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  • GCHQ dismisses claims D-Day pigeon riddle has been cracked [UK]

    12/26/2012 10:44:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 11:07AM GMT 26 Dec 2012 | By Steven Swinford
    The intelligence agency GCHQ has dismissed claims that a coded message from the Second World War found tied to the remains of a pigeon in a chimney has been cracked. A team of Canadian researchers claimed earlier this month that the code contained details of German tank movements which had been sent by a British soldier. However, Michael Smith, a trustee of Bletchley Park, said the claims were "nonsense". He said the Canadian academics had used a World War 1 code from the First World War as the basis of their research. He said: "The idea that a World War...
  • David Gregory, Piers Morgan Under Assault Over Guns

    12/26/2012 10:40:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Daily Download ^ | 12/26/2012 | Howard Kurtz
    I seriously doubt that he’s going to jail. But the D.C. Police Department apparently has nothing better to do than examine whether he violated the city’s gun laws. Was the moderator of Meet the Press caught on tape, armed and dangerous, liberating a few Slurpees from a 7-Eleven? No, he waved a high-capacity ammunition clip on the air while interviewing Wayne LaPierre, asking it shouldn’t be banned. Was it a stunt? Yep, and an eye-catching one. Was Gregory being aggressive with the NRA chief, or seeming to push gun control in a confrontational interview? All that is up for debate....
  • Charts of the day: Gun violence in America declining over last 20 years

    12/26/2012 10:38:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/26/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    I'll apologize in advance for not recalling who sent me the links to the National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics, both official government sites for crime-related data. Both have information which should be considered in the rush to legislate after the horrific mass murder in Newtown. The NIJ, using data from the BJS, charts the use of various weapons types in homicides over a 30-year period --- and clearly, the use of guns had a peak, but it dissipated almost 20 years ago: Homicides committed with firearms peaked in 1993 at 17,075, after which the figure steadily...
  • Benghazi penalties “bogus,” officials who "resigned" returning to work?

    12/26/2012 10:35:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/26/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Via Drudge, it looks like accountability for the four deaths of Americans in Benghazi turned out to be temporary. The New York Post has learned that the four State Department officials that supposedly resigned after the Accountability Review Board report slammed Foggy Bottom for its "systemic failures" and "leadership and management deficiencies" will return to work after all --- and all but one in the same post: The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to...
  • 'A Christmas Story': Where Are They Now?

    12/26/2012 10:34:14 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 31 replies
    NYDailyNews. ^ | December 26, 2012
    'A Christmas Story' It wouldn't be Christmas without 'A Christmas Story,' the 1983 movie that became an instant holiday classic thanks to its winning cast and quotable scenes. The film is as time-honored a tradition as getting your tongue stuck to a pole in freezing weather. Here's a then-and-now look at the gang from fictional Hohman, Indiana, who brought the 'original, traditional, one-hundred-percent, red-blooded, two-fisted, all-American Christmas' tale to life ...
  • NBC News and David Gregory: A legal problem or a journalism problem?

    12/26/2012 10:33:08 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/26/12 | Erik Wemple
    NBC News has a problem. The question is whether it is a legal one or a journalistic one. -snip- The legal problem here is nearly self-confessed. D.C. code plainly prohibits magazines with capacities exceeding 10 rounds of ammunition. Of this regulation, “Meet the Press” cannot possibly claim ignorance or oversight.
  • The strange birth of NY’s gun laws

    12/26/2012 10:29:02 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 3 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 12/26/12
    The father of New York gun control was Democratic city pol “Big Tim “Sullivan — a state senator and Tammany Hall crook, a criminal overseer of the gangs of New York. In 1911 — in the wake of a notorious Gramercy Park blueblood murder-suicide — Sullivan sponsored the Sullivan Act, which mandated police-issued licenses for handguns and made it a felony to carry an unlicensed concealed weapon. This was the heyday of the pre-Prohibition gangs, roving bands of violent toughs who terrorized ethnic neighborhoods and often fought pitched battles with police. In 1903, the Battle of Rivington Street pitted a...
  • Who Is Too Unbalanced to Be Armed?

    12/26/2012 10:20:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    The day of Adam Lanza's murderous assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mike Rogers said stricter gun control would not be an appropriate response. "The more realistic discussion," said the Republican congressman from Michigan, "is how do we target people with mental illness who use firearms?" Last week, another Republican congressman, Howard Coble of North Carolina, agreed that "it's more of a mental health problem than a gun problem right now." And last Friday, when the National Rifle Association broke its silence on the Sandy Hook massacre, the group's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, called for "an active national database...
  • Obama Claus Gives You 90 More Days To Collect Your $50,000 Reparations Check

    12/26/2012 10:18:51 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Dec 2012 | Lee Stranahan
    Circle March 25, 2013 on your calendar. That's the last day you can submit your claim form from this official U.S. government website to collect fifty thousand tax-free American dollars, courtesy of the Obama administration in its current multi-billion giveaway scheme. No, you don't need a potted plant and you don't even to be black or even Hispanic; as long as you are a woman (or related to one) and you fill out the forms correctly, you can collect the money because nobody will verify your information. Welcome to the Love settlement for women farmers, the close relative of the...
  • Banning Guns

    12/26/2012 9:57:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Political Calculations
    In the wake of the Newtown school massacre, we've noted a strong uptick in our site traffic by people wanting to find out how different the U.S. might be if the nation adopted Canada's much more restrictive firearms laws. This post gathers all our analysis on that topic from 2011 in one place. Who Kills Who We examine the FBI's data on the race of victims and their killers. We find that the vast majority of offenders prefer to kill their own kind (that evidence is borne out elsewhere, where criminals also seem to prefer killing other criminals!) U.S. vs...
  • PSY Christmas Show Bombs

    12/26/2012 9:49:55 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 26, 2012 | Kristinn Taylor
    The 31st annual “Christmas in Washington” concert shown on the TNT cable network December 21 suffered a dramatic 25% loss in viewers from the previous year, according to Nielsen Media Research. The 2011 cablecast of “Christmas in Washington” drew 1.5 million viewers. The 2012 showing had only 1.136 million viewers. The concert, traditionally attended by the President and his family, drew international attention over the scheduled appearance by Gangnam Style rapper PSY (given name Park Jae-sang) when it was revealed the South Korean entertainer had made highly inflammatory anti-American performances the previous decade. In an insult to America’s troops and...
  • (CA - Strictest Guns Laws in America) AK-47 Found in Paroled Felon's Car after High Speed Chase

    12/26/2012 9:39:53 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | December 24, 2012 | L.A. Times
    AK-47 found in paroled felon's car after high speed chase Authorities found a loaded AK-47 rifle in the trunk of a car driven by a paroled felon after a high speed pursuit that concluded with a crash and short foot chase. West Covina police attempted to stop a gray Toyota Camry for traffic violations at the Sunset Avenue exit off the 10 Freeway shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday. The driver led police on a chase that reached speeds in excess of 90 mph on city streets, West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez said. The suspect vehicle entered the westbound 10...
  • Gov. Snyder reveals his conversation with President Barack Obama

    12/26/2012 9:36:25 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 18 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Tim Skubick
    Lots of folks scoffed in town when reports surfaced that Democrats had petitioned the President of the United States to insert himself into the unseemly debate over Right to Work. Some asked out loud, doesn't POTUS have more important things to do than lobby Gov. Rick Snyder on that? But lobby the president did. During an exclusive one-hour sit down on WKAR-Public TV, the governor confirms that he and President Barack Obama shared a few minutes in private and the president looked the governor in the eye and said, "He wasn't pleased with Right to Work," Mr. Snyder reveals for...
  • Iranian Christian Pastor Nadarkhani Re-Arrested in Tehran

    12/26/2012 9:33:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Pete Winn
    The Iranian Christian pastor who was acquitted just two months ago on charges he converted from Islam to Christianity and freed from prison has reportedly been re-arrested in Iran. Sources close to Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, including the British group Christian Solidarity Worldwide and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), say the Iranian Christian pastor was reportedly taken back into custody on Christmas Day. … According to the sources, Nadarkhani was re-arrested by Iranian authorities to serve the remainder of a three-year sentence he had received for helping Muslims convert from Islam to Christianity. …
  • Solidoodle 3 Provides High-Quality 3D Printing on the Cheap

    12/26/2012 9:28:32 AM PST · by null and void · 17 replies
    Design News ^ | 12/26/12 | Cabe Atwell
    Fierce market competition is pitting the multitudes of 3D printer companies against one another, forcing lower prices on higher-quality machines. Like a new iPhone, Solidoodle is releasing the third iteration of its printer with some updated parts, bigger size, and improved performance. A pre-sale offers the latest printer for $799, but it will not be shipped for eight to 10 weeks, so don't count on it arriving in time for Christmas. But perhaps, for the price, it may be worth the wait. The resolution of obtainable printings is dependent on layer thickness. Solidoodle says the new system has a potential...
  • Social Security Ran $47.8B Deficit in FY 2012; Disabled Workers Hit New Record in Dec: 8,827,795

    12/26/2012 9:28:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Social Security program ran a $47.8 billion deficit in fiscal 2012 as the program brought in $725.429 billion in cash and paid $773.247 for benefits and overhead expenses, according to official data published by Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration also released new data revealing that the number of workers collecting disability benefits hit a record 8,827,795 in December—up from 8,805,353 in November. The overall number of Social Security program beneficiaries—including retired workers, dependent family members and survivors and disabled workers and their dependent family members—also hit a record in December, climbing from 56,658,978 in November to 56,758,185...
  • Merry Christmas from the Second Amendment, the TSA and Barack Obama

    12/26/2012 9:23:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Another good job by Remy and the folks at Reason TV.Last year, they produced this parody about Grandma’s Christmas visit to Gitmo.Now we see what happens when Santa tries to slip past the Transportation Security Administration.And if you’ve ever been curious about what a “hooha” is, here are two additional TSA Christmas videos.P.S. If you’re in the mood for some more holiday humor, we have a couple of videos from Larry the Cable Guy, one featuring slightly modified Christmas carols and the other telling the politically correct version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”Remy: I Saw Daddy Pat Down Santa...
  • Police: NBC asked for high-capacity clip (The David Gregory plot thickens...)

    12/26/2012 9:21:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/26/12 | Peter Hermann and Martin Weil
    NBC News asked D.C. police for a high-capacity ammunition clip to use as a prop on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” show, a request District authorities said Wednesday they denied. But host David Gregory appears to have obtained one anyway — and then displayed it on national television. Now D.C. police say they’re investigating whether the District’s gun laws were violated in the incident. -snip- It’s not clear where the prop used during the show was obtained, or who obtained it. -snip- Any request to use a magazine would have been turned down as a matter of course, the official saids,...
  • Russian parliament approves ban on American adoptions

    12/26/2012 9:18:02 AM PST · by Dartman · 48 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec 26/12 | REUTERS
    MOSCOW - Russia’s upper house of parliament approved a bill on Wednesday that would prohibit Americans from adopting Russian children and impose other measures in retaliation for a U.S. law designed to punish Russians accused of human rights violations. The bill, which President Vladimir Putin has hinted he will sign, would also outlaw some U.S.-funded non-governmental organisations and impose visa bans and asset freezes on Americans accused of violating the rights of Russians abroad.
  • ICE Scraps 287(g) Program That Allowed Local Police to Enforce Immigration Law

    12/26/2012 9:13:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Susan Jones
    Amid Hispanic calls for immigration leniency, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is scrapping a program that allowed specially trained state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law. On Dec. 21, the Friday before Christmas, ICE announced that it has decided “not to renew any of its agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies that operate task forces under the 287(g) program.” ICE said it has concluded that “other enforcement programs, including Secure Communities, are a more efficient use of resources for focusing on priority cases.” …
  • Team Obama's 'superstitious obsessive-compulsive disorder'

    12/26/2012 9:05:28 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/26/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    , the brain trust in Chicago was also obsessed with superstitions, particularly after the president’s disastrous performance in Denver at the first debate. As Thrush and Martin report, the unlikely ringleader of the “superstitious obsessive-compulsive disorder” was the uber-rational David Plouffe. Here are some fun tidbits they dug up about the guidelines the Obama camp followed before the second debate: No Thai food, because that’s what the team ate before the Denver debate. No one can wear the same clothes they wore before Denver. No one can follow the same exercise routine. (“If you had gone for a jog thirteen...
  • Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies aged 83

    12/26/2012 8:59:40 AM PST · by the scotsman · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26th December 2012 | BBC News
    'Gerry Anderson, creator of the Thunderbirds and Joe 90 puppet superhero TV shows, has died at the age of 83, his son has announced. Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since early 2010, and his condition had worsened in the past six months, Jamie Anderson said. Gerry Anderson also created Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Thunderbirds was filmed on Slough Trading Estate in Berkshire and was first broadcast in 1965. Jamie Anderson announced the news on his website, saying his father had died peacefully in his sleep at noon on Wednesday. His other creations included UFO, Space:...
  • SOLDIER EARNS SILVER STAR IN AFGHANISTAN AS MARINE

    12/26/2012 8:59:19 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/26/2012 | Marine Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne
    Sgt. David M. Gerardi, a weapons sergeant with the Army National Guard's 19th Special Forces Group, received the nation's third highest medal for his actions while deployed in 2011 as an active-duty Marine with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force. (Marine photo by Marine Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne) PITTSBURGH (Army News Service, Dec. 18, 2012) — It’s not every day a National Guard sergeant receives a Silver Star for actions performed as a Marine. But that’s exactly what happened in Pittsburgh, Dec. 10.Sgt. David M. Gerardi, a weapons sergeant with the Army National Guard’s 19th...
  • EDITORIAL: Government recalls GM stock (Good read)

    12/26/2012 8:48:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2012 | Editorial
    Administration puts an expensive end to a disgraceful episodeGeneral Motors will no longer be “Government Motors.” The Treasury Department on Wednesday announced its intention to liquidate federal holdings in the automobile company over the next 15 months. The final tally will show this policy has been a disaster for taxpayers. Under the best case scenario, the public will wind up shelling out more than $13 billion by the close of this unfortunate episode. Though President Obama has portrayed the GM bailout as saving Detroit, it was really a reward for the auto unions. It was a celebration of bad management...
  • A BIG HAND FOR THE LITTLE LADY (Maria Bartiromo calls Dem Senator out for being duplicitous)

    12/26/2012 8:46:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | 12/26/2012 | Scott Johnson
    Maria Bartiromo cuffed Senator Ben Cardin (D., MD) about the ears when he turned up on her show to peddle the party line on the fiscal cliff negotiations. Having unsuccessfully explored alternatives to raising tax rates with him, she commented: “That’s all you want to do. That’s it. It’s your way or the highway. Raise the rates on the rich. No other way. Your way or the highway. That’s it. That’s where we are. Thank you, Senator.”Bartiromo was not amused. She heatedly observed: “You’re talking about $1.2 trillion in revenue, but you’re not prepared to put anything on the...
  • Chaparral Energy to pipe CO2 to help extract Osage County oil (OK)

    12/26/2012 8:44:18 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 23 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 12/26/12 | Rod Walton
    Winding from Coffeyville, Kan. to Burbank, Okla., is a pipeline project that maybe even Al Gore could love. Chaparral Energy Inc. is building a line that will move carbon dioxide to help with enhanced oil recovery at the historic North Burbank field in Osage County. The project, due for completion early next year, initially will pipe about 23 million cubic feet of CO2 captured from a Coffeyville fertilizer plant. "This is a very green operation," Chaparral CEO Mark Fischer said. "For the life of that (fertilizer) plant, the CO2 has been emitted into the atmosphere." That, of course, is what...
  • Iraq: New protests break out in Sunni heartland

    12/26/2012 8:36:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2012 8:32 AM EST | Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    Thousands of Iraqi demonstrators massed in a Sunni-dominated province west of Baghdad Wednesday, determined to keep up the pressure on a Shiite-led government that many accuse of trying to marginalize them. It was the third major protest in less than a week in Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, once the heart of the deadly Sunni insurgency that erupted after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. … The demonstrations follow the arrest last week of 10 bodyguards assigned to Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi, who comes from Anbar and is one of the central government’s most senior Sunni officials. The case is exacerbating tensions...
  • Benghazi penalties are bogus

    12/26/2012 8:25:07 AM PST · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned. The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back. The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last...
  • Iran media report new cyberattack by Stuxnet worm

    12/26/2012 8:15:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2012 9:10 AM EST
    An Iranian semi-official news agency says there has been another cyberattack by the sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet, this time on the industries in the country’s south. … (Provisional civil defense chief Ali Akbar) Akhavan says Iranian computer experts were able to “successfully stop” the worm. …
  • What Does It Mean To “Prepare For The Economic Collapse”?

    12/26/2012 8:14:39 AM PST · by blam · 72 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-24-2012 | Daisy Luther
    What Does It Mean To “Prepare For The Economic Collapse”? Daisy Luther December 24th, 2012 The Organic PrepperLast week I wrote an article in response to the media’s vilification of preppers in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The article was quoted in an article on Yahoo.com, to my great astonishment, and that is when I saw how little most people understand about prepping. You can see in most of the 4492 comments the article received that many folks just don’t “get it”. My inbox was filled with a barrage of hate mail and a number of...
  • Some urge Boehner: Let Dems pass fiscal cliff bill

    12/26/2012 8:11:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2012 11:27 AM EST | Charles Babington
    In case the public weren’t frustrated enough over Congress’ failure to resolve the “fiscal cliff,” consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.That would give Democrats a bigger voice in the bargain, of course, which the Republican-led House is loath to do. That’s why about 10 percent of the House’s members—staunch anti-tax conservatives—were able to thwart Speaker John Boehner’s bid to pass a narrowly crafted bill that might have strengthened his bargaining hand. … It’s not known how many House Republicans would vote to avert the “fiscal...
  • Starbucks to Congress: ‘Come Together’

    12/26/2012 8:02:57 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 26, 2012 | Lyneka Little
    Starbucks will use its words and coffee cups to send a message to Congress about working together on securing America’s future. In an effort to prod the Democratic and Republican members to come together to create a responsible financial plan as the country approaches the looming fiscal cliff, Starbucks employees will write “Come Together” on every cup of coffee sold in its Washington, D.C., area stores.
  • British Petition Gov't: We Don't Want Piers Morgan Back!

    12/26/2012 7:59:57 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 30 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    The British have responded to a petition calling for the deportation from the United States of CNN host Piers Morgan with one of their own: “Stop Piers Morgan from being deported back to the UK from America.” The counter-petition, addressed to Theresa May, Home Secretary, is a direct response to the 70,000 Americans who have signed a petition calling for Mr. Morgan to be deported from the United States because of his strong gun-control views. The UK petition, posted on change.org reads as follows: “We got rid of him [Piers Morgan] once and why should we have to suffer again....
  • Don't Allow Collectors Access to Your Money

    12/26/2012 7:57:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, I’m trying to help my son and daughter-in-law by encouraging them to get out of debt and live on a budget. It hasn’t been a problem to give them money when they’ve asked in the past, but I’m afraid they’re still in a mess. How can I make sure I’m doing the right thing?MargaretDear Margaret,The first thing you need to do is sit down and have a serious, loving talk with them. If they’ve asked for money before, and it has become something of a trend, you have a right to know more about their circumstances. In addition,...
  • Russian ruling party official shot dead in Caucasus

    12/26/2012 7:53:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Kyivpost ^ | 12/26/12 | Reuters
    MOSCOW, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Two gunmen shot dead a ruling party official on Tuesday in Russia's North Caucasus, where the Kremlin is fighting to subdue an Islamist insurgency, investigators said. Unknown assailants burst into Boris Zherukov's office in Nalchik, capital of the province of Kabardino-Balkaria, and shot him twice in the head, Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement. Zherukov was head of President Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party faction in the local parliament. He was also rector of the local State Agricultural University. Insurgents fighting to carve an Islamic state out of a patchwork of mainly Muslim...
  • David Gregory under investigation by D.C. police

    12/26/2012 7:51:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 12/26/12 | David B. Wilkerson
    "Meet The Press" host David Gregory is under investigation by Washington D.C. police after he brandished what appeared to be a 30-round magazine during Sunday morning's program, according to various published reports. District of Columbia laws prohibit the possession of a large-capacity ammunition device that holds more than 10 rounds. Police told CNN they were still trying to determine whether Gregory was holding a prop or a real magazine.
  • Fathers disappear from households across America Big increase in single mothers

    12/26/2012 7:50:30 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 60 replies
    The Washington Times, LLC ^ | December 25, 2012 | By Luke Rosiak
    Nicole Hawkins‘ three daughters have matching glittery boots, but none has the same father. Each has uniquely colored ties in her hair, but none has a dad present in her life. As another single mother on Sumner Road decked her row-house stoop with Christmas lights and a plastic Santa, Ms. Hawkins recalled that her middle child’s father has never spent a holiday or birthday with her. In her neighborhood in Southeast Washington, 1 in 10 children live with both parents, and 84 percent live with only their mother
  • 1 Dead, 13 Wounded In Christmas Eve, Christmas Shootings (Chicago)

    12/26/2012 7:48:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 12/26/12 | CHICAGO (STMW)
    violence over the Christmas holiday, including an 11-year-old boy grazed by a bullet and a man who was shot to death during a dispute in the Englewood neighborhood. Joshua Davis, 18, was shot to death in the 2000 block of W. 69th Street — a few blocks from his home — after an altercation with several males on a CTA bus, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The group followed Davis off the bus when one of the males pulled out a handgun and shot Davis several times in the torso and once in the ear about 11:30...
  • Top Ammo Supplier Sells 3 1/2 Years Worth Of Assault Rifle Magazines In 72 Hours

    12/26/2012 7:47:09 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    Firearm accessories supplier Brownells says that it's experiencing "unprecedented" sales of magazines.Brownells has sold 3 1/2 years worth of PMAG magazines in just 72 hours, according to a statement posted from the company's official account on gun owner forum AR-15.com.It also says that it has sold "an even greater amount" of its own  Brownells magazines.PMAGs, manufactured by Magpul, are used with AR-15/M4/M16 compatible weapons. "Its rugged design has made it as one of the top performers in the small-arms accessory arena,  according to combat veterans who credit the PMAG with drastically improving the reliability of the M4," writes Matthew Cox at Military.com. The U.S....
  • Report: Top Palestinian operative killed in Syria

    12/26/2012 7:39:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Ynet news ^ | 12/26/12 | staff
    The Syria-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command announced that its operations commander, Madal Elian, was killed by rebels in Syria, according to the Lebanese news channel LBC. The group is one of the last Palestinian factions to remain loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. (Roi Kais)
  • The Left Bullies the NRA

    12/26/2012 7:36:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    On Christmas Eve, seven people were shot in the city of Chicago. The media made little mention of the shootings, since they're now routine in Chicago -- the city has seen some 500 shootings in 2012 alone. The vast majority of the shooters are black, and the vast majority of the victims are black. Many of the victims are under the age of 18: Anton Sanders, 15, shot on Jan. 20; Deshun Winfert, 15, shot on Feb. 5; Damion Rolle, 14, shot on Feb. 21; George Howard and Albert Guyton, both 15, shot on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28; the...
  • The Real Reason Liberals Want To Raise Taxes On The Rich Has Nothing To Do With Closing The Deficit

    12/26/2012 7:20:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/26/2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    A common argument you hear from conservatives is that raising taxes on the rich is a joke of a deficit reduction proposal, because it hardly makes a dent in the deficit. According to CNBC, reverting to Clinton-era levels would just get you about $40-$45 billion in the first year. GOP Congressman Tom Price has gotten a lot of attention for saying it would only fund government for 8 days... So what is the point? Well, it's not really about deficit reduction at all. Zachary Goldfarb at The Washington Post has a great piece on how Democrats once vehemently opposed the...
  • Kerry nomination proves Obama doesn't understand Latin America

    12/26/2012 7:12:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2012 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Last spring, President Obama attended a meeting of Latin American leaders. We remember that meeting because of the Secret Service scandal. It was also the meeting when Latin American leaders complained that the Obama administration does not have a policy toward the region. I was very happy to see that Mary Anastasia O'Grady of The Wall Street Journal posted an article about the nomination of Sen Kerry to be Secretary of State. She pointed out that Sen Kerry has been on the "left" side of every major event in the last 40 years: "Mr. Kerry's record of promoting American values...
  • Conservatives Must Not Seek All Low-Information Voters

    12/26/2012 7:09:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    It sticks in my craw that conservatives/Republicans are leaning toward, in essence, becoming immoral, stupid, and un-American to win low information voters. Folks, I cannot do that. Meet Semi. I have more respect for Semi, a stray cat which my wife befriended, than I do for the low-life parasites who voted for Obama because he promised to give them stuff via funds confiscated from others. Semi has the good sense to value her freedom. A neighbor caught Semi and got her inoculated and spayed. But for some reason, Semi prefers frequenting our yard. For years, Mary has fed Semi and...
  • Michelle to Remain in Hawaii, Costing Taxpayers Over $100K

    12/26/2012 7:08:35 AM PST · by crosshairs · 41 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 12/26/12 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama will return to Washington from Hawaii Thursday while First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters plan to continue their vacation, adding at least $100,000 and probably more than $200,000 to taxpayer costs for the excursion. Instead of accompanying her husband home on Air Force One, Mrs. Obama will fly on her own Air Force jet at a later date and require security and staff to remain in place in Hawaii for the length of her stay, which reportedly could extend until January 6. The White House does not reveal the price tag for the Obamas’ vacations. But an...
  • Obama’s Cap-and-Trade Scheme for Cars

    12/26/2012 7:07:20 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/26/2012 | Rachael Slobodien
    Ever since the Senate rejected President Obama’s cap-and-trade scheme in 2009, his administration has been hard at work to find other ways to implement a radical, environmentalist agenda. Obama made these intentions clear at a press conference in 2010 when he explained, “Cap and trade was just one way of skinning the cat. … It was a means, not an end, and I am going to be looking for other means to address this problem.” And this is a promise he’s doing his best to keep. With the help of the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments, this administration has...
  • President Obama's Legacy: $20 Trillion in Deficits for 2016 Victor

    12/26/2012 7:06:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/26/2012 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    The fiscal-cliff negotiations have deteriorated into an embarrassing travesty of competing press conferences, off-the-record remarks, closed meetings, and sound bites. The Republican side is frustrated and flabbergasted by the absence of a concrete proposal from the President that can be scored by the Congressional Budget Office and then “marked up” by Congress according to standard procedures. Vague offers of so and so many trillions of revenue increases and spending cuts spread over a decade are just words, not real proposals. The last serious fiscal-cliff projections date back to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) August 2012 assessment of the budgetary effects...
  • A Republican Sellout Invites Stagflation

    12/26/2012 7:03:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    RCM ^ | 12/26/2012 | John Browne
    While it may not be a surprise that the Republicans are preparing to yield on their vow to oppose tax hikes, it should raise investor concerns the world over that an upcoming budget agreement will likely involve a Congressional surrender of its authority to set the federal debt ceiling. In exchange for this, it appears that the Republicans have simply done nothing to halt, or even curb, the dangerous federal spending trajectories or the current drift towards greater state control of the economy. President Obama has politically outmaneuvered the Republicans, even going as far as evoking the Newtown massacre as...
  • Obama’s hidden-tax heist (How the Fed masks Obama's Spending effects)

    12/26/2012 7:00:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/26/2012 | Richard Rahn
    How is it possible that the government can spend almost twice as much as it takes in without having high inflation? The fact is that over a long period of time, it can’t. In the short run, which can be a few years, the government can paper over its fiscal irresponsibility by expropriating most of the productivity gains in the private sector through regulatory and central bank actions. This is precisely what has been happening in the United States. The reason real, after-tax, per capita incomes have been able to increase year by year for most Americans for the past...
  • HURT: Gun grabbers won’t heed NRA’s sensible advice

    12/26/2012 6:57:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 December, 2012 | Charles Hurt
    What an irony it was to watch the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre finally emerge after a self-imposed and highly publicized week of silence after the incomprehensible killings of 20 elementary school children. To the elite media, the NRA is the unrivaled boogeyman of Washington lobbyists. The ignorant and urban press would have you believe that the NRA is behind every piece of legislation that has ever passed Congress. That these evil gun-toters sit in the balconies above the House and Senate floors controlling the lawmakers below like marionettes on strings. So moneyed and talented are these slick-tongued lobbyists that...