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  • Without Babies, Can Japan Survive?

    12/18/2012 6:35:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 83 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 15, 2012 | ALEXANDRA HARNEY
    TOKYO THE first grade class at the elementary school in Nanmoku, about 85 miles from Tokyo, has just a single student this year. The local school system that five decades ago taught 1,250 elementary school children is now educating just 37. Many of the town’s elegant wooden homes are abandoned. Where generations of cedar loggers, sweet potato farmers and factory workers once made their lives, monkeys now reside. The only sounds at night are the cries of deer and the wail of an occasional ambulance. Nanmoku’s plight is Japan’s fate. Faced with an aging society, a depopulating countryside and economic...
  • South Africa Since Mandela

    12/18/2012 6:33:55 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 18, 2012 | BILL KELLER
    IN 1994, shortly after Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the first president of all South Africans, one of the local newspapers ran an interview with him under a huge, boldface headline: “MANDELA: I’M NOT ‘MESSIAH.’ ” That this would be considered banner news testified to the degree of myth and the unreality of expectations that attended the man. Mandela is now 94 and hospitalized, recovering from gallstone surgery and a lung infection, the latest echo of the tuberculosis he suffered during his years in the dusty contagion of prison on Robben Island. He may linger in the hospital, or he...
  • CalPERS slams San Bernardino for 'sham' bankruptcy

    12/18/2012 6:26:35 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Daily Bulletin/Reuters ^ | 16 December 2012 | Tim Reid, Jim Christie
    A high-stakes legal battle has intensified as the largest U.S. pension fund filed court papers denouncing the financially troubled city of San Bernardino for what it called a "sham" bankruptcy and accused the city of "criminal behavior" in withholding payments to the pension plan. The filing on Friday by the California Public Employees' Retirement System, or CalPERS, came 10 days after San Bernardino officials traveled to Sacramento to plead with top CalPERS executives for more time to make payments. At issue is whether the pensions of government workers take precedence over other payments in a municipal bankruptcy - which could...
  • Utah sixth-grader found with gun in class reportedly says parents encouraged him after Connecticut..

    12/18/2012 6:26:12 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 18, 2012
    <p>A Utah sixth-grader, who told classmates he was encouraged by his parents to bring a gun to school after the Connecticut school shooting, was apprehended by teachers after he was found with an unloaded .22-caliber handgun, Fox13Now.com reported.</p> <p>The unidentified student, described in the report as an 11-year-old boy, reportedly pulled the gun from his backpack during recess Monday at West Kearns Elementary School, which is in a suburb of Salt Lake City.</p>
  • Kos: Ban Guns with Magazines; Shooter's Mother Was Paranoid Freak Who Sealed Her Own 'Doom'

    12/18/2012 6:22:02 PM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    The hard-left gun abolitionists are feeling their oats lately. Buoyed by the president's reelection and his hinting strongly that he will pursue gun control legislation in the wake of the Newtown mass murder, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas offered yesterday "Some thoughts on the coming gun debate" which essentially boiled down to a call to make illegal a broad array of guns that are right now perfectly legal and used daily by law-abiding Americans to protect their homes: rifles and handguns that are semiautomatics with detachable magazines. "[I]f I were the benevolent dictator of this country, I'd simply outlaw guns...
  • For teachers, school security jumps to forefront after Newtown shootings

    12/18/2012 6:20:30 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 18, 2012 | Kari Huus
    When Monday morning came — the first day back after a gunman killed 20 first-graders in Connecticut — Texas school teacher Kelly Froemming found herself looking at her classroom for its prospects as a bunker. There was perhaps enough room for kids to hide under her desk and under a table. Her classroom door can be locked from the inside and she has an oversized filing cabinet that she could use as an additional barricade. "We do have intruder drills," said Froemming, who teaches gifted students at a grade school in Plano, Texas. The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary...
  • 6 anti-polio workers killed in Pakistan

    12/18/2012 6:19:57 PM PST · by South40 · 11 replies
    Times of India ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Omer Farooq Khan
    ISLAMABAD: In a string of attacks in Pakistan, unidentified gunmen killed at least five female and one male health workers who were employed with a UN-backed programme to immunize children from polio, an endemic disease in the country. Five health workers, four of them women, were killed in three different locations in the port city of Karachi while another female health worked was gunned down in the suburbs of Peshawar on Tuesday.
  • Boehner calls for 'discussion' on guns

    12/18/2012 6:19:21 PM PST · by lowbridge · 175 replies
    the hill ^ | december 18, 2012 | Molly K. Hooper and Mike Lillis
    Republicans need to "have a discussion on guns" in the wake of last week's grade-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his conference Tuesday. Speaking to his troops at a closed-door meeting in the Capitol, Boehner was mindful of conservatives' traditional opposition to new gun restrictions, emphasizing that Republicans wouldn't do "anything knee-jerk," according to a lawmaker in the room. But the Speaker also said he wants to "de-politicize" the issue of gun violence, which has been thrust dreadfully into the national spotlight following the murder of 26 people — 20 of them young school children —...
  • Pickton inquiry report ignores ‘broken state’ of Aboriginal culture

    12/18/2012 6:16:12 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 2 replies
    National Post ^ | December 18, 2012 | Christie Blatchford
    There is a “tragedy of epic proportion” in this country all right, but it isn’t the one cited in the enormous, expensive and weirdly cloying report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, better known as the Pickton inquiry. --- The report includes mini-profiles of almost six dozen women — the most common numbers of the missing and murdered used in recent years. For the Aboriginal women in particular, these profiles paint a ghastly portrait of a culture that is pathologically ill. These stories, many written by family members, have many common elements: Alcoholism and drug addiction; fetal alcohol spectrum...
  • Dick's Sporting Goods removes guns from shelves following Connecticut school shooting

    12/18/2012 6:02:07 PM PST · by foundedonpurpose · 31 replies
    NJ Star Ledger ^ | 12/18/2012
    <p>A major sporting goods retailer has pulled all guns from its store nearest to Newtown, Conn., according to a report on CNN.com.</p> <p>Twenty children and six staff members were fatally shot Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown by a 20-year-old man who then took his own life.</p>
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Which of The 12 Days of Christmas Are You? ~ 19 December 2012

    12/18/2012 6:01:06 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 129 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
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  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-18-12

    12/18/2012 5:51:56 PM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-18-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • John Lott Destroys CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Gun Free Zones (Watch Video)

    12/18/2012 5:46:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/18/2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Mass shootings in the United States have at least one thing in common: they all happen in in gun free zones. Yesterday economist and author of More Guns Less Crime John Lott went on CNN with anchor Soledad O'Brien to discuss why mass shootings occur in gun free zones. O'Brien as usual, wasn't interested in factual data Lott was presenting and continually cut him off as he was making his points.CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO John Lott, the gun advocate who recently had a heated encounter with Piers Morgan, spoke to Soledad O'Brien on Monday morning — continuing to...
  • Did Boehner Just Propose Pelosi's Plan?

    12/18/2012 5:42:28 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 13 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 18 December 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Have I got this right? I think I do, 'cause I usually have most things right. Sorry. I know that makes people nervous. Well, being confident in what you believe makes people nervous, particularly women. That's what I've been told. I'm trying to dial that back. I'm trying to sound more unsure of myself as a way of expanding the audience. A little bit less confident so as to be less threatening. Squishy. Well, yeah, funnier, squishier, less threatening, less confident, more indecisive, seems to be the stuff that gets rewarded today. Anyway, I think I do...
  • In nation's capital, the government robs from the poor and gives to the rich

    12/18/2012 5:41:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/18/2012 | Rick Moran
    Reuters has begun a series of articles on income inequality in America and lo and behold, they discovered that a major culprit behind the gap is the government itself. The initial offering in the series details what has happened in Washington, D.C. since the "War on Poverty" began: ******** In the town that launched the War on Poverty 48 years ago, the poor are getting poorer despite the government's help. And the rich are getting richer because of it. The top 5 percent of households in Washington, D.C., made more than $500,000 on average last year, while the bottom 20...
  • Sen. Boxer firms up plans for weekly ‘climate change clearinghouse' (the hoax continues)

    12/18/2012 5:36:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/12 | Ben Geman
    Sen. Boxer firms up plans for weekly ‘climate change clearinghouse'By Ben Geman - 12/18/12 04:08 PM ET Senate Democrats — and any interested Republicans — will huddle weekly on climate change in the next Congress in an “open forum” to help craft and support legislation, the plan’s architect said. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told The Hill on Tuesday that the “climate change clearinghouse” will also focus on working with the Obama administration and keeping members of abreast of the latest science. Boxer said she will co-chair the clearinghouse alongside the chairmen of the Senate...
  • Silvio Berlusconi: "Italy May Be Forced To Leave The Eurozone And Return To The Lira"

    12/18/2012 5:35:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Reminding the world of just the kind of truthiness that got him sacked originally by that other Italian, the Ex-Goldmanite Mario Draghi, back in November 2011, and which the world has to look forward to when Silvio Berlusconi returns to power some time in 2013, even if not as PM (a position he currently has a snowball's chance in hell of regaining based on current political polls), Reuters informs us that the Italian, who certainly has not read the Goldman book on status quo perpetuation, just said the unimaginable: the truth. To wit: "If Germany doesn't accept that the...
  • Walmart Ducked Mexican Laws via Rampant Bribery

    12/18/2012 5:34:22 PM PST · by AuntB · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | Dec. 18, 2012 | Matt Cantor
    Following the New York Times' April revelation that Walmart silenced a 2006 probe into the company's Mexican bribery scandal, the Times took things into its own hands. In a lengthy investigation, the paper finds that Walmart de Mexico, the country's largest private employer, wasn't a helpless player in a sleazy system: Instead, it was "an aggressive and creative corrupter" whose payoffs allowed it to work around laws and beat out the competition. In a look at 19 store sites tied to bribes, the paper found that "the strictly forbidden became miraculously attainable": In one case, amid $341,000 in bribes, the...
  • Discovery Channel cancels Nugent's gun show

    12/18/2012 5:20:11 PM PST · by george76 · 60 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2012 | Stephen C. Webster
    In addition to cancelling its popular “American Guns” reality show, The Discovery Channel confirmed to Raw Story on Tuesday that firearms enthusiast Ted Nugent will also not be returning to the channel in any form or fashion. . ... After Friday’s devastating massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the spokesperson said that Nugent would definitely not be returning to the Discovery Channel.
  • Chris Matthews: 'Outlaw' Semi-Automatic Guns

    12/18/2012 5:18:18 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 77 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I'm in New England this week, and this afternoon caught Ann Coulter on the Howie Carr show. She spoke of the amazing ignorance of liberals when it comes to firearms. Just a couple of hours later, Chris Matthews provided a perfect case in point. On this evening's Hardball, speaking with Illinois Dem Senator Dick Durbin, Matthews proposed that Congress "outlaw" semi-automatic weapons. Does he not realize that doing so would render illegal virtually every hunting rifle in production? View the video here.