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  • Study: Mistletoe Effective Against Colon Cancer (Fraxini extract combats colon cancer cells)

    12/23/2012 10:26:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 12/23/12 | CBS Local Media
    SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia (CBSDC) – Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia have found another purpose for mistletoe – apart from helping potential suitors steal kisses around the holidays. Mistletoe could also be used to help the effectiveness of chemotherapy, or could even act as an alternative to chemotherapy for treatment of colon cancer, according to Newswise. The American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. noted on its official website that colorectal cancers are preventable – as many as 45 percent of occurrences could be curbed with dietary and habit modifications. Despite that fact, the news of a...
  • Sex-offender intern's case goes underground: Homeland Security, courts, senator's office all mum

    12/23/2012 10:25:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    wnd ^ | 12/22/12 | Micheal Carl
    The case against an intern serving in the Newark, N.J., office of Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from that state, who was arrested Dec. 6 reportedly for being both an illegal immigrant and a sex offender, apparently has gone underground. The Associated Press reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 18-year-old Luis Abraham Sanchez Zavaleta outside of his Newark home. However, there seems to be no record of the arrest, the progress of Sanchez’s case, or that he is even still in custody.
  • Mitt's Son Says He Never Wanted to be President Anyway

    12/23/2012 10:14:31 AM PST · by OKRA2012 · 79 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 12/23/12 | Connor Simpson
    If you thought the tale of how Mitt Romney lost the general election was already told, you would be wrong. Because there is so much left to tell, like how Mitt never wanted to be President anyway.
  • Constitutionally, Speaker Boehner Should Not Be Making Pre-emptive Tax Concessions

    12/23/2012 9:51:56 AM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 28 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | December 23, 2012 | Rob Natelson
    From the standpoint of one familiar with our constitutional history, the spectacle of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives making pre-emptive tax concessions to the President is unnerving. Over a period of centuries, the lower house of the English Parliament, the House of Commons, fought for and won the “power of the purse”—that is, the right to initiate, as well as approve, all revenue measures. Based on English success, we adopted the same system. Until now, apparently. Fundamental to the rights of Englishman was (and is) the right not to be taxed without consent. That required approval by...
  • Just another night in binge-drink Britain: Police cells fill with 'black eye Friday' fighters

    12/23/2012 9:33:49 AM PST · by granada · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 December 2012 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    It is meant to be the season to be jolly - but Britain's towns and cities descended into chaos last night as binge-drinkers ditched festive spirit for mindless violence. On the day colloquially known as 'black eye Friday', police officers packed town centres on one of their busiest nights of the year. The last Friday before Christmas is traditionally a rowdy night due to the huge number of office parties taking place, the end of the academic term and workers being given Christmas bonuses.
  • 25 years after her rape claims sparked a firestorm, Tawana Brawley avoids the spotlight

    12/23/2012 9:18:53 AM PST · by granada · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 23, 2012 | MICHAEL GARTLAND
    Her silence is deafening. Twenty-five years after the spotlight first glared on Tawana Brawley — a black woman who as a teen claimed she was raped by a gang of white men, smeared with feces and stuffed in a garbage bag — she’s desperately struggling to stay hidden from public view. “I don’t want to talk to anyone about that,” Brawley, 40, said recently after The Post found her in Hopewell, Va., where she lives in a neatly kept brick apartment complex with signs warning of video surveillance cameras. By all appearances, her life — so chaotic a quarter-century ago...
  • Fed dilemma: growth vs. inflation

    12/23/2012 8:47:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    telegram.com ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012 | Robert Samuelson
    The Fed was in over its head. It didn't know enough to do what it (and many others) thought it could do. Today's problem is similar. Although the Fed has learned much since the 1970s, including the importance of low inflation, its economic understanding and powers are still limited. It can't predictably hit a given mix of unemployment and inflation. Striving to do so risks dangerous side effects, including a future financial crisis. For proof of the Fed's limits, look to the Fed itself. Since the 2008-09 financial crisis, which the Fed didn't anticipate or prevent, it has repeatedly miscalculated....
  • 4 shot in deadly Sacramento home invasion; Intruder fatally wounded

    12/23/2012 8:43:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    kcra.com ^ | 22 December, 2012 | Leticia Ordaz
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Sacramento police are investigating a home invasion robbery on Haven Court that left one intruder dead and three others injured on Saturday. Police have arrested Thomas Ordonaz, 21. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and, accessory after the fact. The incident happened at 3:30 a.m. in the Pocket neighborhood. Investigators said during the course of the robbery, gunfire was exchanged and total of four people were shot.
  • U.S. judge rules against Calpers on San Bernardino

    12/23/2012 8:23:29 AM PST · by Be Careful · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/21/12 | By Jonathan Weber and Tim Reid
    (Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge ruled on Friday against an attempt by the California Public Employees Retirement System to bypass the bankruptcy court and collect overdue pension payments from the bankrupt city of San Bernardino. The decision, while only one step in a highly complex legal proceeding, was a blow to Calpers' argument that pension payments and California law should take precedence in a bankruptcy.
  • Affleck leaves door open to Senate run

    12/23/2012 8:15:57 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 23, 2012 | Laurel J. Sweet
    Oscar-winning Cambridge native Ben Affleck -- who played a congressman in the 2009 political thriller “State of Play” -- isn't ruling out a real-life run for office in the pending Massachusetts race to fill Sen. John Kerry's seat but downplayed the idea in an interview aired today. In a segment airing today on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” a coy Affleck, 40, tells host Bob Schieffer with a nervous laugh, “Well, for one thing, the state of Massachusetts currently has two extraordinary senators, so there is no vacancy,” when pressed by Schieffer on whether he’ll run for fellow Democrat Kerry’s...
  • CNN's Don Lemon On Gun Control: Should We Start Profiling White Men?

    12/23/2012 8:14:57 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 40 replies
    RCP ^ | 12/23/2012
    CNN's Don Lemon discusses the possibility of profiling white men in an attempt to prevent gun violence and decrease the amount of mass shootings. Lemon argues that white males between the ages of 18 and 25 were behind nearly all recent mass killings. On the panel: David Sirota, radio talk show host; Richard Moran, criminologist; Lou Palumbo, retired police detective and private security provider; and Tom Deets, gun store owner. Video at link
  • What Piers Morgan doesn’t want you to know about Britain and violent crime (US has low crime rate)

    12/23/2012 8:11:08 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    the Right scoop ^ | December 21, 2012
    National Review posted this yesterday and this is perhaps why Piers Morgan gets all interrupty when someone tries to explain how bad violent crime is in Great Britain: According to the Mail, Britons suffer 1,158,957 violent crimes per year, which works out at 2,034 per 100,000 residents. By contrast the number in notoriously violent South Africa is 1,609 per 100,000. The U.S., meanwhile, has a rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, which is lower than France’s, at 504; Finland’s, at 738; Sweden’s, at 1123; and Canada’s at 935. As a result of both the different ways in which these...
  • The End of Bush Tax Rates Should Make Liberals Happy

    12/23/2012 8:08:16 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 12-22-12 | tim brown
    Families, Average Income $70,662: $4,138 tax increase. Baby Boomers, Average Income $95,099: $4,223 tax increase Low Income Workers, Average Income $24,757: $1,207 tax increase Millennials, Average Income $23,917: $1,099 tax increase Retirees, Average Income $42,553: $857 tax increase Note that these income figures are Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Number of filers and AGI are estimates for 2013. Take a look at the full details here. Interestingly enough, liberals say this is a bad thing, but for them it would simply be returning to the Clinton Era Tax rates, right? Aren’t they the ones who have been saying those were the...
  • Los Gatos residents protest sporting goods store

    12/23/2012 8:07:40 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 12/23/2012
    LOS GATOS -- Carrying signs demanding "No Guns in Los Gatos" and "Protect Our Children," about 30 people picketed a new Los Gatos sporting goods store that sells firearms Saturday, the day it was supposed to open. Former Los Gatos Mayor Sandy Decker said it appeared that Templar Sports opened briefly, but then closed in the face of the protest. No one answered the phone at the new store on University Avenue, which also offers fishing equipment. The protest took place eight days after the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children and seven adults died. "The...
  • Muslim Brotherhood claims victory in Egypt constitution vote amid fraud allegations

    12/23/2012 8:04:45 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    RT.com ^ | December 23, 2012
    Egypt's new Sharia-based constitution has been approved in a second round of voting, the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party said. The country's opposition leveled accusations of fraud, saying it will appeal the referendum results. The new charter was approved by 64 percent of Egyptian voters in a “resounding victory,” state news agency al-Ahram reported on Sunday. The preliminary tallies were calculated from reports by polling station officials. Egypt's election committee will confirm the final results on Monday. Egypt's main opposition party the National Salvation Front (NSF) announced Sunday it will appeal the results of the referendum. NSF members alleged there were...
  • Obama Has to Fib Even at a Funeral

    12/23/2012 7:29:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2012 | Jack Cashill
    Yes, everything is about Barack Obama. From the beginning, he has built his career on his own personal story, and the funeral service of former Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye at the National Cathedral on Friday apparently struck him as an opportune time to remind the world what that story was. In his 1,600-word oration, Obama even managed to work in the fact, as though someone in the universe might not have heard, that he had "a white mom [and] a black father" "and was raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." The problem, however, is not just that Obama used the word...
  • Cobb gun show attracts scores looking for assault-style rifles (Atlanta, GA)

    12/23/2012 7:28:10 AM PST · by Drew68 · 26 replies
    THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION ^ | Dec. 22, 2012 | Chris Joyner
    As gun control talks heat up in Washington, more than 1,000 people lined up Saturday morning outside the exhibit hall at Jim Miller Park in Cobb County for the Eastman Gun Show. Many hoped to walk away with assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines they fear may soon be outlawed. “This is awesome,” said Kevin Law, a gun enthusiast and surveyor from Woodstock. He attended the show with his brother Keith Law. “We knew it was going to be like this. People want to protect their rights.” Like many in line in the freezing temperatures, the Law brothers had planned to...
  • British hospital apologizes to familes for appallingly negligent care

    12/23/2012 7:26:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2012 | Rick Moran
    An apology seems insufficient considering the circumstances. Telegraph: ******** Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is writing to 38 families after a massive legal action that exposed years of bad practice, ranging from nurses taunting patients to leaving an elderly woman unwashed for 11 weeks. In one of the worst cases, a man had starvation recorded as the cause of his death after being treated at the hospital for two months. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said last night that he was "disgusted and appalled" by what the families had been through, and that the Government was acting to ensure that failings...
  • Piers Morgan's Full-Auto Fantasyland (Ignoring the difference between full and semi-automatic)

    12/23/2012 7:23:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2012 | Dmitri Rutkowski
    CNN's Piers Morgan is known for his invasive, aggressive style of journalism and reliably left-leaning sympathies. In the wake of the recent atrocity at Sandy Hook School, however, the former British tabloid editor has taken to playing fast-and-loose with the facts regarding America's gun laws . . . in a manner that's "not quite cricket." During his 12/21 broadcast at the 20 minute mark, Morgan repeatedly featured YouTube-type video footage illustrating the firing of a fully-automatic AR15 type rifle. What's wrong with that? Well, the problem stems from the fact that both the video's caption and Morgan himself describe the...
  • What does Newsweek Know About Jesus?

    12/23/2012 7:19:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2012 | R.B. Parrish
    For its Dec. 10, 2012 edition, Newsweek featured a story, "What Do We Really Know About Jesus?" A better title might have been, "What does Newsweek know about Jesus?" The gist of the article is that the gospels are full of historical errors; yet nevertheless, "for those with a broader vision, a more generous appreciation of literature, and a fuller sense of theological meaning, the story of the Christ-child and his appearance in the world can be founded not on what really did happen, but on what really does happen, in the lives of those who believe that stories such...
  • Could this time really be different? (barf alert)

    12/23/2012 7:15:23 AM PST · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 23 dec2012 | Mike Littwin
    This time is different. You don't have to ask why. Twenty Sandy Hook first-graders are dead, having been shot repeatedly with a gun (legal) that looks as if it had been grabbed off a "Zero Dark Thirty" set, killed by bullets (legal) intended to cause maximum damage, set in action by a disturbed young man who was able (with his anyone-can-buy-it tool kit of death) to turn an elementary school into a war zone. Of course it is different. The stoic president wept. The dead children's classmates brought stuffed animals to the funerals. We learned of the victims' brief lives,...
  • Are There Any Heroes Left in the Republican Party ?

    12/23/2012 6:49:35 AM PST · by Understand the stimulus · 60 replies
    Understand the Stimulus | December 23 2012 | Understand the Stimulus
    What the republicans and their supporters don't understand is that Obama is playing them as if they are opponents in a "playground basketball game" where intimidation, trash talking, humiliation, and below the belt blows are the predominant rap of the winning team Nothing better demonstrates this simple analysis than the following quote: "At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, "I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?" "You get nothing," the president said. "I get that for free."
  • Lee Dorman, bassist for Iron Butterfly, dies at 70

    12/23/2012 6:33:04 AM PST · by the scotsman · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 22nd December 2012 | Los Angeles Times
    'Lee Dorman, 70, the bassist for the psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, was found dead Friday morning in a vehicle, said Gail Krause, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. A coroner's investigation is under way, but foul play is not suspected. Iron Butterfly was formed in San Diego in 1966 and recorded an album before Dorman joined a revised lineup that included guitarist Erik Braunn, keyboardist and singer Doug Ingle and drummer Ron Bushy. In 1968, the group recorded "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida," a 17-minute heavy metal track that "was nothing short of a pop monument," The Times said in 1988, "the song...
  • GERALD CELENTE: The Financial Collapse Of 2013 Will Be Worse Than The Great Depression

    12/23/2012 6:15:04 AM PST · by blam · 87 replies
    TBI - KWN ^ | 12-23-2012 | Sam Ro
    GERALD CELENTE: The Financial Collapse Of 2013 Will Be Worse Than The Great Depression Sam RoDec. 23, 2012, 5:07 AM Forget the Mayan Apocalypse. Gerald Celente, the popular trends forecaster of Trends Research, cites the work of a former Treasury official and warns that the bonds are in a massive bubble that will burst in 2013 in what will be a financial collapse like nothing we've seen before. He recently spoke about it in an interview with King World News: This piece is being penned by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, the former Assistant Treasury Secretary under Ronald Reagan. And he...
  • Businesses Cut Employees’ Hours to Prepare for Health Care Reforms

    12/23/2012 6:10:16 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 20 replies
    Free Times ^ | 20 November 2012 | Eva Moore
    With President Barack Obama reelected to a second term, the health care reforms passed during his first term are set to take effect. And some employers are now facing the fact that they’ll be forced to offer health coverage to all employees who work more than 30 hours a week. Here in the Midlands, Lizard’s Thicket owner Bobby Williams is in that position. His company made the decision to cut new employees to 28 hours a week. Long-time employees will continue to work 40 hours a week, he says. “Absolutely they’re upset about it,” he says of the workers whose...
  • America is now run by angry, feral adolescents fueled by hatred, jealousy and revenge

    12/23/2012 5:30:03 AM PST · by IbJensen · 91 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | December 21st, 2012 | Derek Hollenbeck
    Minority groups in America live better here than they do in other parts of the world. This is true for both Blacks and Hispanics. “Poor” in America is a description of at least lower middle class or better in many countries around the world. Yet when given a chance, these groups gladly plunged America into a dark and dangerous future to take their “revenge” against our nation. On first glance this lust for revenge seems counterintuitive. But closer examination explains this rage. Both groups are fueled by greed hatred jealousy and a thirst for revenge stoked to a roaring flame...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 December 2012

    12/23/2012 4:47:18 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 213 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 23rd, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Kent Conrad, D-N.D.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.FACE THE NATION (CBS): David Keene, NRA president; Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Mark Warner, D-Va.; Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C.; actor Ben Affleck.THIS WEEK (ABC): Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Reps....
  • Jersey town adopts schoolhouse Glocks

    12/23/2012 4:24:30 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 66 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/23/12 | Susan Edelman
    Don’t mess with Marlboro Township. The leafy, well-heeled New Jersey suburb will station a permanent armed cop in each of its nine schools starting Jan. 2. * * * The mayor and other town officials had approved the initiative before the chief of the National Rifle Association ignited a firestorm on Friday by calling for armed guards for schools.
  • Stop and think - and you will realise that banning guns is a waste of time

    12/23/2012 4:11:36 AM PST · by expat1000 · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 December 2012 | PETER HITCHENS
    Ask yourself this. Even if you had a house full of guns and ammunition, would you then murder a close relative, shoot your way into a nearby primary school and massacre as many children as you could? Of course you wouldn’t. You would have to be mad to do such a thing, and mad in a rather special way. And if you were mad in that way, and had no gun, you might use other weapons. There are recent instances in various parts of the world of what appear to be attempted mass murder by car, or by knife. Take...
  • Arab ‘Taxi Terrorist’ Runs over Policeman

    12/23/2012 4:08:07 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Jerusalem police shot and wounded a Jerusalem Arab taxi driver-turned terrorist Sunday morning after he ran into a Border Police officer, wounding him in his leg. The driver, approximately age 21, approached a police station in Jabel Mukaber, in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood near Talpiot. After the taxi cab hit a supply truck at the entrance to the police station, a Border Police officer began talking to the driver, who then put the cab in reverse and then back into the drive position, aiming at the Border Police officer. Jerusalem police at the scene immediately opened fire. Both the Border...
  • Reid urges Hawaii governor to quickly name Inouye successor

    12/23/2012 4:02:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Reid urges Hawaii governor to quickly name Inouye successorBy Meghashyam Mali - 12/23/12 05:53 AM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Saturday pressed Hawaii’s governor to quickly appoint a successor to Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who passed away last week. In a statement, Reid said he has asked Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) to tap a replacement by year’s end. “I have asked the governor of Hawaii to appoint Senator Inouye's successor with due haste. It is critically important to ensure that the people of Hawaii are fully represented in the pivotal decisions the Senate will be making before...
  • Snapshots from a secret state: Panoramic pictures of North Koreans

    12/23/2012 3:54:51 AM PST · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    Snapshots from a secret state: Panoramic pictures of North Koreans at work and play give an extraordinary glimpse of everyday life Award-winning photographer David Guttenfelder makes frequent trips to notoriously secretive North Korea trying to capture the country as accurately as possible for outsiders. Here he describes capturing this set of photos which offer a rare glimpse into the everyday life of its citizens... My window on North Korea is sometimes, quite literally, a window - of a hotel room, the backseat of a car, a train. Fleeting moments of daily life present themselves suddenly, and they are opportunities to...
  • Occupy LA Sues Over Mass Detentions (“shock and awe”)

    12/23/2012 3:47:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 12/22/12 | Jason Kandel
    Occupy LA Sues Over Mass DetentionsA lawsuit was filed by Occupy protesters whose demonstration at City Hall last year was broken up by police By Jason Kandel | Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 | Updated 9:02 PM PST Occupy Los Angeles demonstrators are suing the city for what they said was an unlawful “shock and awe” attack on their civil rights when 1,400 police officers swept nearly 300 demonstrators from City Hall grounds more than a year ago. **SNIP** Five people are suing in a class action lawsuit that represents 292 people detained by officers in the raid. Court documents said...
  • CIA: 'Zero Dark Thirty' is 'not a documentary' (Obama killing Osama movie "dangerous" dramatization)

    12/23/2012 3:21:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/22/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    CIA: 'Zero Dark Thirty' is 'not a documentary'By Alicia M. Cohn - 12/22/12 09:51 AM ET The head of the Central Intelligence Agency sent a memo to CIA employees on Friday informing them that the new movie "Zero Dark Thirty," about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, "is not a documentary." "The film takes significant artistic license, while portraying itself as being historically accurate," CIA Acting Director Michael Morell wrote. The film, by director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, has already achieved both Oscar predictions and controversy in Congress. The movie depicts the international search for the al Qaeda...
  • Brit 7/7 widow ‘plotted station horror’

    12/23/2012 3:07:15 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | December 23, 2012 | SIMON HUGHES and ALLAN HALL
    SECURITY chiefs fear an al-Qaeda cell funded by the British “White Widow” plotted to bomb a German railway station, The Sun can reveal. The attack in Bonn would have resulted in a massacre like the one in the Spanish capital Madrid in 2004 which left 191 people dead. But the device failed to explode and was disarmed before it could detonate. Intelligence sources in Germany say that al-Qaeda was behind the conspiracy — which encompassed “many operatives” overseas, including wanted Brit Samantha Lewthwaite. Last night a source said: “Remember this was a primed device that was of the size of...
  • Court blocks California law banning gay therapy

    12/23/2012 2:26:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2012 10:15 PM EST | Lisa Leff
    A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure’s constitutionality. The law was set to take effect Jan. 1. Licensed counselors who practice so-called “reparative therapy” and two families who say their teenage sons have benefited from it sought the injunction after a lower court judge refused the request. The law, which was passed by the...
  • “Fiscal cliff” leaves Boehner a wounded speaker

    12/23/2012 2:15:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2012 9:09 AM EST | Alan Fram
    John Boehner is a bloodied House speaker following the startling setback that his own fractious Republican troops dealt him in their “fiscal cliff” struggle against President Barack Obama. There’s plenty of internal grumbling about the Ohio Republican, especially among conservatives, and lots of buzzing about whether his leadership post is in jeopardy. But it’s uncertain whether any other House Republican has the broad appeal to seize the job from Boehner or whether his embarrassing inability to pass his own bill preventing tax increases on everyone but millionaires is enough to topple him. “No one will be challenging John Boehner as...
  • Head of national nuke security agency departing

    12/23/2012 2:09:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2012 3:07 PM EST
    The man who has led the nation’s nuclear security agency since 2007 is stepping down next month after presiding over a 20 percent increase in the agency’s budget but also some management missteps that have raised questions about the agency’s ability to carry out its mission. Tom D’Agostino announced Friday he is leaving the National Nuclear Security Administration, which funds and oversees work at the Sandia and Los Alamos national labs in New Mexico. The research centers employ about 20,000 people in the state. He was appointed to the post by President George W. Bush. …
  • Allen West: House Has Finished Its Work on Fiscal Cliff

    12/23/2012 2:02:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 21 Dec 2012 11:24 AM | Greg McDonald
    Florida Rep. Allen West is suggesting the House is no longer a player in the fiscal cliff negotiations following the rejection by Republicans of Speaker John Boehner's “Plan B” tax bill, which was aimed at forcing the president into a larger deficit reduction deal. The Republican caucus, according to some political observers, is now in chaos and unable to agree among themselves on anything. But West insisted in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night that Republicans did the right thing in refusing to go along with Boehner’s plan to increase the tax rate on the affluent even...
  • Putin slams Barroso: “You know you are wrong; you’re guilty”

    12/23/2012 1:51:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 21 December 2012
    The EU-Russia summit ended today (21 December) with no major decisions, but Russian President Vladimir Putin staged a show for the press, telling Commission President José Manuel Barroso that he was “not right” in his interpretation of energy liberalization rules. … “My friend from many years, Mr. Barroso, has for so long and so emotionally spoken, because he knew that he is not right; he is guilty,” Putin said, amidst laughter from the sizable Russian delegation. Turning to the press, he added: “Open Article 34 of our basic treaty with the EU and read for yourselves.” Article 34 of the...
  • Concealed gun permit demand rises in Poconos

    12/23/2012 1:11:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | December 20, 2012 | Howard Frank
    President Obama’s call for “meaningful action” to avert future mass shootings has sparked a surge in citizens looking to get guns while they still can. Interest in concealed firearms carry permits has spiked in Monroe County and across Pennsylvania after Obama’s comments following the mass murders in Newtown, Conn. … More people are picking up applications in Monroe County, and the sheriff’s office expects a sharp spike in applications by the end of the year and into the new year. … The jump in applications corresponds to an increase in demand for assault rifles locally. …
  • Sunday's TV news show lineup, Dec. 23 (With NRA Asa Hutchinson & Wayne LaPierre)

    12/23/2012 1:06:25 AM PST · by Red Steel · 6 replies
    sfgate ^ | 10:42 pm, Saturday, December 22, 2012
    Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: Channel: 7 ABC's "This Week" - Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, who is leading a National Rifle Association program that will develop a security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers; Sarah Brady, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. 8 a.m. Channel: 11 NBC's "Meet the Press" - Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,
  • Boogeymen and Fake Reforms in Obama's Illinois

    12/23/2012 12:55:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Earlier today I received an email from Jonathan Ingram at the Illinois Policy Institute that I wish to share. The email is regarding the sorry state of Illinois Pensions. Dear Mish Illinois has a long history of fake reforms – legislative proposals that promise to solve the great policy challenges of the day when passed, but never actually accomplish these goals and often make problems worse. In the mid-1990s, Illinois lawmakers were facing a serious problem: the unfunded liability of the state’s five public pension systems had reached $20 billion. As a way to combat this growing problem, the state...
  • How Instagram Is Teaching Us About Big Government

    12/23/2012 12:52:34 AM PST · by 867V309
    heritage ^ | December 22, 2012 | James Velasquez
    Whether it’s the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), our lives have never been more subjected to the whims of an unelected, “progressive” bureaucracy.
  • So Unhappy

    12/23/2012 12:49:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Charles Payne
    Four years ago, there was a sense that America was clearing its last hurdle on race and ideological animosity. There was pride in electing the first black president, even by those that didn't cast their vote for Barack Obama. Fast forward to even before Friday's massacre, and there was a malaise hanging over the nation ripping it apart on so many levels. Americans pitted against fellow Americans. It's not good enough to lose elections anymore, there has to be complete demonization and the absence of any compromise. God is under attack, traditional values are being abandoned, and capitalism is considered...
  • The Growth Trend of Americans Living Alone

    12/23/2012 12:39:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Political Calculations
    Following on the heels of our finding that the increase in the share of single person households over time is the primary factor in the observed increase in U.S. income inequality for households over the last six decades, we thought it might be interesting to share what we found in the U.S. Census' data from 1940 onward regarding the growth trend of Americans living alone. Our chart below reveals the general trend for how single person households grew from 7.7% of all U.S. households in 1940 to an estimated 27.5% in 2011. Here, we find that the percentage share of...
  • Some Overdue Abuse for America’s Native Criminal Class

    12/23/2012 12:34:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m not sure what it says about me – or about readers – that the three most-viewed posts on this blog involve humor. The two cartoons that show the rise and fall of the welfare state.A joke about California, Texas, and a Coyote.This Michael Ramirez cartoon about Obama’s self-imposed headwinds. The welfare state drawings weren’t even intended as a joke. I wanted to make an important point about how entitlement programs start small, but then balloon in size as politicians buy more votes and create more dependency.But whenever I share these drawings as part of Powerpoint presentations, audiences laugh. So...
  • B is For Bizarre -- Also For Boehner, Budget and Washington Bozos

    12/23/2012 12:19:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    How long is this show going to go on in Washington, and must it? They say closing time for its costars is midnight, December 31. That's when the president and the speaker of the House need to agree on the federal budget Or Else, but politicians never met a deadline they couldn't postpone, as in Can, Kick Down the Road. This year's burlesque is turning into a melodrama (working title: Meltdown) as both sides steer the country right over the dreaded (cue scary music) Fiscal Cliff! Thelma and Louise, here we come. The Mayans couldn't have written a scarier doomsday...
  • A Progressive Priority: Celebrity Gun Buy-Backs

    12/23/2012 12:08:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Austin Hill
    It is, perhaps, the ultimate “do as I say, not as I do” scenario: progressive entertainment stars and politicians telling us that we shouldn’t possess firearms. So now would be a good time for American progressives to rise up and do for their icons, as their icons seek to do for us: it’s time for an entire movement of celebrity gun buy-back events. Gun buy-back events, if you’re not familiar, have been proliferating nationwide over the past decade or so. They usually involve a local law enforcement agency setting-up a designated time and location where individuals can hand-over their...
  • Question John Kerry Long and Hard!

    12/22/2012 11:54:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    This column was co-authored by Bob MorrisonSen. John Kerry has a long and dubious record in foreign policy. In the 1970's, he testified against his fellow Vietnam War veterans before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He charged that they were violating the Geneva Conventions every day in Vietnam. Some POWs were outraged at Kerry's disloyal statements. They said they had been tortured by their Communist captors trying to force them to make such untrue statements. Worse, Kerry went to Paris in 1971. There, he met with North Vietnamese Communists. We need to see all his notes from those meetings....