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  • Black Gun Buying Frenzy [Vanity]

    12/18/2012 7:56:40 PM PST · by AdamBomb · 48 replies
    I went to a gun shop this evening in the "South". This is a well-known gun shop but it's in the middle of freakin nowhere. Drove an hour to get there. I went there tonight because, yesterday morning, I bought a "piece" over the phone so they had it locked up in the back for me. So I had to pick it up tonight. But the real story was I couldn't believe how many people were in there. There were at least 150 people in there. All the parking spaces in the lot were full. Black guns were flying off...
  • Report on Libya cites State Dept. for security failures, confirms no protest before attack

    12/18/2012 7:15:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 18, 2012
    DEVELOPING: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accepted 29 suggestions to improve embassy security issued as part of a review board's report that faults Clinton's department for security failures and confirms no protest preceded the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The release of the report, posted Tuesday night on the State Department's website, comes after more than three months of intense debate in Washington over who was behind the attack, what motivated the attacks and why U.S. authorities weren't able to stop the violence,... ~snip~ Although the motive for the attack remains unclear, the report confirms...
  • Disabled mall guard, fired after asking Muslim woman to remove veil, sues

    12/18/2012 7:10:20 PM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    BRIDGEWATER — A Raritan man who lost his job as a Bridgewater Commons mall security guard after asking a Muslim woman to remove her traditional head scarf has filed suit alleging discrimination and wrongful termination. Marc Krause, of Raritan Borough, filed a legal complaint in Somerville against IPC International Corporation, a security vendor, and General Growth Properties, owner of Bridgewater Commons. The complaint was filed on Dec. 10 by attorney Brian Cige in New Jersey Superior Court in Somerville. Krause had worked at the mall since April 2001 while it was still owned by Rouse Company, and remained employed in...
  • Layoffs Since The Election, End-Of-The-World-Week edition

    12/18/2012 7:09:05 PM PST · by null and void · 8 replies
    Mostly DailyJobCuts.com ^ | 12/18/12 | nully
    Since the election: (Updated 12/18/12 at 6:30 PM PST) Layoffs and closures. Number of jobs lost listed where reported Week of to # Laid off Running total Notes 11/7 11/13 41643 41643 11/14 11/20 47751 89394 11/21 11/27 3880 93274 Thanksgiving week 11/28 12/4 6138 99412 12/5 12/11 17907 117319 12/12 12/18 9141 126460 Organization Location # Laid off Running total Sector Notes Date 4 prisons OH 0 Government Facility closure 12/11/12 Ace’s Sports Bar & Grill Dresden, OH 0 Restaurant Closure, no number reported 11/20/12 Adirondack Health Sarnac Lake, NY 17 17 Health 12/7/12 Advanced Auto Parts Andersonville. TN...
  • Lieberman: If Obama Can 'Do Something' About Guns by Executive Order, 'God Bless Him'

    12/18/2012 6:56:16 PM PST · by chessplayer · 90 replies
    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told CNN on Monday that the Connecticut shooting was a "tipping point" and added that if President Obama wanted to take action on gun laws by using an executive order, "God bless him."
  • Clinton 'accepts' recommendations on Benghazi security

    12/18/2012 6:56:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    bbc ^ | 12/18/12 | staff
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accepted all 29 recommendations in a report into a deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The report found that systemic failures at the state department led to insufficient security at the consulate. But it found no individual official ignored their duties, and the review has not suggested disciplinary action. The 11 September attack saw Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as well as three other Americans, killed.
  • Columbia U. program director removes anti-Israel Facebook post

    12/18/2012 6:52:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 12/18/12 | staff
    Maryam Zohny erases message following advocacy group’s letter of complaint JTA — A photo and text calling an Israeli soldier a “terrorist” and “killer” were removed from the Facebook page of a Columbia University program director. Maryam Zohny, program director of the university’s Center for Palestine Studies, removed the post from her personal Facebook wall after the Anti-Defamation League sent a letter to Columbia University President Lee Bollinger expressing concern about the post. The post that Zohny shared on Dec. 13 read: “Israeli terrorist ‘Nofar Mizrahi’/Killer of the Martyr Muhamad Salayme/Wanted by the Resistance.” The post, which has been circulating...
  • Independent Inquiry Faults State Dept. in Benghazi Attack

    12/18/2012 6:49:57 PM PST · by lbryce · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2012 | ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL R. GORDON
    WASHINGTON — An independent inquiry into the attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11 sharply criticizes the State Department for a lack of seasoned security personnel and relying on untested local militias to safeguard the compound, Congressional and State Department officials said Tuesday night. The investigation into the attacks on the diplomatic mission and C.I.A. annex that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others also faulted State Department officials in Washington for ignoring requests from officials at the American Embassy in Tripoli for more guards and safety upgrades to the...
  • Latest Cover of Transsexual Fashion Magazine Features ‘Transwoman’ Dressed as Michelle Obama

    12/18/2012 6:48:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/18/12 | Becket Adams
    Yep, the newest issue of “Candy,” “the first transversal style magazine,” features a transsexual model named Connie Fleming styled to look like First Lady Michelle Obama: In an interview with Dazed Digital, Publisher Luis Venegas explains the inspiration behind the Michelle Obama-inspired cover: I especially love the cover story, which for the first time isn’t a super-popular star, but a fabulous, beautiful black transwoman channeling a politician who looks pretty much like Michelle Obama.
  • Why Does the Teamsters Union Appear to Be Flying Its Union Flag Above the U.S. One Outside the

    12/18/2012 6:41:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/18/12 | Tiffany Gabbay
    A photo depicting what appears to be the Teamsters Union flag improperly flying above the American flag outside the union’s D.C. headquarters on Tuesday was sent to TheBlaze, and the story of how a Marine veteran who tried to bring it to the group’s attention was treated is sure to raise eyebrows. The photo was taken by the Marine at approximately 2:10 pm ET and sent to TheBlaze by his brother. Both have requested anonymity for fear of retaliation by the union. This is the picture:
  • Chris Matthews: 'Outlaw' Semi-Automatic Guns

    12/18/2012 6:39:26 PM PST · by chessplayer · 42 replies
    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 after the jump. In all seriousness, did Matthews not understand the implications of what he was saying, or was...
  • Rubble and Despair of War Redefine Syria Jewel

    12/18/2012 6:37:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 18, 2012 | C. J. CHIVERS
    The Fight for Aleppo: In Syria’s largest city, a sustained and pitched battle between rebels and the Syrian army has left the city in ruins. ALEPPO, Syria — Inside the classrooms where they once studied, the boys darted like a pack. Their banging and clanking could be heard for a city block. The playground outside had been hit by a Syrian Air Force airstrike, which fractured the school’s walls. Now the children were smashing the furniture, prying off wooden desktops and bench seats, rushing away with what they could. The Isam al-Nadri School for Boys was being dismantled for the...
  • Inquiry Into Libya Attack Is Sharply Critical of State Dept.

    12/18/2012 6:36:06 PM PST · by what's up · 5 replies
    NYT ^ | December 18, 2012 | ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — An independent inquiry into the attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11 sharply criticizes the State Department for a lack of seasoned security personnel and relying on untested local militias to safeguard the compound, Congressional and State Department officials said Tuesday night. The investigation into the attacks on the diplomatic mission and C.I.A. annex that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others also faulted State Department officials in Washington for ignoring requests from officials at the American Embassy in Tripoli for more guards and safety upgrades to the...
  • 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
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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.
  • Mobilization

    12/18/2012 5:16:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    pagunblog.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | Sebastian
    <p>Thirdpower notes that the local gun show near him broke records. This weekend around here, the Oaks gun show was absolutely swamped. I just hope all these people panic buying are planning to join the fight, because there’s no guarantee you’re going to get to keep what you panic buy if you don’t. Voting with your wallet is part of the picture, but only part.</p>
  • Gun Control Isn’t The Answer. Here’s Why

    12/18/2012 5:10:52 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 18 replies
    http://danaloeschradio.com ^ | December 18 2012 | Dana Loesch
    Virginia Tech. Aurora, Colorado. Schools, the majority of them. What do these locations have in common? They are designated “gun-free” zones. Are progressives unable to recognize that their gun control was already in place? Guns were already forbidden? The only solution left is “confiscation,” which goes beyond what they imply by “control.” I would like to hear it explained how a gun-free school zone, in a state with some of the most stringent gun control laws in the country, would have prevented the actions of a man whose intent was not following the law that day? From Glenn Reynolds in...
  • DHS errors let 800k deported illegals stay in U.S.

    12/18/2012 5:10:50 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    The federal government’s system of tracking immigrants’ status is so broken that it gives a green light to one in eight aliens who have been ordered deported, according to an audit Tuesday that found the government has gone on to approve some of those who slip through for work in sensitive areas of airports and granted them benefits such as Medicaid or food stamps. Some of those aliens who should have been kicked out had serious criminal records, including for assault and extortion, according to the audit by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. All told, some 800,000 immigrants are...
  • KILLER ADAM LANZA 'OBSESSED' WITH VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES (Dynasty Warriors)

    12/18/2012 5:01:24 PM PST · by drewh · 37 replies
    UK Express ^ | 12/18/12
    THE loner responsible for the sickening massacre was mentally ill, aggressive and had an unhealthy obsession for violent computer games, it emerged last night. Cowardly Adam Lanza, 20, was driven to carry out the bloody killings after his parents split up and his friends alienated him, reports emerging from America revealed. Chillingly, his favourite video game was said to be a shockingly violent fantasy war game called Dynasty Warriors which is thought to have given him inspiration to act on his darkest thoughts. His easy access to a deadly arsenal – he learned how to shoot after his mother took...
  • The Number of People on SS/SSI increased 700 Percent.

    12/18/2012 4:53:31 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 19 replies
    usdebtclock.org ^ | 12/18/2012 | typical_whitey
    www.usdebtclock.org is a source of economic data for the U.S. This data is collected from the various government departments. The website has a tool that you can use to view historic trends from the year 2000 to present and also out to 2016. Taking a look at the number of people on Social Security and SSI, which is found on the far right column of the webpage, and using the time tool, we can see that between 2000 and 2004 there was an increase of roughly 2.4 Million people, and from 2004 – 2008 approximately 2.8 Million were added to...
  • Oliver North: Strike on Iran’s Nuke Facilities “Only Option” in 2013

    12/18/2012 4:49:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 06:31 PM | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Decorated military veteran and best-selling author Oliver North tells Newsmax that a military strike against Iran’s nuclear capabilities could be the “only option” this year. North, who just returned from a trip to the Middle East, also says the conflict in Syria looms as a strategic disaster for the United States and its allies, warns that the appointment of Chuck Hagel as secretary of Defense would be a “formula for disaster,” and cautions that cutting defense spending will make the nation more vulnerable to “serious adversaries.” … Turning to Egypt, North tells Newsmax: “[Mohammed] Morsi is not an ally of...
  • NYC pension funds may sell $18 million in gun-related stocks

    12/18/2012 4:47:17 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    New York City's pension funds may sell nearly $18 million worth of stock in four companies that manufacture guns and ammunition, a spokesman said on Tuesday. ---- New York's pension funds hold nearly $14 million worth of shares in ammunition maker Olin Corp, $1.7 million in gun maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp, $2.4 million in gun maker Sturm Ruger & Co Inc and $17,866 worth of stock in Brazilian gun maker Forjas Taurus SA.
  • Gregoire proposes new fuel tax to fund education (WA)

    12/18/2012 4:46:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Columbian ^ | December 18, 2012 | Rachel La Corte & Mike Baker - AP
    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed higher taxes on gas, soda, candy and gum Tuesday in order to avoid more government cuts and to help fund education in response to a court order. In her final budget plan, Gregoire said a budget without new revenues would force the closure of state parks, eliminate food assistance programs and cause additional cuts in education.
  • State funding to keep NC group homes open through January (mental patients to get the boot?)

    12/18/2012 4:44:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12/18/12
    State funding to keep NC group homes open through JanuaryPosted: 10:17 a.m. today Updated: 44 minutes ago Raleigh, N.C. — State officials said Tuesday that they have freed up $1 million to allow people with mental illness or developmental disabilities to stay in group homes across North Carolina through the end of January. A change in federal rules means that, as of Jan. 1, group home patients are no longer eligible to receive Medicaid payments for personal care services, such as assistance with bathing, feeding or other daily chores. The loss of funding puts the homes that rely on that...
  • Chicago crime rate down overall, murders up, memo says

    12/18/2012 4:37:09 PM PST · by Qbert · 9 replies
    WLS-TV ^ | December 17, 2012 | WLS-TV
    December 17, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Chicago's overall crime rate is down since 2011, according to a memo to Mayor Rahm Emanuel from police Supt. Garry McCarthy. [Snip] Burglaries, according to the memo, are down 15 percent so far this year, and car thefts are down 13 percent. However, the number of murders this year is more than last year.
  • NRA Releases Statement, Shows More Class than Media

    12/18/2012 4:17:48 PM PST · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12-18-2012 | John Nolte
    Waiting () was both the humane thing for the NRA to do and the smart thing tactically. By waiting until today, the NRA now knows what the media's tactics are; and by waiting a few days after making this announcement to hold the actual presser, they will have an idea of how our unbiased, objective, open-minded, impartial, non-ideological media intends to absolutely crush and destroy them. What the NRA now has is the time needed to formulate arguments and to put forward that which our craven, opportunistic media has not -- a serious, pro-active plan to ensure Sandy Hook can’t...
  • Psychiatrist: Lanza Was 'Pseudocommando' with 'Wounded Narcissism'

    12/18/2012 4:12:14 PM PST · by servo1969 · 112 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 12-18-2012 | Breitbart News
    Psychiatrist James Knoll told CNN’s Headline News today that Adam Lanza, the perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was acting in a “ritualistic” way during the horrific events. Knoll, who does research at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, said in a recent report that killers like Lanza see themselves as “pseudocommandos … driven by strong feelings of anger and resentment, in addition to having a paranoid character. He plans out the offense ritualistically, and comes prepared with a powerful arsenal of weapons.” The report continues: “[The pseudocommando] most often kills in public during the...
  • NRA’s Social Media Strategy: Go Dark

    12/18/2012 4:07:06 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | Elahe Izadi
    When a mass shooting occurs, the National Rifle Association’s communications shop typically goes dark, particularly its highly visible social media channels. That has certainly been the case post-Newtown. The organization’s Facebook page, with its more than 1.7 million likes, has been hidden with users being redirected to Facebook’s homepage. Its Twitter account, with more than 65,000 followers, has been silent since Friday as well. As a behemoth powerhouse in politics, the NRA is also highly active on social media channels. To put it into perspective, Republican communications consultant Michael Turk points out that the NRA’s page surpasses the RNC’s Facebook...
  • 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.