook page disappeared, it stopped sending out tweets, and it told reporters that "[u]ntil the facts are thoroughly known, NRA will not have any comment." On Tuesday, the group said it would hold a "major news conference" on Friday, December 21 in the Washington D.C., area to further explain its position. It did...
  • How Big Deficits Became the Norm

    12/18/2012 3:50:32 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 18, 2012 | DAVID WESSEL
    Big budget deficits haven't always been with us. From the end of the Eisenhower years through the Carter presidency, the deficit averaged a modest 1.4% of the nation's economic output. The budget was nearly balanced in seven of the 20 years from 1960 to 1979. And, as Bill Clinton reminds at every opportunity, the U.S. government was in surplus for four years at the end of his presidency.
  • Terror Group Ousts American Jihadi for 'Childish Petulance'

    12/18/2012 3:44:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Al-Shabaab, the Somali branch of al Qaeda, ousted American jihadi Abu Mansour al-Amriki from the group after he posted online video messages contrary to the terrorist organization's teachings, CNN reported. Al-Amriki, who was born Omar Hammami in a suburb of Mobile, Alabama, was, for a period of time, a key recruiter for the group, attracting Americans of Somali heritage to the African country to fight for the terrorist group. In March, however, al-Amriki posted a video saying he felt like he was at risk. "I feel that my life may be endangered by Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahideen due to some differences...
  • Growing Future for Metal Injection Molding

    12/18/2012 3:42:20 PM PST · by null and void · 13 replies
    Design News ^ | 12/14/2012 | Tracy MacNeal
    Metal injection molding (MIM) is experiencing a worldwide boom, with an estimated market worldwide of more than $1 billion per year, and compound annual growth rates estimated to be as high as 20 percent. This booming demand for MIM is primarily attributed to the technology's significant cost savings compared to the use of machining or electrical discharge machining. Growth drivers, especially those resulting from medical and firearms industry trends, means that strong MIM technical players are in a good position to bring significant value to customers. MIM technology is used to form a near net-shape metal part by consolidating metal...
  • Police find no evidence Connecticut gunman was on medication

    12/18/2012 3:32:45 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 100 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | December 18, 2012
    While Newtown buried two more young victims Tuesday in the shooting massacre, authorities said they found no evidence the gunman who killed 27 people was being medicated for mental illness. Investigators searching the Connecticut home gunman Adam Lanza shared with his mother, Nancy Lanza, seized cellphones, computers and computer games, but found nothing at the residence to indicate he was taking medication, Hearst Connecticut Newspapers reported. Authorities armed with search warrants are still working to obtain the 20-year-old man's medical records, according to the report. Lanza's parents told friends and divorce mediators that their son had Asperger's syndrome, a form...
  • 3D Print Your Own Personal Electronics

    12/18/2012 3:30:43 PM PST · by null and void · 22 replies
    Design News ^ | 12/14/2012 | Ann R. Thryft
    If it's possible to 3D print blood vessels, robots, and guns, then why shouldn't you be able to 3D print your own personal electronics? Well, now you can -- in the lab at least. University of Warwick researchers have developed a conductive plastic composite material that can be used with unmodified, low-cost, hobbyist 3D printers to make functional electronic devices. The devices can even be custom-designed, such as tailoring a game controller to fit the shape of a particular user's hand. The team, headed by Simon Leigh of the university's School of Engineering, says the inexpensive material, called "carbomorph," makes...
  • Mark Levin on Newtown speech: ‘How come Obama did not mention Fort Hood?’

    12/18/2012 3:27:22 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    On his Monday radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin was critical of President Barack Obama’s Sunday address regarding the heartbreaking Newtown, Conn., shooting deaths of 20 children and six adult victims. Obama’s address, Levin said, omited any mention of the November 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas — which killed 13 and wounded 29 others. “Over the weekend, the president was speaking and, really, when he got to his politics it was just stomach-turning,” Levin said. “There he is, in the middle of that little town … and he named four instances in where there were, what — massacres? But...
  • A Hundred Percent of Nothing

    12/18/2012 3:23:11 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/18/2012
    JoAnn Watson, Detroit city council member, said, "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo." In other words, President Obama should send the nearly bankrupted city of Detroit millions in taxpayer bailout money. But there's a painful lesson to be learned from decades of political hustling and counsel by intellectuals and urban experts. In 1960, Detroit's population was 1.6 million. Blacks were 29 percent, and whites were 70 percent. Today, Detroit's population has fallen precipitously to 707,000, of which blacks are 84 percent and whites 8 percent....
  • Officials Defend Decision to Name School After Murderer

    12/18/2012 3:19:18 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/17/2012
    A California school district is defending its decision to name a new elementary school after an infamous murderer – by calling him a hero and a role model to children. The decision has infuriated many parents and law enforcement officers. The Alisal Union School District in Salinas agreed to name the new school in honor of Tiburcio Vasquez – who was eventually hanged for killing at least two people in the nineteenth century. Superintendent John Ramirez defended the board’s decision telling Fox News that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. “Tiburcio Vasquez, along with others, was an individual...
  • Christie Ascendent (poll: leading the 2016 GOP field)

    12/18/2012 3:00:42 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 60 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 18, 2012, 3:20 p.m. ET | By Jason L. Riley
    A new poll has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leading the 2016 GOP presidential field.
  • Medvedev upholds Russian arms ban after US school massacre

    12/18/2012 2:52:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 17, 2012
    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has reiterated his stance against the legalization of keeping and bearing arms in Russia, following the US school shooting which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults. “It’s a horrible tragedy, immeasurable pain. I totally agree with those who are against free arms circulation. This is my principled position,” Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page. The Russian Prime Minister expressed his condolences on the Friday tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, adding that “this monstrous crime cannot be justified.” “Our thoughts are with the families of the killed children,” Medvedev said. Earlier in December, the head...
  • Soros Crony Jeffrey Sachs Predictably Politicizes Tragedy

    12/18/2012 2:48:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | December 18, 2012 | Mike Ciandella
    Sachs, a Columbia Professor and former runner-up for the World Bank Presidency nomination, didn’t waste any time in using the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. to promote his already existent pro-gun control campaign. Since the violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Dec. 14, Sachs has tweeted 15 original tweets (not including retweets), and written 3 articles for his own website alone ranting for stricter gun control laws. “Will our twisted, gutless political class ever do anything about gun control? Can any atrocity bring the US to reality?” Sachs tweeted soon after the shootings. In another tweet, Sachs claimed...
  • Jewish groups push for action on gun control

    12/18/2012 2:38:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 69 replies
    jta.org ^ | December 18, 2012 | Ron Kampeas
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., Jewish groups are looking to build alliances and back legislation to strengthen gun control laws. Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said that his group is assembling a coalition that would be ready to act once the right legislation comes along. “The point now is to create the atmosphere in which there is a demand for action, using our voices, organizing the parents in our pews,” Saperstein told JTA in an interview. “When the parents across America start crying out...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Fear of being committed may have caused Connecticut gunman to snap

    12/18/2012 2:34:55 PM PST · by servo1969 · 178 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12-18-2012 | Jana Winter
    “From what I've been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed," Flashman told FoxNews.com. "Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.” A senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation confirmed that Lanza's anger at his mother over plans for “his future mental health treatment” is being looked at as a possible motive for the deadly shooting. Flashman was told...
  • Saved by scissors

    12/18/2012 2:34:20 PM PST · by Sopater · 6 replies
    The Sun ^ | 16th December 2012 | JANE ATKINSON
    LITTLE Maddalena Douse is one of the smallest premature babies ever to survive in the UK — thanks to a pair of SCISSORS. When she was born six months ago at just 23 weeks she was so tiny docs did not know if they should try to save her. But when they put her on the scales she weighed 1lb, the minimum weight for a baby to be considered viable — so they fought for her. Only when she was safely on a ventilator did medics discover the scissors had been accidentally left on the scales and that 8in Maddalena...
  • Castro Brothers Call for Shift in Gun Laws

    12/18/2012 2:33:53 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Emily Deruy
    San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and his twin brother Joaquín, a Democrat set to represent Texas in the next Congress, think a reexamination of gun laws is in order in the wake of the Newtown school shooting that left 20 children dead. The two men discussed the gun control debate with journalist and television host Charlie Rose during a roundtable on Monday, with Julián saying he backs the renewal of the assault weapons ban. "I believe that Senator Feinstein has it right with regard to the assault weapons ban, that it ought to be reintroduced," he said. But the mayor...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, December-18-2012

    12/18/2012 2:28:31 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 71 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. 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! Call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Sandy Hook and the Absence of God

    12/18/2012 2:26:43 PM PST · by PapaNew · 6 replies
    Bearing Drift ^ | 12/18/2012 | Shaun Kenney
    “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It’s time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” — Ronald Reagan Of course, any number of people have done their utmost to politicize what’s happened. In the wake of any crisis, there are the unscrupulous few that are going to look for an opportunity here and there. Before we wander too far off track, it’s important to know that government is neither a force for good nor evil. Rather, it is a force that when...