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  • American Firms Turned off France by Hollande

    12/21/2012 9:43:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 20 Dec 2012
    France's attractiveness as a place to do business has plummeted in the eyes of US businesses active in the country after the change to a Socialist government, according to a survey released Thursday. The survey among the heads of the French units of US companies found that only 22 percent saw France as an attractive place to do business, down from 56 percent in 2011. Conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris and consulting firm Bain and Company, the survey questioned 52 leaders of French operations of US companies that had 39,000 employees and generated €32 billion ($42...
  • Depardieu Critic 'a Petty-Minded Pygmy' - Deneuve

    12/21/2012 9:31:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Dec 2012
    Veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve launched a strong defence of Gérard Depardieu on Friday, calling a virulent critic of her fellow thespian's bid for tax exile a petty-minded pygmy. Deneuve's defence came after the reclusive French film legend Brigitte Bardot castigated attacks on a man who is arguably France's leading actor with roles in nearly 170 films. The hulking 64-year-old star's move to Belgium has been derided as "pathetic" by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault while another top French actor, Philippe Torreton, publicly accused him of sulking like a playground creep. Deneuve, a chiselled blonde actress whose career spans nearly a...
  • Syrian Defector: Assad built 10-15 Mobile Chemical Labs a Year Ago

    12/21/2012 9:12:44 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 21, 2012, 9:07
    Assad built 10-15 mobile chemical labs a year ago – Syrian defector Washington Post columnist David Ignatius quotes US intelligence sources on a revelation by a Syrian defector that in late 2011, the Syrian army started building special trucks able to transport and mix chemical weapons. Inside the Mercedes or Volvos, which looked outwardly like refrigerator trucks, mobile labs were installed to combine and activate “binary” chemical weapons agents. The defector said that, six weeks ago, the Syrian opposition secretly handed Lebanese officials a description of the trucks so that they could watch the border to make sure they did...
  • JD, New Hampshire on Bailout of Covered Jurisdictions Under the Voting Rights Act

    12/21/2012 8:56:43 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    DoJ ^ | Friday, December 21, 2012 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    In the department’s view, these covered towns and townships have met the requirements necessary for bailout.
  • Scuds Blast Big Syrian Rebel Push for Al-Safira Chemical Arms Store (NATO searching for WOMD?)

    12/21/2012 8:46:05 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 21, 2012, 2:30 PM
    The Syrian Air Force is again firing Scud missiles, this time to stem the general offensive Syrian opposition forces, including jihadis, launched Friday, Dec. 21, to capture the Syrian army’s military-industrial complex at al Safira and the big chemical and biological weapons store adjoining the facility. It is there, that Scud D missiles stand ready for launching, loaded with chemical weapons. Rebel forces are converging on Al Safira from the east, the west and the south. Among them are brigades of the Jabhat al-Nusra which the US has designated part of al Qaeda in Iraq. Military sources report extremely heavy...
  • Is Paul Ryan replacing Boehner ?

    12/21/2012 8:32:18 PM PST · by ncalburt · 88 replies
    Foxnews | December 21,2012 | Laura Ingram
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  • The Mayan Prophecy is true, and it is upon us.

    12/21/2012 8:05:24 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 26 replies
    The Mayan has come to pass. John Kerry is now state secretary. http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/12/on-the-day-of-the-mayan-apocalypse-john-kerry-now-in-line-of-succession-to-the-presidency/
  • Roots of mass murder: Getting serious about stopping the psychotic

    12/21/2012 7:34:02 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 28 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere. Let’s be serious: (1) The Weapon Within hours of last week’s Newtown, Conn., massacre, the focus was the weapon and the demand was for new gun laws. Several prominent pro-gun Democrats remorsefully professed new openness to gun control. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is introducing a new assault weapons ban. And the president emphasized guns and ammo above all...
  • County Republican Executive Committe Elections

    12/21/2012 7:33:07 PM PST · by goodtomato · 17 replies
    original | 12/21/12 | Good Tomato
    Last night my local County Republican Executive Committee held elections for officers. The two term chairman (GOP-E in my opinion) who ran on his ability to raise funds was denied and replaced by a (TEA orientated) member who worked tirelessly to build the membership and get out the vote. I'm energized and am going to step up and help out any way I can. Any changes in your local leadership?
  • Jewish Leaders Slam NRA Plan for More Guns

    12/21/2012 7:32:22 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 70 replies
    forward.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Seth Berkman
    The powerful gun rights lobby went on the offensive on Friday arguing that schools should have armed guards, on a day that Americans remembered the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre with a moment of silence. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association, noting that banks and airports are patrolled by armed guards, while schools typically are not. His remarks - in which he charged that the news media and violent video games shared blame for the second-deadliest...
  • Michelle Obama's Letter To Newtown: 'Holding You In Our Hearts'

    12/21/2012 7:24:43 PM PST · by Daffynition · 26 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 12/21/2012 | Michelle Obama
    December 20, 2012 Over the past week, we as Americans have been united in our grief as Newtown has laid to rest so many beautiful, innocent children, along with the heroic educators who worked every day to help them achieve their dreams. As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your families. Like so many Americans, I wish there were something — anything — I could do or say to ease your anguish. But I know that I cannot begin to imagine the depths of your grief. I know that for many of you, the...
  • Jon Hammar, Marine jailed in Mexico, released from prison

    12/21/2012 7:07:03 PM PST · by Doogle · 40 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 12/21/12 | Joseph J. Kolb
    Marine veteran Jon Hammar Jr., who was arrested on a dubious weapon charge in August was released today from the notorious CEDES prison, according to his attorney. Eddie Varon-Levy said he and Hammar Jr. are currently at the Matamoros, Mexico-Brownsville, Texas border crossing where he was arrested Aug. 13, waiting to be processed to proceed across the bridge that spans the Rio Grande River. Hammar Jr., is expected to be reunited with his father, who immediately flew to Brownsville this morning after learning from Varon-Levy that a judge in Mexico had dropped the felony charge because of a civil rights...
  • NJ lawmaker wants state to disinvest in gun firms

    12/21/2012 7:05:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    AP ^ | December 21, 2012
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state senator says the state should move investments from any company that makes or sells assault weapons. Sen. Richard Codey told The Associated Press on Friday that the "only people who use assault weapons are mass murderers, drug dealers and cop killers." His proposal comes in response to last week's shooting in Connecticut when a gunman killed 26 people at a school, including 20 children. Codey said that he plans to introduce the measure next month. The former governor, who took office because he was president of the state Senate after Gov. Jim...
  • Judge in Gabby Giffords trial calls for assault weapons ban

    12/21/2012 6:55:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Bill Hutchinson
    The federal judge who sentenced former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' gunman is advocating a nationwide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to take the "mass out of mass shootings." "There is just no reason civilians need to own assault weapons and high-capacity magazines," Judge Larry Allan Burns wrote in Thursday's Los Angeles Times. Since Jared Lee Loughner killed six people and wounded Giffords with his 31-round magazine Glock pistol, there have been six deadlier mass shootings, Burns wrote. "But reasonable, good-faith debates have boundaries, and in the debate about guns, a high-capacity magazine has always seemed to me beyond them,"...
  • Cities Banning Trucks and New Truck Stops

    12/21/2012 6:53:42 PM PST · by Domandred · 70 replies
    Truckers Report ^ | 12/21/12 | Samuel Barradas
    Despite pumping life into every town and city that they haul freight to, truckers are still looked upon as a nuisance by most areas. They think of big trucks as rolling death-machines that bring pollution, noise, and crime to their towns, not realizing that what they really bring is absolutely everything the town needs to survive. Well, yet another city is taking steps to ban these “nuisances” from their streets entirely. The mayor of Columbiana, Alabama has called for a ban on semi-trucks driving in their downtown area. He says that trucks are the main cause of traffic jams in...
  • Minnesotans respond to NRA's proposal for armed guards in schools

    12/21/2012 6:50:06 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    minnesota.publicradio.org ^ | December 21, 2012 | Brandt Williams
    MINNEAPOLIS — At a press conference Friday, the National Rifle Association proposed adding armed security at all U.S. schools. The organization's suggestion comes exactly one week after 20 children and six adults were shot to death in a Connecticut school. Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation, and some members of the NRA, are divided on the proposal. NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre announced Operation School Shield during a presentation interrupted twice by protesters who shouted that the NRA is to blame for gun violence. LaPierre ignored the protestors and said violent movies and video games were to blame for the...
  • Do you support NRA's proposal for putting armed police officers in schools? (poll to freep)

    Currently behind. Category: Nation Voting began on 12/21/2012 Voting ends on 12/22/2012 A.Yes - 847 (26%) B.No - 2304 (70%) C.Not sure - 149 (5%) Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/polls/Default.asp#ixzz2FkEvJyTq
  • Giffords's husband rips NRA for defiance in response to killings

    12/21/2012 6:47:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 58 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Sterling C. Beard
    The husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords ripped the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday for a press conference that defied “common sense” and defended “extreme pro-gun positions.” “Gabby and I are extremely disappointed by the NRA's defiant and delayed response to the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Mark Kelly said in a statement. “The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of its own members who want common-sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms, but instead it chose to defend extreme pro-gun positions that aren't even popular among...
  • President rewards faithful goverment employees Executive order closes federal offices Monday

    12/21/2012 6:46:43 PM PST · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    WTOP Radio ^ | december 21, 2012 | unknown
    Executive order closes federal offices Monday Friday - 12/21/2012, 5:02pm ET WASHINGTON - Federal employees don't have to go to work on Monday, Dec. 24. The White House announced shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday it was giving all executive branch departments and agencies the day off. The executive order, below, is also posted on the White House website.
  • Boehner: I’m Not Afraid of Losing My Speakership

    12/21/2012 6:26:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) said on Friday that he was not afraid of losing his speakership in the aftermath of the stunning defeat dealt to him on Thursday evening by House conservatives who refused to vote for his “Plan B” proposal to increase the income tax rate on income over $1 million. When a reporter asked Boehner at a Capitol press conference whether he should be concerned about losing his speakership, Boehner said, “No, I’m not.” “Listen, you’ve all heard me say this, and I’ve told my colleagues this, if you do the right things every day for the...
  • (John) Kerry Backed LGBT “Immigration Equality” to Stop Deportation of Gay Partners

    12/21/2012 6:21:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    For the last two years, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the nominee to be the next secretary of state, has called for “immigration equality” to prevent the deportation of illegal alien same-sex partners of legal U.S. residents. In May, shortly after President Barack Obama announced his support for homosexual marriage, Kerry and 16 other Democratic senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The letter pointed to the number of states recognizing gay marriage, but said problems could arise because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations...
  • Pope says future of mankind at stake over gay marriage

    12/21/2012 6:14:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/21/2012
    Pope Benedict XVI has weighed in on a heated debate over gay marriage, criticising new concepts of the traditional family and warning that mankind itself was at stake. "In the fight for the family, the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question," the Pope said in Italian during an end-of-year speech. "The question of the family ... is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men," he said. The Pope spoke of the "falseness" of gender theories...
  • FReeper Canteen - Merry Christmas Troops! - 22 Dec 2012

    12/21/2012 6:05:20 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 545 replies
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  • NY Gov. Cuomo: Gun Confiscation “Could Be An Option” (XX BARF)

    12/21/2012 6:04:50 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 58 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | December 21, 2012 2:14 pm | Posted by Brandon Kiser
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that he had started discussions with leaders of the State Legislature about new gun control measures, and that he planned to propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9. “There’s a big difference of opinion on these issues,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an interview on an Albany radio station. The New York Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has voted for a number of proposed gun control measures in recent years, only to have the legislation falter in the Senate, which has been controlled by Republicans....
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-21-12

    12/21/2012 6:03:52 PM PST · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-21-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Former British PM Thatcher in hospital after operation

    12/21/2012 5:54:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:21pm EST | Alessandra Prentice
    Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the country’s first woman elective leader, is in hospital recovering from surgery to remove a growth on her bladder, a source close to the family said on Friday. After experiencing pain in her bladder earlier in the week, he 87-year-old went to hospital where she underwent a minimally invasive operation, Tim Bell, a public relations executive who once served as image maker to Thatcher, said. …
  • Bloomberg: No One Has ‘Defended the Second Amendment as Much as I Have’(XX BARF)

    12/21/2012 5:50:57 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 53 replies
    Politicker ^ | 12/21 9:20am | Colin Campbell
    “I don’t think there’s anybody that’s defended the Second Amendment as much as I have, Ray,” Mr. Bloomberg said to a caller who asked him why he was “so against” the constitutional passage . “I think you have a perfect right to buy weapons and keep them for protection or for sport. We have tried to make sure that you have it. The Supreme Court says that there are–consistent with the Second Amendment–you can have reasonable restrictions, so, for example, you can’t buy a nuclear-tipped weapon.”
  • What is it with L.A. (Lower Alabama) and Jihad?

    12/21/2012 5:45:55 PM PST · by LSUfan · 19 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 21 Dec 12 | Unattributed
    please find two seemingly unrelated stories about two separate Jihadis from the Mobile, Alabama area (one of our favorite cities actually and the permanent homeport for the battleship USS Alabama, one of the great historical treasures that every American should visit at least once). Nevertheless, something is going on in that area. There are two known Jihadis that made news recently, one we have known about for some time and the other only more recently came on the scene. The first one is Omar Hammami, a Muslim who grew up in Daphne, Alabama, a really nice town outside of Mobile....
  • Mentally Ill Kids Don't Just Come from Nowhere

    The recent post "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" by a woman who posts at anarchistsoccermom and animatedly advertises herself wearing an "I love Che" t-shirt is as slick a piece of exploitative propaganda as anything we've seen in the last four years. Soon after the essay went viral mom blogger Liza Long appeared on CNN and the Today show calling for a national conversation on mental illness. After the Newtown massacre the self-described author, musician, Classicist and single mother of four felt compelled to share her own story. Long's written account of life with an out of control child focuses...
  • Cornyn: Hagel “Unacceptable” As Secretary of Defense

    12/21/2012 5:38:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 21 Dec 2012 05:28 PM | Stephen Feller
    Republican Sen. John Cornyn told the Washington Post that he had problems with several positions Hagel has taken over the years, many of which will receive opposition from both sides of the aisle. “It is not just an isolated problem. It is a consistent position in support of American weakness,” Cornyn said. “I can’t support a Hagel nomination if it comes … There are some points about his record that make him unacceptable.” …
  • Sensible ideas for protecting our students *UPDATED*

    12/21/2012 5:25:35 PM PST · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    Bookroomworm.com ^ | 12-21-2012 | Bookworm
    Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive VP, says that our violent culture is to blame for gun violence and that, as long as the culture is what it is, school children should have police protection.  Despite the fact that the majority of Americans agree with him, the drive-by media is excoriating as if he had just announced that he eats children for breakfast and urges us all to do the same.  Americans, who have been schooled out of rational thinking, will soon be referring to LaPierre in the appropriate pariah-like terms and, like the useful idiots they’ve been trained to be,...
  • John Kerry as Secretary of State - Lets Review His Dark Past

    12/21/2012 5:18:09 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 46 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 December 2012 | Bob Adelmann
    Senator John Kerry's impeccable credentials as a "climate hawk," membership in Yale's secret society Skull and Bones, and a voting record that almost completely ignores the Constitution, qualify him to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Senator John Kerry to Replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State The New American 21 December 2012 When Susan Rice, the United States' Ambassador to the United Nations, withdrew her name from consideration for the post of secretary of state last week, rumors abounded that next in line would be Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). That rumor was confirmed on Friday, putting in...
  • Eligibility judge quotes famous Santa case

    12/21/2012 5:10:29 PM PST · by wesagain · 32 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Dec 21, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    "Cites paraphrased decision in 'Miracle on 34th Street' in Florida Democrat's challenge"A real-life Florida judge has paraphrased a statement from the fictional Judge Henry X. Harper in “Miracle on 34th Street” to justify his sudden decision to dismiss a challenge under state law to Barack Obama’s eligibility to occupy the Oval Office. The ruling from Kevin Carroll of the Florida circuit court for Leon County dismissed the case brought on behalf of Democratic voter Michael C. Voeltz, who raised the issue of Obama’s qualifications under a state law that allows voters to challenge candidates’ eligibility. Carroll, who had given the...
  • Kerry a Frequent Visitor with Syrian Dictator Bashar Al-Assad

    12/21/2012 5:10:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 21, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    John Kerry, who is expected to be nominated as secretary of state later this afternoon, has made frequent visits to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Assad is now under fire for mass murdering his own civilians, as he fights an internal war to keep his position of power. Even Obama has called for Assad to go. In February 2009, Kerry led a delegation there to engage Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told visiting US members of Congress on Saturday that the United States should ‘move away from a policy based on dictating decisions.’ Assad's guests on Saturday included US Senator John...
  • Obama urges lawmakers to make one last try for fiscal crisis deal, leaves for Hawaii

    12/21/2012 4:58:52 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    Obama urges lawmakers to make one last try for fiscal crisis deal, leaves for Hawaii Published December 21, 2012 | FoxNews.com President Obama urged congressional leaders Friday to take one last shot at crafting a bill that can prevent tax hikes on middle-class Americans -- as he and virtually everyone involved prepared to bolt Washington for the holidays. The president, while optimistically claiming he would be back "next week" to handle a budget deal, was planning to board Air Force One with his family Friday evening for a holiday vacation in Hawaii. House Speaker John Boehner, who until several days...
  • judge: Louisiana woman can flip finger in holiday lights

    12/21/2012 4:54:53 PM PST · by BBell · 36 replies
    hhttp://www.foxnews.com ^ | December 21, 2012
    NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger. Sarah Childs was in a dispute with some of her neighbors in Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, so she decided to send a message with her decorations. Neighbors complained and police threatened to arrest her, so she and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city. A judge ruled in her favor Thursday. "I imagine it will be back up before too long," ACLU of Louisiana executive...
  • Fiscal Cliff Hype Examined

    12/21/2012 4:47:40 PM PST · by SteelToe · 8 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Heide B. Malhotra
    The term fiscal cliff has hit the airwaves, print media, business reports, and articles. Not a minute goes by without these two words being thrown at the listener. But how many people really understand where the expression started and how it became so popular? “Judging by media coverage, the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ is the only thing driving the U.S. stock market these days. Unfortunately, a lot of the coverage is either alarmist, erroneous, or focused solely on the daily (or even hourly) micro-developments in the story,” a Dec. 4 article on the Motley Fool website states. The expression “Fiscal Cliff”...
  • Obama: Time to address American culture ‘that too often glorifies guns and violence’

    12/21/2012 4:42:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/21/12 | Charlie Spiering
    Obama: Time to address American culture ‘that too often glorifies guns and violence’Charlie Spiering - Commentary Staff Writer Modified: December 21, 2012 at 6:35 am President Obama this morning issued a video response to a White House petition demanding more gun control – specifically mentioning America’s gun culture. **SNIP** “If we work harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one in Newtown — or any of the lesser-known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day,” Obama concluded.
  • Obama announces new wave of proposed regulations

    12/21/2012 4:41:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    After taking criticism for missing an October deadline, the Obama administration Friday released its list of proposed government-wide regulations that it plans to consider in the next year. The administration put out its notice, called the unified regulatory agenda, online around 3 p.m. on the Friday before Christmas, after most lawmakers had left town. The proposed rules cover everything from power plant pollution to health-care standards to workplace safety. Critics who accuse President Obama of being an overzealous regulator said the timing of the announcement was no accident. “President Obama has earned a permanent spot on the disclosure naughty list...
  • Cuomo Says He’ll Outline Gun Proposal Next Month ("Confiscation could be an option...")

    12/21/2012 4:39:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 20, 2012 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that he had started discussions with leaders of the State Legislature about new gun control measures, and that he planned to propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9. “There’s a big difference of opinion on these issues,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an interview on an Albany radio station. The New York Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has voted for a number of proposed gun control measures in recent years, only to have the legislation falter in the Senate, which has been controlled by Republicans....
  • Take a Break, But Don't Give Up

    12/21/2012 4:34:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Jim in Indianapolis. Hi, and welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Love your show. First of all, happy holidays to you, your staff, your loved ones, and listeners. RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. We all appreciate it. CALLER: I want to give you a quick background on myself. I'm a white male in my mid-thirties. I work sometimes six to seven days a week. I go to school full time. I have a wife and two small boys. The reason why I do all this is because I need to be a...
  • Can UAE-Backed Film Shut Down U.S. Fracking Boom?

    12/21/2012 4:25:40 PM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 21, 2012
    Energy: As the U.S. changes the balance of power by exporting some of its abundant natural gas resources, a Hollywood propaganda film debuts claiming the technology making it possible will poison America's small towns. 'Promised Land," a film that does nothing to alter Hollywood's stereotype of businessmen, particularly energy industry executives, as greedy plunderers of the planet, opens this week in selected theatres. The anti-fracking film is based on a not-true story about well contamination in a small Pennsylvania town with a healthy dose of junk science. As documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer, who is working on his own documentary, "FrackNation",...
  • Michael Steele: NRA presser was ‘disturbing’ (RINO Alert)

    12/21/2012 4:15:56 PM PST · by Red Steel · 83 replies
    Politco ^ | 12/21/12 12:01 PM EST | KEVIN CIRILLI
    Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele called the National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s press conference Friday “very haunting and very disturbing,” in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “I don’t even know where to begin. As a supporter of the Second Amendment and a supporter of the NRA — even though I’m not a member of the NRA — I just found it very haunting and very disturbing that our country now is talking about arming our teachers and our principals in classrooms,” Steele said on MSNBC immediately after...
  • U.S. on alert for Islamist ire to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (Obama killing Osama movie)

    12/21/2012 4:13:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/20/12 | Kristina Wong
    U.S. on alert for Islamist ire to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’Film depicts harsh interrogation methods By Kristina Wong The Washington Times Thursday, December 20, 2012 **SNIP** Yet fears of a violent backlash against “Zero Dark Thirty,” which goes into wide release in the U.S. on Jan. 11, are swirling in some corners of Washington and appear to be accentuated by a public perception of a U.S. government consultative role in pre-production research for the film. Radical corners of the Muslim world have been known to fan the flames around perceived official U.S. involvement with material considered blasphemous, as happened this autumn...
  • What Does a Second Obama Term Mean for Gun Owners? (DTD 11-06-12)

    12/21/2012 4:02:23 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | NOVEMBER 6, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    During the second presidential debate of 2012, President Barack Obama said, “What I’m trying to do is get a broader conversation about how we reduce the violence generally. Part of it, is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced.” You can bet he meant what he said. Obama has a long history of holding anti-Second Amendment views, despite portraying himself as pro-hunter and reasonable about gun control. A second term spells trouble for law-abiding citizens wanting to exercise their right to keep and bear arms: Obama is strongly opposed to concealed carry, has supported gun owner licensing...
  • How many more?' Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow 'demand a plan' in gun violence PSA

    12/21/2012 3:53:58 PM PST · by opentalk · 60 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 21, 2012 | Jennifer Madison
    Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé Knowles are among celebrities campaigning for gun regulation in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. The stars feature in a new public service announcement against gun violence for Demand a Plan after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults before turning the gun on himself at the Connecticut school last Friday. The one-and-a-half minute clip features the celebrity activists asking: 'How many more colleges? How many more classrooms? How many more movie theatres? How many more houses of faith?' before lawmakers tighten regulations. A cast of artists...
  • U.S. ending pursuit of illegal immigrants who commit minor crimes

    12/21/2012 3:41:06 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    mercurynews ^ | 12/21/2012 | Matt O'Brien/Contra Costa Times
    Federal agents no longer will scoop up jailed illegal immigrants who had been picked up by police for traffic offenses and other petty crimes, the nation's top immigration enforcer announced Friday. "We are changing who" we seek to detain and deport to focus more on serious criminals, said John Morton, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Morton changed the national policy just as sheriffs around the Bay Area were rethinking their cooperation with the controversial federal Secure Communities immigration program, out of concern that it was leading to deportation of too many minor offenders. The shift responds to...
  • Freep a Poll - Daily poll: Should principals and teachers be armed?

    12/21/2012 3:39:08 PM PST · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 39 replies
    Rep. Dennis Baxley is suggesting a novel approach for preventing a repeat of the kind of shooting massacre that occurred last Friday in Newtown, Conn.: arm principals and teachers with guns.
  • Texas Town Allows Teachers to Carry Concealed Guns

    12/21/2012 3:38:29 PM PST · by grundle · 6 replies
    ABC News/Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2012 | ANGELA K. BROWN
    HARROLD, Texas In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school — mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons. In remote Harrold, the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away, and people tend to know — and trust — one another. So the school board voted to let teachers bring guns to school. "We don't have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution," Superintendent David Thweatt said. "A shooter could take out a guard or officer with a visible, holstered weapon, but...
  • Tracking the origins of HIV

    12/21/2012 3:27:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 18, 2012 | NA
    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may have affected humans for much longer than is currently believed. Alfred Roca, an assistant professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, thinks that the genomes of an isolated West African human population provide important clues about how the disease has evolved. HIV is thought to have originated from chimpanzees in central Africa that were infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a retrovirus. "If you look at the diversity present across SIV in chimpanzees, it suggests that they have had it for tens of thousands of years," Roca...