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  • How ObamaCare Stole Christmas

    12/19/2012 6:31:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Matthew Bowman
    In the weeks before Christmas, many Christians read about John the Baptist in the Gospel of Luke. They see that ordinary people came asking John if it was possible for them, too, to prepare the way for the Lord. Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” Soldiers came as well, asking, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be...
  • Republicans put squeeze on Obama in "fiscal cliff" talks

    12/19/2012 6:30:29 AM PST · by crosshairs · 39 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 12/19/12 | Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Frustrated by their inability to wring more "fiscal cliff" concessions out of President Barack Obama, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives announced Tuesday night that they expect to pass their own tax bill as a backup plan to avert the tax hikes and automatic budget cuts set to occur in January. No one expects the bill, which would extend low tax rates except on income of $1 million and above, to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. President Barack Obama's latest position puts the threshold for income tax hikes at $400,000. While the move, called "Plan B" by...
  • Treasury to Sell G.M. Stake Within 15 Months

    12/19/2012 6:30:10 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec. 19, 2012 | By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
    The Treasury Department said on Wednesday that it planned to sell off its entire stake in General Motors within 15 months, eliminating another reminder of the bailouts precipitated by the financial crash of 2008. The news comes a week after the Obama administration completely sold off its entire stake in the American International Group, one of the most controversial rescues of the market crisis. According to a plan outlined on Wednesday, the Treasury Department will sell a little less than half of its stake, or 200 million shares, back to General Motors for $5.5 billion by year end. The purchase...
  • Watch: “The Global Food Crisis You Need To Prepare For Is Now Imminent”

    12/19/2012 6:24:05 AM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-19-2012 | Mac Slavo
    Watch: “The Global Food Crisis You Need To Prepare For Is Now Imminent” Mac Slavo December 19th, 2012 Grocery stores may still be stocked with food and most Americans are still able to keep their family’s fed, but with 50 million Americans requiring government assistance to do so and prices on a seemingly never ending rise, how long will it be before the situation becomes unmanageable? The global food crisis you need to prepare for is now imminent. For the past six years the world has consumed more food than it has produced. As a result, global food reserves are...
  • Robert H. Bork 1927-2012, RIP

    12/19/2012 6:20:43 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 118 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/19/12 | Roger Kimball
    Judge Robert H. Bork, one of the the greatest jurists this country has ever produced, died early this morning from heart complications in a Virginia hospital near his home. He was 84. Bork was a national celebrity. Several years ago, my wife and I visited the Borks in Maine where they had taken a summer house off Somes Sound. I cannot count the times that total strangers would approach us at a lobster shack or park asking to shake the Judge’s hand and to assure him of their admiration and support. Bork’s celebrity was only partly conferred upon him by...
  • On gun control, look to Biden

    12/19/2012 6:18:06 AM PST · by combat_boots · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza,
    Editor's note: Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza served as deputy national press secretary of the Democratic National Committee during the 2008 election. (CNN) -- President Obama's poignant speech at Sunday's interfaith vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, set the tone for our mourning. Now, America's path forward will be decided out of the spotlight. The question of whether the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School will linger only in memory or be memorialized by an enduring shift in gun policy can only be answered by the legislature. Incoming Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Diane Feinstein has announced she will introduce an enhanced assault weapons ban on...
  • Occupy Movement Says ‘Violence Will Be Necessary to Achieve Our Goals’

    12/19/2012 6:07:33 AM PST · by combat_boots · 63 replies
    PJM ^ | Oct 11, 2011
    Citizen journalist Ringo captured this speaker at the Occupy Los Angeles camp a few days ago letting the cat out of the bag: After dismissing nonviolence as a dead end, he admits that for the Occupiers to achieve their goals, violence and bloodshed will be necessary: (video) Here’s a transcript, starting at 32 seconds into the video: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Occupy L.A. Speaker: “One of the speakers said the solution is nonviolent movement. No, my friend. I’ll give you two examples: French Revolution, and Indian so-called Revolution. Gandhi, Gandhi today is, with respect to all of you, Gandhi today is a tumor...
  • GUNDLACH: 'The Real Killer Will Be The Next Recession, And There Will Be One'

    12/19/2012 6:06:07 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-19-2012 | Sam Ro
    GUNDLACH: 'The Real Killer Will Be The Next Recession, And There Will Be One' Sam RoDec. 18, 2012, 5:37 PM Bond god Jeff Gundlach was on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers" with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle. Among other things, Gundlach is concerned about the prospect of another recession, which he thinks will happen thanks to spending cuts and tax hikes. We got out of the last recession thanks to the government racking up debt. The next time around, Gundlach thinks that type of fiscal policy won't be tolerated. Here's Gundlach: The real killer is going to be the next recession....
  • Chinese State Media Demands US Citizens Be Disarmed(We need any more proof this is a BAD idea?)

    12/19/2012 6:02:46 AM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/19/12 | B Darby
    The official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, has demanded the US immediately adopt stricter gun control measures to reduce the number of firearms the US populace is permitted to possess. The Chinese state-controlled media’s statement, titled “Innocent Blood Demands No Delay for US Gun Control,” is primarily focused on the Newtown tragedy in which 26 Americans were killed by a mad gunman. Twenty of the victims were young children. The Chinese government stated, “Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control.” In an apparent effort to restrict information to their populace, the Chinese government wrote of...
  • 2012 Year in Review: Puck Daddy’s 10 most memorable hockey images of 2012

    12/19/2012 5:58:36 AM PST · by shove_it · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 18 Dec 2012 | Greg Wyshynski
    Through New Year's Eve, your friends at Puck Daddy fondly recall the Year in Hockey for 2012, such as it wasn't. The NHL All-Star Game's Breakaway Challenge competition has become the League's home for prop comedy, and Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane didn't disappoint. With Eminem's "Superman" playing over the ScotiaBank Place speakers, Kane put on a cape and Clark Kent glasses (in complete violation of the character's rules, mind you) during one of his shootout attempts — a concept he came up with 24 hours before the event in Ottawa. Yet when it comes to the Top 10 most...
  • Chuck Hagel as a 'Teachable Moment'

    12/19/2012 5:58:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Frank Gaffney
    The conventional wisdom is that Barack Obama dodged a politically perilous "bullet" when he declined to nominate Susan Rice as the next Secretary of State. Had he done so, the President would have provided his critics a high-profile platform for exposing and critiquing his administration's conduct with respect to Benghazigate and the larger, dangerous practice of "engaging" Islamists, of which it was a particularly dismal example. Yet, President Obama is reportedly intent on creating what may prove to be a similar "teachable moment" by nominating former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. Sen. Hagel...
  • A priest and a rabbi walked into a gun shop

    12/19/2012 5:55:18 AM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    legalinsurrection.com/ ^ | 12-19-2012 | William A. Jacobson
    If this didn’t come from long-time correspondent, photographer, reporter, bumper sticker aficionado, and music impresario Danelle, I wouldn’t believe it. Made a quick stop at my favorite firearms shop today just to see what was in stock. The store was fully staffed, with a help wanted sign on the door.Every salesman, the owner, his wife and all 4 of his children were waiting on customers. The place was packed. Sure enough, they had a great price on a 9mm that I had been considering acquiring. As has been reported, the Federal Background Check system is severely stressed in the last...
  • Time Warner Cable to Drop Ovation

    12/19/2012 5:49:44 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 15 replies
    Multichannel News ^ | 12/18/12 | Kent Gibbons
    Ovation, the arts-culture cable channel that's enjoyed a distribution surge the last several years, said Tuesday it expects to be dropped by Time Warner Cable on Dec. 31, potentially losing about 7 million subscribers and the key markets of New York City and Los Angeles. The independently owned network, reaching 51 million homes via cable, satellite and telco providers, went public about the expected drop in hopes of gaining support from viewers and arts organizations that would persuade Time Warner Cable to rethink the decision. “If Time Warner Cable proceeds then, in 2013, its customers who love the arts will...
  • Chinese State Media Demands US Citizens Be Disarmed

    12/19/2012 5:46:41 AM PST · by combat_boots · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | UNK
    (Breitbart) – The official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, has demanded the US immediately adopt stricter gun control measures to reduce the number of firearms the US populace is permitted to possess. The Chinese state-controlled media’s statement, titled “Innocent Blood Demands No Delay for US Gun Control,” is primarily focused on the Newtown tragedy in which 26 Americans were killed by a mad gunman. Twenty of the victims were young children. SPECIAL: “Do NOT let the government take our guns!’ Protect Your Gun Rights! The Chinese government stated, “Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control.”...
  • More thoughts on "Gun Control"

    12/19/2012 5:34:54 AM PST · by Jerrybob · 10 replies
    self | 12/19/12 | self
    Most people would agree: ours is a nation deeply divided; probably no more bitterly divisive issue than firearms and gun rights. The Declaration of Independence says “…that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men…” Governments are actually supposed to protect and enhance a person’s rights, not take away rights from citizens or make the exercise of that right more difficult. Isn’t this the land of the free and the home of the brave? The gun owner who says “My firearm has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy’s car” is correct! If an alien were to land in America,...
  • Happy Clinton Impeachment Day 2012! Impeachment is Forever!

    12/19/2012 5:33:26 AM PST · by kristinn · 66 replies
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | Kristinn
    It's been 14 years since President Bill Clinton was impeached. Free Republic played a key role.On October 31, 1998, Free Republic held the first online-organized national protest to call for Clinton's impeachment and removal from office. The rally was broadcast live on C-SPAN for over four hours. Speakers included a who's who of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.The rally can be viewed in its entirety online at C-SPANAs the Senate trial drew to a close in Feburary 1999, FReepers came together online to design and fund a full page ad in the Washington Times urging the Senate to do its...
  • Flash Suppressors Do Not Kill People

    12/19/2012 5:32:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    "These tragedies must end," says President Obama, referring to Adam Lanza's horrifying assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday. Although it is hard to disagree with that sentiment, the measures Obama favors cannot reasonably be expected to prevent such thankfully rare but nevertheless appalling outbursts of senseless violence. After the massacre, press secretary Jay Carney reiterated Obama's support for reinstating the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., promised to introduce a bill aimed at doing so next month. But we know for sure that an "assault weapon" ban...
  • PAUL: Rep. Tim Scott right pick for Senate

    12/19/2012 5:22:23 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 19 December 2012 | Sen. Rand Paul
    I’m excited that I will have the opportunity to work with Rep. Tim Scott in the U.S. Senate. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made a fine selection in choosing Mr. Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, a conservative champion and my friend. As he’s not only the first black senator from his state but the first from the South since the 19th century, Mr. Scott’s arrival will be a milestone for South Carolina and the nation. It also will be a milestone for the U.S. Senate, as Mr. Scott becomes the seventh black to serve in that body —...
  • ND drill rig activity lowest in 18 months

    12/19/2012 5:19:50 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 19, 2012 | Associated Press
    The number of rigs drilling for oil in North Dakota is at the lowest level in a year and a half. The State Department of Mineral Resources reports that just more than 180 rigs were drilling this week... 218 rigs were drilling in western North Dakota’s oil patch in late May...
  • 2012 Person of the Year: Barack Obama, the President

    12/19/2012 5:13:12 AM PST · by John W · 98 replies
    time.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Michael Scherer
    Twenty-seven years after driving from New York City to Chicago in a $2,000 Honda Civic for a job that probably wouldn’t amount to much, Barack Obama, in better shape but with grayer hair, stood in the presidential suite on the top floor of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel as flat screens announced his re-election as President of the United States.
  • The Church and the Mandate

    12/19/2012 5:11:47 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/19/2012 | George Weigel
    The strategic situation after a year, and the terrain ahead As the Catholic Church and the Obama administration approach the first anniversary of what has become the most serious confrontation between the Church and the federal government in U.S. history — a confrontation caused by a regulatory mandate implementing Obamacare — a review of the strategic situation is in order, with an eye to the terrain ahead. But given the confusions about this struggle that were sown in many minds during the presidential campaign (not least by the vice president of the United States), it is important to begin by...
  • Psych meds linked to 90% of school shootings

    12/19/2012 5:07:41 AM PST · by detective · 80 replies
    WND ^ | 12/19/2012 | Jerome Corsi
    From the moment news emerged Friday that a young man had carried out a horrific massacre of elementary-school children, politicians from local city halls to the White House have been restoking the age-old push for more gun control. While guns have been a common denominator in mass slayings at schools by teens, there’s another familiar element that seems increasingly to be minimized. Some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, according to British psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a founder of...
  • Coal to challenge oil’s dominance by 2017, says IEA

    12/19/2012 5:07:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Tuesday 18 December 2012 06.01 EST | Fiona Harvey
    Coal is likely to rival oil as the world’s biggest source of energy in the next five years, with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate, according to the world's leading authority on energy economics. One of the biggest factors behind the rise in coal use has been the massive increase in the use of shale gas in the US. Coal consumption is increasing all over the world—even in countries and regions with carbon-cutting targets—except the US, where shale gas has displaced coal, shows new research from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The decline of the fuel in the US has...
  • Arbiter rules former Miss Pennsylvania must pay Donald Trump $5M

    12/19/2012 5:00:59 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 10 replies
    WPXI ^ | December 18, 2012
    PITTSBURGH — Sheena Monnin, the former Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 who resigned in June after claiming a pageant was rigged, must pay billionaire Donald Trump $5 million for defaming the Miss Universe Organization, a New York arbitrator ruled. The arbitrator, former U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz, said Monnin‘s statements about the Miss USA Pageant “were false” and “showed a reckless disregard.” Monnin, of Cranberry, could not be reached. Her lawyer, Richard Klineburger of Philadelphia, did not return calls.
  • Which is the "Assault Rifle(TM)"?

    12/19/2012 4:59:48 AM PST · by varmintman · 19 replies
    There are basically two definitions of an assault weapon, i.e. a political and a military definition. The political definition is basically just anything which, on a scale of one to ten for being scary looking to demokkkrats, rises much over about a five or a six... The real military definition is more complex. Most assume a weapon has to be at least semi-automatic and preferably automatic to quality but, in real life, that's not really necessary. In fact in real life, most people attempting to fire any military weapon in full auto mode will never hit anything with it. What...
  • Father, Former Marine Stands Guard At Elementary School

    12/19/2012 4:58:37 AM PST · by TSgt · 48 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | Dec 18, 2012 6:19 PM EST | News Channel 5
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, one local father and former Marine is standing guard at his children's school and parents said he's a welcome addition to the school. Jordan Pritchard, a former Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, pulled down his old Marine Corps uniform from the attic Sunday night and decided to make a difference in his community. When he was in the military his job was to keep our country safe and for the next week he planned bring that safety home by standing guard outside the front door of...
  • As many as 1 in 6 babies aborted after 12 weeks born alive: Danish study

    12/19/2012 4:57:49 AM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Tue Dec 18, 2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    AARHUS, Denmark, December 18, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In 2009 a Danish couple, Camilla Skovhus and Thomas Mikkelsen, decided to abort their late-term baby after an ultrasound showed that he likely had kidney disorders that might require dialysis and transplants after birth. Staff at Aarhus Skejby hospital, where the abortion was performed, warned the couple that their baby might be born alive. He was. Their son lived a few hours after birth, dying slowly in his parents’ arms. The following year the couple was pregnant again, only to be told once again that their son may suffer from the same kidney...
  • Obamanomics Strikes Out with Small Business Owners

    12/19/2012 4:56:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    "Uncertainty in the private sector over taxes and government policy clearly is having an impact on business' ability to invest in the United States. Business investment is lagging – bad news for growth next year."–Steve Forbes, December 13, 2012, The Washington Times Small business accounts for half of all the private sector jobs in America, but over the last two decades has created 2 of every 3 new jobs according to the SBA. Small businesses are a font of invention producing 16.5 times more patents per employee than large corporations. Being nimble in the market place, small businesses make up...
  • Professor Blames Mass Shootings on ‘White Male Privilege’

    12/19/2012 4:43:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    <p>Some opinions only get attention because they come from people with advanced degrees who make their living on the taxpayer dime. That’s certainly the case for Hugo Schwyzer, a history and gender studies professor at Pasadena City College.</p> <p>He has a history of blaming white men for most of the mass killings that take place in the United States. Friday’s tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut gave him a great opportunity to spout his nonsense once again.</p>
  • Gerard Depardieu Meets John Galt

    12/19/2012 4:32:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Another Frenchman has “gone Galt.” First, it was France’s richest entrepreneur.Now, it’s the nation’s most famous actor. Gerard Depardieu has officially announced – in a letter to France’s thuggish Prime Minister – that he is tired of paying 85 percent of his income to finance the vote-buying actions of France’s kleptocratic political elite.Instead, he is going to move to Belgium (which is hardly a tax haven, but there’s an old line about how you should surround yourself with fat people if you want to look skinny).Here are some of the amusing details from the UK-based Telegraph. The French actor whose...
  • South Korea's Park seen winning tight presidential election(40% counted, up by 5.4%)

    12/19/2012 4:28:52 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Jane Chung and Jack Kim
    South Korea's Park seen winning tight presidential election By Jane Chung and Jack Kim SEOUL | Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:56am EST (Reuters) - The daughter of the South Korea's former military ruler appeared to be leading in Wednesday's presidential vote, putting her on track to become the country's first woman head of state although her narrow advantage meant the race was set to go to the wire. A win for the 60-year old conservative Park Geun-hye would see her return to the presidential palace where she served as her father's first lady in the 1970s after Park's mother was...
  • Put Prospective Gun Owners Under The Microscope

    12/19/2012 4:23:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Anyone who can't withstand a rational debate on the subject of gun control -- particularly in light of last week's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut -- should be automatically prohibited from ever owning a firearm. In fact, this should be the number-one requirement of gun ownership: Can someone applying for ownership of a deadly weapon withstand an hour-long debate against someone in favor of gun control without resorting to physical or verbal assault? Is it too much to ask that every person wanting to possess a firearm be subject to a battery of tests -- everything...
  • Firearm Phobes Exploit School Shooting

    12/19/2012 4:16:45 AM PST · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-19-2012 | Janet M. LaRue
    When’s the last time you heard about a deranged gunman going on a shooting spree at a shooting range? Other than a spoof article on the Onion, a shooting range isn’t the preferred venue for a murderous shooting rampage. Despite all of the shooters, guns and ammo, I feel safer at a shooting range than just about anywhere else. It doesn’t require expert analysis to understand why gun-free areas, not shooting ranges, are the preferred venues of those who want to murder as many victims as possible before encountering return fire. Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old murderer of 20 young children...
  • On Newtown, Mourn First, Then Act

    12/19/2012 4:11:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times. ... And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." There's just one problem: In a democracy, politics is a synonym for "democracy." It is through politics that people with strong feelings and strong interests peaceably hash out their disagreements. When politicians say they want to do something regardless of the politics, or that they want...
  • Threat of longshoremen's strike could impact Port of New York and N.J.

    12/19/2012 4:09:34 AM PST · by katiedidit1 · 11 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 12/19/2012 | Steve Strunsky
    The threat of a longshoremen's strike this year once again looms over ports from Maine to Texas, after contract talks that had already been extended 90 days broke down once again today.
  • French psychiatrist sentenced after patient commits murder

    12/19/2012 3:58:13 AM PST · by No One Special · 25 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | December 19, 2012 | Reuters
    MARSEILLES, France (Reuters) - A French psychiatrist whose patient hacked an elderly man to death was found guilty of manslaughter on Tuesday in a groundbreaking case that could affect the way patients are treated. A court in Marseilles said Daniele Canarelli, 58, had committed a "grave error" by failing to recognize the public danger posed by Joel Gaillard, her patient of four years. Gaillard hacked to death 80-year-old Germain Trabuc with an axe in March 2004 in Gap, in the Alps region of southeastern France, 20 days after fleeing a consultation with Canarelli at Marseilles's Edouard Toulouse hospital. Canarelli was...
  • The Bullying Left Exploits Sandy Hook

    12/19/2012 3:57:32 AM PST · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-19-2012 | Ben Shapiro
    The horror of the massacre of innocents at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. struck at the fabric of the American tapestry. Virtually every American has spent the last few days in a haze -- shocked at the nature of evil, confused and frustrated by the inability to prevent such an atrocity, fearful at the possibility of such a monstrous occurrence repeating itself. It is only natural in such times to discuss what we can do differently to prevent such things from happening. Nobody wants to see dead children, grieving parents or bullet-riddled schools. Nobody. We may disagree...
  • Obama to launch effort led by Biden to create new policies in wake of school shooting

    12/19/2012 3:48:52 AM PST · by tobyhill · 33 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/19/2012 | ap
    President Barack Obama will launch an administration-wide effort Wednesday to create new policies aimed at preventing another mass school shooting. ,,,, Obama aides say Obama is likely to pursue some tightening of gun laws, including a ban on assault-style weapons.
  • Ke$ha’s ‘Die Young’ takes steep drop on radio after Newtown [No calling for ban on violent music]

    12/19/2012 3:45:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | December 18, 2012 | Ray Rahman
    After the massacre in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, some radio stations across the country have pulled Ke$ha’s “Die Young” single from rotation, TMZ reports. The Warrior song was the No. 3 single on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time of the tragic shooting, but it looks like the track is now plummeting from the charts. On Saturday, TMZ reports, airplay had dropped by 3 million listeners, and by Monday, that figure had fallen even further to about 148 million listeners —a 19 million drop from before the tragedy. The last time a song or artist dropped this steeply? When...
  • Obama to lay out first steps in gun policy talks after Newtown tragedy

    12/19/2012 3:33:12 AM PST · by Innovative · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Dana Ford and Holly Yan
    With the shock and horror from Newtown giving way to anger and calls for action, President Barack Obama will announce his first concrete steps Wednesday in addressing the raging debate about gun policy. Obama is expected to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an inter-agency process to develop policy in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre. White House aides say Obama won't announce major policy decisions Wednesday, but will outline his administration's path forward. "These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change," Obama told a packed auditorium at Newtown High School on Sunday.
  • Gun-control talks move to forefront [POLITICIANS RUSHING TO DESTROY LIBERTY!]

    12/19/2012 3:08:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | December 19, 2012
    With the massacre of schoolchildren in a Connecticut town still searing American hearts, conversations about gun control and how best to prevent mass shootings reverberated through the corridors of government at all levels yesterday. In Washington, President Barack Obama lent support to an announcement by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that she would craft a bill to reinstate the nation’s assault-weapons ban and close the so-called gun-show loophole permitting the sale of guns without a background check... In Michigan, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have allowed some gun owners to bring concealed weapons to places such as...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 19, 2012

    12/19/2012 2:53:27 AM PST · by sneakers · 15 replies
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  • Report on Benghazi attack cites "systemic failures" [Miami news says "no one person to blame"]

    12/19/2012 2:45:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | December 18, 2012
    - An independent review of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi released Tuesday cited "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies" at the State Department. The attacks killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The failures resulted in a security plan "that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place," the 39-page, unclassified version of the report concluded.
  • Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept. ('systemic failures')

    12/19/2012 2:44:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept.By Julian Pecquet - 12/19/12 05:30 AM ET The Benghazi report released Tuesday night bemoans “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in Hillary Clinton's State Department that could come back to haunt her should she run for president in 2016. Clinton remains one of the nation's most popular politicians and has worked tirelessly to improve America's image abroad following President George W. Bush's tenure. The independent review of the Sept. 11 attack, however, tarnishes that legacy by faulting the department for failing to put in place a coordinated approach for handling...
  • The Most Absurd 'Loophole' in the Tax Code

    12/19/2012 2:43:21 AM PST · by plsjr · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | Mike Flynn
    We all know that the U.S. tax code is riddled with "loopholes", exemptions and deductions intended to incentivize certain activities. ... to the technocrats in the federal government, the tax you don't have to pay on the value of rent you don't have to pay because you own your home is a loophole. Read that last sentence again. Its called "The Imputed Net Rental Income on Owner-Occupied Housing" and the feds include it in their annual list of "tax expenditures." That term is how Washington officially refers to credits, deductions and exemptions. Here's how the federal government describes it: Under...
  • Women Sue DPS for roadside body cavity search

    12/19/2012 2:32:26 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 81 replies
    myfoxdfw.com ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | Shaun Rabb
    <p>DALLAS - Two women claim they were molested during a body cavity search on the side of the road. They are now suing the Texas Department of Public Safety and its officers.</p> <p>Angel Hobbs, 38, and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley Hobbs, were stopped along Highway 161 in July.</p>
  • Letter to the Principal (Headmaster)

    12/19/2012 2:22:06 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 12 replies
    Vanity | December 19, 2012 | Jim Noble
    Dear Principal or Headmaster, I am sure you are as grieved and upset as I am over recent events. I would like to know (I am writing to all of my children's schools): Do you have a policy regarding the use of force, including all necessary and legal force, to defend the children who attend your school in the event of danger? If so, what is it? If not, why not, and what is being done to develop such a policy? Sincerely,
  • Gay Marine Pops the Question in the White House

    12/19/2012 2:17:07 AM PST · by maddog55 · 56 replies
    NEWSMAX ^ | Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 03:15 AM | Stephen Feller
    A U.S. Marine Corps captain proposed to his partner in front of a Christmas tree at the White House Saturday in the first gay engagement to happen there. Capt. Matthew Phelps asked his boyfriend Ben Schock to marry him in the grand foyer of the White House, on the six-month anniversary of their first date, which also was at the White House, reported ABC News. “Our first date was to the White House, so I wanted to propose to him there,” Phelps told ABC News. “When I got invited to the holiday tour — six months to the day that...
  • Samsung overtakes Nokia to become top phone brand of 2012: IHS

    12/19/2012 2:11:45 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Times of India ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | AFP
    Samsung has overtaken Nokia as the top mobile phone brand for 2012 and has opened up a decisive lead over Apple in the smartphone market, a research firm said on Tuesday. This will mark the first time in 14 years that Finland-based Nokia will not sit atop the global mobile phone business on an annual basis, according to IHS iSuppli. Samsung is expected to account for 29 percent of worldwide cellphone shipments, up from 24 percent in 2011, according to the IHS, which said Nokia's share dropped to 24 percent from 30 percent. This will mark the first time the...
  • Panetta says first F-35 overseas deployment planned for Iwakuni

    12/19/2012 1:59:27 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 19, 2012 | Stars and Stripes
    Plans call for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to get its first overseas deployment in 2017 to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in line with the military’s “Pacific pivot,” according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The F-35B Lightning II — the Navy and Marine Corps variant featuring short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities — has been billed as the next-generation stealth fighter despite complaints about noise and cost overruns. It can travel at speeds of Mach 1.6 — about 1,200 mph — and can land on ships or damaged runways, according to the web site for developer Lockheed Martin Corp....