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  • Local politicians call the NRA's response "stupid."

    12/24/2012 5:43:17 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 43 replies
    abc2news.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Cheryl Conner
    BALTIMORE, Md. - The NRA leader appeared on Sunday morning talk shows, defending his stance to put armed guards in all schools. Local lawmakers are pushing back. "They're stupid. It doesn't make sense to add more guns to schools. When you add more guns to reduce violence I think you increase violence," said Sen. Lisa Gladden, (D) Baltimore City. The largest gun lobbyist broke its silence on Friday, a week after 26 people died at Sandy Hook Elementary by a man with three high-powered guns. "If it's crazy to call for putting police in our school then call me crazy....
  • Best Holiday Story Ever

    12/24/2012 5:42:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    In 1992, six Jewish people from Los Angeles decided to go to the Republican National Convention in Houston. It was the first such convention for all of us thus we were novices about the whole affair. We went to see the speeches, but these events are more about the parties. One of the gang got a flyer about a group called the National Jewish Coalition (now the Republican Jewish Coalition) which we felt was right up our alley. We went to the event and our story begins. I met the person hosting the event and we became instant friends....
  • Disarmament plan: First label everyone with a mental disorder, then use that to take their guns

    12/24/2012 5:37:11 AM PST · by IbJensen · 35 replies
    Natural News ^ | 12/22/2012 | Jon Rappaport
    NaturalNews) When everybody is diagnosed with a mental disorder, gun permits will be a thing of the past Take that seriously. At a presidential debate, Obama was asked about achieving gun control. He said, "Enforce the laws we've already got. Make sure we are keeping the guns out of the hands of criminals...[and] those who are mentally ill." http://psychcentral.com In case you've been sleeping in a cave for the past few years, the US government is doing everything it can to create more categories of crimes, and the psychiatrists are expanding the list of (fictional but enforceable) mental disorders, as...
  • The Gospel Revised by Caesar

    12/24/2012 5:30:50 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Shawn Mitchell
    Hallelujah!! Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, halle-eelujaaah!! For the government omnipotent reigneth! The kingdom of this world; is become the kingdom of our Enlightened LeadersAnd they shall reign forever and ee-eeverAnd the angel said unto the shepherds: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day a great Leader, who shall establish social justice and virtuous living in the land, including 'free' healthcare, rationed energy and a limited supply of small-caliber ammunition with reduced capacity magazines.”And the wise Leader taught many things. They asked him whether it...
  • Romney didn't want to run for president, son says

    12/24/2012 5:20:25 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 62 replies
    france24.com ^ | 12/23/12
    AFP - No one wanted to be president less than Mitt Romney, his son said in an interview out Sunday that raises new questions about the candidacy of the losing Republican nominee. In an interview with the Boston Globe examining what went wrong with the Romney campaign, his eldest son Tagg explains that his father had been a reluctant candidate from the start. After failing to win the 2008 Republican nomination, Romney told his family he would not run again and had to be persuaded to enter the 2012 White House race by his wife Ann and son Tagg. "He...
  • Harkin echoes Obama: Now is the time to toughen gun law

    12/24/2012 5:18:39 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    amestrib.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Mike Malloy
    Sadness and sympathy alone are insufficient responses to last week’s killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. That was the message U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, delivered in a teleconference Thursday in response to the massacre last Friday as he vowed to pursue stricter guns laws in 2013. “There is a palpable sense that tears are not enough,” Harkin said. Harkin, himself a hunter, pledged to defend basic gun rights but said the Second Amendment does not grant unlimited access to all guns, including semi-automatic assault rifles. Harkin said the purpose of such guns “is to kill a...
  • BREAKING People (firefighters) Shot at Scene of Webster (NY) Fire

    12/24/2012 5:17:08 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 159 replies
    WHAM13 ^ | 12/24/12 | WHAM13
    Webster, N.Y. -- 13WHAM News has learned several people have been shot at the scene of a fire on Lake Road in Webster. The fire is at 191 Lake Road near Bay Road. A source tells 13WHAM News that at that scene, an unknown gunman opened fire on fire crews on the scene. The victims have been taken by Mercy Flight to area hospitals. The fire has now spread to a second house. 13WHAM has several crews converging on the scene and will provide updates at they're available.
  • Newtown Gives us Much to Consider

    12/24/2012 5:16:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Star Parker
    Nothing strikes deeper to the heart than the loss of children. It's one more reason why the horror in Newtown, Conn., has hurt our nation so badly. I do not believe there is any human suffering like the suffering of a parent who loses a child. I know it from personal experience. I lost a beautiful, young teenage daughter almost 10 years ago, and the pain never goes away. When tragedy strikes, we want to do something. It is a natural human instinct that when we suffer, we conclude it is because something is broken and to want to...
  • GOP Senator Hutchison On Gun Control: Semi-Automatic Weapons And Large Clips ‘Need To Be Looked At’

    12/24/2012 4:59:48 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Anjali Sareen
    Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison told Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer Sunday that she may embrace tighter regulations on high capacity magazines and semi-automatic weapons. “I think we ought to be looking at where the real danger is,” she said. “Like those large clips, I think that does need to be looked at.” “It’s the semi-automatics and those large magazines that can be fired off very quickly,” Hutchison continued. “I think we should be looking at those mega-opportunities as one of the things that might be looked at.” She also discussed the need to reach out to gun owners...
  • David Cameron quotes Gospel of St John in annual message.

    12/24/2012 4:52:46 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 1 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | PUBLISHED: 00:07 GMT, 24 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 24 December 2012 Read more: http://www | TIM SHIPMAN
    ‘Christmas gives us the opportunity to remember the Christmas story – the story about the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope that he brings to the countless millions who follow him,’ he said. ‘The Gospel of John tells us that in this man was life, and that his life was the light of all mankind, and that he came with grace, truth and love. Indeed, God’s word reminds us that Jesus was the Prince of Peace.’ He concluded: ‘So however you celebrate this time of year, it is my hope and prayer that you have a happy and peaceful...
  • Sandy Hook massacre: at issue -- evil, the human condition, and free moral agency

    12/24/2012 4:11:32 AM PST · by spirited irish · 28 replies
    Renew America ^ | Dec. 18, 2012 | Linda Kimball
    The mind-numbing horror of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut has the evolutionary-minded progressive liberal chattering class discussing whether or not this horrific evil was caused by psychosis or another type of mental illness. While most of them agree that one of the primary causes of this evil is guns, not one of them will consider if whether the massacre was the willful action of an evil-minded individual. At stake here are three fundamental issues. First is evil. Why does it exist and what can be done about it? Second is the human condition, is it fallen...
  • After Recession, More Young Adults Are Living on Street

    12/24/2012 3:51:39 AM PST · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    ny times ^ | december 18, 2012 | susan saulny
    SEATTLE — Duane Taylor was studying the humanities in community college and living in his own place when he lost his job in a round of layoffs. Then he found, and lost, a second job. And a third. Now, with what he calls “lowered standards” and a tenuous new position at a Jack in the Box restaurant, Mr. Taylor, 24, does not make enough to rent an apartment or share one. He sleeps on a mat in a homeless shelter, except when his sister lets him crash on her couch. “At any time I could lose my job, my security,”...
  • Israel reportedly fears Hamas making move for control of West Bank

    12/24/2012 3:45:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 23, 2012, 6:14 am | (Times of Israel Staff)
    Senior officials in Jerusalem reportedly believe a Gaza-style takeover of the West Bank by Hamas may be in the offing, citing intelligence estimates that show the Iran-backed terror group making a move for control of the Palestinian-ruled territory. Military Intelligence and the Shin Bet security service both have information that Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal has ordered his supporters to prepare for a battle for control of the West Bank, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday. … Jerusalem fears that a Hamas takeover of the West Bank would give Iran, which is allied with the group, a foothold on the...
  • Boehner Considers Nixing SOTU in Chambers

    12/24/2012 3:01:37 AM PST · by chiller · 63 replies
    Self | 12/24/12 | Vanity
    We've only heard talk and do not know if this is true but it certainly must be, given Obama's shabby and insulting treatment of the Speaker in fiscal cliff negotiations. The latest reports from the Wall Street Journal and other sources indicate Obama has threatened Boehner and republicans with a throw-down public humiliation during Inaugural and SOTU addresses, unless Obama gets his way. Why would the Speaker invite the President (which is only done by recent tradition since the age of TV, iirc) into his house to allow him to soil his hosts ? To do so is tantamount to...
  • Zero Dark Thirty Review

    12/24/2012 1:54:39 AM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 17 replies
    Vanity | 12/24/2012 | Behind the Blue Wall
    I just saw Zero Dark Thirty, and I thought I'd give a quick review of it for the benefit of those of you who might consider seeing it in the coming weeks. I'll try not to give away too many spoilers, but obviously it's a true story, so it shouldn't be too hard. First off, I don't think it's pro-Obama propaganda. The hero of the movie is the CIA agent who made it her personal decade-long mission to track down bin Laden, and then secondarily, Seal Team Six of course, but also the other CIA personnel who participated in the...
  • Fortress Europe: A Greek wall close up (border fence)

    12/24/2012 1:31:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 21.12.12 @ 09:19 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A 12.5-km (7.8-mile)-long fence rolled with barbed wire runs across plots of garlic and asparagus on the Greek-Turkish border. For the small farming community at Nea Vyssa, the presence of Greek military and police is a welcome relief from the mass of irregular migrants crossing from Turkey on a daily basis before the summer. … The barrier—bankrolled by the Greek state—was roundly condemned by EU officials when it was first announced over the summer. Greece has been arguing its border is an EU issue which merits EU help. But it also sees the mass arrivals of migrants as a threat...
  • PETA Wants Memorial to Cow Victims of 5/22

    12/24/2012 12:25:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | John Ransom
    PETA has asked the Department of Transportation in Illinois to commemorate the spot where 16 cows lost their life on May 22 in a traffic accident says a report in the Chicago Tribune. The cows plunged from the back of a tractor trailer when it jackknifed on a bridge on an I-80 highway overpass. I’m wondering if we could just have a memorial BBQ. I’ll bring the grill. Now, before you start laughing remember: This is Illinois. (John Ransom is on vacation until 12/31/2012. Pls enjoy this column from 12/27/2011) Yes, that state.You know how people warn you about avoiding stupid...
  • Forget Sharia—The New Egyptian Constitution Enshrines Socialism

    12/24/2012 12:17:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/19/2012 @ 9:48AM | Bill Frezza
    It isn’t every day that the world gets to watch the birth of a new constitutional democracy. As the political drama in the land of the Pharaohs unfolds, the Western commentariat seems totally focused on the extent to which Egypt’s new constitution will be informed by Sharia law. Alas, nary a peep can be heard about a far greater threat to Egypt’s freedom and prosperity. The drafters of the new Egyptian constitution are blessed with having the history of two centuries of constitutional democracies to study. Evidence abounds on what works and what doesn’t, of which economic policies lead to...
  • Here Comes the Cliff

    12/24/2012 12:15:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Last week, Republicans proved they are not a governing party. Next week we will see whether Democrats are. A governing party would have, reluctantly, passed Speaker John Boehner's Plan B, which would have preserved the current tax rates on everyone with incomes under $1 million. Passage would have put Senate Democrats on the spot, since they voted for a similar measure in 2010. They might have engaged in negotiations with Boehner that could have been more productive than his negotiations with Barack Obama this month and in the summer of 2011. Then, as Bob Woodward reports in his book "The...
  • Obama to Boehner: 'I Will Use Inaugural Address, State of the Union to Blame GOP'

    12/24/2012 12:08:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Kate Hicks
    Statesmanship at its finest: during fiscal cliff talks, President Obama reportedly told Speaker Boehner that he would use his two major speeches in January to blame Republicans for the stalled deal. According to the Wall Street Journal, the president wasn't too happy with the options House Republicans were willing to present, and made it clear he was willing to throw the GOP under the bus for the nation's financial woes. Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn't reach agreement, he...
  • NRA’s LaPierre: “Monsters” on Streets Pose Threat, Not Guns

    12/23/2012 11:47:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 23 Dec 2012 11:40 AM | Amy Woods
    The country does not need “one more law on top of 20,000 laws” that aims to control gun ownership in response to the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the CEO of the National Rifle Association said Sunday. Wayne LaPierre, who participated in a lengthy interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with host David Gregory, said the root of violent outbursts in the United States remains “monsters walking the streets” who instead should be institutionalized by a failing mental-health system. “I’m telling you what I think will make people safe, and what every mom and dad—will...
  • North Korea Could Have US Within Missile Range, Says South

    12/23/2012 11:42:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:10pm GMT | Ju-min Park
    This month’s rocket launch by reclusive North Korea shows it has likely developed the technology, long suspected in the West, to fire a warhead more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles), South Korean officials said on Sunday, putting the U.S. West Coast in range. North Korea said the December 12 launch put a weather satellite in orbit, but critics say it was aimed at nurturing the kind of technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile. North Korea is banned from testing missile or nuclear technology under U.N. sanctions imposed after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear weapons tests,...
  • Gun Control Advocates' Loudest Voices Are Most Heavily Protected

    12/23/2012 11:07:04 PM PST · by chessplayer · 6 replies
    Thousands of gun control laws later, politicians like Mayor Bloomberg walk the streets of New York with armed security. According to a 2009 CBS News piece, Bloomberg, like his predecessors, is protected around the clock, “even when he’s not working.” The mayor of the nation's largest city is protected around the clock, even when he's not working. He's trailed on the golf course, at the theater, while visiting relatives for Thanksgiving dinner--with taxpayers footing the bill. The report goes further into how many armed individuals usually protect Mayor Bloomberg: Mayors typically are protected by a five- or six-person team of...
  • Bully: Obama Threatened to Blame Fiscal Cliff on GOP in State of the Union Address

    12/23/2012 10:57:33 PM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal has reported that Barack Obama, petulant as usual, was considering using his State of the Union speech to blame Republicans for the impasse in dealing with the “fiscal cliff.” The Journal wrote: Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn't reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.
  • Man Charged in '05 Murder of Cicero Woman

    12/23/2012 10:40:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 23, 2012 | Ryan Haggerty
    <p>A man who was paroled just two days earlier was ordered held without bail Saturday in the 2005 murder of a 23-year-old Cicero woman.</p> <p>Travon D. McDonald, 29, of Hickory Hills is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nayely Murry. He is charged with suffocating Murry, hiding her body in the trunk of a car and trying to set the car on fire.</p>
  • Dental Assistant Fired For Being 'Irresistible' Is 'Devastated'

    12/23/2012 9:26:45 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 84 replies
    http://gma/yahoo.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | ABC News
    After working as a dental assistant for ten years, Melissa Nelson was fired for being too "irresistible" and a "threat" to her employer's marriage. "I think it is completely wrong," Nelson said. "I think it is sending a message that men can do whatever they want in the work force." On Friday, the all-male Iowa State Supreme Court ruled that James Knight, Nelson's boss, was within his legal rights when he fired her, affirming the decision of a lower court. "We do think the Iowa Supreme Court got it completely right," said Stuart Cochrane, an attorney for James Knight. "Our...
  • Timbuktu mausoleums “destroyed”

    12/23/2012 9:23:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23 December 2012 | Last updated at 11:07 ET
    Islamists in Mali have begun destroying remaining mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu, an Islamist leader and a tourism official said. “Not a single mausoleum will remain in Timbuktu,” Abou Dardar, a leader of the Islamist group Ansar Dine, told AFP news agency. Islamists in control of northern Mali began earlier this year to pull down shrines that they consider idolatrous. …
  • 2012: Calm Before The Storm

    12/23/2012 9:18:16 PM PST · by Errant · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 23, 2012 | Gordon T. Long
    We have a new era dawning in Global Monetary policy. It is a new day with the monetary skies already red. Within 90 days the captains of monetary policy have steered the world into uncharted waters and on a course that history warns us against. Federal Reserve: QE3 "Unlimited" and QE4 within 90 days, ECB: OMT "Uncapped", BoJ: QE 10 and the newly elected Prime Minister Abe's mandate for "Inflation at any cost" BoE: UK's newly appointed BoE Governor, Mark Carney's Monetary Evan Rule targeting. These untested and newly commissioned captains all have PhD's from the finest Economic schools in...
  • Panel rejects experimental chronic fatigue syndrome drug

    12/23/2012 9:17:26 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    Nature ^ | December 21, 2012 | Heidi Ledford
    A drug for chronic fatigue syndrome that spent decades in clinical development and won fervent patient support has been turned down for approval by a committee of advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who voted 9–4 against it. The drug, named Ampligen (rintatolimod), has not been shown to be effective or safe, the committee determined on 20 December. “Key deficiencies included inadequate evidence of effectiveness or safety, inadequacy of drug–drug interaction studies, lack of carcinogenicity assessment, lack of anti-drug antibody determination, and inadequate analytical methods and drug product specifications,” the agency wrote in one of several sections...
  • Sen. Joe Manchin: Between Obama and the NRA, another path to stopping mass violence

    12/23/2012 8:57:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2012 | Joe Manchin III
    In the days after the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I made it clear that I believe it is time for us to move from rhetoric to action to prevent future acts of senseless mass violence. Since then, much has been made of those comments — some of it accurately reflecting what I said, some not. Because I am an A-rated, lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and a proud defender of the Second Amendment, some people viewed my comments as a tipping point in the debate about guns in America. The true tipping point, of course, is what...
  • Should Santa Claus still be fat?

    12/23/2012 8:43:00 PM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    Pickler's job as a professional Santa was a constant joke on the latest season of "The Biggest Loser." With his long white beard and protruding stomach, the 63-year-old looked every bit the part he played. "The world is going to have to change their acceptance of what Santa looks like," Pickler said. "Santa is a role model, and kids don't want to have a role model that's fat."
  • Gun Control Advocates´ Loudest Voices are Most Heavily Protected

    12/23/2012 7:56:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 12/23/12 | Kerry Picket
    Gun control advocates, following the NRA’s press conference on Friday, slammed the National Rifle Association’s response. NRA CEO Wayne La Pierre told reporters: “How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order? Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses--even sports stadiums--are all protected by armed security. We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers. Yet when it comes
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg Dumps on Bork's Death

    12/23/2012 7:47:19 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://newsbusters.org ^ | December 23, 2012 | Tim Graham
    National Public Radio was quite good at historical re-enactment on Thursday night's All Things Considered. The Nina Totenberg obituary on Reagan's defeated Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork carried almost all the original liberal invective. She included then-Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales, who wrote "He looked and talked like a man who would throw the book at you, and maybe the whole country."
  • SEAL Team Four commander in Afghanistan 'commits suicide' as body of married father is found shot

    12/23/2012 7:44:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/23/12 | the Daily Mail Reporter
    Commander John W Price, 42, oversaw SEAL Team Four, which was training Afghan police in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan Father of a young daughter Jillian, 9, is also survived by his wife Stephanie SEALs have suffered heavy casualties in Afghanistan The leader of Navy SEAL Team Four, one of the most senior commanders in the elite world of special operations, has died after apparently committing suicide in Afghanistan, it was reported today. Commander John W Price, 42, was found dead in his quarters with a gunshot wound on Saturday - just three days before Christmas. Cmdr Price was based in Naval...
  • Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School

    12/23/2012 7:21:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/23/12 | Daniel Halper
    The Blog Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School 4:58 PM, Dec 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C. "You proposed armed guards in school. We'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. You confronted the news media. You blamed Hollywood and the gaming...
  • UAE urges citizens not to travel to Lebanon

    12/23/2012 7:16:27 PM PST · by haffast · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/23/2012 | Rania El Gamal
    DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates urged citizens not to travel to Lebanon, a popular New Year holiday destination for Gulf Arabs, after Syria's civil war fanned sectarian clashes in north Lebanon. The Gulf Arab state issued the warning because of "difficult and sensitive political circumstances" in Lebanon, saying Emiratis should not visit unless they had to, state news agency WAM reported late on Saturday. Syria's conflict has provoked fighting in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, whose communal makeup mirrors that of the opposing sides in the war. Majority Sunnis in the city support Syria's mostly Sunni-led uprising, while...
  • America's Vicarious Christmas Vacation

    12/23/2012 7:14:41 PM PST · by upchuck · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    President Barack Obama needs a break. It's tiring and takes a tremendous amount of effort to dismantle 250 years of what made America the great nation we once were. So, in anticipation of leaving the drudgery of governing behind, Obama abandoned the wrecking ball he's been swinging for the last four years, left the 54 holiday trees that lost their lives in the White House, and jetted off with the wife, the kids and the dog for their nine-hour flight to Oahu. ... During the planned 17-day breather the President will be doing the usual "playing golf, eating at local...
  • WhiteHouse.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident, send Secret Service home

    12/23/2012 7:04:34 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    WhiteHouse.go ^ | 23 December 2012
    Only 23 signatures. If we could get 25,000 it would be a huge embarrassment for the pResident.
  • US lobby (NRA/LaPierre) issues point-blank 'no' on gun control

    12/23/2012 6:57:23 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    France24 ^ | 23 December 2012
    AFP - The NRA, the most powerful gun lobby in the United States, ruled out any support Sunday for greater regulation of firearms or ammunition magazines after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said planned legislation to outlaw military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines was "phony" and would not work.He repeated the NRA's call to place an armed guard in every school and argued that prosecuting criminals and fixing the mental health system, rather than gun control, were the solutions to America's mass shooting epidemic.On December 14, a disturbed...
  • Your country on Democratics... Your country on Republicans... (CAPTION the toon about you)

    12/23/2012 6:54:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
  • Police: Sen. Crapo Arrested, Charged With DUI

    12/23/2012 6:50:42 PM PST · by knak · 46 replies
    Times News ^ | 12/23/12 | Associated Press
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Authorities say U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C. suburb. Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday that the Idaho Republican was pulled over early Sunday morning after his vehicle ran a red light. Police spokesman Jody Donaldson said Crapo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at about 12:45 a.m. without incident. He was transported to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond at about 5 a.m.. Donaldson said he didn't immediately know what Crapo's blood alcohol level was. Crapo has a...
  • Red alert issued for volcano on Chile-Argentina border

    12/23/2012 6:30:53 PM PST · by John W · 10 replies
    cnn.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Erica Harrington and Greg Botelho
    Chilean authorities on Sunday issued a red alert -- the most severe in their warning system -- that the Copahue Volcano, high in the Andes mountains on the border with Argentina, might be poised for a significant eruption. In a statement, Chile's Geological and Mining Service stressed that no mandatory evacuations have been ordered around the remote volcano, which lies about 280 kilometers southeast (175 miles) of Concepcion, though the closest roads to it are in Argentina. Even though the seismic activity suggests a minor eruption, the agency decided to raise the alert level because it could not rule out...
  • What Would Churchill Do?

    12/23/2012 6:26:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    The American ^ | December 21, 2012 | Arnold Kling
    November 6 was an electoral setback dealt to those of us who believe in capitalism and limited government. What can we learn from Churchill, who was no stranger to setbacks? I looked forward to Tuesday, November 6, 2012 with nervous anticipation. That was the publication date for the long-awaited third volume of William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill, The Last Lion. This final installment, subtitled Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965, was written mostly by Paul Reid, as Manchester himself was unable to make much headway prior to his death in 2004.That day also was notable for an electoral setback dealt...
  • Steve Jobs’ high-tech yacht impounded over bill dispute

    12/23/2012 6:25:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2012 | Last updated at 12:29 ET
    Venus, the minimalist high-tech yacht commissioned by the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, has become embroiled in a row over a disputed bill. French designer Philippe Starck claims Mr. Jobs’ heirs still owe him €3 million of a €9 million fee for the project, according to Dutch paper Het Financieele Dagblad. Mr. Starck called in the debt collectors and had the yacht impounded. … The sleek, 260-foot-long aluminum super-yacht cost €105 million ($138 million; £85 million) and was launched in October, at Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. …
  • Egypt opposition accuses Islamists of fraud in referendum

    12/23/2012 6:15:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 23, 2012, 5:29 p.m. | Reem Abdellatif and Ned Parker
    Egypt’s opposition on Sunday charged that fraud was committed during a referendum on the nation’s Islamist-backed constitution, which preliminary results indicated had been approved by voters. The dispute augured more ill will and public confrontation between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and their opponents. The constitution, which went before voters Saturday in a second and final round of balloting, was approved by 64%, according to an initial count, the state news agency reported. Leaders from the National Salvation Front, or NSF, the coalition of leading nationalist, left-wing and moderate politicians, accused Islamists of systematic fraud and urged the government to not put...
  • Dana Loesch Sues Breitbart.com To Nix Contract

    12/23/2012 6:14:54 PM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12-23-12 | by Tommy Christopher
    Radio host, sometime CNN contributor, and Breitbart.com non-blogger Dana Loesch has filed suit against Breitbart.com LLC, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, seeking release from her contract, and $75,000 in damages. -snip- Conservative talk radio host and commentator Dana Loesch sued the owner of the conservative website Breitbart.com Friday, claiming that although her relationship with the news and opinion aggregating website had gone “tragically awry,” Breibart.cοm LLC refused to let her work for the company or anyone else, forcing her into “indentured servitude in limbo.” The suit, filed in U.S. District Court here, seeks at least $75,000 in damages, as...
  • Muslim group slams rebel threats against Syria Christians

    12/23/2012 6:11:50 PM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    The Daily Star - Lebanon ^ | December 23, 2012 05:28 PM | Friend or Foe?
    An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on December 22, 2012, allegedly shows rebels speaking at an undisclosed location in Syria on December 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: The world's largest Muslim body on Sunday condemned threats made by Islamist rebels in Syria against two Christian towns, warning of fresh confessional strife in the war-torn country. Such threats "are contrary to the precepts of Islam which calls for tolerance, brotherhood and peace," said the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation based in the Saudi city of Jeddah. It warned against the risks of...
  • 'Gun Free' Zones Attract Killers

    12/23/2012 6:09:49 PM PST · by Daffynition · 20 replies
    NRO via Hartford Courant ^ | December 21, 2012 | John Fund
    A few things you won't hear about from the saturation coverage of the Newtown school massacre: •Mass shootings are no more common than they have been in past decades, despite the impression given by the media. •In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
  • Germany warns Britain against “blackmailing” EU

    12/23/2012 6:05:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Sun, Dec 23, 2012 11:45 AM AEDT | (AFP)
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned Britain in a Sunday newspaper interview against “blackmailing” its EU partners in a bid to bring powers back home from Brussels. “We want to keep Britain in the EU and not force it out,” Schäuble told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “But I will also say that does not mean anyone can blackmail us.” Asked whether a debate raging in Britain about a possible referendum on the country’s future in the 27-member bloc was “dangerous”, Schäuble said the European Union needed to be sending a clear message to the rest of the world. …
  • Barney Frank: Newt Gingrich hypocritical for blaming Newtown on absence of religion in public life

    12/23/2012 5:52:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/20/2012 7:18 PM | Tracy Jan
    Congressman Barney Frank blasted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for hypocrisy on Wednesday, criticizing the marital track record of his political nemesis after Gringrich connected the Sandy Hook school massacre to the absence of religion in public life. “God appears to have been driven out of Mr. Gingrich’s private life if you look at his marital history,” Frank said on MSNBC. “He’s very selective about where he thinks fundamental religious tenets ought to be followed.” …