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  • JAKE TAPPER leaving ABC joining CNN

    12/20/2012 3:29:26 PM PST · by navysealdad · 32 replies
    JAKE TAPPER leaving ABC joining CNN
  • Narendra Modi tipped as India's next prime minister

    12/20/2012 3:18:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist chief minister reviled for failing to stop the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, was hailed as a candidate for India's next prime minister after a landslide victory in the state elections. [...] Britain announced it would end its boycott in October and sent its High Commissioner to meet Mr Modi as part of its drive to increase trade with India, while the United States said he would be eligible to apply for another visa. Both decisions were driven in part by the possibility that Mr Modi could be India's next prime minister.
  • Ethics Committee Can't Find Anything Wrong With Secret Loan From Fraudster to Rep. Gregory Meeks

    12/20/2012 3:15:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 20, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    Today the House Ethics Committee announced that it was taking no action against Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) who secretly took a $40,000 payment from an individual who subsequently pled guilty in a multi-million-dollar mortgage scam. In 2007, Meeks received $40,000 from a "businessman," Edul Ahmad. Under the Ethics in Government Act, Congressmen are required to disclose such financial transactions on their annual Financial Disclosure Reports. Meeks failed to disclose the transaction on his reports for 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the New York Daily News reported, "Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks made no payments for three years on a...
  • Goodbye to liberty

    12/20/2012 3:07:47 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 11 replies
    The Cobden Centre ^ | 12/20/2012 | Alasdair Macleod
    The human race, in its advanced economic form, is committing euthanasia. The US, UK, Europe and Japan are all implementing economic policies that must ultimately result in the complete destruction of their currencies; and if you destroy the means of exchange of goods and services, your people will starve. The political class and government establishments have drifted in incremental steps into this tragedy. Far from being the guiding hand for society, they are its destroyers.We all look to government to supply what we used to provide for ourselves, in the naďve belief that it is our servant, it has our...
  • Gingrich: Conservatives Will Have to Accept Marriage 'Equality'

    12/20/2012 3:05:19 PM PST · by Kazan · 322 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/20/2012 | Stephen Feller
    <p>Newt Gingrich said that conservatives will have to accept marriage equality after three more states this year voted to allow same sex marriage and more will likely do the same in the 2014 election.</p> <p>The former Speaker of the House said he didn’t expect gay rights to become the “wave” issue it has, but that he can accept the difference between a marriage in a church and a legal document, reported Huffington Post.</p>
  • The Coming China Economic Crisis

    12/20/2012 3:00:15 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-20-2012 | Clif Droke
    The Coming China Economic Crisis Economics / China EconomyDec 20, 2012 - 04:43 AM By: Clif Droke When Bert Dohmen talks, smart investors listen. In 2007 when most investment analysts and economists were downplaying the developing credit market troubles, Bert warned investors that the probability was very high that the troubles would escalate into full-blown crisis and would produce a crash of historic proportions. He chronicled the developing credit crisis in the pages of his newsletter and also published a book in early 2012 entitled, The Coming China Crisis, which provided his insightful views on the emerging crisis in depth....
  • Mark Levin Show,MERRY CHRISTMAS!,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 20,2012

    12/20/2012 2:52:51 PM PST · by Biggirl · 49 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 20,2012 | Mark 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! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Exclusive: Iran Is Producing Explosive Mini-Submarines (for combat against US & Western Navies)

    12/20/2012 2:40:16 PM PST · by drewh · 23 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 20, 2012, 9:05 PM
    Iran is producing explosive mini-submarines DEBKAfile December 20, 2012, 9:05 PM (GMT+02:00) DEBKAfile exclusive: Iranian production lines are turning out a new type of speed mini-submarine customized for combat against the US and other Western navies present in Persian Gulf waters. On the principle of asymmetric warfare, the new pint-sized Iranian submarines are light in weight and able to dart nimbly around large vessels to explode on contact with their floating target. Their pilots are bent on suicide. These mini-subs are designed to complement the app. 2,000 Revolutionary Guards’ explosive speedboats.
  • Live Debate. Ryan speaking now. Tax cut vote at 5:40 EST.

    12/20/2012 2:36:41 PM PST · by what's up · 17 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | C-SPAN
    Vote coming up.
  • Barbra Streisand's 'Guilt Trip' Stalls: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Nabs Record Opening

    12/20/2012 2:20:43 PM PST · by drewh · 32 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10:30 AM PST 12/20/2012 | by Pamela McClintock
    Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen's road-trip comedy The Guilt Trip debuted to an unimpressive $1.1 million at the North American box office on Wednesday as Streisand returned to the big screen in a lead role for the first time since The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996. Box Office Report: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Soars in New York and Los Angeles Guilt Trip came in No. 2 behind Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which took in $6.3 million for a six-day domestic cume of $106.5 million. Wednesday's biggest headline was Kathryn Bigelow's controversial Osama bin Laden pic Zero Dark...
  • Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse names California as "#1 Judicial Hellhole"

    12/20/2012 2:12:52 PM PST · by Redcat · 7 replies
    Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse ^ | 12-13-12 | Tom Scott
    It just would not be right for California to finish off 2012 without one more designation as being the worst at something. Our state seems to receive several of these each year: one of the worst legal climates, the state with the worst government, the worst place to do business, and now, we are the #1 “Judicial Hellhole” in the nation. The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) released its annual list of “Judicial Hellholes” – places where frivolous lawsuits thrive and courts produce uneven rulings that often favor plaintiffs – and California earned the #1 slot.
  • Unedited Video Further Proves Conservative Assaulted by Michigan Union Member

    12/20/2012 2:01:11 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12-20-2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Unedited Video Further Proves Conservative Assaulted by Michigan Union Member Katie Pavlich Last week conservative activist and comedian Steven Crowder was punched repeatedly in the face by a Michigan union member and threatened with murder in Lansing during violent protests against right-to-work legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Rich Snyder. Since the incident happened, leftist media outlets have accused Crowder of selectively editing video to make the fight look like the fault of a violent union mob rather than himself, who they say started it. They also said Crowder deserved the attacks while failing to condemn the union...
  • Haredi Battalion in First Exercise in Golan

    12/20/2012 1:57:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    The haredi Netzach Yehuda battalion in the Kfir Brigade held an intensive training exercise in the Golan Heights during the Hanukkah holiday – its first ever in the Golan. video ......
  • Israel to UN: Declare Hizbullah a Terror Group

    12/20/2012 1:49:36 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/12
    ...Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, wrote a letter of complaint to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council, Thursday, following Monday's explosion of a Hizbullah arsenal in southern Lebanon. Prosor demanded that the U.N. enforce Resolution 1701, which calls for disarming Hizbullah and prohibits the possession of weapons near the Israeli border. He also called on the U.N. to declare Hizbullah a terror organization.
  • Where’s Obama in the Benghazi Report?

    12/20/2012 1:47:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/20/2012 | Michael Hirsh
    And so the reckoning begins. Only hours after a special task force concluded on Wednesday that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department’s security chief resigned and three other officials were relieved of their duties. What was lacking in the report, however, was any sense of who was responsible farther up the chain. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Accountability Review Board—chaired by retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and vice chaired by another national-security heavyweight, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael...
  • Obama Approval at 56%, Highest Since October 2009 [National Tragedy Effect]

    12/20/2012 1:46:26 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    Gallup ^ | 12//20/12 | Gallup
    President Barack Obama's job approval rating has risen to 56%, by two percentage points his highest three-day reading since October 2009. Although the president's job approval rating has been in the 50% range for much of the time since his re-election, the new high point this week coincides with the aftermath of the Dec. 14 mass school shootings in Newtown, Conn. The 56% average is for Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 17-19. Obama's job approval had reached 54% during the week prior to the Newtown shootings, but had dropped to 51% from Dec. 11-13, the three days just prior to Dec....
  • Eric Cantor: We have the votes for Plan B (But will it pass the Senate?)

    12/20/2012 1:45:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/20/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    It sounds like Speaker Boehner is angling to push the fiscal-cliff onus back onto Senate Democrats and the president before the holidays hit with his Plan-B gambit, especially now in the light that the Senate is taking off until the Thursday after Christmas — which will leave a mere five days to cobble together any type of deal upon their return. The big question, of course, was whether or not the move would be at all worthwhile, since there are plenty of conservatives expressing their vociferous opposition to said plan and getting it through the House is by no means...
  • Poll: PA Can't Be Trusted to Keep a Deal

    12/20/2012 1:41:05 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/12 | David Lev
    A new poll by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs shows that the vast majority of Israelis are opposed to an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria. The poll, taken in November, showed that 76% of all Israelis (83% of Israeli Jews) do not believe that a withdrawal to the 1948 armistice lines will bring Israelis a secure peace. The Palestinian Authority has repeatedly declared that it will not compromise on its demand that Israel withdraw from all land liberated in the 1967 Six Day War. In addition, the PA is demanding that Israel compensate it for its losses, and...
  • Benghazzi - Dept of State Report = Unclassified Version

    12/20/2012 1:39:27 PM PST · by Wuli · 6 replies
    Michael Yon ^ | December 19, 2012 | Dept of State
    [snip] The Board concluded there was no protest prior to the attacks,... [snip] Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within ..... the State Department (the “Department”) resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place. [snip] ...the number of ....security staff in Benghazi on the day of the attack and in the months and weeks leading up to it was inadequate, despite repeated requests from Special Mission Benghazi and Embassy Tripoli for additional staffing.... [snip] .....there appeared to be very real confusion...
  • British violent crime 4 times that in the US.

    12/20/2012 1:24:36 PM PST · by Fido969 · 103 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02 Jul 2009 | Richard Edwards
    ... there are over 2,000 crimes recorded per 100,000 population in the UK, making it the most violent place in Europe. By comparison, America has an estimated rate of 466 violent crimes per 100,000 population.
  • WWRD? What would Reagan do about America's fiscal crisis?

    12/20/2012 1:23:21 PM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    foxnews ^ | 12/18/12 | p kengor
    As President Obama and Democrats urge Republicans to increase taxes, liberals curiously invoke the name of Ronald Reagan, the ultimate tax-cutting Republican. They insist that even Reagan was willing to compromise with Democrats on tax increases; thus, John Boehner and Republicans should as well. In truth, this is (at best) a false parallel. It is correct that Ronald Reagan occasionally compromised on certain tax increases, as he did in 1982. He did so in exchange for promised spending cuts from Democrats that (not surprisingly) never materialized, to his great regret. Reagan would constantly point back to this broken promise by...
  • How to stop a massacre

    12/20/2012 1:18:26 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/23/2012 | Thehealthranger
    That about says it all.
  • Our Federal Govt. Used Assault Weapons to Massacre 76 Women, Children & Men at Waco in 1993

    12/20/2012 1:11:10 PM PST · by Stayfree · 65 replies
    Self | December 20 | Stayfree
    The ATF, FBI and other government thugs massacred 76 American women, children and men with assault weapons, tanks, helicopters and machine guns in 1993 in Waco,TX. Then they set the church on fire in which the innocent American citizens were taking refuge from the government thugs! If anyone needs their assault weapons taken from them, it is the U.S. Government thugs!!
  • NJ Man Accused Of Threatening Bachmann, Jindal

    12/20/2012 1:08:38 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/20/12 | AP
    Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man made threatening phone calls to public officials including Louisiana’s governor and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. Authorities have charged 27-year-old Ronnie McMillian of Hawthorne, N.J., with two counts of transmitting threats to injure another through interstate commerce. Prosecutors allege McMillian regularly called the offices of public officials and used vulgar language to attack the person’s position on gay rights.
  • Boehner: 'I Did My Part'

    12/20/2012 12:59:47 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 113 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said 'I did my part’ in negotiations with President Barack Obama to avert the fiscal cliff by offering a proposal to raise taxes on millionaires. Just hours before the House plans to vote on the Speaker’s “Plan B,” which will raise the marginal tax rate for people earning $1 million or more per year to 39.6 percent, Boehner said Republicans have done “everything we can” to avoid the fiscal cliff. The fiscal cliff refers to the expiration of the Bush tax rates and the start of automatic spending cuts (sequestration) on Jan. 2,...
  • Group: Human Rights Watch Again Lying About Israel

    12/20/2012 12:59:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/12 | David Lev
    NGO Monitor, which studies the treatment of Israel by supposedly non-affiliated and apolitical volunteer and civic groups, has accused Human Rights Watch (HRW) of once again leveling false charges against Israel. According to NGO Monitor, HRW accused Israel of attacking “journalists” in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, but the charge “is false both legally and factually, and the timing of this release appears to be a cynical attempt to divert attention from many scandals currently plaguing the organization,” NGO Monitor said. "This is yet another example of HRW's systematic lack of credibility and its biased approach to Israel," said...
  • Letter from Mexican ambassador dampens hope for early release of Jon Hammar

    12/20/2012 12:47:13 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 38 replies
    Any hope that Jon Hammar, the Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a disputed gun charge, might be freed in time for Christmas has apparently been dashed by a terse letter a top Mexican diplomat sent to Hammar’s congresswoman.
  • Comedian: Liberal comics ‘don’t want to make fun of Obama because they feel that it will weaken him’

    12/20/2012 12:46:38 PM PST · by hosepipe · 30 replies
    Daily-Caller ^ | 12/05/2012 | Jamie Weinstein
    It is essential that one understand that the “Modern Liberal” is not simply a liberal who happens to be alive today. I call them “Liberals” only because they typically call themselves Liberals, and I felt that any other word would fail to make clear just how prevalent the ideology is. I inserted the modifier “Modern” to make clear that they are not who they say they are, nor are they what “Liberals” used to be. In fact, the Modern Liberal is as much at war against “classical” liberal values as he is against conservative ones, for mature values are not...
  • Federal Judge Royal W. Furgeson found to have committed wrongdoing in Jeff Baron Case

    12/20/2012 12:43:22 PM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    http://www.lawlessamerica.com ^ | december 20, 2012 | william m. windsor
    Every once in a while, the wrongdoing by a judge gets significant media attention and the wrongdoing is so egregious that fellow judges feel they have to do what's right for a change. This just happened with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth District. The appellate court found that Judge Royal W. Furgeson was wrong to do what he did to Jeff Baron. Jeff Baron is an Internet pioneer who, at the age of 32, invented a technology in the early days of the Internet to make it easier to register Internet domain names. Jeff quickly became...
  • NASA fields hundreds of calls from public worried about "Doomsday"

    12/20/2012 12:40:37 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    houston chronicle ^ | 12-20-12 | Erin Mulvaney
    The "end of the world" could come from giant solar storms, a meteor barrelling toward Earth, a black out or a mysterious "Planet X" threatening widespread destruction, according to some of the possible doomsday scenarios that have proliferated for the last year. What these predictions seem to agree on is this predicted doomsday apparently will fall on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. NASA is working to dispel fears and debunk the myth - pointing hundreds of concerned callers to the clear-cut scientific facts that promise the Earth will not end Friday. "There are so many scenarios out there, we are trying...
  • US Congress members urge Obama to make Tibet top priority

    12/20/2012 12:34:47 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    phayul.com ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Phayul
    Tibet activists lobbying US members of Congress to to sign congressmen McGovern/Wolf letter to President Obama to make Tibet a top piority. Dharamshala, December 20: A letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him to exercise greater international leadership in improving the human rights situation in Tibet has received a large bi-partisan support from the US Congress. As of Wednesday, 56 members of Congress have signed the Wolf-McGovern letter “strongly urging” President Obama “to make Tibet one of your top priorities for U.S. advocacy” and nominate a Secretary of State who will “champion” the Tibet issue. “It is critical that...
  • U.S. Olympian's Secret Life As Las Vegas Escort (Possibly NSFW)

    12/20/2012 12:30:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 56 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 12-20-2012 | TSG
    DECEMBER 20---A three-time U.S. Olympian whose illustrious running career has included a Nike TV commercial, a swimsuit calendar, and ongoing promotional work for Disney has spent the last year doubling as a $600-an-hour call girl, an astounding secret life that she now regretfully calls a “huge mistake.” Beginning last December, Suzy Favor Hamilton, 44, has worked with one of Las Vegas’s premier escort services, booking scores of “dates” in Sin City and other U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.While Favor Hamilton (seen at right) has used an alias, “Kelly Lundy,” when working as an escort, she inexplicably shared...
  • Olivia Culpo 1st Miss USA to Win Universe Title in 15yrs(Won Miss Rhode Island in $20 rental dress)

    12/20/2012 12:24:05 PM PST · by drewh · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 13:47 EST, 20 December 2012 | By Associated Press
    A 20-year-old Boston University sophomore and a self-described 'cellist-nerd' brought the Miss Universe crown back to the U.S. for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest on Wednesday. Olivia Culpo beat 88 other beauty queens to take the title from Leila Lopes of Angola during the two-hour competition at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip. In a refreshing change, the Miss Universe title, which makes Olivia unequivocally one of the world's most beautiful women, appears to have been bestowed on a girl with a healthy streak of normality. Following the...
  • Lieberman: Journalists are Liars

    12/20/2012 12:23:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Thursday launched a fierce attack against journalists in general, and Channel 10 and Yediot Aharonot in particular, according to a report in media news website Ice. Speaking at a conference in Tel Aviv, Lieberman said that some journalists in Israel serve an agenda, and are "liars without limits." Channel 10, said Lieberman, is trying to influence the outcome of the investigation against him. "Channel 10 blackmails and places unreasonable pressure on all of the decision makers in my case," he explained. "Anyone who tries to be objective is simply threatened by them." He also singled out...
  • The New Racial-Derangement Syndrome - What happened to Obama’s post-racial America? (VDH)

    12/20/2012 12:16:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a different sort of racialist derangement spreading in the country — and it is getting ugly.Here is actor Jamie Foxx joking recently about his new movie role: “I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?” Reverse white and black in the relevant ways and even a comedian would hear national outrage. Instead, his hip Saturday Night Live audience even gave Foxx applause.Race-obsessed comedian Chris Rock tweeted on the Fourth of July, “Happy white peoples [sic] independence day . . . ”Actor Samuel L. Jackson, in a recent interview, sounded about as unapologetically reactionary as you can...
  • Harry Reid: 'We Are Not Going to Do Anything'

    12/20/2012 12:05:47 PM PST · by bestintxas · 60 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 12/20/12 | d halper
    Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made his "fiscal cliff" position clear in a press conference today. "We are not going to do anything," said Reid. Reid added, "We are not taking up anything they are working on over there." The top Democrat in the Senate was explaining his inaction on the House plan, the proposal put forward by Republican John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives. Boehner's plan is being referred to as 'Plan B.' "Boehner described his Plan B as a fallback option to prevent a sweeping tax hike when tax cuts from the administration...
  • Stand up for the Stanley Cup

    12/20/2012 11:57:16 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 24 replies
    National Post ^ | December 20, 2012 | Chris Selley
    If the 2012-2013 National Hockey League season is lost because owners and players can’t figure out a suitable way to split billions in revenue somewhat improbably derived from grown men on skates trying to shoot a rubber disc into a net, the Stanley Cup will almost certainly not be awarded for the second time in less than a decade. Realistically it is likely too late to undertake the process of negotiation, threats, litigation and planning that would see it willingly awarded to some other team — most logically the best amateur hockey team in Canada, which was Lord Stanley’s idea...
  • Merry 'Cliffmas': Obama, Boehner Deal Dims

    12/20/2012 11:57:09 AM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | Diane Sawyer
    The outlook for a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" by Christmas is increasingly grim, though lawmakers and the White House still have hope for a deficit-reduction compromise by the end of the year. Republicans will move forward tonight with a vote to pass House Speaker John Boehner's so-called "Plan B option" – an extension of current tax rates for Americans making up to $1 million a year while replacing some pending automatic cuts to defense and domestic programs with other measures. The step seeks to show Republicans acting to avoid an income tax hike on 99 percent of Americans...
  • Unclassified Benghazi, To Be Continued ( John Batchelor on CNBC)

    12/20/2012 11:52:03 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    johnbatchelorshow.com ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | John Batchelor
     Spoke to Joe Kernan, of CNBC "Kudlow Report," re the unclassified report on the Benghazi tragedy, and I aimed to be clear that the State Department is not at fault (about 9 minutes into the lengthy segment)  The Benghazi mission was and continues to be a national security operation for arming, training, funding and transporting Libyan Jihadists from Cyrenaica Province of Libya to Syria to pretend to be the "Free Syrian Army."  This is the Obama foreign policy after two years of the Arab Spring -- making common cause with strongmen and hiring gunmen to do the bidding of the...
  • Bikers show up to protect mourners from Westboro Baptist protest

    12/20/2012 11:44:18 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 58 replies
    Cochrane Times ^ | 12/19/12 | Cochrane Times
    Bikers seem to have thwarted attempts by the Westboro Baptist Church to protest the funeral of Newtown, Conn., shooting victim Principal Dawn Hochsprung. The vocal right-wing Christian group, whose website is godhatesfags.com, produced a video called "God Sent the Shooter," and has blamed the massacre on gay marriage. It put Hochsprung's funeral on its online "picket schedule." But there was no sign of the church group, as local newspaper the Newtown Patch live-blogged throughout the day with updates, and reported that people had arrived from as far away as Massachusetts to protect the mourners -- just in case. Bikers from...
  • White House hints that FOX News’ Benghazi reporting was ‘entirely false’

    12/20/2012 11:36:07 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    FOX News White House correspondent Ed Henry asked Carney if the four State Department officials that resigned yesterday were “taking the fall” for President Obama and Hillary Clinton even though they repeatedly said that the “buck” stopped with them. “I’m not sure what you are suggesting, Carney replied. “There were some individuals that did a lot of reporting that turned out to be entirely false, based on the paragraph I just read, Ed.” Carney added testily, ” The facts in the report are the facts.”
  • Letter From Mexican Ambassador Dampens Hope For Release Of U.S. Marine... Obama STILL Silent...

    12/20/2012 11:34:57 AM PST · by LSUfan · 17 replies
    RedFlagNews ^ | 20 Dec 12 | Unattributed
    Any hope that Jon Hammar, the Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a disputed gun charge, might be freed in time for Christmas has apparently been dashed by a terse letter a top Mexican diplomat sent to Hammar’s congresswoman. The two-page missive from Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who has been aggressively advocating for Hammar's release, leaves little hope of a diplomatic solution. In it, Sarukhan takes a thinly veiled swipe at the U.S., blaming it for gun proliferation south of the border. "As you know well, Mexico has had very stringent gun-control...
  • White House: Hagel 'fought and bled' for his country

    12/20/2012 11:30:07 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/20/12 | BYRON TAU
    White House press secretary Jay Carney ducked questions about former Sen. Chuck Hagel's comments about Israel — but praised his service in the military and the U.S. Senate. "Sen. Hagel fought and bled for his country," Carney told reporters Thursday. "He served his country well." Hagel served as an infantry officer, eventually earning two Purple Hearts and a number of other service awards.
  • UN: Syrian civil war increasingly sectarian ( Video - Raw: Syrian Tanks Attacked Near Capita…

    12/20/2012 11:28:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 20, 6:29 AM EST | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    BRUSSELS (AP) -- Syria's civil war is increasingly turning into a sectarian conflict pitting majority Sunni rebels against government forces supported by the country's religious and ethnic minorities, a new U.N. human rights report said Thursday.
  • Carney: Obama and ill Clinton spoke Saturday

    12/20/2012 11:26:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/20/12 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    President Obama spoke with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Saturday, the day the State Department revealed her illness, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday. Pressed at his daily briefing about when Obama learned of Clinton’s illness – her spokesman said on Saturday that she suffered a concussion after falling – Carney dodged and said only that the two spoke Saturday. “I think the State Department has been informing the public about the fact that she was ill and that she fell and the president spoke with the secretary on Saturday, but I don’t have any more information for you,”...
  • Assad’s Deadly Agenda: First Chemicals, Next Iskander 9K720 (cruise missile system)

    12/20/2012 11:26:30 AM PST · by drewh · 13 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 19, 2012, 11:28 AM
    On Dec. 5, the first American, Dutch and German Patriot missiles landed in Turkey. Within hours, three Russian warships had put into Syria’s Tartus port – the Novocherkassk and Saratov landing craft and the MB-304 supply vessel. Aboard were 300 marines. And not only fighting men. They also delivered a fearsome weapon for Assad’s army and a game changer in the Syrian conflict: 24 Iskander 9K720 (NATO codenamed SS-26 Stone) cruise missile systems, designed for theater level conflicts. While NATO unpacked the Patriots in Turkey, a dozen mobile batteries, each carrying a pair of Iskander missiles, were fixed into position...
  • What You Can Learn From A Public Records Request At The State Legislature

    12/20/2012 11:21:08 AM PST · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 20 Dec 12 | MacAoidh
    No, you won’t learn what you’re seeking to learn in the request itself. Don’t be ridiculous. That will take months. What you’ll learn is exactly how much effort the people with a legal duty to service the public’s constitutional right to disclosure of public records will put into failing in that duty while concocting an excuse for that failure. Yesterday, we went to court against Butch Speer, the clerk of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and Glenn Koepp, the secretary of the state Senate. Our business there was to secure a writ of mandamus against Speer and Koepp in order...
  • Cover-Up: Benghazi Review Board Says Nobody Should Be Held Responsible

    12/20/2012 11:09:51 AM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    Secretary Clinton's "Accountability Review Board" (ARB) declared multiple times in its unclassified report that although there were multiple failures in leadership, "management ability," allocation of security resources and communication, the board could not find "reasonable cause" to discipline (or even name) one person in the State Department. The report states that there was a breakdown in communication between Libya and Washington. It confirmed previous testimony given on Capitol Hill that the personnel in Libya did ask for increased security. However, the ARB found that those working at the embassy in Tripoli "did not demonstrate strong and sustained advocacy" for increased...
  • Putin: Change is needed in Syria

    12/20/2012 11:09:42 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11:21 am on December 20, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Change in direction, or political cover?  Either way, the Assad regime won’t be happy to hear Vladimir Putin talk about how the impulse for change after 40 years of single-family rule is understandable. At the same time, Putin’s statement earlier today isn’t exactly a reversal of Russian policy, either: Russia realizes changes in Syria are needed but is concerned that the push to unseat President Bashar Assad’s regime could plunge the country even deeper into violence, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.Putin’s assessment came just a week after Russia’s top envoy for Syria was quoted as saying Assad’s forces were...
  • Down And Out In California

    12/20/2012 11:09:16 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 12-20-2012 | Douglas French
    Down And Out In California By Douglas French 12/20/12 Gas in Vegas is a dollar cheaper a gallon than in the Golden State, or so a friend and recent LA transplant tells me. He went on to say the top tax rate in California is over 13%, while, of course, Nevada has no state income tax. Over dinner at Del Frisco’s, he explained how industries are being ruined by runaway government in his old home state. Nevada would surely benefit from businesses making their escape. Plenty of people are leaving California — nearly 700,000, I read somewhere — however, my...