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  • John Maynard Keynes, the conservative

    12/30/2012 7:39:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 30, 2012 | Jack Kelly
    The economist was right about much, but his prescriptions have been misapplied Conservatives speak disparagingly of "Keynesian economics." If he were alive today, I suspect John Maynard Keynes would be critical, too, of policies advocated in his name. Lord Keynes (1883-1946) was the most celebrated economist of the 20th century, chiefly because in his "General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money" (1936) he told politicians exactly what they wanted to hear. Despite that, Keynes deserved his fame. He was a genius who made a fortune in the stock market (he made most of his picks while lying in bed in...
  • Syria rebels 'beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs' as fears grow over Islamist atrocities

    12/30/2012 7:38:21 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/30/2012 | Daily Mail
    Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits. She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs. He had recently married and was soon to be a father.
  • Rocket Launchers Turned in During L.A. Gun Buyback Not Functional

    12/30/2012 7:26:38 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    KTLA 5 Web Staff ^ | December 30, 2012 | KTLA 5
    Rocket Launchers Turned in During L.A. Gun Buyback Not Functional LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) Two rocket launchers handed over to the Los Angeles Police Department during L.A.’s annual Gun Buyback were not functional. Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa showed off the launchers, which were turned in by families of former military members on December 26. The LAPD said all along the launchers appeared to be antiquated, and probably could no longer be fired. The department enlisted the U.S. military to investigate whether the rockets were ever stolen. Military experts have now confirmed to the Los Angeles Times,...
  • Flashback: Hillary Clinton: My Life at 60 (2007, talks about 1998 blood clot scare)

    12/30/2012 7:21:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 59 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, October 25, 2007 | Heidi Evans
    SNIP She approaches her seventh decade with what any 60-year-old wants most - good health - but Clinton recalled a potentially fatal scare in 1998. It came while she was campaigning on behalf of Chuck Schumer's New York Senate bid and a swollen right foot caused her terrible pain. She thought she just needed to slow down from constant flying. A White House doctor told her to rush to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where doctors diagnosed a large blood clot behind her right knee. "That was scary because you have to treat it immediately - you don't want to take the...
  • Stock futures up. Someone in Congress already knows a deal is going to take place.

    12/30/2012 7:21:14 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 51 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 30 December 2012
    Stock futures are up. Someone in Congress knows a deal is going to take place. Information already leaked to big players. Futures were down -207 on Dow earlier today and are now up +23. Insider trading taking place. These guys are really slick.
  • Holding pattern

    12/30/2012 7:14:57 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/30/12 | politico/whitehouse
    12/30/12 9:53 PM President Obama has no events listed on his public schedule Monday.
  • Torii Hunter: Gay teammate would be ‘difficult and uncomfortable’ [Attack on Christian Athlete]

    12/30/2012 7:09:38 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Larry Brown Sports ^ | 12/30/12 | Larry Brown
    Hunter is a four-time All-Star and has played in the majors since 1997. He was considered a clubhouse leader with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, and he told the Los Angeles Times that having a gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable.” “For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” Hunter told the Times. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.” Kevin Baxter, who wrote a lengthy piece for the Times on gays in sports, described Hunter as saying that a gay teammate could...
  • Qatari interest in Greece seen to be growing

    12/30/2012 7:00:35 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Sunday December 30, 2012 (13:54) | By Vangelis Mandravelis
    The improvement of the macroeconomic climate in Greece combined with the volatile situation in the Middle East has put this country firmly in the investment plans of Qatar, thereby rendering the planned visit by the Greek prime minister to the Gulf state next month very interesting indeed. The acquisition of Oxia island, near Ithaca in the Ionian Sea, by the royal family of the emirate last summer was an initial show of interest in Greece. A second indication has come with the recent decision by state carrier Qatar Airways to use Athens International Airport for flights to and from New...
  • It's Official: January 5, 2013 is SUPPORT HOBBY LOBBY DAY (Breitbart, Others Spreading the Word)

    12/30/2012 6:52:59 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 68 replies
    Breitbart, roundup of other sources ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | Ken Klukowski
    David and Barbara Green, owners of Hibby Lobby “We must obey God rather than men!”—Acts 5:29. Now that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has denied Hobby Lobby’s application for an emergency injunction protecting them from Obamacare’s HHS Mandate on abortion and birth control, Hobby Lobby has decided to defy the federal government to remain true to their religious beliefs, at enormous risk and financial cost. Hobby Lobby is wholly owned and controlled by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians. The Greens are committed to running their business in accordance with their Christian faith, believing that God wants them to...
  • Greek head of local anti-drug squad in narcotics ring

    12/30/2012 6:49:44 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Sunday December 30, 2012 (23:57)
    Three police officers are among 28 people arrested The head of a local anti-drugs squad and two other police officers are among the 28 people arrested in Thessaloniki, Agrinio and Volos for their suspected involvement in a drug ring, Skai television reported on Sunday. Police and the secret service had over the last 11 months been monitoring the telephone calls of suspects linked to a ring allegedly run by Albanian drug dealers who operated at Dendopotamos of Thessaloniki, at Volos and Agrinio. The men arrested include the head of the Volos anti-drug squad, a police officer at the foreigners' division...
  • Obama Seizing Sole Authority for US Defense

    12/30/2012 6:37:04 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 21 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/30/Obama-Seizing-Sole-Authority-for-US-Defense-Without-Congress
  • Philadelphia School District Plans to Close Dozens (37) of Schools

    12/30/2012 6:34:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/30/12 | JON HURDLE
    PHILADELPHIA — Like many public schools here, University City High School is underused, underfinanced and underperforming. Nearly 80 percent of its 11th-grade students read below grade level in statewide tests this year, while 85 percent failed to make the grade in math. Last year, about only a quarter of its students participated in precollege testing like the SAT. Largely because of the lure of local charter schools, the school is one-quarter full, with fewer than 600 students for its nearly 2,200 seats. It needs major work on its infrastructure, including lighting and heating systems, that would cost an estimated $30...
  • Why “Gay Marriage” is Not Inevitable

    12/30/2012 6:21:47 PM PST · by DBeers · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 27, 2012 | Luis Tellez
    Election Day was a drubbing for marriage. The ballot initiatives to protect marriage lost by over 4% in Maine, Minnesota, Washington State, and Maryland. Those who support same-sex “marriage” reportedly spent over $33 million, while those who defend marriage spent just over $10 million. Many friends have said that same-sex marriage is inevitable. It is not. I have confidence that fence-sitters will enter the fray in support of traditional marriage. As we continue to debate this issue, three important forces can shift the outcome in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Consider first, public...
  • Political commentator Sean Hannity was one of the big losers in the 2012 election

    12/30/2012 6:12:24 PM PST · by SMGFan · 97 replies
    The right-wing Fox News host lost half his audience in the weeks after Obama's win In a fitting coda to 2012, we’ve learned that the ratings for rock-ribbed conservative Sean Hannity cratered after Barack Obama won his second term, with viewers tuning out the Fox News Channel talk-show host in droves. According to Nielsen numbers, Hannity lost around half of his audience in the weeks after the election, while his Fox News colleague Bill O’Reilly — who steadfastly refuses to identify himself politically as a conservative — retained around 70% of his audience. So what happened to Hannity? The going...
  • Hillary Clinton in hospital with blood clot after fall

    12/30/2012 6:12:24 PM PST · by traumer · 74 replies
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to hospital in New York with a blood clot, officials say. Mrs Clinton suffered a concussion earlier this month after fainting and falling down. At the time, she was reported to have had a stomach virus and to have passed out after becoming dehydrated. Mrs Clinton is due to stand down as secretary of state before US President Barack Obama officially begins his second term in January. Doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up examination on Sunday, her spokesman Philippe Reines said. Mrs Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants. She was...
  • Do media vultures perpetuate mass shootings?

    12/30/2012 6:07:58 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Salon ^ | December 29, 2012 | RIN KELLY
    “We didn’t use any of the violent photos he sent to NBC,” Steele recalls. “In our opinion, we felt like the package was a cry for attention, and that was the last thing we wanted to give him.”\ Loren Coleman, author of “The Copycat Effect” and a behavioral expert who has consulted on school violence for Maine state schools, argues that the recommendations prevention experts give regarding press-driven suicide contagion should apply to these types of murder-suicides as well. “Back in the ‘suicide days,’ if you put the method in the newspaper, the next series of suicide clusters exactly repeated...
  • Flashback: Hugh Rodham Dies After Stroke; Father of Hillary Clinton Was 82

    12/30/2012 5:44:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Ny Times ^ | April 08, 1993 | ERIC PACE
    Hugh Rodham, the father of President Clinton's wife, Hillary, died last night in Little Rock, Ark. He was 82 and lived in Little Rock. Mr. Rodham was hospitalized on March 19 at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center after suffering what his doctor said was a stroke. Carolyn Lindsey, the director of communications for the medical center, said Mr. Rodham died at 8:35 P.M. -snip- By some accounts, Mr. Rodham had been in poor health before suffering the stroke in March. When he went to a baseball game with Mr. Clinton in July 1992, he walked slowly and with a cane.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: James E Swett ~ December 31, 2012

    12/30/2012 5:13:36 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 44 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ James E. SwettInfo from this website.             James Elms Swett (June 15, 1920 – January 18, 2009) was a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot and ace[1] during World War II. He was awarded the United States' highest military decoration— the Medal of Honor — for actions while a...
  • Charlie Sheen apologizes for homophobic slur

    12/30/2012 5:11:49 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Newsday ^ | December 30, 2012
    Trouble-prone actor Charlie Sheen has apologized for a homophobic slur caught on video during a party Friday. "I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one and I apologize if I offended anyone," Sheen told TMZ.com Sunday after the website posted a video of him at what was billed as "Charlie Sheen's Epic Bar Grand Opening" at the El Ganzo hotel in Puerto Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico. He added to TMZ, apparently jocularly, "I meant to say maggot but I have a lisp." In the video, Sheen at a microphone warms up the crowd for musical guest...
  • Report: Sec. Of State Hillary Clinton Hospitalized for Blood Clot Following Concussion

    12/30/2012 5:04:40 PM PST · by kristinn · 18 replies
    AP via Twitter ^ | Sunday, December 30, 2012 | AP
    AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot following concussion. APTV 12-30-12 1953EST
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot following concussion

    12/30/2012 5:04:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 331 replies
    AP ^ | Sunday, December 30, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot following concussion.
  • Reid: No Senate vote Sunday night

    12/30/2012 5:03:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Reid: No Senate vote Sunday night Posted by CNN Political Unit (CNN) – Following a day of ups and downs in the fiscal cliff talks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate will meet back again Monday, meaning there will be no vote on a deal Sunday night. The chamber will reconvene at 11 a.m. ET, he announced on the Senate floor. Saying there's "still significant distance between the two sides," Reid confirmed negotiations are continuing, nonetheless. "We'll have further announcements perhaps at 11 in the morning. I certainly hope so," Reid added. Monday marks the final deadline for...
  • Venezuela VP: Chavez suffers 'new complications'

    12/30/2012 5:01:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 12/30/12 | AP
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's vice president says Hugo Chavez has suffered "new complications" following his cancer surgery in Cuba. Vice President Nicolas Maduro did not give details about the complications,
  • Radtke: GOP: the party that stands for nothing

    12/30/2012 5:01:35 PM PST · by Bratch · 17 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | December 27, 2012 | jamie Radtke
    I ran for the United States Senate this past year in a Republican primary. As I knocked on doors, attended events and spoke to thousands of people, my opening statement was the same each time: “I think both parties have made a real mess of things. We need new politicians who will stand on principle once again.” Invariably the response was the same: “I couldn’t agree with you more!” You have to look no further than the recent tea party movement to see the extreme dissatisfaction individuals have with their Republican representation. The genesis of this grass-roots movement came under...
  • New Documentary Claims Hitler Died In 1965, Did Not Commit Suicide After WWII

    12/30/2012 4:51:05 PM PST · by Borges · 99 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/30/12 | Anjali Sareen
    According to director/producer Noam Shalev and researcher Pablo Weschler, Adolf Hitler lived out his last days in an luxurious Argentinian hotel, instead of committing suicide in a Berlin bunker as previously thought. Their new documentary, Hitler in Argentina, attempts to make their case and is set to be released next year. Shalev doesn’t claim to be 100 percent certain about his theory. “We will never know the truth,” he says. “But there is enough evidence to build an alternative theory about what happened to Hitler.” Weschler adds, “No one believed the Russians’ story of Hitler’s suicide in the bunker. As...
  • Django.WhiteHouse.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (10,830 signatures so far)

    12/30/2012 4:31:27 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    14,170 more to go. If gun-free zones are good enough for our children, they should be good enough for our feral government overlords. Link to petition
  • IRS Proposes Employer Mandate Rules for Health Coverage

    12/30/2012 4:22:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 34 replies
    AccountingToday ^ | December 30, 201 | Michael Cohn
    The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations on the shared responsibility for large employers to provide health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.The IRS noted that employers may rely on the proposed regulations for guidance until final regulations are issued. In addition, the IRS posted a questions and answers document on its Web site Friday to explain the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act and the new proposed regulations. Under the provisions, if employers do not offer affordable health coverage that provides a minimum level of health insurance coverage to their full-time employees, they may...
  • Off-duty policewoman thwarts San Antonio cinema gunman

    12/30/2012 4:18:46 PM PST · by maine-iac7 · 19 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 17 Dec 2012 | Brett Wilkins
    A quick-thinking off-duty Texas policewoman shot and wounded a rampaging gunman who had entered a San Antonio restaurant and movie theatre with his gun blazing. breakMovie-goers responded with shock and panic as gunfire erupted in the theater. "We though we were going to die," patron Tara Grace, who was purchasing a drink from the concession stand and locked herself in a bathroom stall with five other terrified patrons, told the Express-News.
  • Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013

    12/30/2012 4:00:49 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 242 replies
    The Hill Blogs via Drudge Report ^ | Sunday December 30, 2012 09:49 AM ET | By Meghashyam Mali
  • Wake Up Call – Next Bubble To Burst: Government Spending

    12/30/2012 3:47:39 PM PST · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Progressive Radio News ^ | 24 December 2012 | Richard Martin
    Podcast/audo 52:57 Will “the cliff” do the trick? Or must we wait for the wave of municipal bankruptcies to kick in first? Why has government spending accelerated if we are truly in a “recovery”? Why is the Fed massively padding its balance sheet? How much of the economy is sapped by unproductive activities? With government responsible for almost half of GDP, how much longer will it be before private business just gives up altogether and America wakes up to a Communist society? It is moving inexorably in that direction. Some statistics proving the presence of deflation.
  • Hollande: Al-Qaeda 'Not to Be Trusted'

    12/30/2012 3:42:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 Dec 2012
    President François Hollande said on Thursday that Islamist groups holding French hostages in Africa were not trustworthy and should not be taken seriously after Al-Qaeda accused Paris of blocking negotiations for their release. There are a total of nine French hostages on the continent. On Tuesday the Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said France was snubbing talks proposed by the group to free four French citizens abducted in Niger in September 2010. "The less one speaks, the better one can work," Hollande told journalists during a visit to Rungis, a giant wholesale food market just outside Paris. "There have been...
  • Beware: 11,000 psychotics on streets (Of New York City)

    12/30/2012 3:37:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/30/2012 | By GARY BUISO
    The city streets are teeming with thousands of mentally ill homeless people capable of psychotic acts of random violence if left untreated, experts warned yesterday. As many as 11,000 of the city’s 33,000 homeless adults have some form of mental illness, said D.J. Jaffe, executive director of the Mental Illness Policy Organization. Of that number, about 3,300 are potentially violent, Jaffe said. “When untreated, they’re capable of horrific acts,” said Jaffe. “The danger is that they’re so sick that they don’t know they’re sick, and their brain is incapable of regulating their own behavior.” He urged New Yorkers to be...
  • Abu Qatada family say they want to leave 'racist' UK (Have "suffered so much")

    12/30/2012 3:36:44 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/30/20112 | The Telegraph
    An open letter written by Qatada Qatada, the radical cleric's eldest son and published on an Islamic human rights website, complains that racist pressure groups scream abuse at the family home. The family want to leave the "small and filthy" Ł450,000 taxpayer funded home in North London.
  • Pakistan militants kill 41 in mass execution, attack on Shi'ites

    12/30/2012 3:33:38 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    Reuters, The Star ^ | Sunday, December 30, 2012 | Jibran Ahmad
    Peshawar, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani militants, who have escalated attacks in recent weeks, killed at least 41 people in two separate incidents, officials said on Sunday, challenging assertions that military offensives have broken the back of hard-line Islamist groups. [...] The United States has long pressured nuclear-armed ally Pakistan to crack down harder on both home-grown militants groups such as the Taliban and others which are based on its soil and attack Western forces in Afghanistan. In the north, 21 men working for a government-backed paramilitary force were executed overnight after they were kidnapped last week, a provincial official said....
  • Video: Abbas’ Fatah Shoot Their Way through Hevron

    12/30/2012 3:32:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Masked and armed members of Fatah, Hamas’ rival party headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, shot automatic rifles in the air as they marched through Hevron on Saturday. The parade marked the anniversary of the founding of Fatah by Yasser Arafat, who was succeeded by Abbas after his death eight years ago. The scene of masked men shooting rifles was identical with Hamas demonstrations in Gaza over the years. The march did not encroach on the Jewish neighborhoods in Hevron, but it illustrates the face of Fatah not reported in mainstream media, which promotes Abbas as Israel’s ”peace partner.”...
  • 5 people killed, about 20 injured in tour bus crash on icy Ore. interstate highway

    12/30/2012 3:28:05 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    GF Herald ^ | 12/30/12 | AP
    A tour bus careened through a guardrail on an icy Oregon highway and several hundred feet down an embankment Sunday, killing five people and injuring about 20 others, authorities said. The charter bus carrying about 40 people lost control around 10:30 a.m. on the snow- and ice-covered lanes of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon State Police. Lt. Greg Hastings said the accident happened on the west end of the Blue Mountains, and west of an area called "Deadman Pass," where stretches of the highway tend to be icy in winter months.
  • Examiner Editorial: Obama's labor board bails out big unions again

    12/30/2012 3:25:07 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/27/12 | washington examiner
    For example, the Labor Department will introduce a new rule next year requiring employers to divulge all information on labor consultants they hire. This will drive many of these consultants -- mostly small law firms -- out of the business completely. Meanwhile, the National Labor Relations Board -- which is nominally independent but whose majority has been appointed by President Obama -- is working on a new rule requiring employers to turn over all employee contact information to unions during their organizing drives, something that will greatly help them identify prospective members. The workers themselves will have no say in...
  • Court Overrules Knesset, Lets 'Mavi Mamara' Zoabi Run

    12/30/2012 3:21:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Sunday to allow MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) to run for Knesset, overturning a decision from the Elections Committee barring Zoabi due to her support for terrorism. Zoabi's party, Balad, had threatened an Arab boycott of the elections if the decision were upheld. Her opponents cited several incidents in which she showed support for terrorism, including her participation in an attempt to forcibly break the naval blockade on Hamas that included an attack on IDF soldiers, and her meeting with senior Hamas terrorists. The Elections Committee banned Zoabi under a clause requiring candidates and parties not...
  • ‘Gun Control Fails,’ Say Statistics from … Gun-Control Advocates

    12/30/2012 3:20:33 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 29, 2012
    No dataset proving civilian disarmament made anybody safer. In response to Ezra Klein’s report titled “Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States,” below are eight fictions about gun control. Do note: all data cited below are from sources supportive of gun control. Fiction 1: Armed Resistance Does Not Stop Mass Murders. Fiction 4: Gun Control Will Make You Safer... This is false — including in the Australia and UK examples. Before their bans, both countries had lower violent crime and murder rates than the United States. Ten years later, all U.S. violent crime categories have decreased,...
  • ‘Islamists’ Slit 15 Christians’ Throats in Nigeria

    12/30/2012 3:11:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | December 30, 2012
    Boko Haram has claimed to be fighting for the creation of an Islamic state in Nigeria, though its demands have repeatedly shifted and it is believed to include a number of factions with varying aimsSuspected Islamist extremists have killed 15 Christians by slitting their throats in an attack on a village in Nigeria’s volatile northeast, residents and a relief source said Sunday. The gruesome violence was the latest to be blamed on Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, though this Christmas season has been notably less bloody than in 2011, when attacks on churches and other locations left scores dead. “From...
  • Erian (Muslim Brotherhood) tells Egyptian Jews to leave Israel, return to Egypt

    12/30/2012 2:54:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | Friday, December 28, 2012 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    Essam al-Erian, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, called on Egyptian Jews to leave Israel to the Palestinians and return to their own homeland. Their presence in Palestine contributes to the Zionist occupation of Arab lands, and every Egyptian has the right to live in his country — nobody can deny that, Erian said during an interview on the privately operated Dream TV on Thursday. “Why did Nasser expel them [the Jews] from Egypt?” he asked, claiming that Nasser’s decision contributed to the occupation of other Arab lands. "Egyptian Jews should refuse to live under a...
  • Yemen: Al-Qaida offers bounty for US ambassador

    12/30/2012 2:33:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 30, 2012 4:07 PM EST | Ahmed Al-Haj
    Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country. An audio produced by the group’s media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites Saturday said it offered three kilograms of gold worth $160,000 for killing the ambassador, Gerald Feierstein. The group said it will pay 5 million Yemeni riyals ($23,000) to anyone who kills an American soldier inside Yemen. It said the offer is valid for six months. …
  • NY plaintiff: Gay benefits 'bigger than marriage'

    12/30/2012 2:32:28 PM PST · by bgill · 24 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 30, 2013 | Larry Neumeister
    "I feel like everybody's treating me like a hero. Everybody thinks it takes enormous courage." ... Windsor maintained that the federal government's insistence in the Defense of Marriage Act that a marriage can be only defined as a relationship between a man and a woman meant she was not entitled to a marital deduction on Spyer's estate. That meant, she said, that she owed $363,053 in taxes that she would not have to pay if the law did not unconstitutionally discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • GOOD-LUCK CHARMS SET FOR UNLUCKY 2013 IN TIMES SQUARE

    12/30/2012 2:28:05 PM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    Times Square officials have gathered good-luck charms to accompany the unlucky number 13 that will light up when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. The 7-foot-tall sign in the shape of the number 13 arrived Wednesday in New York City’s iconic tourist attraction. The New York Post reports that 13 good-luck charms will be installed along with the sign atop One Times Square for the celebration that will ring in the year 2013. The charms include a four-leaf clover, gold coins and a Buddha statue. Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins says officials want to assuage the fears of...
  • Tom Coburn: I Wouldn’t Vote to Confirm Hagel

    12/30/2012 2:18:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 12:59 PM | Amy Woods
    Sen. Tom Coburn said on Sunday that he would not support a decision by President Barack Obama to nominate former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense. Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the Oklahoma Republican said Hagel is unqualified for the job. “I cannot vote for Chuck Hagel,” he said. “He does not have the experience to manage a very large organization like the Pentagon.” …
  • Celebrity bad science: Dried placenta pills and oxygen shots

    12/30/2012 2:16:13 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 32 replies
    News Daily ^ | 12/28/2012 | Kate Kelland
    LONDON, Dec. 28, 2012 (Reuters) — Pop guru Simon Cowell carries pocket-sized inhalable oxygen shots, America's "Mad Men" actress January Jones favors dried placenta pills, and British soap star Patsy Palmer rubs coffee granules into her skin. Celebrities rarely shy away from public peddling of dubious ideas about health and science, and 2012 was no exception. In its annual list of the year's worst abuses against science, the Sense About Science (SAS) campaign also named former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney for spreading misinformation about windows on planes, and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for false justifications for peeing in the...
  • Biden returns to White House

    12/30/2012 2:14:16 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Biden returns to White House By DONOVAN SLACK | 12/30/12 3:06 PM EST Vice President Joe Biden has returned to the White House from his home in Delware, an aide confirms. The aide declined to provide more details about what Biden is doing and whether he is trying to help restart fiscal cliff negotiations in Congress. As talks on a deal stalled in the Senate Sunday afternoon, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he called the vice president to ask for help prodding Democrats. “I'm concerned with the lack of urgency here. There’s far too much at stake for political gamesmanship,"...
  • US family pleas for couple missing in Afghanistan

    12/30/2012 2:08:29 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2012 4:43 PM (ET) | DENIS D. GRAY and ERIC TUCKER
    KABUL (AP) - The family of an ailing, pregnant American woman missing in Afghanistan with her Canadian husband has broken months of silence over the mysterious case, making public appeals for the couple's safe return. James Coleman, the father of 27-year-old Caitlan Coleman, told The Associated Press over the weekend that she was due to deliver in January and needed urgent medical attention for a liver ailment that required regular checkups. He said he and his wife, Lyn, last heard from their son-in-law Josh on Oct. 8 from an Internet cafe in what he described as an "unsafe" part of...
  • AP's Honduras correspondent navigates violent land

    12/30/2012 2:07:02 PM PST · by BobL · 22 replies
    WPXI.COM ^ | Dec. 30, 2012 | Alberto Arce
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Every Saturday morning, one of my taxi drivers pays about $12 for the right to park his cab near a hospital, about two blocks from a police station. But it's not the government that's charging. An unidentified man pulls up in a large SUV, usually brandishing an AK-47, and accepts an envelope of cash without saying a word. Jose and nine other drivers who pay the extortionists estimate that it amounts to more than $500 a year to park on public property. During Christmas, the cabbies dish out another $500 each in holiday "bonuses." Meanwhile, Jose pays...
  • French Weekly to Publish Life of Mohammed Comics

    12/30/2012 1:51:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Charlie Hebdo, the French weekly known for publishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and enraging much of the Muslim world, said Sunday that it plans to release a comic book biography of Islam’s founder that will be strictly educational. The weekly often depicts Islam’s prophet using caricatures and parodies in an effort to defend free speech and defy the anger of Muslims who believe depicting Mohammed visually is sacrilegious. The series, entitled "Muhammad's Life," will be “an Islamically authorized biography because it is being written by Muslim commentators,” said the weekly's publisher, known only as Charb. “The only thing...