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  • Lebanese Intelligence Chief Says Israel is His Country’s Only Enemy

    01/02/2013 11:27:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Algemeiner Journal ^ | 1/2/13 | staff
    A leading figure in Lebanese intelligence said Wednesday that the only enemy of his country is Israel. According to the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, Abbas Ibrahim, director-general of the General Security Department, said, “Lebanon’s one and only enemy is Israel.” Ibrahim also predicted that the crisis in Syria would last a long time, but added, “The humanitarian condition of the refugees arriving in Lebanon from Syria prevents us from closing the border with the neighboring country.” “We either act in a humane manner or become racist,” he remarked. But Ibrahim made sure to emphasize who he saw a the real threat...
  • Handcuffed teen, Lamon Khiry Haslip, shot and killed by police in southern California

    01/02/2013 11:21:08 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 81 replies
    CBS News ^ | 01/02/2013 | By Julia Dahl
    An 18-year-old California man was shot dead by police last week while he was handcuffed and on the ground. Police say he was carrying a loaded handgun. According to a statement issued by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, officers responded to a "gang-related 'man with a gun'" call in Moreno Valley at 8:38 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. ~snip~ The sheriff's statement continues: "As this was occurring, an additional officer arrived on scene and observed the subject roll onto his side. The initial officer backed away from the subject and announced that the subject had a gun, at which time...
  • Dems fear Scott may run for gov (Brown/MA)

    01/02/2013 11:14:58 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 59 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/2/13 | Joe Battenfeld
    While Democrats frantically try to block Scott Brown from going back to the U.S. Senate, there are also increasing fears he could pose an even bigger threat as the next Massachusetts governor. Republicans close to the departing U.S. senator said he’s itching to go back to Washington to replace John Kerry, but Democrats are buzzing more about a potential Brown gubernatorial campaign in 2014. It may be tempting for Brown to run in a special election against a vulnerable Rep. Edward J. Markey, but he should reject the easy play and go for the job that really matters — running...
  • Morsi Aide: Israel Will Cease to Exist Within Decade

    01/02/2013 11:11:05 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    Deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm in Egypt, the Freedom and Justice Party, announced Tuesday that Israel would cease to exist by the end of the decade. Essam el-Erian, who serves an adviser to Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, had attempted to dispel a recent controversy over comments he made in an interview last week, in which he invited Egyptian born Jews to return to the country. In an interview with the Saudi-backed newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Erian said that the "ideology of Zionism" had ended in failure and denounced Israel as "Palestine's occupiers."
  • KS: Sperm donor ordered by state to pay child support (to separated lesbian couple on assistance)

    01/02/2013 11:10:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 1/2/13 | Associated Press
    TOPEKA, Kan. -- A sperm donor in Kansas is fighting a state effort to force him to pay child support for a child conceived through artificial insemination by a lesbian couple. William Marotta, 46, of Topeka said he is "a little scared about where this is going to go, primarily for financial reasons," The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/132b7Ji) reported Monday. When he donated sperm to Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner in 2009, Marotta relinquished all parental rights, as well as financial responsibility for the child. When Bauer and Schreiner filed for state assistance this year, the state demanded the donor's name...
  • Feds clamping down on study permits for foreign students (Canada)

    01/02/2013 11:09:18 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies
    Canoe.ca ^ | January 1, 2013 | Daniel Proussalidis
    OTTAWA - The federal government is trying to build a wall around Canada's study permit system for international students to block fraudsters and other criminals.
  • Boehner appears safe--for now

    01/02/2013 11:07:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    The absence of a House conservative publicly campaigning to challenge House Speaker John Boehner in Thursday's leadership elections has even his harshest critics, still angered with the "fiscal cliff" deal, expecting the Ohio Republican to keep his post, according to multiple sources. "If there's a coup in the works, no one has seen fit to tell me about it," said a key conservative leadership aide. The split vote for the fiscal cliff deal, however, has drawn fire from outside critics and even led to a poll on the Drudge Report showing opposition to Boehner beating support, 85 percent to 15...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,January 2-4,2012

    01/02/2013 11:06:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | January 2-4,2013 | Sean Hannity
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  • Giant snowman makes Ont. dad talk of the town

    01/02/2013 11:04:25 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 41 replies
    London Free Press ^ | January 1, 2013 | Hank Daniszewski
    Maybe it was all that waiting, but when Bob Mann made his snowman, he went big. The six-metre snowman, sporting a dapper top hat, stands in the front yard of his home on Godfrey Dr., in the Huron and Highbury area. Mann planned to build the snowman last year, fashioning the top hat out of a 20-litre pail and sewing four scarves together.
  • White House eases path to residency for some illegal immigrants

    01/02/2013 11:03:59 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 2, 2013 | Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration eased the way Wednesday for illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of American citizens to apply for permanent residency, a change that could affect as many as 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the U.S. A new rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security aims to reduce the time illegal immigrants are separated from their American families while seeking legal status, immigration officials said.
  • BREAKING: Illinois Bill to Ban All Modern Firearms

    01/02/2013 10:55:17 AM PST · by neverdem · 146 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | Robert Farago | January 1, 2013
    UPDATE: Click here for the latest details on the gun ban and ammunition magazine registration bill, which includes new regulations for gun ranges.Press release:“The ISRA has learned from a credible source that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton [above] will introduce a so called ‘assault weapons’ ban on Wednesday when the legislature returns for its ‘lame duck’ session. Cullerton hopes to ramrod the bill through and get it to Governor Quinn for signature by Friday. If he is successful at doing so, nearly every gun you currently own will be banned and will be subject to confiscation by the Illinois...
  • India paying welfare directly, aiming to end fraud

    01/02/2013 10:51:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2013 7:51 PM EST | Muneeza Naqvi
    India will pay billions of dollars in social welfare money directly to its poor under a new program that aims to cut out the middlemen blamed for the massive fraud that plagues the system. Previously, officials only handed out cash to the poor after taking a cut—if they didn't keep all of it for themselves—and were known to enroll fake recipients or register unqualified people. The program inaugurated Tuesday would see welfare money directly deposited into recipients’ bank accounts and require them to prove their identity with biometric data, such as fingerprints or retina scans. … The program is loosely...
  • Firearm Sales Jump 39% In December, 19% In 2012

    01/02/2013 10:50:40 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Background checks for individuals purchasing firearms increased in every state in December - and in 48 of the 50 states and in Washington, D.C. for full-year 2012 - according to data compiled by the FBI. Compared to the total number of background checks completed from January through December of 2011 all but two states saw net increases in gun sales in 2012. Utah reported a decline of 77.4%, and Iowa a decline of 17.9%. Nationally, background checks were up 19.1% for 2012. Washington D.C. saw the largest year-to-year increase with sales jumping 49.7%. Wisconsin followed with 45.4%, then New Jersey...
  • Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in a coma 'only kept alive by life support' after cancer surgery

    01/02/2013 10:50:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/02/2013 | By ANTHONY BOND
    Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is in an induced coma being kept alive by life support following complications during cancer surgery, it was claimed today. Sources at the hospital in Cuba where he is being treated told a Spanish newspaper he was showing 'very weak' vital signs, adding that doctors could decide to switch off the machines 'at any moment'. With rumours swirling that Chavez had taken a turn for the worse, Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the ailing president's condition remains 'delicate' three weeks after his cancer surgery. He did not provide further information about the president's condition and...
  • ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Also Doles Out Millions for Hollywood, Railroads, Rum Producers

    01/02/2013 10:47:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/02/2013
    The “fiscal cliff” compromise has been heralded as a saving grace for middle class taxpayers, their families and the unemployed. But buried in the fine print of the 150-page deal are also some lesser-known New Year’s gifts to some of Washington’s favorite industries. SNIP The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget listed the so-called “tax extenders” as a “bad” part of the fiscal cliff deal because their cost is not offset, “setting a bad precedent for future extensions.” The mix of tax perks covering the next year, but with budget implications for the next two years includes everything from...
  • Gallup: 50% Believe America’s Best Years Are Behind Us

    01/02/2013 10:40:35 AM PST · by chessplayer · 30 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Fifty percent of Americans now believe the country’s best years are past, according to Gallup, while 47 percent still say America’s best years are still to come.
  • Another Joe Morelle To Enter Politics This Week (nepotism barf)

    01/02/2013 10:36:54 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 2 replies
    WHAM13 ^ | 1/3/13 | Sean Carrol
    Irondequoit, N.Y. --- Monroe County will soon be home to two lawmakers named “Joseph D. Morelle.” On Wednesday Monroe County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Morelle (also a New York State Assemblyman) will recommend that his son, Joe Morelle Jr., fill a vacant seat in the county legislature. The vacancy comes in the wake of Democrat Ted O’Brien’s election to the New York State Senate in November. O’Brien reportedly approached Morelle Jr., 24, about filling his seat immediately after the November election. His name was then presented to the Irondequoit Democratic Committee for a vote and he received unanimous support. Morelle...
  • David Headley, Rana sentencing rescheduled by US court

    01/02/2013 10:31:41 AM PST · by Jyotishi
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, January 2, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    Chicago: A US court on Wednesday rescheduled the sentencing of Pakistani American LeT terrorist David Headley, accused of involvement in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, from January 17 to January 24, while that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled for a second time to January 17. Headley, who conducted reconnaissance of the targets of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks for Lashker-e-Taiba, had entered a plea bargain with the FBI, saving him from a possible death penalty or extradition to India or Denmark. Rana, on the other hand, was acquitted of involvement in the Mumbai attacks but was held guilty on...
  • Questions for Gun Controllers - If a policy doesn’t produce the intended results, why pursue it?

    01/02/2013 10:28:13 AM PST · by neverdem · 48 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 28, 2012 | Rich Lowry
    In the wake of the Newtown massacre, a call has gone up for a conversation about our gun laws. To that end, here are questions for advocates of gun control who are pushing for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, among other new restrictions, to address school shootings.What’s the functional difference between an assault weapon and a semiautomatic rifle? You do understand that the answer is “nothing”? An assault weapon is not an automatic weapon. It is semiautomatic like most guns now sold in the United States, i.e., it fires every time the trigger is pulled. What...
  • Singer Patti Page Dies in Encinitas

    01/02/2013 10:27:49 AM PST · by Borges · 56 replies
    NBC - San Diego ^ | 1/2/2013 | David Villasenor and R. Stickney
    One of America's musical icons, Grammy-Award winner Patti Page, has died at a nursing home in Encinitas according to her personal manager. In her seven-decade recording career, Page sold more than 100 million records making her one of the most successful female recording artists. Page performed all over the world and was often asked to sing her biggest-selling record, "The Tennessee Waltz" which she recorded in 1951. Others know her as the voice behind the recording "(How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window." Page, whose real name was Clara Ann Fowler, died Tuesday night at the age of 85...