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  • State Department Official who 'Resigned' After Libya Findings Reportedly Staying on Payroll

    The New York Post reports that Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, has not resigned from the department, as a State Department spokeswoman indicated Dec. 19. Boswell is instead just "switching desks," according to the report. Three other State Department officials, including Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, were placed on administrative leave after the release of the report. However, according to the Post they are expected to return
  • Did Obama skip church on Christmas?

    12/26/2012 5:40:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    Beltway Confidential -- Washington Examiner ^ | 12-26-12 | Charlie Spiering
    Did the Obama family skip church services this Christmas? The White House readout of the President’s activities on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day makes no mention of church services – although the President and the First Lady made time to visit service members of the United States Military at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii. Below is the text of the White House release to the press: Last night, the President made holiday telephone calls to US service members, then sat down with his family for Christmas Eve dinner. This morning, the family gathered around 8AM to open their Christmas...
  • State-Run Broadcasting Pushes for Taxes

    12/26/2012 5:36:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    A "serious" proposal is one that has a reasonable expectation of resolving a conflict. Anyone studying Speaker Boehner's Plan B proposal knows it wasn't serious. Why are so many defending it and bemoaning its defeat? It tells you an awful lot about the dishonest nature of politics in America today. Republicans -- fiscally conservative Republicans -- have argued since forever that tax increases diminish economic growth. For the past two years, they have argued that increasing taxes on the "wealthy" would wreak havoc on our fragile (at best) economy. In fact, three studies have confirmed that this "millionaires tax," now...
  • Cops from neighboring towns come to Newtown to give officers Christmas Day off

    12/26/2012 5:31:29 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/25/2012
    Police from other towns have agreed to work on Christmas Day as part of a grassroots effort from throughout the law enforcement community in nearby areas, so that Newtown police can have time off. “We’ll always try to help out neighboring towns. Any time there’s a tragedy, we’ll try our best to lend a helping hand,” said Lt. Bob Kozlowsky of the Shelton, Connecticut, police department, according to a report by FOX8. Newtown police have been working nonstop since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. “It’s important to help out,” said Officer Jeffrey Nielsen of...
  • Middle East Democracy

    12/26/2012 5:16:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Here's the first paragraph of my last year's column "Democracy Is Impossible": "After Moammar Gadhafi's downfall as Libya's tyrannical ruler, politicians and 'experts' in the U.S. and elsewhere, including French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, are saying that his death marked the end of 42 years of tyranny and the beginning of democracy in Libya. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Gadhafi's death represented an opportunity for Libya to make a peaceful and responsible transition to democracy. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, 'Now it is time for Libya's Transitional National Council to show the world that it will respect the rights...
  • The NLRB's Union Bonus--With the election over, the labor board guts the Beck decision on dues.

    12/26/2012 5:07:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12-23-12 | WSJ
    Christmas came early for Big Labor last week when the National Labor Relations Board handed down a pair of decisions that overturned longstanding precedent and will deliver a windfall to union finances. On Wednesday, the NLRB voted 3-to-1 to gut protections for workers who don't want their money spent on politics. In states without right-to-work laws, employees of unionized companies are coerced into paying dues as a condition of employment. But under the Supreme Court's 1988 Beck decision, workers are allowed to withhold the portion of their dues that unions spend on political activity. Unions must also maintain independently verified...
  • Charity Begins With Wealth Creation

    12/26/2012 5:03:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | John Stossel
    Charity -- helping people who have trouble helping themselves -- is a good thing two times over. It's good for the beneficiary and good for the donor, too. Stephen Post's fine book, "The Hidden Gifts of Helping," reveals that 76 percent of Americans say that helping others is what makes them most happy. Giving money makes us feel good, and helping face-to-face is even better. People say it makes them feel physically healthier. They sleep better. Private charity is unquestioningly better than government efforts to help people. Government squanders money. Charities sometime squander money, too, but they usually don't. Proof...
  • Mayor Coleman on Newtown tragedy

    12/26/2012 4:39:42 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-24-12 | city hall scoop
    Alongside a slew of Hollywood celebrities, mayors such as New York’s Michael Bloomberg, Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and St. Paul’s own Chris Coleman are calling for more gun control and taking the NRA to task for calling for armed guards in every school. Coleman, a vice president of the National League of Cities, released the following statement on the Newtown, Conn. tragedy on Friday, Dec. 21. "On the day when we’re still burying children killed in Newtown, CT, the NRA has the audacity to say the answer is more guns and more violence that exposes our children to unprecedented dangers. As...
  • New York newspaper faces backlash after publishing map of gun permit holders

    12/26/2012 4:37:45 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published December 25, 2012
    <p>A local New York newspaper is drawing the ire of its readers after publishing an interactive map that shows the names and addresses of thousands of residents who have handgun permits.</p>
  • Seven Things Parents Can Do Post-Newtown Without Government

    12/26/2012 4:33:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    These simple common-sense steps are adapted from a post I published on my blog after the horrific Newtown, Conn., massacre. Our hearts ache, but we are not completely helpless or hopeless in the face of evil and the unknown. And we are not alone. This Christmas, cherish life, keep faith and practice self-empowerment.7. Teach our kids about the acts of heroes in times of crisis. Tell them about Newtown teacher Vicki Soto's self-sacrifice and bravery. Tell them about Clackamas mall shopper Nick Meli, a concealed-carry permit-holder whose quick action may have prevented additional deaths. Tell them about Family Research Council...
  • NRA wrong about armed guards in schools

    12/26/2012 4:32:36 AM PST · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    WND ^ | December 25, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah doesn't want more guns in the hands of government NRA leader Wayne LaPierre says that the key to prevention of future school massacres like the one in Newtown, Conn., is for the government to post armed guards in every school in America. Let me disagree with my good friend and fellow Second Amendment supporter. In fact, I believe that is exactly the wrong prescription. America doesn’t need more police. America doesn’t need a “civilian national security force,” as Barack Obama has suggested. And America certainly doesn’t need more firearms in the hands of the government – local,...
  • Residents return home after NY fatal shooting (Webster NY)

    12/26/2012 4:26:42 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/26/2012 | NA
    WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of a suburban Rochester, N.Y., neighborhood gutted by a fire set by a man who gunned down four volunteer firefighters have been allowed to return to their homes. Local media outlets report that authorities began letting homeowners return to their properties in Webster on Tuesday, a day after 62-year-old William Spengler shot four firefighters, killing two, after setting the pre-dawn blaze that destroyed seven homes along Lake Ontario and damaged two others.
  • Pro-Life Catholic Group [Priests for Life] Wins HHS Mandate Exemption in Court

    12/26/2012 4:24:33 AM PST · by rhema · 8 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12/24/12 | Steven Ertelt
    In another victory for pro-life advocates challenging the pro-abortion HHS mandate in Obamacare, a pro-life Catholic group has won a legal battle in court to get an exemption from having to comply with the mandate. The new mandate compels religious employers to pay for and refer employees for birth control, abortion-causing drugs and contraception in violation of employers’ religious beliefs. On Thursday, pro-life attorneys Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi presented oral argument in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) in support of Priests for Life’s request that the court immediately halt the enforcement...
  • Israel to build 942 more homes in east Jerusalem [Shove it Obama & Hillary & U.N.!]

    12/26/2012 3:16:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    wral.com ^ | 12/25/12 | Amy Teibel
    Israel has advanced the process of building 942 more settler homes in east Jerusalem under a new fast-track plan to tighten its grip on the territory, which the Palestinians claim as the capital of a future state. A government planning committee on Monday moved the project to the advanced stage of asking contractors to submit bids to build them, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday. Once a bid is awarded, construction can begin on the project in the Gilo area, though it can take months, if not longer, to reach that point. An additional 300 units can be built after further...
  • The NOT Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 26, 2012

    12/26/2012 3:03:53 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
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  • DC hotels less busy for Obama's 2nd inauguration

    12/26/2012 2:42:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    SRN NEWS ^ | 12/25/12
    Visitors coming to the nation's capital for President Barack Obama's second inauguration can't stay in the one place President Ronald Reagan's family once called an eight-star hotel. That spot is the White House, and it's booked for the next four years. Still, inauguration-goers have a range of lodging options —from crashing on a friend's couch to rooms that cost thousands of dollars a night. With second inaugurations tending to draw fewer spectators, finding a place to stay in Washington won't be nearly as difficult as in 2009. City officials are expecting 600,000 to 800,000 visitors for the Jan. 21 inauguration,...
  • Obama visits troops in Hawaii [Photo-Op for the Pretender]

    12/26/2012 2:01:36 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/25/12 | Josh Gerstein
    [The Occupiers] interrupted their vacation Tuesday to pay a Christmas Day visit to U.S. troops and their families at a military base in Hawaii. The Obamas' visit to Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii was not on his official public schedule, but it did not appear to come as a surprise to those on the base. One patron told a pool reporter that a substantial line built up in anticipation of the president's visit. (It's the fifth year in a row Obama has dropped in on Christmas diners at this particular mess hall.)
  • Obama to Return to Washington as Fiscal Cliff Looms [Ignores For MONTHS, Suddenly Wants To Work]

    12/26/2012 1:49:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 80 replies
    Voice of America ^ | December 26, 2012
    ... Obama is cutting short his vacation in the Pacific state of Hawaii and will return to Washington to resume talks with congressional leaders aimed at reaching agreement on a deficit reduction package before the year ends. The White House says Obama will leave Wednesday and is expected to arrive back in Washington early Thursday. Early last week,the president said he and Republican House Speaker John Boehner were relatively close to an agreement on a compromise to avert what is being called a "fiscal cliff" -- $500 billion in mandated spending cuts and tax increases that would affect almost all...
  • Psychosis Triggered by Smoking Pot?

    12/26/2012 12:40:49 AM PST · by SoCal SoCon · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 8, 2011 | David W. Freeman
    CBS) Advocates of medical marijuana say pot has all sorts of health benefits. Maybe so, but a new study from Australia suggests that smoking pot can drive some people crazy - or at least make them go crazy sooner than they would have if they had never picked up the pipe. The study, published online in "Archives of General Psychiatry," shows that potheads develop severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia about 2.7 years earlier than people who don't use marijuana.
  • Obama Cuts Vacation Short To Deal With Fiscal Crisis

    12/25/2012 11:41:01 PM PST · by zeestephen · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | 25 December 2012
    President Barack Obama is cutting short his Hawaiian holiday to leave for Washington on Wednesday to address the unfinished "fiscal cliff" negotiations with Congress.
  • Health-care sector vulnerable to hackers, researchers say

    12/25/2012 10:46:51 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 25, 2012 | Robert O’Harrow Jr.
    As the health-care industry rushed onto the Internet in search of efficiencies and improved care in recent years, it has exposed a wide array of vulnerable hospital computers and medical devices to hacking, according to documents and interviews. Security researchers warn that intruders could exploit known gaps to steal patients’ records for use in identity theft schemes and even launch disruptive attacks that could shut down critical hospital systems. A year-long examination of cybersecurity by The Washington Post has found that health care is among the most vulnerable industries in the country, in part because it lags behind in addressing...
  • Layoffs Since The Election, Merry Christmas edition

    12/25/2012 9:41:52 PM PST · by null and void · 23 replies
    mostly DailyJobCuts.com ^ | 12/25/12 | nully
    Since the election: (Updated 12/25/12 at 7:30 PM PST) Layoffs and closures. Number of jobs lost listed where reported. USA only Week of to # Laid off Running total Notes 11/7 11/13 21,164 21,164 11/14 11/20 35,247 56,411 11/21 11/27 3,630 60,041 Thanksgiving week 11/28 12/4 6,138 66,179 12/5 12/11 17,882 84,061 12/12 12/18 7,551 91,612 12/19 12/25 3,264 94,876 Merry Christmas! Organization Location # Laid off Running total Sector Notes Date Brevard Schools Brevard Co, FL 400 400 Education 12/19/12 Capital Jewelers Carson, NV 400 Retail Closure, no number reported 12/19/12 Office Max Cerritos, CA 400 Retail Closure, no...
  • Lanza family says impersonator behind Ryan Lanza's Facebook page

    12/25/2012 9:18:47 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/23/12 | CANDICE M. GIOVE
  • Preventing Mass-Murder Tragedies: What Works, What Doesn’t (Clayton E. Cramer)

    12/25/2012 9:03:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | December 17, 2012 | Clayton E. Cramer
    There is a drumbeat of demand for a new federal assault-weapons ban to prevent more tragedies like the one that happened in Connecticut. If we had not tried the experiment, you could honestly wonder if it would do any good. But the policy has been tried and found wanting. In 1999, the National Institute of Justice published a study by criminologists Jeffrey Roth and Christopher Koper, “Impacts of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban: 1994–96.” It examined the effects of the federal assault-weapons ban in its first two years of operation and found no statistically significant reduction in murder rates. “The...
  • BBC's 'Top Gear' Host to America: 'It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan, Pleasse don't

    12/25/2012 8:57:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/25/12 | Kerry Picket
    Jeremy Clarkson, a British television personality who hosts the popular BBC program Top Gear, weighed in on the controversy surrounding fellow Brit CNNÂ’s Piers Morgan. Clarkson tweeted on Monday: Jeremy Clarkson âś” @JeremyClarkson Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Pleasse don't send him back. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite The Top Gear host also tweeted: Jeremy Clarkson âś” @JeremyClarkson Americans. Was the second amendment not introduced to protect you from the tyranny of the British? Piers Morgan in other words. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Following the deadly shooting at an elementary...
  • 'Odd Couple' star Jack Klugman dies in LA at 90

    12/25/2012 8:54:31 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 12/25/12 | ANTHONY McCARTNEY
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For many, Jack Klugman will always be the messy one. His portrayal of sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's "The Odd Couple" left viewers laughing but it also gave Klugman the leverage to create a more serious character, the gruff medical examiner in "Quincy M.E." His everyman ethos and comic timing endeared him to audiences and led to a prolific, six-decade acting career that spanned stage, screen and television. Klugman died Monday at age 90 in suburban Northridge with his wife at his side. His sons called on his fans to embrace their father's tenacious and...
  • WHEN ‘ASSAULT WEAPONS’ SAVED KOREATOWN

    12/25/2012 8:39:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/23/2012 | Ryan James Girdusky
    This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, sparked by the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused of beating the now-deceased Rodney King. During the five days, mobs around Los Angeles looted stores, burnt 3,767 buildings, caused more than $1 billion in property damage, and led to the deaths of more than 50 people and left another 4,000 injured. A story that has been forgotten since then is that of the brave storeowners in Koreatown who fended off mobs with handguns, rifles and assault weapons.On the second day of the riots, the police...
  • Poll: British Kids Ask Santa For Dads, Siblings

    12/25/2012 8:35:06 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 25 Dec 2012
    the children of Great Britain understand far better than their parents the reasons for the collapse of Western Civilization: lack of children, and lack of two-parent heterosexual homes. A poll of British parents showed that topping the list of children’s most-requested Christmas gifts was a sibling (Britain’s birth rate is below replacement levels, with most non-immigrant British children not having a sibling). Slightly lower down on the list was a “dad” – Britain’s single motherhood rate is 21 percent. “Less than half” of single parents have a job, and most live off of state assistance. Seventy percent of the criminals...
  • White House Petition To Deport Piers Morgan Passes Threshold, Now At 60,000 Signatures

    12/25/2012 7:52:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/25/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Frankly we have no idea what this is all about, because as far as we are concerned, CNN long ago became a politicized, ratings-starved farce, wrapped in a joke inside a humiliation (after once upon a time being the only go to place for objective breaking news), but it is rather funny. The Hill reports that "a White House petition calling for the deportation of CNN personality Piers Morgan, a U.K. citizen, over his recent comments criticizing U.S. gun laws rocketed past the 25,000 signatures it needed for an official response Monday. As of this writing, nearly 40,000 people...
  • Luxury condo building in B'klyn bans smoking by owners and tenants

    12/25/2012 7:52:24 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 23, 2012 | JULIA MARSH and BETH DEFALCO
    It’s fine to flash the neighbors — just don’t have the indecency to smoke. The condo board for one of Brooklyn’s most prestigious addresses has banned smoking throughout the glass-walled building — including in residents’ private apartments. Condo owners at tony 1 Grand Army Plaza — a k a 1 Prospect Park, where residents are famous for parading around in the buff, giving parkgoers an eyeful through their floor-to-ceiling windows — will now face fines if they dare to light up in their multimillion-dollar pads. The only area where residents can puff away is on their private terraces, which boast...
  • No Fiscal Cliff Deal Could Cause Jails To Release Inmates

    12/25/2012 7:44:37 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 31 replies
    Associated Press via CBS Seattle ^ | December 25, 2012 | Associated Press
    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A scenario that police in western Oregon feared came true in the thick of holiday season after two dozen inmates were freed from a county jail that could no longer afford to hold them. Less than an hour after one low-level offender walked out, authorities say, he was demanding that a bank teller hand over money. In a time of budget cuts, cases where inmates get out of jail with little punishment only to commit more serious crimes shortly after their release have become all too common, authorities say. Many in law enforcement predicted this would...
  • Baseball player Andruw Jones arrested for battering his wife at their Atlanta home on Christmas

    12/25/2012 7:36:48 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 25, 2012
    Baseball star Andruw Jones has been arrested for allegedly beating his wife on Christmas morning. Jones, 35, was booked into the Gwinnett County jail outside Atlanta, Georgia, about 3.45am today on a charge of simple assault. Jones won the Golden Glove award ten times in a row between 1998 and 2007 for his performance in the outfield for the Atlanta Braves.
  • University of Texas law student leads the way in 3-D printable gun technology

    12/25/2012 7:07:57 PM PST · by grundle · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 25, 2012
    Demands for stricter restrictions on gun sales are all the rage right now in light of the Connecticut elementary school massacre. However, a law student at the University of Texas says new technology will soon change the regulatory landscape dramatically, and possibly make such regulation futile. The student, Cody Wilson, is among the leaders of Defense Distributed, home of the wiki weapon project. The goal of the collaborative, nonprofit project is simple: to create freely available plans that you can download from the Internet and produce a gun using a 3-D printer. YouTube video at printablegun.com shows Wilson’s group test...
  • Australian Mosque Posts Facebook ‘Fatwa’ on Christmas…Then Takes It Down

    12/25/2012 7:02:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/25/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The largest mosque in Australia posted a Facebook “fatwa” against Christmas — warning followers that it’s a “sin” even to wish people a Merry Christmas — before taking it down, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The ruling, posted Saturday by the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney, said the “disbelievers are trying to draw Muslims away from the straight path” and that “a Muslim is neither allowed to celebrate the Christmas Day nor is he allowed to congratulate [Christians].” It went up following a sermon from the mosque’s head imam against participating in any Christmas-related activities. On wishing people a Merry Christmas,...
  • German Laser Weapon Can Shoot A Drone Out Of The Sky

    12/25/2012 6:42:52 PM PST · by zeestephen · 65 replies
    MSN.now ^ | 24 December 2012
    Or even hit a mortar round mid-air before it's had a chance to explode. The machine fires a 30 kW primary laser and a 20 kW secondary laser that can slice through a steel girder at about 1,000 yards.
  • Simple eye scan can reveal extent of Multiple Sclerosi

    12/25/2012 6:34:51 PM PST · by shove_it · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 Dec 2012
    A simple eye test may offer a fast and easy way to monitor patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), medical experts say in the journal Neurology. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a scan that measures the thickness of the lining at the back of the eye - the retina. It takes a few minutes per eye and can be performed in a doctor's surgery. In a trial involving 164 people with MS, those with thinning of their retina had earlier and more active MS. The team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say larger trials with a...
  • Kerry's alleged ties to Communist China ignored by news media

    12/25/2012 6:24:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/24/12 | Jim Kouri
    Conventional wisdom in the nation's capital has it that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is a sure bet to be confirmed as U.S. Secretary of State by the U.S. Senate, despite his alleged anti-war propaganda when he returned from his brief tour-of-duty in Vietnam and his ties to China as a senator. In fact, on Sunday leaders of the controversial conservative group known as the Swift Boaters, who attacked John Kerry's military record to derail his bid for the White House in 2004, said they won't actively fight his nomination as Secretary of State. Even foreign leaders are expected to welcome...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Christmas Ornament Are You? ~ 26 December 2012

    12/25/2012 6:03:12 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 103 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
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  • Embrace proven job creator

    12/25/2012 5:52:37 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | December 23, 2012 | Editorial
    The right-to-work movement that has swallowed up Michigan, heretofore the state that seemed least likely to enact legislation that could be construed as anti-union, has evoked a see-no-evil, speak-no-evil, hear-no-evil reaction in staunchly pro-union Connecticut. But the facts don't lie. Right-to-work is the key to curing much of what ails the Nutmeg State's economy, and it belongs on lawmakers' radar screen. The strongest argument for right-to-work is that it is a job creator. The strongest argument against it is that those jobs don't pay as well as comparable jobs in the 26 states that have not passed such legislation. Experience...
  • Report: Syria Converted Combat Aircraft to Drones with WMDs

    12/25/2012 5:50:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 12/25/12 | Elad Benari
    A MiG-21 combat aircraft flown by a Syrian pilot who defected to Jordan in June was found to have been upgraded back in Syria to carry chemical weapons and to fly without a pilot, the Yisrael Hayom daily reported on Tuesday. According to the report, U.S. experts who examined the plane believe Russian engineers helped convert the plane and that Syria has more of them in its air force. On June 21, Syrian pilot Hassan Hamada, who holds a rank equivalent to colonel, took off in his MiG-21 from al-Dumair military airport northeast of Damascus and flew to King Hussein...
  • Early Data Show Weak Holiday Sales

    12/25/2012 4:22:09 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 150 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 25, 2012, 5:57 p.m. ET. | SHELLY BANJO
    The annual holiday shop-a-thon drew to a muted close for many retailers, according to preliminary data, reflecting what some experts said was the slowest growth in spending since the 2008 recession. For the eight weeks from Oct. 28 through Christmas Eve, retail sales for the holidays rose just 0.7% from the year before, according to MasterCard Inc.'s SpendingPulse unit. Enlarge Image Close Reuters A man with shopping bags sleeps in Macy's in New York on Monday. . After falling 5.5% in 2008, holiday sales rebounded strongly in 2009 and 2010, and rose about 2% last year, according to the company's...
  • Fidel Castro’s Last Stand

    12/25/2012 3:42:45 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 18 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 17, 2012 | A. L. Bardach
    In the wee hours of Dec. 10, the recently reelected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, boarded his private jet for Havana to undergo a fourth round of surgery in his battle against cancer. Surrounded by his inner circle, the 58-year-old populist, donning a blue and white tracksuit, stood at the top of the stairs of his plane, embraced his closest advisers, then punched the air with his fist and shouted, “ˇHasta la vida siempre!” (“Onward into life always!”) One day earlier Chávez conceded what many had surmised: that his cancer had returned. In June 2011 he had surgery in Havana to...
  • Merry Cliffmas

    12/25/2012 3:23:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Charles Payne
    Okay, so it's the night before Christmas and all through the House (of Representatives) not a creature is stirring, not even John Boehner. Congress is off for the holiday, and the President is out in Hawaii. And here we are, one week from fiscal calamity. Surely, if this Fiscal Cliff doesn't get sorted out it will be one of the worst failures of Congress and the President of all time. Nevertheless, both Boehner and Obama agree there's still time. For me, if the few goons in Congress and the White House procrastinated all year only to hold all of America hostage...
  • The Future of TV Is the Internet: Roku CEO

    12/25/2012 3:07:32 PM PST · by delacoert · 101 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 23, 2012
    Most television will be streamed over the Internet in the coming years, said Anthony Wood, CEO of Roku, maker of the streaming TV device of the same name. The question is how Internet-delivered content will get to your TV and who will deliver it, Wood told CNBC's Squawk on the Street. Right now, set-top devices like Roku and Apple TV and Internet-enabled Smart TVs are best positioned to take advantage of the sea change, said Wood. "Those are the two ways that most people are going to be watching television that's distributed over the Internet," said Wood. In the set-top...
  • Tornado on the Ground in Downtown Mobile, Alabama

    12/25/2012 3:07:07 PM PST · by military cop · 61 replies
    On the ground Downtown 1700 hours.
  • In Christmas sermon, Rev. Jesse Jackson asks Chicago inmates to help get guns off streets

    12/25/2012 2:56:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/25/12 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    In Christmas sermon, Rev. Jesse Jackson asks Chicago inmates to help get guns off streetsSOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press 10:21 a.m. CST, December 25, 2012 CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has challenged inmates at Cook County Jail to help get guns off the streets. **SNIP** He has delivered Christmas Day sermons at jails for years. He says the point is to inspire and invest in inmates so they don't return to jail.
  • The Limits of Gun Control in the Wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre

    12/25/2012 2:39:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    Outrage does not make ill-conceived policies smarter or more effective."These tragedies must end," says President Obama, referring to Adam Lanza's horrifying assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last Friday. Although it is hard to disagree with that sentiment, the measures Obama favors cannot reasonably be expected to prevent such thankfully rare but nevertheless appalling outbursts of senseless violence. After the massacre, Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated Obama's support for reinstating the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) promised to introduce a bill aimed at doing so next month. But we know...
  • Lawmakers look to restrict gun magazine capacity

    12/25/2012 2:03:31 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Administration Propaganda (AP) ^ | 12-24-12 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON—Lawmakers from both parties voiced their willingness Sunday to pursue some changes to the nation's gun laws, but adamant opposition from the National Rifle Association has made clear than any such effort will face significant obstacles. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre dismissed efforts to revive a ban on assault weapons as a "phony piece of legislation" that's built on lies. Democratic lawmakers in Congress have become more adamant about the need for stricter gun laws since the shooting of 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is promising to push...
  • California’s Largest Corporation is Headed for the Exit (Golden State Death Watch™}

    12/25/2012 2:02:32 PM PST · by Kolath · 161 replies
    Front Page ^ | 12/25/2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Chevron is California’s largest corporation, but it seems to be making the move to becoming Texas’ largest corporation instead. That’s 800 jobs out the door which gives Chevron a larger presence in Texas than it still has in California.
  • Report: Waqf Continues to Destroy Jewish Antiquities

    12/25/2012 1:44:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/12 | Elad Benari
    The Muslim Waqf is continuing to destroy Jewish antiquities on the Temple Mount in a direct violation of a ruling by the Supreme Court, a new report released Monday finds. The author of the report, archaeologist Tzachi Zweig-Devira, told Arutz Sheva that his report is based on a personal visit he made to the Temple Mount. At the eastern part of the Temple Mount, said Zweig-Devira, there is a pile of dirt and antiquities, which he documented the Waqf moving without supervision of an official from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). This, he said, is a direct violation of a...