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  • School Obama's Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards [school employees - not secret service]

    12/26/2012 12:51:40 PM PST · by grundle · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats: Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact. The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak. If you dismiss this by saying, "Of course they have armed guards -- they get Secret Service protection," then you've missed the larger point. The larger point is that this is standard operating procedure for the school, period....
  • The Unintended Consequences of Gun Control

    12/26/2012 12:38:40 PM PST · by Perseverando · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2012 | Cameron Reddy
    In 1996, John Ross penned what has become a classic story of what might happen when the federal government oversteps its bounds and clamps down too hard on guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans. So chilling is the story, so graphic in its descriptions of how some Americans might fight back, that Mr. Ross and his wife were hounded and intimidated by federal authorities. Yet the title of his novel speaks loudly about what the gun-grabbers can expect when they legislate from emotion rather than fact. There, in Unintended Consequences, many of them lost their fictional lives. Here, in...
  • Esty Heads To School [Harvard] For New Members of Congress

    12/26/2012 12:35:31 PM PST · by Daffynition · 16 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | December 25, 2012 | DANIELA ALTIMARI
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — To prepare for her new job as Connecticut's newest member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Elizabeth Esty went back to Harvard. Along with 46 of her new colleagues, Esty spent four days earlier this month at the Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress, run by Harvard University's Institute of Politics. Esty, who is 53, graduated from Harvard in 1981. Since then, the Democrat from Cheshire has held many titles: law clerk, attorney, stay-at-home mom, PTA member, town councilor and state representative.
  • Report: GOP senators won’t confirm Kerry until Clinton testifies on Benghazi

    12/26/2012 12:31:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12./26/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Republican senators will refuse to confirm Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as Secretary of State until the nation’s current top diplomat, Hillary Clinton, testifies about her handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack. “The Senate is expected to take up Kerry’s nomination in early January, but multiple Republican senators have already said they won’t agree to a vote on Kerry’s nomination until Clinton testifies about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi,” The Cable’s Josh Rogin notes. Clinton backed out of testifying at a congressional hearing last week after fainting and suffering a concussion. She was the first cabinet-level...
  • 'MEET THE PRESS' Got Green Light For Magazine Demo

    12/26/2012 12:26:47 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 77 replies
    TMZ ^ | 12/26/12 | TMZ
    An official from the D.C. police told a member of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that David Gregory COULD display a high capacity magazine on "Meet the Press" Sunday ... TMZ has learned.
  • Obamas on marriage and that picture

    12/26/2012 12:18:51 PM PST · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/26/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "And then there's a lot of laughter," Michelle Obama added. The president said that everyone thinks his wife is the funny one, but, he said, "I'm funnier than people think." "I am," he insisted.
  • Shooting underscores threat to 'soft' targets

    12/26/2012 11:59:11 AM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    WND ^ | December 17, 2012 | F. Michael Maloof
    'Nothing short of armed teachers will protect children' At Sandy Hook Elementary, 26 people were killed, including 20 schoolchildren aged 6 and 7, by a lone 20-year-old assailant. Soft targets are far easier to attack than a “hard” target that may be under heavy guard. As a consequence, would-be perpetrators will go where it will be easier to make their violent statement for maximum effect, experts say. In addition to schools and shopping malls, other soft targets include high-profile businesses, hotels, casinos, transportation facilities, airports and venues where there may be large audiences, such as theaters. John Farnam, a nationally...
  • Targeting of Israel civilians violates war laws: HRW

    12/26/2012 11:57:34 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip "violated the laws of war" by firing rockets at populated areas in Israel during an eight-day flare up last month, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Citing Israeli army figures, HRW said that approximately "1,500 rockets were fired at Israel between November 14 and 21," of which "at least 800 struck Israel, including 60 that hit populated areas." These attacks "killed three Israeli civilians, wounded at least 38, several seriously, and destroyed civilian property," HRW said, noting that there were also rockets fired from Gaza "that fell short of their intended targets in Israel...
  • Rape & Child Sex Abuse Laws & Registering Sex Offenders Have Done Nothing to Stop Offenders

    12/26/2012 11:52:39 AM PST · by Stayfree · 8 replies
    Self | December 26, 2012 | Stayfree
    Banning any or all types of guns means that only criminals will have all the guns. Monumentally stupid idea!! Women with children who go off the deep end over gun control should have their big SUV's confiscated because big SUV's cause more accident injuries because of their size and weight. Tons of laws against rape, child molestation, etc. and we even have public lists of registered sex offenders. All of that and it has done nothing to stop sex offenders from repeating the crimes.
  • UPDATE: Coroner identifies man shot at South Denby Avenue home(IN)

    12/26/2012 11:48:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    courierpress.com ^ | 24 December, 2012 | Mark Wilson
    EVANSVILLE — A 79-year-old Evansville man shot and killed a 19-year-old who was attacking his granddaughter, Evansville Police said in a news release. Davon Obryant Gee was pronounced dead at a home in the 500 block of South Denby Avenue on Sunday night, according to the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office. The name of man who shot and killed Gee has not been released by police because the man has not been charged with a crime, according to city police officials. Police said Gee got into an argument with a 17-year-old girl at the Denby Avenue home on Sunday evening. Gee...
  • It's Official: Dan Stevens ["Matthew Crowley"] ... (Spoiler Alert)

    12/26/2012 11:48:20 AM PST · by zeestephen · 20 replies
    TV Buzz Blog ^ | 26 December 2012 | Corey Levitan
    "SPOILER ALERT" - Matthew Crowley, Lady Mary's on-off love interest, is killed behind the wheel of his own car. The shock, according to British papers, has cast a thick pall over Boxing Day.
  • David Gregory will not host this Sunday's 'Meet The Press' (Last seen riding in a White Bronco?)

    12/26/2012 11:34:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/26/12 | DYLAN BYERS
    NBC's David Gregory, the subject of a now-popular police investigation, is on vacation and will not host this Sunday's edition of "Meet The Press."
  • Cops told NBC not to use gun clip

    12/26/2012 11:29:20 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 103 replies
    NBC was told by the Washington, D.C., police that it was “not permissible” to show a high-capacity gun magazine on air before Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” according to a statement Wednesday from the cops.
  • Israel approves another 1,200 settlement units around Jerusalem

    12/26/2012 11:21:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Tuesday 25 December 2012 08.41 EST | Peter Beaumont
    Israel has given the green light for the fast-track development of a further 1,200 settlement units around Jerusalem. It brings the total number of new approvals to 5,500 in just over a week, the largest wave of proposed expansion in recent memory. The latest plan, which would see almost 1,000 new apartments built over Jerusalem’s green line in Gilo, comes as the Israeli media is reporting mounting pressure on the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to drop his commitment to a two-state solution from his platform for re-election in January. …
  • 3 accused of jumping on, killing man in Minneapolis

    12/26/2012 11:13:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 54 replies
    in forum ^ | 12-26-12 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS — Three people are accused of killing a man in Minneapolis by jumping on and beating him. The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/YGQzH1) police say that witnesses reported seeing three males taking turns jumping from a retaining wall onto Kerry Duane Scott's chest and abdomen “like a trampoline” on Nov. 17. Officers found Scott bleeding from the head and paramedics pronounced him dead.
  • Flashback: Michael Moore's Bodyguard Arrested on Airport Gun Charge

    12/26/2012 11:13:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/20/2005 | Fox News
    Filmmaker Michael Moore's bodyguard was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon in New York's JFK airport Wednesday night.
  • The Case Against Public Education ( Abolish it!)

    12/26/2012 11:03:12 AM PST · by wintertime · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 26, 2012 | By Daren Jonescu
    If public education is allowed to survive, all efforts to resuscitate the inert husk of modern civilization will fail. It is time to unravel the most wasteful and destructive entitlement program of all. . (snip) For years, reasonable and serious people have known that the educational establishment is at the root of the undoing of modernity and its natural political fruit, individual liberty. And for years, excepting a tiny, brave minority of parents and educators, most citizens have assumed that the problems of the education system, however grave, are to be resolved through legislative reforms, bureaucratic changes, or school board...
  • Congress, at Last Minute, Drops Requirement to Obtain Warrant to Monitor Email

    12/26/2012 10:58:52 AM PST · by bayouranger · 13 replies
    allgov.com ^ | 26DEC12 | Noel Brinkerhoff
    The federal government will continue to access Americans’ emails without a warrant, after the U.S. Senate dropped a key amendment to legislation now headed to the White House for approval. Last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved an amendment attached to the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act (which deals with publishing users’ Netflix information on Facebook pages) that would have required federal law enforcement to obtain a warrant before monitoring email or other data stored remotely (i.e., the cloud). The Senate was set to approve the video privacy bill along with the email amendment, which would have applied to...
  • Police Investigate Report of Shooting on Rio Mills Rd (Charlottesville)

    12/26/2012 10:58:44 AM PST · by adamjeeps · 8 replies
    We are receiving reports of a shooting incident on Rio Mills Road in Albemarle County. Albemarle County police are on the scene. Details are limited at this time, here's what we have so far: People in the neighborhood reported hearing gunshots after police chased a car into the area. The shooting incident was first reported at 11:50 a.m. The area of the shooting incident is about halfway between the South Fork reservoir and the airport near the quarry on Rio Mills Road. Police have formed a perimeter around a house on Rio Mills Road and there are officers in the...
  • Roman Catholic Cleric, Celebrates Palestinian State - (12/24/2012)

    12/26/2012 10:53:39 AM PST · by haffast · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/24/2012 | DALIA NAMMARI
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Thousands of Christians from the world over packed Manger Square in Bethlehem Monday to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the ancient West Bank town where he was born. For their Palestinian hosts, this holiday season was an especially joyous one, with the hardships of the Israeli occupation that so often clouded previous Christmas Eve celebrations eased by the United Nations' recent recognition of an independent state of Palestine. snip In his pre-Christmas homily, Twal said the road to actual freedom was still long, but this year's festivities were doubly joyful, celebrating "the birth of...
  • Michael Moore: ‘Calm Down, White People, and Put Away Your Guns’

    12/26/2012 10:47:52 AM PST · by chessplayer · 67 replies
    Documentary-maker and liberal activist Michael Moore said the reason for mass shootings in the United States is largely due to fear and racism, and on Christmas Eve he pleaded, “calm down, white people, and put away your guns.”
  • 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. …