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  • Report: Jon Hammar to be released from Mexican prison today

    12/21/2012 6:58:27 AM PST · by alancarp · 59 replies
    fox news world ^ | 12/21/2012 | foxnews.com
    DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, his mother told Fox News Radio. Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar's case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available. Hammar, 27, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been stuck in a notorious, drug cartel-controlled prison just 15 miles south of the U.S. border since Aug. 13, after he crossed into Mexico and declared an antique shotgun to Mexican customs...
  • Man carrying board with words ‘high-powered rifle’ into Sandy Hook Elementary in Virginia arrested

    12/21/2012 6:54:32 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 20, 2012
    A Virginia man was arrested Wednesday after police say he brought a 2-by-4-foot board with the words 'High Powered Rifle' written on its side into Sandy Hook Elementary School in the town of Strasburg, MyFoxDC.com reported. Christopher Johnson, 33, was apparently trying to bring attention to how easy it is to bring a weapon into a school, Scott Proctor, a major at the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s office, said. Johnson was reportedly detained by a school resource officer before he was taken into police custody.
  • Westboro Church to protest at fallen Marine's funeral in Slidell, Louisiana

    12/21/2012 6:53:53 AM PST · by LSUfan · 17 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 20 Dec 12 | Dana Viera
    The Westboro Baptist Church had said that they planned to picket and protest at the funeral services of the 27 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that occurred last Friday but so far their threats have not happened. Now they are saying via their website, godhatesfags.com, that they will preach to everyone at the fallen marine, Sgt. Michael Guillory of Pearl River, Louisiana's funeral...
  • Weekly jobless claims rise 17,000 to 361K

    12/21/2012 6:52:17 AM PST · by InterestedQuestioner · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/20/12 | AP
    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines.
  • Obama Names Lobbyist for Plan B Drug as Top HHS Lawyer

    12/21/2012 6:51:34 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | December 20, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    President Barack Obama, in what appears to be a significant conflict of interest, has named a lobbyist for the maker of the Plan B morning after pill as the top attorney for the Health and Human Services Department.Obama nominated William Schultz to become the leading attorney for the Department of Health and Human Services at a time when it faces dozens of lawsuits from pro-life and religious groups over the HHS mandate requiring religious employers to pay for drugs that may cause abortions.“William Schultz’s nomination as general counsel of HHS once again demonstrates that Obama’s lobbyist restrictions were toothless, and...
  • Two arrested while supporting woman facing deportation

    12/21/2012 6:50:33 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    WGHP/MYFOX8 ^ | December 20, 2012 | Brandon Jones
    GREENSBORO, N.C. —Maria Perez’s fate isn’t clear right now. The mother of three young girls has lived in the Alamance County for the past decade. She’s often known as provider. Perez also takes care of her elderly father who suffers from glaucoma. Perez is set to be deported back to Mexico on December 27th ripping her away from the family that loves her so much. Perez turned to the North Carolina Dream Team for help
  • Popping Our Bubbles

    12/21/2012 6:49:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Charles Payne
    So I'm at CVS last night and notice there seems to be more shelf space allotted for Perrier, the French brand that sparked the sparkling water invasion in America, to then only become something of a pariah in the very market it helped to create. Flash back to 1977 when the invasion began. Perrier became an instant hit among the hip crowd and soon appeared in movies and all the cool places. The brand had actually been on something of a roll since 1863 when Napoleon III granted rights to use its spring source for drinking water and bathing. In...
  • Time to Get Rid of Tax Preferences for Housing in the Internal Revenue Code

    12/21/2012 6:37:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Even though I knew some people would call me Scrooge, I wrote a few days ago about why we should get rid of the tax deduction for charitable contributions in exchange for lower tax rates. Simply stated, I’m a big advocate of fundamental tax reform, and I would like to scrap the corrupt internal revenue code and replace it with a simple and fair flat tax.Needless to say, that also means getting rid of tax preferences for housing. I make the case against the home mortgage interest deduction in this interview on the Fox Business Network.Since a short TV interview...
  • Finally, the Right Mascot for Radical Environmentalists

    12/21/2012 6:33:41 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 5 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/21/2012 | Robert Gordon
    The green community is readying to add to these Endangered Species Act injustices, fashioning a new weapon—the American burying beetle. As one liberal blogger puts it, the beetles “have earned the attention both of TransCanada and of environmental groups dedicated to protecting endangered species and interested as well in stopping the [Keystone XL] pipeline’s construction.” [emphasis added].
  • Obama Statement on Sandy Hook Massacre Moment of Silence Snubs Victim Nancy Lanza

    12/21/2012 6:28:15 AM PST · by kristinn · 46 replies
    Twitter ^ | Friday, December 21, 2012 | President Barack Hussein Obama II
    The White House‏@whitehouse 20 beautiful children & 6 remarkable adults. Together, we will carry on & make our country worthy of their memory. -bo#MomentForSandyHook
  • GOP's Plan B Would End Paralyzing Uncertainty Over Tax Rates And Boost Economic Growth

    12/21/2012 6:28:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The dizzying, budgetary roller coaster ride careened closer to the "fiscal cliff" this week when House Speaker John Boehner tossed a new Plan B into negotiations with the White House. Just when it seemed Boehner and President Obama were nearing a deal, the speaker changed course, voicing doubts a full package could be worked out in time before the January 1 deadline. That's when a combustible combination of higher taxes and sweeping automatic defense and domestic spending cuts will send the economy into a recession, economists say. Boehner's eleventh hour rescue plan would permanently extend virtually all of...
  • Red flowers for Stalin’s birthday

    12/21/2012 6:27:14 AM PST · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    Communists across Russia are celebrating 133 years since the birth of one of the most influential dictators of the past century, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Several hundred communists gathered on Moscow’s central Red Square to honor the memory of Stalin and lay flowers at his grave by the Kremlin wall. Tributes were led by the leader of the Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov with people carrying portraits of their idol along with red roses. Various events to commemorate Stalin’s birthday have also been held on Friday in other Russian cities.
  • Arizona cops foil girl's school shooting plot with help from Toronto police

    12/21/2012 6:22:25 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 | The Canadian Press | Associated Press
    PHOENIX - Officials in the U.S. say detectives have arrested a 16-year-old female student and foiled an Arizona school shooting plot with the help of Toronto police. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the girl's threat was posted on a YouTube channel owned by a transgender community in Toronto. The owner of the channel contacted Toronto police who then tracked down the teen who had plans to gun down her schoolmates at Red Mountain High and kill herself. According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, U.S. detectives acted within hours of being alerted by officers in Toronto on Wednesday and visited the...
  • December 21st

    12/21/2012 6:21:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    So little time, so much to do, what with Christmas almost here. Cards to mail, last-minute presents to buy, stockings to hang. ... It must have been like that the day they found him out by the railroad tracks. That was long ago in little Pine Bluff, Ark. -- but he still comes to mind every time the calendar flips to the 21st of December. Unbidden, untended, unnoticed, he lay there. For who knows how long. He'd come at a most inconvenient time -- just four days before all Christendom celebrates the birth of Him who said, "Inasmuch as ye...
  • John Kerry Slandered an American Hero

    12/21/2012 6:16:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    During solemn hearings on the floor of the U.S. Senate investigating drugs and terrorism a swarthy Hispanic who landed on U.S. shores with the clothes on his back and was graciously put on the path to U.S. citizenship repeatedly insulted a U.S. Senator who was also a highly decorated war veteran, an Ivy League graduate and a scion of a wealthy and politically-connected American family. The smartmouthed Latino was accused of drug-running and money-laundering to finance terrorists. He was testifying under oath –sneeringly and with a heavy Spanish accent-- upon a subpoena by lawmakers of the nation that had shown...
  • Russian lawmakers pass ban on U.S. adoption [On Every Level, Obama-Hillary "Reset" is a FAILURE]

    12/21/2012 6:01:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | December 21, 2012 | CNN STAFF
    Lawmakers in Moscow moved to ban Americans from adopting Russian children Friday, as they passed a bill that imposes a series of sanctions on U.S. interests, state media reported. Russia is one of the top sources of international adoptions to the United States. The State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, adopted the bill on its third reading, the state-run RAPSI news agency reported. The measure will now move to the Federation Council and, if approved there, will go to President Vladimir Putin to be signed into law, the news agency said. The legislation could affect hundreds of American families...
  • State EBT panel nixes slew of major reforms

    12/21/2012 5:59:49 AM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 12/21/2012 | Chris Cassidy
    The panel reviewing the EBT system took a pass on major reforms yesterday, but Republicans are promising a fight in the state Legislature in the new year to fix the abuse-ravaged system once and for all. The EBT Cashless Commission’s final report was approved yesterday and called for more education and stricter enforcement but skipped over the toughest proposals. “The recommendations in the report are weak and ineffective, especially considering one of them is already law,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), one of the members of the commission composed of legislators and state advocates. “It was a missed opportunity...
  • Illumination From Medieval Manuscripts

    12/21/2012 5:58:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    NEW YORK CITY -- It hasn't been an easy time -- year, decade, early century -- for organized religion. Books by atheists proliferate, some meaner than others. Fewer men and women attend church or synagogue services. The season highlights Christmas and in recent years Hanukkah, but the cultural emphasis is more materialistic than meditative. Confidence in organized religion has declined to 44 percent, as measured by Gallup. When tragedy strikes, as in Newtown, Conn., prayer resides mostly in the shadows of those personally affected. The public ritual requires politicians to assure survivors of their thoughts and prayers -- what one...
  • Why God Created the GOP

    12/21/2012 5:53:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    "God put the Republican Party on earth to cut taxes. If they don't do that, they have no useful function." Columnist Robert Novak was speaking of the party that embraced the revolution of Ronald Reagan, who had hung a portrait of Calvin Coolidge in his Cabinet Room and set about cutting income tax rates to 28 percent. But, to be historically precise, the GOP was not put here to cut taxes. From infancy in the 1850s, its mission was to halt the spread of slavery. From 1865 to 1929, it was the party of high tariffs. Mission: Build the nation...
  • Don't Fear The Higher Ed Bubble, Obama Will Keep Reflating It

    12/21/2012 5:46:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/20/2012 | Jay Schalin
    A few years ago, the country became aware of a “bubble” building in higher education, as it had in housing. Excessive demand – based largely on easy credit, government subsidies and the overselling of a college education – caused academia to expand unsustainably. Then came the economic downturn. With underemployed graduates and dropouts increasingly unable to repay loans, state legislatures cutting appropriations, and innovative competition making inroads, the bubble appeared ready to burst, or at least deflate. That could mean – so the theory goes – devastation for traditional academia: declining enrollments, with some colleges forced to close, perhaps; a...