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  • With Election Over, Americans Find They Were Duped By Democrats And Obama

    12/24/2012 5:08:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 94 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/24/12 | editorial
    Politics 2012: It hasn´t been two months since Barack Obama won re-election, but already we´re finding out things that were kept from us during the campaign. Expect to hear more in the coming months. lElections are clarifying events, we´re told. But sometimes what they clarify is merely the gap between what we were told during the campaign and the reality on the ground. Often, the two don´t match. That´s certainly true with Obama. How often in recent weeks have we learned that what we heard on the campaign trail from the Obama camp, and which were echoed by
  • Bad care is inevitable in the NHS

    12/24/2012 5:06:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/24/12 | Harry Mount
    That´s not to say it´s excusable, just that the appalling neglect of 38 patients at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is the logical result of the NHS´s untenable management structure. Imagine if everything at Tesco´s was free but rationed, and subject to delivery delays of several months. Then throw in the fact that there are no other free alternatives. You would have a nightmare on your hands--huge queues, attracted by the free goods, then further stretched by the long delays. Imagine how the staff would then behave--harrassed by the limitless demand of customers, but also in a tyrannical position of
  • Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners' Names and Addresses

    12/24/2012 5:01:47 PM PST · by mandaladon · 178 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Colleen Curry
    A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area. Hundreds of residents in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun. The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the...
  • Election reform: 4 day, Saturday-Election Day voting period

    12/24/2012 5:00:22 PM PST · by chiller · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12/24/12 | Paul Bedard/Secrets
    In a bid to get voters focused on the critical post-presidential debate period of national campaigns, a leading political advisor is pushing to scale back early voting to just the last four days of the election. "People really shouldn't be voting until the debates are finished. We should concentrate on the campaign and the choice until then," said Larry Sabato, who heads the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. (snip) Other suggestions from Sabato: Email voting for soldiers overseas; federal election standards and deadlines; no fault absentee voting where people don't have to provide an excuse; and printouts from electronic...
  • Army teams going to Africa as terror threat grows (35 new wars!)

    12/24/2012 4:41:27 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 40 replies
    AP, via Stras & Stripes ^ | December 24, 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge.
  • Doc infects patients with hepatitis B during surgery

    12/24/2012 4:02:34 PM PST · by Doogle · 9 replies
    MyHealthNewsDaily ^ | 12/24/12 | Rachael Rettner
    A doctor with hepatitis B who performed joint replacement surgeries unknowingly passed the virus on to at least two of his patients, according to a new report. The report, issued by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System, said the surgeon first became aware that he had hepatitis B after he stuck himself with a needle, and underwent routine testing for blood-borne diseases. The surgeon had emigrated from a country that had a high prevalence of hepatitis B, and likely had had chronic hepatitis B for some time without showing symptoms, such as fever and nausea.
  • Adelson: GOP Should Accept Tax Increases to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

    12/24/2012 3:50:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 24 Dec 2012 10:20 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    Casino/hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson says Republican congressmen should accept a tax increase to solve the fiscal cliff. “I’m a citizen first and a partisan second,” Adelson, who provided more than $100 million to Republican candidates during the last election cycle, writes on Politico. That sum likely makes him the largest single donor ever. …
  • Who’s Crazy? Mental-health experts are wrong.

    12/24/2012 3:45:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 52 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 24, 2012 | D. J. Jaffe
    Mental-health experts are wrong. Untreated, the seriously mentally ill are prone to violence. While virtually the entire nation unites around the reasonable proposition that people with serious mental illnesses should not own assault weapons, one group takes umbrage: mental-health experts. In the wake of incidents such as the one at Newtown, the experts immediately issue press releases claiming that people with mental illness are no more violent than others, leading to the conclusion that people with serious mental illness should not be the target of gun-control efforts.How can the chasm be so wide? Who is right? The public that believes...
  • Un-merry Christmas to Christians from Islam

    12/24/2012 3:37:10 PM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies
    politicalislam.com ^ | 23DEC12 | Kenneth Roberts
    Is Islam tolerant of Christianity? Muslims say yes, but what are the facts? Mullahs around the world warn Muslims not to respond to the words 'Merry Christmas'. If Jesus is the 'prince of peace', it makes Mohammed look bad. In the last years of his life, Mohammed led and commanded violent aggression every six weeks. Mohammed was the 'prince of jihad'. Muslims believe angels announced the birth of Jesus, but Muslims do not believe the Gospel where the angels said, "Peace on earth." Peace with Kafirs is not possible. The Christmas greeting to Christians around the world is still the...
  • North Dakota Enjoys Oil Boom—But Girds for Slowdown

    12/24/2012 3:22:28 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2012 | RUSSELL GOLD
    The Bakken Shale has put North Dakota in an enviable position—flush with oil, jobs and tax revenue. But some state officials are fretting about an inevitable slowdown. Here, a drill site outside of Watford City. DICKINSON, N.D.—North Dakota officials have a challenge many states would love to face: figuring out how to manage big permanent investments such as roads and bridges for an energy boom that is drawing hordes of newcomers. Already home to some of the fastest-growing towns in the country, according to Census Bureau estimates, the oil-rich western half of North Dakota is likely to experience a population...
  • Actor Jack Klugman dies at age 90

    12/24/2012 3:14:09 PM PST · by John W · 73 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | December 24, 2012 | ABC 13
    LOS ANGELES, CA (KTRK) -- There's sad news to report from the entertainment world. Actor Jack Klugman has passed away at the age of 90. The actor's attorney made the announcement Monday. Klugman reportedly died peacefully at his home in Northridge, California with his wife, Peggy, at his side.
  • Spending to Increase 55 Percent Under Obama's Plan

    12/24/2012 3:08:07 PM PST · by upchuck · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Monday, December 24, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Spending will increase 55 percent over the next decade, if President Barack Obama's budget plan goes into effect. The finding comes from the Republican-side of the Senate Budget Committee, which notes that Obama's "Proposal Would Spend $880 Billion Over Already Projected Increases." "The President's last fiscal cliff offer once again increased spending rather than reducing it," writes the minority-side of the Senate Budget Committee. "His plan does claim $800 billion in spending reductions over ten years, but these claims are more than offset by new spending increases: increasing spending above BCA limits ($1,200 billion); paying for the doc fix ($400...
  • Police catch Superstorm theft suspect who took advantage of classmate's kindness

    12/24/2012 3:04:49 PM PST · by tflabo · 2 replies
    phillyburbs ^ | Mon Dec 24, 2012 | Jo Ciavaglia
    Lower Southampton police have caught a homeless New Jersey woman who allegedly stole more than $2,000 in items from a former high school classmate who took her in after Hurricane Sandy.
  • Temporary workaround to get your sidebars back

    12/24/2012 2:29:21 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 52 replies
    FR settings ^ | Dec 24, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    An error in the system is truncating some of our pages. Hoping John checks his messages soon and fixes the problem. In the meantime, you can work around it by clicking on "Account" (at the top of any of the main index pages) then on "My Preferences." Then select 20 results per page. Very sorry about the inconvenience. Merry Christmas, everyone!!
  • Don’t kill the shale-gas boom

    12/24/2012 2:29:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Published: DECEMBER 23, 8:19 PM ET | Robert J. Samuelson,
    Let’s not smother the shale-gas boom. It is the crown jewel of the disappointing economic recovery. Why tamper with success? Yet, there are those who argue that benefits of shale gas could be maximized if we restricted gas exports, mainly as liquefied natural gas (LNG). This would, it’s argued, keep prices low for U.S. consumers and manufacturers, contributing powerfully to the revival of American industry. Sounds convincing. It isn’t.Limiting LNG exports might initially cut prices, but the long-run consequences would be perverse. By depressing prices, we might kill the boom. Production would become less profitable or unprofitable, and new drilling...
  • Governor issues Christmas Eve pardons

    12/24/2012 2:17:34 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 5 replies
    SFGate ^ | 12/24/12 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday pardoned 79 convicted people, most who committed low-level drug offenses, in an act that is for common governors to perform around Christmas and New Year's. All of the people who received pardons had completed their sentences and had not committed any criminal activity for more than a decade. The pardons address crimes as far back as a sentence handed down in 1954 for a robbery. While most of the pardons were for crimes of possessing, manufacturing, selling or transporting various drugs, Brown also granted them to people convicted of grand theft, involuntary manslaughter, driving under...
  • Where'd They Go?

    12/24/2012 2:15:15 PM PST · by Bushbacker1 · 21 replies
    Huh? | 12/24/12 | Bushbacker1
    OK! Where did the sidebar go? Nothing on the right of my page! What happened? No Front Page news, no nothing! Where oh where did my sidebar go?
  • Study: Facebook Could Cause Obesity

    12/24/2012 2:13:37 PM PST · by crosshairs · 10 replies
    ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) - Researchers at Columbia University have learned that using Facebook may be tied to obesity, due to the negative eating habits that could result from frequent visitation of social networking sites. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, obesity is a problem for approximately 35 percent of all American adults – a number that is reportedly rising with each passing year. The study, led by Keith Wilcox, Ph.D., surveyed almost 500 people about their Internet use, specifically as it pertained to Facebook, Men’s Health is reporting. Of the 470 participants asked, those who...
  • Petition to Deport Piers Morgan Gains Internet Fame

    12/24/2012 2:07:23 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/24/12 | Sarah Parnass
    A petition asking President Obama to deport CNN anchor Piers Morgan gathered more than 33,000 signatures in just three days. The petition on the White House’s “We the People” website posted Friday has crossed the 25,000 threshold needed to solicit a response from President Obama. But unlike the petitions to reduce gun violence that Obama addressed last week, this one isn’t likely to receive a favorable response. The petition takes aim at Morgan for his impassioned defense of proposed gun control legislation on air this week. It accuses him of launching “a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting...
  • Gunman who ambushed firefighters killed grandmother in 1980, police say (Banned From Owning Guns)

    12/24/2012 1:54:39 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 24, 2012 | Jason White
    The gunman who ambushed four volunteer firefighters, killing two, in upstate New York had spent 17 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980, police said. Undated booking photo of William Spengler, who shot and killed two firefighters Monday. William Spengler opened fire on the volunteers as they responded to a blaze just before 6 a.m. ET in a small cluster of homes along Lake Ontario in Webster, N.Y., police said, rocking this close-knit community. The 62-year-old convicted felon had apparently set a trap, firing on the first responders from atop an earthen berm....
  • How About Banning Bullets? The Constitution Doesn't Say Anything About Those...

    12/24/2012 1:49:44 PM PST · by blam · 81 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-24-2012 | Henry Blodget
    How About Banning Bullets? The Constitution Doesn't Say Anything About Those... Henry BlodgetDecember 24, 2012, 1:56 PM It's Time We Saw The Idea That Everyone Should Carry An Assault Weapon For What It Is: Nuts One of the arguments invoked by those who think we should keep assault weapons freely available in this country is that the Constitution says we have a right to own and buy them. The Constitution actually doesn't say anything of the sort. All the Constitution says is that we have the right to "bear arms." And that "right to bear arms" is actually supposed to...
  • Vatican Newspaper Compares Gay-Marriage Equality to Communism

    12/24/2012 1:39:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Dec 20 2012 | ALESSANDRO SPECIALE - Religion News Service
    Vatican newspaper compares marriage equality to communism Vatican City • Faced with recent setbacks in the United States and Europe, the Roman Catholic Church has intensified its increasingly uphill battle against gay marriage. The latest salvo came this week, with a front-page article in the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. Historian Lucetta Scaraffia compared proponents of gay marriage, with their championing of “marriage equality,” to 20th-century communists who wooed millions with their promise of perfect social and economical equality. Scaraffia, a 64-year-old former feminist activist who later became a fervent Catholic, has often written in the Vatican newspaper on the...
  • Firearm Sales in US Skyrocket Amid Debate on Gun Control

    12/24/2012 1:34:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/12/12 | Annie Lubin
    United States firearm sales have sky-rocketed since the Newtown school massacre, as debate over gun control rages and enthusiasts fear certain assault weapons and high-capacity magazines could be banned. President Barack Obama basically has put gun enthusiasts on warning, Larry Hyatt, owner of a gun shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, told AFP, referring to efforts to outlaw certain weapons in the wake of the Newtown shooting. A semi-automatic Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle was used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in which a disturbed local young man shot dead 20 young children, six adults and his mother before taking...
  • Piers Morgan Lashes Out on Twitter Against Petition Asking White House to Deport Him

    12/24/2012 1:31:28 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/24/12 | Alex Kantrowitz
    Piers Morgan lashed out on Twitter today after a petition on the White House’s official website demanding his deportation blew past the 25,000 signature mark necessary to require an official response. The petition, now over 45,000 signatures, asks the White House to deport Morgan, a CNN host, for what it calls an attack on the second amendment. Morgan, who is British, has been an outspoken advocate for gun control in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings earlier this month. The petition calls his advocacy a “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution,” and demands that he “be deported immediately for his...
  • Bennett on Netanyahu: He Wants to Navigate Alone

    12/24/2012 1:25:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/12/12
    Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett responded Monday night to the uproar created by comments he made last week regarding the expulsion of Jews from their homes. Referring to Netanyahu's campaign, Bennett told Channel 2 that "a national camp does not attack a national camp. It is completely unnecessary to play in the internal field. We have to take votes away from Livni." "This policy debate is fine," said Bennett, "but to get up in the morning and see a flood of anonymous personal negative ads is not right." "Netanyahu prefers to surround himself with weak parties who have no influence...
  • The NRA plan is so stupid that 1/3rd of all public schools already use it

    12/24/2012 1:17:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    The National Review ^ | 12/24/12 | Via New York Times:
    [. . .] Nationwide, at least 23,000 schools — about one-third of all public schools — already had armed security on staff as of the most recent data, for the 2009-10 school year, and a number of states and districts that do not use them have begun discussing the idea in recent days. . . Plus the NRA plan was much more comprehensive than just armed guards.
  • To American Gun Owners

    12/24/2012 1:15:47 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 18 Dec 12 | Kenn Blanchard
    Watch
  • ’Tis the season to bash Israel

    12/24/2012 12:44:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Monday December 24, 2012 | David M. Weinberg
    Every Christmas eve, you can count on several foreign correspondents in Israel to produce their annual bash-Israel-for-Christmas articles. These propaganda pieces usually focus on the plight of Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem, laying the blame on Israel for the dramatic decline (from perhaps 70 percent to under 25%) in the number of Christians in that city. Earlier this year, in April, CBS’s Bob Simon produced a masterpiece of mistruth on “60 Minutes” in which he indicted Israel's “occupation” and its security fence for the decline of the Christian population in the entire West Bank. Yesterday, the slam-Israel doozy of the year...
  • Group says Gaza Palestinians violated laws of war

    12/24/2012 12:35:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 24, 2012 7:56 AM EST
    Gaza militants violated laws of war by launching hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians during last month’s fighting, Human Rights Watch said in a release Monday. … “Palestinian armed groups made clear in their statements that harming civilians was their aim,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at the New York-based rights group. “There is simply no legal justification for launching rockets at populated areas.” …
  • A sampling of child firearms deaths in 2012

    12/24/2012 12:35:12 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-24-12 | Administration Propaganda(AP)
    A sample of deaths by gunfire this year of children age 12 and under based on an Associated Press review of media reports: Jan. 23—Jaymee M. Steward, 7, is accidentally shot in the head while he and his brothers, ages 4 and 13, play in a bedroom of the family home in Morristown, Tenn., with a .22-caliber gun they mistake for a toy. Jaymee dies three days later. Feb. 20—Delric Miller, 9 months, is struck by gunfire when an attacker sprays the Detroit home he is in with an AK-47. Authorities say the gunfire is gang-related.
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/24/2012 12:26:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam...
  • John Kerry's Record in Latin America

    12/24/2012 11:31:44 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2012 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    ... Mr. Kerry's record of promoting American values abroad is dismal. It isn't that he opposes U.S. intervention—far from it. The trouble is that he has a habit of intervening on behalf of bad guys. A left-wing world view and an earnest conviction that it is his destiny to impose it on others may make him a perfect fit in the Obama cabinet. But it won't be good for poor countries or for U.S. interests. Latin America knows all too well the dangerous combination of Mr. Kerry's arrogance and, to be polite, let's say, naiveté. In 1985, in the midst...
  • Next-generation handcuffs deliver electric shocks, drugs to detainees

    12/24/2012 11:18:05 AM PST · by JOAT · 46 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 10 December 2012 | Mike Flacy
    Definitely an interesting, if not controversial, invention for the field of law enforcement, a new set of handcuffs delivers electric shocks like a taser. Covered in detail on Patent Bolt recently, a patent application for an advanced set of handcuffs was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark office during late November 2012. Filed by a group called Scottsdale Inventions during late 2010, technology that could potentially go into the handcuff design includes an accelerometer, a location sensing device, a microphone; a camera and a biometric sensor to measure a detainee’s physical state. However, the group has also designed the...
  • Another Danger! Chocolate Pudding

    12/24/2012 11:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I don’t like bloated government. It undermines economic performance by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy and often leads to destructive tax policy. But when trying to build support for good fiscal policy, it often helps to cite specific examples of wasteful and foolish government. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been comparing examples of government stupidity and political correctness in the United States and the United Kingdom.After all, how many people would want to pay more taxes after reviewing these bizarre episodes of government in action?From the United Kingdom A job-placement center got in trouble for discriminating...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/24/2012 11:07:39 AM PST · by Faith · 19 replies
    December 24, 2012 | Faith
    There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse.And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-2
  • The PRIVILEGE of Being ANTI-GUN

    12/24/2012 11:07:24 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 19 Dec 12 | MrColionNoir
    Watch
  • Ansar al Sharia Tunisia releases pictures of FBI agents

    12/24/2012 10:47:00 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | 23DEC12 | Thomas Joscelyn
    A media outlet for Ansar al Sharia Tunisia has released pictures purportedly showing three FBI agents who interviewed Ali al Harzi, a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The release of the pictures on jihadist forums was first noticed by the SITE Intelligence Group. The US government had been seeking access to Harzi for more than two months, since he was arrested in Turkey and deported to his native Tunisia in October. Harzi's lawyer told the Associated Press yesterday (Dec. 22) that the FBI had finally been given permission to interview him. The interview last...
  • The story behind Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential campaign to President Obama.

    12/24/2012 10:43:51 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 48 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 22, 2012 | By Michael Kranish
    It was two weeks before Election Day when Mitt Romney’s political ­director signed a memo that all but ridiculed the notion that the Republican presidential nominee, with his “better ground game,” could lose the key state of Ohio or the election. The race is “unmistakably moving in Mitt Romney’s direction,” the memo said. But the claims proved wildly off the mark, a fact embarrassingly underscored when the high-tech voter turnout system that Romney himself called “state of the art” crashed at the worst moment, on Election Day. To this day, Romney’s aides wonder how it all went so wrong.
  • A Christmas Reminder of Our Dual Citizenship

    12/24/2012 10:38:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Terry Paulson
    Over half of voting Americans are pleased to see Barack Obama continue for a second term while just under 50% are wondering how voters could reelect him after such a dismal record of broken promises. As believers, we ask--Is God guiding us, punishing us, or reminding us again of what truly counts in the Kingdom of God. After all, at this time of the year, when we celebrate the birth of Christ when God chose to lower himself into our playpen that by His grace we might join the family of God, we wonder what God is doing to...
  • Michael Graham Exits WTKK

    12/24/2012 10:18:56 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    All Access ^ | 12/24/12 | All Access
    Earlier speculation that GREATER MEDIA Talk WTKK/BOSTON is considering a format change sooner rather than later (NET NEWS, 12/11) may be getting closer to reality with the news that station veteran and current afternoon host MICHAEL GRAHAM has left the building. His departure follows that of middayer DOUG MEEHAN (NET NEWS, 12/17). The fate of other staffers is still unconfirmed; the station is currently airing "best ofs" of morning duo JIM AND MARGERY. We'll have more details on anything else as soon as we can confirm them. In the meantime, GRAHAM is actively looking for his next opportunity.
  • [In 2001] [Eight] Pupils die in Japan knife massacre [he didn't need a gun to massacre children]

    12/24/2012 10:17:06 AM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | June 8, 2001
    A knifeman has killed at least eight pupils in a rampage at their school in western Japan. Officials say more than 20 other pupils were hurt, along with several teachers. Some are seriously ill in hospital. It is believed the children were aged six or seven.
  • Random Thoughts (Thomas Sowell)

    12/24/2012 10:09:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 25, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, "What you don't know would make a big book." Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone, "What you don't know would fill more books than the Encyclopedia Britannica." At least half of our society's troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of all. Some people seem to think that, if life is not fair, then the answer is to turn more of the nation's resources over...
  • Edward M. Kennedy Jr. announces he will not run for US Senate in Massachusetts

    12/24/2012 10:08:14 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 19 replies
    Boston Globe-Democrat ^ | 12/24/12 | Martin Finucane
    Edward M. Kennedy Jr. announced today he would not run for US Senate in Massachusetts, removing a potentially formidable contender for the seat that will be left vacant if US Senator John F. Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. “Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and I hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future,” Kennedy said in a statement. Kennedy lives in Connecticut but also owns a house at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport. He is the son of the late...
  • How Boehner Can Stop Tax Hikes, Save His Speakership

    12/24/2012 10:04:48 AM PST · by yoe · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | December 21,. 2012 | Editor
    Budget: Plan Boehner — also known as Plan B — has failed in the House because the Republican speaker couldn't get the Republican members to follow him. So what should they do now? Wait until next year. [snip] Not that a vote would have mattered: Harry Reid's do-nothing Senate — it hasn't passed a budget in more than three years — would not have even taken up the bill. [snip] Let him send his budget to Congress in February, as required by law, and show his plans for escaping the cliff. {snip}After all, won't Obama be responsible for the tax...
  • Afghan policewoman kills US military adviser inside Interior Ministry

    12/24/2012 9:48:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | December 24, 2012 | Bill Roggio
    An Afghan policewoman gunned down a US military adviser inside the Interior Ministry today. The insider, or green-on-blue, attack is the first in nearly six weeks, and the first recorded by a female member of the Afghan security forces. The policewoman, who was identified as Nargis, is "assigned to the gender and equality department" at the Afghan Interior Ministry, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. "She fired one shot at the advisor, a construction engineer, in the head at close range," according to the Afghan news agency. The policewoman's motivation for shooting the civilian adviser is not know. She is...
  • Russell Wilson defied all odds to become the talk of the NFL (football, family, faith)

    12/24/2012 9:24:07 AM PST · by doug from upland · 34 replies
    seattle slimes ^ | 12-2012 | Danny O'Neill
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tammy Wilson is referencing scripture, 1 Samuel Chapter 16, Verse 7, and looking through her purse to find her Bible. Turns out it's in her work bag, which just means she'll go from memory. "It's not the countenance of a man nor the height," she begins. "But the heart." And then Russell Wilson's mother begins to speak of the difference between fact and truth. The fact that her son, the Seahawks' quarterback, stands short of 6 feet does not define the truth of his abilities. And the fact her husband was once feared brain dead did not...
  • CLASSIC REWIND - 1965: 'If I Were the Devil' (Warning for a Nation) - Paul Harvey

    12/24/2012 9:13:29 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1965 | Paul Harvey
    YouTubeIf I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”...
  • Fatal shooting of driver after 2 boys killed in wreck remains a mystery

    12/24/2012 9:08:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON – Investigators are searching for answers after a suspected drunken driver was found shot dead after he allegedly slammed into a family's truck on a rural Houston-area road, killing two young brothers. 12-year-old David Barajas and his 11-year-old brother, Caleb, were helping their father push his disabled truck down the road when 21-year-old Jose Banda allegedly slammed into them from behind, MyFoxHouston.com reports. Neighbors say they heard gun shots minutes after the crash. Police responding to the crash found Banda shot in the head, but no gun at the scene. Banda and both boys died.
  • In the name of the Name: Monks who were suppressed by the Tsar’s navy

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