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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 |
    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, 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,, 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • AR-15s Save Lives -- Here’s Proof

    12/21/2012 5:42:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/21/2012 | Celia Bigelow
    Why does the media make it so difficult to find news stories of Americans employing guns--more specifically, semi-automatic guns (including AR-15s)--to save their lives? I set out to write a piece this morning to highlight heroic instances in which people have used semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles in desperate attempts to defend themselves and others. To my surprise, Google didn’t take me very far. Conservatives know that the mainstream media has engaged in a biased war on the Second Amendment over the last few decades, but this morning’s search opened my eyes to the extremity of their bias. Instead of...
  • Sandy Hook Shooting Demands More Than Knee-Jerk Anti-Gun Response

    12/21/2012 5:39:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | Bob Barr
    One week ago, a lone lunatic took the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Sadly -- yet, predictably -- before the crime scene was even secured by police, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took to his bully pulpit to issue another in his endless demands for more stringent gun control. There is no question the Sandy Hook shooting is a tragedy of horrible dimensions. Nor is there any question the incident is another red flag that something is not right with the culture of our nation. Half of the...
  • Obama asks Americans to help with gun law changes [Totalitarian Pretends He Cares What You Think]

    12/21/2012 5:33:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | December 21, 2012
    A website set up by the White House to solicit petitions has been flooded in the wake of last Friday's gun massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, and today, President Obama issued a video response to petitioners, indicating that he hears the outpouring loud and clear. "We hear you," said Mr. Obama. "Like the majority of Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms...It's encouraging that many gun owners have stepped up this week to say there are steps we can take to prevent more tragedies like the one in Newtown - steps that both...
  • For ‘A Well-Regulated Militia,’ What Firearms, Gear, and Skills Should You Own?

    12/21/2012 5:33:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/21/2012 | Bob Owens
    The brutal murders of 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, CT, stunned the world last week. A mentally ill young man apparently discovered that his long-suffering mother was going to attempt to have him committed to a psychiatric facility; he took out his rage upon her and then his former elementary school’s faculty, staff, and students. It was senseless. It was barbaric. As parents, it is difficult for us to cope with the thought of having our youngest beloved ripped from us by any method, much less something as abhorrent as intentional, callous murder. No decent person could feel...
  • Elkin: If I Had to, I’d Expel Jews

    12/21/2012 5:22:10 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    MK Zev Elkin of Likud talked to Arutz Sheva about refusing orders after Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party head Naftali Bennet raised the issue by saying that if he were ordered to expel Jews from their homes he would ask his commander to release him from duty. Elkin related that he, too, would request a release from duty – but that if one were not forthcoming, he would carry out the eviction order. His decision does not indicate a support for such orders, he said, and he plans to use his status as an MK from the ruling party to...
  • Congress expected to expand access to taxpayer-funded abortions for military women

    12/21/2012 5:22:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 12/20/2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 20, 2012, (—The final version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will expand access to taxpayer-funded abortion for women in the military and their civilian dependents, according to a conference report released by lawmakers. The report, which was released on Tuesday, indicates the legislation will retain a measure allowing women in the military and military dependents to use their Department of Defense (DoD) health insurance to pay to abort children that they say were conceived as a result of rape or incest. Previously, DoD insurance only covered abortions if women’s lives were in danger. John...
  • Inside the Meltdown (The Inside Story Behind the Collapse of Boehner's Plan B)

    12/21/2012 5:18:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 98 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Robert Costa
    At a quarter to 8 p.m. on Thursday night, House Republicans gathered in the Capitol basement for an urgent, closed-door conference meeting. The scene was hushed and confused. Instead of huddling in a windowless room, members thought they’d spend the evening on the House floor, voting on “Plan B,” Speaker John Boehner’s fiscal-cliff proposal. But as they took their seats and looked at Boehner’s face, the reason for the gathering became clear: The speaker didn’t have the votes. The whipping was over. “Plan B” was dead. Boehner’s speech to the group was short and curt: He said his plan didn’t...
  • Katt Williams: ‘I slapped the Target employee because he called me the n-word’

    12/21/2012 5:13:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies ^ | December 20, 2012 | Carrie Healey
    Comedian Katt Williams claims the reason he slapped a Target employee in Sacramento last month was because the employee allegedly called him the n-word. Williams was performing last night at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, according to TMZ. During his show he went into detail about what he claims happened when he slapped a Target employee. theGrio’s Katt Williams arrested for bar fight; caught on tape slapping Target employee Williams said, “This is what the dude at Target said … ‘Your assistant is already suing you, you p*ssy a** ni**er.” After a short back and forth, Williams eventually slapped the...
  • Will This Be "The Year Without A Santa Claus?" (Make Christmas Happen!)

    12/21/2012 5:13:13 AM PST · by suspects · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 21, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Maybe Bill O’Reilly is right about the whole “War On Christmas” thing. I can’t recall a December when Christmas felt so embattled, so under fire — not from the PC police or fights over “Hanukkah Shrubs.” I mean the joyous spirit of Christmas itself. Are you seeing any joy this year? Or does it feel like fate itself has declared that Christmas shall not come this year? The horror of the Newtown, Conn., massacre would shake us at any time of any year. But coming so close to Christmas, it has cast a pall over the entire season. One minute...
  • Marriage is safest place for pregnant women: study

    12/21/2012 5:12:20 AM PST · by IbJensen · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 12/20/2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    TORONTO, December 20, 2012, ( - A new study of Canadian women finds that pregnant women who are married suffer less partner abuse, substance abuse, and post-partum depression than women who are cohabitating or single. Dr. Marcelo Urquia, an epidemiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, found that about one in 10 married women (10.6 per cent) suffered partner abuse, substance abuse, or post-partum depression. However, 20 per cent of women who were cohabitating but not married suffered from at least one of those three conditions. The figure rose to 35 per cent for single women who had never married—and...
  • Robert Bork: More Influential Off the Court

    12/21/2012 5:04:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | Mona Charen
    The last time I saw Bob Bork was the Sunday before Election Day. His familiar baritone was faint. You had to sit close to hear him, and he seemed to have a little difficulty following the conversation. At one point, his son Bob directed his attention to an Obama ad that was running on the Internet. It warned darkly that if Romney was elected, he would nominate Robert Bork for the Supreme Court! Bob, who has inherited his father's wry sense of humor (as well as his intellect), played the ad on an iPad. Bob Sr. didn't react at first,...
  • Criminal Sexual Assault – Women Suing State Troopers Over Roadside Cavity Searches

    12/21/2012 5:03:49 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 20, 2012 | Sundance
    TEXAS - Two Irving women are suing two Texas State troopers and the director of the Department of Public Safety after they say they were violated, during what they call an unconstitutional search, when they were subjected to a roadside cavity search in full view of the public and without probable cause. On July 13, while driving along State Highway 161, Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs were stopped for littering by Trooper David Ferrell. In the dashcam video released by the women and their attorney, Ferrell can be heard telling the women they would both be cited for...
  • The Resurrection

    12/21/2012 4:55:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    At the very core of Christianity is the historical authenticity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. But for His resurrection, we would not be celebrating His birth. The Apostle Paul said, "And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain." Christian apologist Josh McDowell spent more than 700 hours studying the subject of the resurrection and concluded that it "is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, or it is the most amazing fact of history." When a university student asked...
  • How Boehner’s Plan B for the ‘fiscal cliff’ began and fell apart (RINO arrogance, dublicity)

    12/21/2012 4:48:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/20/12 | Paul Kane, Ed O’Keefe and Lori Montgomery
    -snip- Boehner was near tears in announcing the failure to his colleagues, Republicans said. -snip- Boehner hoped he could keep the details quiet long enough for him to get Obama to agree to enough spending cuts to satisfy his caucus — and so that his leadership team could make the case for compromise in person. But the details did not stay secret for long. Reports leaked out Saturday evening that Boehner had agreed to raise taxes on millionaires. That was followed by a more alarming leak Sunday evening that Boehner was also willing to grant Obama another increase in the...
  • Stock Futures Plunge on 'Fiscal Cliff' Confusion

    12/21/2012 4:39:51 AM PST · by John W · 12 replies
    The Street ^ | December 21, 2012 | Andrea Tse
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures were tanking Friday after House Speaker John Boehner, in a surprise move, cancelled Thursday evening's vote on his "Plan B" fiscal-cliff proposal because he wouldn't have had enough votes to pass it. Stock futures promptly dropped following word of the cancellation as investors were thrown into state of great worry about the ability of officials in Washington to strike a budget deal as the "fiscal cliff" deadline line looms on Jan. 1. "Simply put, this is bad news for the speaker and bad news for any future cliff-averting deal," said Dan Greenhaus, chief global...
  • Tax Congress!

    12/21/2012 4:36:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | John Ransom
    Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want you to know that the rich are out of control. After thinking about it for a few years, they have finally figured out that our economic problems have a very simple explanation: There are too many rich people.Too many rich people are causing a jobless “recovery.” Having too many rich people caused the Fukushima nuclear reactor to meltdown. The rich are probably responsible for the next ice age too.    Rich people it’s seems run up huge budget deficits on silly things like entitlement spending and road projects that benefit the Illinois Asphalt...
  • Tilting the Newtown 'Conversation'

    12/21/2012 4:24:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    It's too hard to try and make sense of a senseless event. Adam Lanza's merciless slaughter in Connecticut has forced everyone with a microphone to insist we have a "national conversation" about why this happens. But this urgent need to talk is not an excuse for a reckless discussion. Sadly, that is where we're headed, with pundits hysterical, naive or both. Predictably most in the media went straight to the Left's Alpha and Omega: blaming excessive "access" to guns. It was also an excuse to open fire on the National Rifle Association. For example, author Joyce Carol Oates spewed...
  • AP Exclusive: Palestinians aim to isolate Israel

    12/21/2012 4:19:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 8:03 PM EST | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
    Weeks ahead of Israeli elections, Palestinian officials are already plotting a series of tough steps against Israel to be taken if, as polls predict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is re-elected and peace efforts remain stalled. Emboldened by their newly upgraded status at the United Nations, the Palestinians are talking of filing war crimes charges against Israel, staging mass demonstrations in the West Bank, encouraging the international community to impose sanctions, and ending the security cooperation that has helped preserve quiet in recent years. These plans, combined with growing international impatience with Israeli settlement construction on occupied land, could spell trouble...
  • Fiscal cliff countdown: Medicare payments in real dange

    12/21/2012 4:11:37 AM PST · by Makana · 19 replies
    Fierce Healthcare ^ | December 20, 2012 | Karen Cheung-Larivee
    It's a countdown until massive cuts hit Medicare providers. With only a few days left in the calendar year, providers are waiting with bated breath about the outcomes of fiscal cliff talks on Capitol Hill. And unlike previous short-term fixes, the threat is real this time, American Medical Association (AMA) President Jeremy Lazarus told Forbes. The decision of lawmakers will determine the outcome of Medicare cuts that hang in the balance in these final weeks of the year. Unless Congress and the White House administration can agree on plans to avoid the fiscal cliff, a 27 percent reduction in Medicare...
  • Fiscal cliff countdown: Medicare payments in real dange

    12/21/2012 4:11:33 AM PST · by Makana · 5 replies
    Fierce Healthcare ^ | December 20, 2012 | Karen Cheung-Larivee
    It's a countdown until massive cuts hit Medicare providers. With only a few days left in the calendar year, providers are waiting with bated breath about the outcomes of fiscal cliff talks on Capitol Hill. And unlike previous short-term fixes, the threat is real this time, American Medical Association (AMA) President Jeremy Lazarus told Forbes. The decision of lawmakers will determine the outcome of Medicare cuts that hang in the balance in these final weeks of the year. Unless Congress and the White House administration can agree on plans to avoid the fiscal cliff, a 27 percent reduction in Medicare...
  • Liberal Obsession With Race is Growing Old

    12/21/2012 4:06:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    When will liberals stop living in the past? Specifically, when will they accept that they aren't all that stands between a wonderful, tolerant America and Jim Crow? I was in the room when, during the Democratic convention, civil rights hero John Lewis suggested that Republicans wanted to "go back" to the days when black men like him could be beaten in the street by the enforcers of Jim Crow. I thought it an outrageous and disgusting bit of demagoguery. The audience of Democratic delegates cheered in a riot of self-congratulation. It's bizarre. I spend most of my time talking or...
  • What the Looming Port Strike Is Really About

    12/21/2012 3:56:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    It's not about jobs. It's not about safety. It's not about improving dockworkers' living standards. The looming, long-planned East and Gulf Coast port strikes are about protecting Big Labor's archaic work practices and corrupt waterfront rackets. Are you ready for a fiscal cliff? The union bosses of an estimated 14,500 workers at 15 ports are preparing to send the economy plunging back into recession over productivity and efficiency rules changes. You read that right. Much more on that in a moment. But first, here's what's at stake. The International Longshoremen's Association's (ILA) grip extends from Boston to Texas to Florida...
  • British troops could return from Afghanistan “faster” than planned, says Cameron

    12/21/2012 3:37:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:06 AM GMT 21 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    British troops could return home from Afghanistan even “faster” than planned, David Cameron has said, as 3,800 troops are scheduled to be withdrawn by the end of next year. … Speaking to reporters at Camp Bastion, the main operational headquarters for British troops, Mr. Cameron said the proposed timetable for troop withdrawals was “flexible”. “Of course there is always flexibility in any plan,” he said. “But I would make the point that so far, things have surprised on the upside in terms of the capability of the Afghan forces. So we might be able to move a little bit faster....
  • Not just guns, PETA wants hunting banned

    12/21/2012 3:25:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to take the gun control debate to a whole new level: banning hunting. Claiming hunting desensitizes children to killing humans, the group plans to make their case Friday by crashing the National Rifle Association's press conference downtown at the Willard Hotel where they are expected to cite some form of gun ownership and sales changes they would support. PETA officials told Secrets that they will be protesting at the hotel with signs that read "Teach Kindness, Not Killing," and "Get ALL living beings out of the crosshairs: Ban Hunting." "The NRA's culture...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 21, 2012 ("Best of" show)

    12/21/2012 3:02:21 AM PST · by sneakers · 23 replies
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  • Andrew Cuomo pushing hard for a breakthrough in adopting the toughest gun controls in the nation

    12/21/2012 12:44:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012, 10:24 PM | Jonathan Lemire and Kenneth Lovett
    Gov. Cuomo is pushing for New York to adopt, by one measure, the toughest gun controls in the nation—and he may have help from across the aisle to do it, the Daily News has learned. Cuomo is in talks with legislative leaders to expand the state’s ban on assault weapons and to outlaw gun magazines containing more than seven bullets, sources said. That would be more restrictive than the toughest limits now on the books—laws in New York, Massachusetts, Hawaii and the District of Columbia permitting magazines that allow for the rapid fire of as many as 10 bullets. …...
  • Fear keeps Egypt’s Christians away from polls

    12/21/2012 12:22:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 19 2012 7:33 PM EST | Hamza Hendawi
    A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern Egyptian province too afraid to participate in last week’s referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose, residents say. The disenfranchisement is hiking Christians’ worries over their future under empowered Muslim conservatives. Around a week before the vote, some 50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” At their head rode several bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips, evoking images of early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century. … The activists...
  • Slew of arrests made in Quebec syrup heist

    12/21/2012 12:20:00 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 44 replies
    CP24 ^ | December 20, 2012
    MONTREAL -- Eighteen people have been arrested in a massive heist of maple syrup, Quebec police said Thursday. The accused face a variety of charges including theft, conspiracy, fraud and receiving stolen goods. Provincial police said in a statement they are looking for seven more people in the case. The sweet stuff was stolen in the town of Saint-Louis-de-Blandford between August 2011 and this past July. About 2.7 million kilograms of maple syrup, worth up to $18 million, was reported missing after a routine inventory check last summer. Officers from the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S....
  • Jake Tapper to jump from ABC to CNN

    12/20/2012 11:53:36 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 24 replies
    ABC News’s senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper becomes the first major on-air personality announced to make the switch to the newly Jeff Zuckered CNN.
  • Your Cellphone Is Spying on You - How the surveillance state co-opted personal technology

    12/20/2012 11:49:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Reason ^ | Dec. 17, 2012 | Ronald Bailey
    Big Brother has been outsourced. The police can find out where you are, where you’ve been, even where you’re going. All thanks to that handy little human tracking device in your pocket: your cellphone.  There are 331 million cellphone subscriptions—about 20 million more than there are residents—in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of adult Americans carry at least one phone. The phones communicate via a nationwide network of nearly 300,000 cell towers and 600,000 micro sites, which perform the same function as towers. When they are turned on, they ping these nodes once every seven seconds or so, registering...