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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
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • 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.