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  • Obama proposes Social Security cuts

    12/22/2012 7:09:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | 12/20/12 | Patrick Martin
    Obama proposes Social Security cutsPatrick Martin 20 December 2012 **SNIP** The White House decision to propose cuts in future Social Security benefits is of enormous political significance. Social Security has long been characterized as the “third rail” of American politics—touch it and you die. Obama and Boehner are seeking to break this taboo and create a new political framework for imposing brutal austerity measures on working people. Whatever the immediate outcome of the talks in Washington, whether or not a deal is reached before December 31, the overall direction is clear: entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are...
  • The New Robber Barons

    12/22/2012 7:06:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    An oil and natural gas boom is underway in the United States, born of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” It has created tens of thousands of well-paying jobs directly, and hundreds of thousands more in hundreds of businesses that supply and support the industry and its workers. In North Dakota, the unemployment rate is 2.4 percent, in large part because of a huge increase in natural gas and crude oil production from deep shale rocks that yielded nothing prior to fracking. The new technology is also driving job growth, higher incomes, and increased tax revenues for hard-pressed...
  • Cravaack likely leaving Minnesota, politics

    12/22/2012 7:01:53 AM PST · by DManA · 11 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 12/22/2012 | Kevin Diaz
    After unseating Minnesota’s longest-serving congressman and interrupting 63 years of DFL dominance on the working-class Iron Range, political newcomer Chip Cravaack is moving on. . . . “It really depends on Traci,” he said in an interview Thursday. “I’ve got a feeling I’ll probably be heading back there, unless some huge opportunity opens up in Minnesota, I’ve got two small kids who need their dad.” The family’s move to New Hampshire last year became a political liability in a district that already skewed heavily Democratic. The move came about after one of his boys, who is autistic, suffered a seizure...
  • Crony Capitalists Endorse Higher Taxes on their Small Business Competitors

    12/22/2012 6:36:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    December 21, 2012 by Dan Mitchell I’m a big fan of lower corporate tax rates.I also want to eliminate worldwide taxation so American companies can be on a level playing field when competing for market share around the world.And I want to get rid of the double taxation of dividends and capital gains in part because these reforms will boost business investment.Given this track record, I don’t think anybody could accuse me of being an anti-big-business activist.But I do get very irritated when politically connected corporations use cronyism to guard their interests at the expense of other taxpayers and the...
  • 56%: Obama's Approval Soars to 3-Year High

    12/22/2012 6:34:40 AM PST · by Cheerio · 52 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 21, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama's job approval soared to a three-year high as of Tuesday night, according to the Gallup poll, hitting 56 percent for the first time since the fall of 2009.
  • VICTORIA SOTO’S FREEDOM OF CHOICE

    12/22/2012 6:30:10 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 13 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 12/22/2012 | Bill Russell
    On December 14, 2012, when Victoria Soto stood in her classroom and heard the gunshots taking the lives of the school administration staff and the students in another classroom, she had very little freedom of choice. Her contractual responsibilities as a teacher required her to safeguard the lives and health of the students she taught. But it was her love for her students required her to stand between them and the evil coming through the doorway. She had very limited options in accomplishing her duty and calling. Perhaps she could have tried to save herself by squeezing into a closet...
  • President resigns after riots leave 22 dead in Argentina

    12/22/2012 6:29:43 AM PST · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    Mail on Line ^ | 12/22/12
    President Fernando De la Rua resigned and fled the government palace in a helicopter, driven from office by a devastating economic crisis and days of rioting that left 22 people dead and homes and supermarkets across Argentina ransacked. De la Rua's sudden downfall yesterday came amid Argentina's worst unrest in a decade. Screeching tear gas canisters arced across the capital and police fired rubber bullets at thousands of anti-government protesters in the runup to his fall. Rioters looted houses and stores in other cities, and more than 200 people were injured nationwide. "I'm delighted he's finally gone. Thank God!" said...
  • Let Freedom Ring!

    12/22/2012 6:23:59 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    How about that? Not just Barack Obama can "reset" American policy toward Russia, or give it more "flexibility," to quote his not-so-confidential promise to that country's newest czar. (Our president didn't realize he was talking into an open mike at the time.) It turns out that, in this remarkably well-designed government of divided powers, Est. 1787, Congress can do a little resetting itself. Now that co-equal branch of government has reset the terms of trade with Russia, formerly the Soviet Union of unlamented memory, sic semper tryannis. Congress even got the president to sign on to the effort. This latest...
  • Advertising guru blames Obama's 'class warfare' for Hamptons mansion sale

    12/22/2012 6:22:24 AM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 22, 2012 | JENNIFER GOULD KEIL and SELIM ALGAR
    He got taxed out of town. Legendary advertising guru Jerry Della Femina is the latest Hamptons fat cat to unload his East End spread at the precipice of the dreaded fiscal cliff, The Post has learned. The flamboyant Madison Avenue guru has sold his 8,500-square-foot estate — the host of many legendary Hamptons bashes — for $25 million, and blames his flight squarely on President Obama’s fiscal policies. “I want the proceeds of this sale to go to my kids and my grandkids,” said the man behind iconic ad campaigns for Meow Mix and Absolut Vodka. “I don’t want my...
  • I Told You So! Of Course Washington will Steal Your Retirement Benefits

    12/22/2012 6:21:04 AM PST · by Renfield · 48 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 12-6-2012 | Ron Holland
    Today the twin fake memes of a "Fiscal Cliff" and "Austerity" are combining to create a contrived excuse to tax and steal far more of your wealth and income, including your retirement benefits. The press is filled with articles and editorials like one recently at CNBC entitled "Amid Tax Talks, a cry of 'Save My 401(k)'." Many retirement, offshore and political experts including Jeff Berwick, Larry Grossman and others are now warning how government revenue needs and austerity measures by the Obama Administration today threaten the private retirement system and benefits of millions of successful Americans. Back on January 28,...
  • RI Teacher Says"I Quit!"/ Government schooling child abuse

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBSgchJe2Z0 At about 2:20 in the video, Mr. Round begins listing what is occurring in his government school. He states that only 4 or 5 of the children in his class were able to consistently endure this treatment. Please think about this. Question: What would happen if parents treated children this way in the home? Question: What would OSHA officials have to say if employers treated their adult employees this way? Answer: It would be called what it is: Abuse! Where are all the "good" teachers standing up and protesting this? Where are the mass resignations? Where are these so-called...
  • CA educators reject NRA call for guns in schools

    12/22/2012 6:18:20 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    edsource.org ^ | December 22, 2012 | Kathryn Baron
    California educators and Democratic politicians are rebuking the National Rifle Association for suggesting that more guns in schools would keep students, teachers and staff safer. The NRA broke its silence about the massacre of children and teachers last week at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, holding a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre in a quote heard around the country. He called on Congress to put armed police officers in every school in the country....
  • Law Firm Hit With $429,000 Verdict Over Faked Asbestos Suits

    12/22/2012 6:05:58 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/21/12 | Daniel Fisher
    A West Virginia jury found two members of a Pittsburgh law firm liable of civil racketeering for conspiring with a radiologist to fabricate evidence in asbestos lawsuits against railroad operator CSX.
  • Judge fines protester who got a mouthful of pepper spray (CAPTION the occupy freeloader)

    12/22/2012 6:05:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    KATU ^ | 12/21/12
    Judge fines protester who got a mouthful of pepper sprayBy KATU.com Staff Published: Dec 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM PST PORTLAND, Ore. - An Occupy Portland protester who was blasted in the face with pepper spray was found guilty this week of ignoring police orders and will now have to pay a fine. **SNIP** A judge has now fined Nichols $260 for not listening to police and following their orders that day.
  • Christmas is a Reminder and a Test

    12/22/2012 6:04:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    "The greatest gift which America has received from the Lord is the faith which has forged its Christian identity," Pope John Paul II wrote in a document on the Church in America in 1999. Here at the end of 2012, the words might be the rallying cry of the season -- a reminder, a challenge, a warning -- and a gift to be pondered born of a grotto in Bethlehem. And it's not just something for Christians. As the pope wrote at the time: "The evangelization which accompanied the European migrations has shaped America's religious profile, marked by moral...
  • 75 Economic Numbers From 2012 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

    12/22/2012 5:59:14 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-22-2012 | Michael Snyder
    75 Economic Numbers From 2012 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe By Michael Snyder December 20th, 2012 What a year 2012 has been! The mainstream media continues to tell us what a "great job" the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve are doing of managing the economy, but meanwhile things just continue to get even worse for the poor and the middle class. It is imperative that we educate the American people about the true condition of our economy and about why all of this is happening. If nothing is done, our debt problems will continue to get worse,...
  • HOUSE REPUBLICANS CIRCULATE PLAN TO OUST BOEHNER FROM SPEAKERSHIP

    12/22/2012 5:53:25 AM PST · by SMGFan · 102 replies
    Big Government ^ | 21 Dec 2012 | by Matthew Boyle
    Several conservative House Republican members are contemplating a plan to unseat Speaker John Boehner from his position on January 3, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Staffers have compiled a detailed action plan that, if executed, could make this a reality. The Republicans, both conservatives and more establishment members alike, are emboldened after the failure of Boehner’s fiscal cliff “Plan B” on Thursday evening. Dissatisfaction with Boehner is growing in the House Republican conference, but until now there hasn’t been a clear path forward. Those members and staffers requested anonymity from Breitbart News at this time to prevent retaliation from Boehner...
  • Obama tries to rescue fiscal talks for post-Christmas deal

    12/22/2012 5:46:49 AM PST · by MulberryDraw · 9 replies
    Rooters ^ | 12/21/12 | David Lawder and Roberta Rampton
    The White House on Friday tried to rescue stalled talks on a fiscal crisis after a Republican plan imploded in Congress, but there was little headway as lawmakers and President Barack Obama abandoned Washington for Christmas. In remarks before flying to Hawaii for a break...
  • Recent "teacher arrested" Stories, Video and Galleries

    12/22/2012 5:44:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 12/22/12
    Recent "teacher arrested" Stories, Video and Galleries 9/12 Ex-teacher of the year accused of having sex with student 6/12 Teacher accused of inappropriate relationships due in court 6/11 Teacher accused of hitting student with belt
  • Rev. Jackson: Armed police in schools not answer

    12/22/2012 5:16:18 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies
    AP ^ | December 21, 2012
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the National Rifle Association's call for armed police in schools is no solution to mass shootings. Jackson reacted Friday after the NRA's top lobbyist said armed police were the only way to stop another tragedy like last week's mass slaying at a Connecticut elementary, where a gunman killed 20 students and six teachers. Jackson says armed police officers "couldn't compete" with an attacker with an assault weapon, and that a ban on such weapons was needed. He says he's disappointed that the NRA "showed no remorse" and offered more guns as a solution. He says...
  • Flashback: Clinton Requests $60 Million to Put Cops in Schools

    12/22/2012 5:13:24 AM PST · by chrisnj · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/22/2012 | Chrisnj
    Today, the same elite media who no doubt send their own kids to private schools that employ armed security, just can't stop howling ridicule at the NRA's idea to give every student in America those same protections. Because the NRA's idea is so appealing, as I write this, the media's going overboard, mocking it as bizarre, crazy, and out of touch. This is how the media works to silence and vilify the opposition and to ensure that only their ideas control The Narrative. The media doesn't care about securing our schools; they only care about coming after our guns and...
  • We Aren't Quite as Stupid as They Think

    12/22/2012 5:08:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Matt Towery
    If you are reading any opinion column during the Christmas season, you are likely an individual who seeks out information and observations, and comes to your own conclusions. In other words, you are a "thinking" man or women, and whether you ever agree with a single word I write, I nevertheless both congratulate and give thanks for you. And this column is for you. Most politicians and many in the media truly believe we are stupid. We are the masses. We are those meant to receive a pat on the head, an empty promise and a warm feeling --- that...
  • Nadler: ‘The State Ought to Have a Monopoly on Legitimate Violence’

    12/22/2012 5:03:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said only the federal government should have “high-capacity” gun magazines and that the “state ought to have a monopoly on legitimate violence.” At a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, Nadler gathered with other House Democrats to push for stricter gun control in the wake of last week’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 26 dead, including 20 children. The lawmaker told CNSNews.com that he not only supports prohibiting the future sale of 10-round gun magazines, but he would like to confiscate high-capacity clips already legally possessed by American citizens. …...
  • Steyn: Tapper’s promotion to CNN a lesson for the ‘J-school zombies’ in the WH press corps

    12/22/2012 5:00:08 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/21/2012
    On Thursday in his weekly appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, National Review columnist Mark Steyn explained what was to be learned from Jake Tapper’s decision to leave ABC, where he had been the network’s White House correspondent, for an anchoring position at CNN. Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” said that while the rest of the reporters in the briefing room at the White House have very uninspiring approaches to their questioning of the president, Tapper is the exception. “People think it’s odd that Jake Tapper, who is nobody’s idea of a right-wing nut or anything,...
  • The ObamaCare Fiscal Cliff

    12/22/2012 4:59:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    In the standoff over the fiscal cliff, all the discussion has been about the Bush tax cuts. There has been no discussion about the ObamaCare tax increases. That's a mistake. Five of the tax increases Americans will face on January 1 are new taxes created under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). And they are not just for the very rich. Three of the five will hit people who are solidly middle class.The new ObamaCare taxes will hit everything from dividends and capital gains to day care and services for special needs children. They will increase the tax bill for those...
  • USDA Inflated the Number of Jobs Created by Stimulus, IG Says

    12/22/2012 4:57:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture improperly inflated the numbers of jobs created or saved by the 2009 economic stimulus, according to the agency’s own Office of Inspector General (OIG). “[We] identified job numbers that were inflated because award recipients reported cumulative job numbers instead of the number of jobs created or saved during the quarter being reported. In other instances, job numbers were under-reported,” according to an OIG audit released Dec. 13. The report claims that without accurate job figures, it is “difficult” to know whether the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was effective in creating or saving jobs....
  • Famed attorney Melvyn Weiss faces DUI charges after traffic stop in Boynton Beach

    12/22/2012 4:50:38 AM PST · by AtlasStalled
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | 12/20/12 | Toni-Ann Miller
    Famed attorney Melvyn Weiss, who made millions of dollars by filing class-action suits against some of the country’s largest corporations, now finds himself facing DUI charges after a traffic stop in Boynton Beach early this morning.
  • Kerry Backed LGBT ‘Immigration Equality’ to Stop Deportation of Gay Partners

    12/22/2012 4:40:12 AM PST · by IbJensen · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/21/2012 | Fred Lucas
    (This Dec. 3, 2012 file photo shows Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.) (CNSNews.com) – 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...
  • Archbishop backs more gun controls

    12/22/2012 4:37:51 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    newmarketjournal.co.uk ^ | December 21, 2012
    The Archbishop of Canterbury backed stricter gun controls in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre, saying the ready availability of weapons in a society where fear is already "rampant" pushes people to extreme violence. Delivering BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, Dr Rowan Williams also warned that Britain had "better not be complacent" about the gang-related gun and knife crime affecting its own youngsters. A minute's silence was held in America on Friday to remember the 20 children and six adult victims of the Connecticut shootings which have thrust the fraught gun control debate back into the...
  • 10 Facts for Liberals: Why Gun Control Can't Stop Another Newtown Massacre

    12/22/2012 4:15:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | John Hawkins
    There are now calls from the Left for gun control legislation in response to Adam Lanza's unconscionable mass killing of innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary. However, very few people seem to be asking the most basic question of all before getting started: What gun control legislation could have stopped Adam Lanza? The answer is "none." Let's consider a few alternatives: 1) The school was already a "gun free zone;" so obviously that wasn't effective. Of course, the sort of people who would respect a "gun free zone" in the first place are the very ones you wouldn't have...
  • Clinton Pledges Funds to Add Police to Schools

    12/22/2012 4:12:52 AM PST · by defeat_the_dem_igods · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 16, 2000 | LAWRENCE L. KNUTSON
    April 16, 2000 Marking the first anniversary of the shooting deaths at Columbine High School, President Clinton announced $120 million in new federal grants Saturday to place more police officers in schools and help even the youngest kids cope with their problems. Clinton also unveiled the $60-million fifth round of funding for "COPS in School," a Justice Department program that helps pay the costs of placing police officers in schools to help make them safer for students and teachers. The money will be used to provide 452 officers in schools in more than 220 communities.
  • All About Him! Obama spends 10 minutes relecting on himself during Daniel Inouye's Funeral

    12/22/2012 4:11:57 AM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    youtube ^ | december 21, 2012
    Unbelievable - During funeral for Senator Daniel Inouye, Obama diverts remembering Inouye for by speaking of himself for about 10 minutes
  • Can We Make Love and Not War? Sorry, No.

    12/22/2012 4:08:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | John Ransom
    We need a new foreign policy and we need to spend a lot less money. That’s the message stock market is telling us. It’s a message painted in big bold letters and we’d be wise to read it. We need a foreign policy that uses the proven lessons we learned from the Cold War; a policy that pares back our commitment of troops to combat operations. We need a fiscal policy that we learned during the 30 years from the 1960s to 1990, when our economy only did well as we restrained government spending to an amount affordable by our...
  • The Christmas Spirit

    12/22/2012 3:58:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Anyone offended by public displays of Christmas needs to see a psychiatrist. Are we clear on this? You are a loon if the sight of baby Jesus arouses anger or sadness in you. Get help. This brings us to the governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee. He recently told me on national television that the reason he will not use the word "Christmas" in describing the state Christmas tree is that the word might offend non-Christians. The governor calls the state-purchased symbol a "holiday tree." My reply to the governor was that by excluding the word "Christmas," he might...
  • Mexico Frees Ex-Marine Jailed for Bringing In Gun

    12/22/2012 3:51:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 11:02 PM EST | Curt Anderson
    A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, U.S. officials and his lawyer said late Friday. The attorney for 27-year-old Jon Hammar tweeted Friday night that his client had been released from a detention center in Matamoros, Mexico. “Jon is out, going home!” Eddie Varon Levy tweeted. … An aide to a legal representative of the Mexican attorney general’s office had told U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s staff about the pending release after the Florida Democrat’s office got word from Hammar’s mother, according to a press release...
  • MP says Bloody Sunday murder inquiry is “misguided” (Northern Ireland)

    12/22/2012 3:41:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2012 | Last updated at 05:10 ET
    A Conservative MP who served as a soldier in Northern Ireland has questioned the need for prosecutions in the Bloody Sunday killings. On Thursday, it was revealed that a team of 15 detectives will head up a murder investigation into the 1972 shootings. They will be led by a senior investigating officer who will be based in Londonderry. Patrick Mercer said he is “confused” by this latest development and does not know what prosecutions will achieve. …
  • Dublin IRA man charged over Northern Ireland prison officer murder

    12/22/2012 3:32:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Irish Central ^ | Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:54 AM | Antoinette Kelly
    Vincent Banks, 44, from Smithfield, Dublin was brought before the Irish Special Criminal Court in Dublin on Wednesday where he was charged in connection with the murder in November of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black. Banks was charged with membership of an unlawful organization styling itself as the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on December 18th, 2012. Banks was also charged with withholding information in relation to the murder of David Black. …
  • Bureaucratic rivalries may have hampered Benghazi security: sources

    12/22/2012 3:23:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:16pm EST | Mark Hosenball
    Infighting and bureaucratic jealousies between the State Department and the Pentagon may have played a role in lax security arrangements prior to the deadly attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, congressional sources said. Evidence of the bureaucratic rivalries, not previously reported, is contained in unpublished documents being studied by congressional investigators and is referred to in a classified version of a report on the attacks in Libya, which was turned over to Congress earlier this week, the sources said. Two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the friction between the Defense and State departments included, but...
  • San Francisco to Crack Down on Big Ammo Buys

    12/22/2012 3:17:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 21 Dec 2012 01:34 PM | Alec Weisman
    San Francisco officials are planning to ban the possession of hollow-point bullets and require notification of the police for any single purchase of more than 500 rounds of ammunition. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, City Supervisor Malia Cohen is introducing the ordinance in response to last Friday’s deadly shooting in Connecticut of 20 school children. …
  • 2 Teens Arrested In Connection With Beaver Co. Murder (update)

    12/22/2012 1:21:25 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 19 replies
    Pitt CBS Local ^ | 12/19/12 | KDKA
    BEAVER FALLS (KDKA) – Two teens wanted in connections with a fatal shooting in Beaver County earlier this month have been arrested. According to police, Todavia Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez, both 14, were arrested Tuesday night by the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force. The teens were wanted in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Kayla Peterson outside of her Beaver Falls home. Beaver County’s District Attorney tells KDKA that Facebook photos posted by two suspects after the homicide are also now part of the criminal investigation. D.A. Anthony Berosh said photos surfaced on Facebook after the killing. The...
  • Peacekeeper shoots dead three comrades, self in Sudan

    12/22/2012 1:08:40 AM PST · by granada · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 | Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Michael Roddy
    (Reuters) - An international peacekeeper killed three other peacekeepers before killing himself in the Darfur region of Sudan, the U.N.-led international peacekeeping force (UNAMID) said on Friday. The shooting happened at a UNAMID site in Mukjar in West Darfur on Thursday, UNAMID spokeswoman Aicha Elbasri said, adding that the gunman had shot himself and another comrade had been wounded. The African Union-United Nations force initially had said the peacekeeper killed four comrades. "The mission is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident," Elbasri said, declining further comment. Despite the presence of the world's largest peacekeeping mission, fighting between Sudan's armed...
  • Please FREEP This Poll: Where do you stand on the Gun Ban and why?

    12/22/2012 12:05:40 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 24 replies
    <p>Where do you stand on the Gun Ban and why?</p>
  • Christian Shot to Death in Somalia ( for leaving Islam )

    12/21/2012 10:48:50 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Morning Star News ^ | December 14, 2012
    Two unidentified masked men shot Mursal Isse Siad, 55, outside his home in Beledweyne, 206 miles (332 kilometers) north of Mogadishu, for leaving Islam, Muslim and Christian sources told Morning Star News. The assailants fled immediately after the murder. Siad’s oldest daughter (name withheld), 15, said her father was killed “because he failed to attend the mosque for prayers and used to pray at home. He used to share with us about Jesus.” She said that he had received messages on his mobile phone stating, “We know what you are doing, and you must stop, otherwise you risk your life.”...
  • Laura Ingraham: ‘Well-placed conservative voice’ says Paul Ryan in line to replace Boehner

    12/21/2012 10:40:03 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/21/2012 | Jeff Poor
    After the failed effort to get the fiscal cliff “Plan B” passed this week, some powerful conservatives on Capitol Hill are reportedly pushing for Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan to replace embattled House Speaker John Boehner.Keep reading...
  • Man convicted in imam's 1990 slaying ( ROP )

    12/21/2012 10:32:07 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | December 20, 2012 | Kim Smith
    Nearly 23 years after Rashad Khalifa was stabbed and beaten to death, the man accused of doing it has been convicted of premeditated, first-degree murder. A Pima County jury returned the guilty verdict against Glen Francis, 52, after three hours of deliberations. ... Attorneys for both sides agreed Khalifa, 54, was likely killed because of his religious teachings. After studying the Quran for years, he found a mathematical code and came to believe two verses were satanic. In his English translation of the Quran, he removed those verses. He also taught that people should follow the word of God and...
  • 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...