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  • Outrage after Indonesian official divorces teenage bride

    12/04/2012 12:58:55 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 20 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 4 Dec 2012 | anon
    An Indonesian official is facing calls for his resignation after it emerged he divorced a teenager by text message following four days of marriage. Aceng Fikri, the elected head of Garut in West Java province, has publicly apologised amid the outcry. Hundreds protested against him on Tuesday. Mr Fikri, 40, is married with three children and took the 17-year-old as his second wife in a Muslim ceremony. He divorced her after reportedly discovering she was not a virgin. "I would like to apologise to the public if women feel harassed, even though I didn't mean to harass anyone," Mr Fikri...
  • Gun Crazy

    12/04/2012 12:33:16 PM PST · by 867V309 · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 3, 2012 | Michael Walsh
        If Bob Costas wants to consult someone on domestic double murder without a gun, he need to look no further than his former broadcasting partner at NBC.
  • In World of Big Stuff, the U.S. Still Rules

    12/04/2012 12:12:51 PM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 3, 2012 | James R Hagerty
    Robert LeTourneau, a roving American evangelist and inventor, decided in the mid-1930s that a plot of lakefront land a mile and a half northeast of downtown Peoria would be a fine place to make earth-moving equipment. Skilled labor and suppliers were plentiful; transport links were good. Nearly eight decades later, Japan's Komatsu Ltd., which owns the plant, still thinks Mr. LeTourneau chose the right location—even though most giant mining trucks made there are shipped overseas to Latin America, Australia, Asia and Africa. The U.S. may not be much good at making small things like smartphones, but it is still a...
  • ROUNDS ANNOUNCES SENATE RUN IN SOUTH DAKOTA

    12/04/2012 12:12:30 PM PST · by Impy · 11 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/3/2012 | John Gizzi
    When South Dakota’s former two-term Gov. Mike Rounds made it official last week that he would seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator in 2014, it was national news. After an election year in which Republicans began with high hopes of winning a majority in the Senate only to end with a net loss of two seats from their ranks, news that Rounds was poised to challenge Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson was truly something to cheer for the dispirited GOP. “Instantly competitive,” is how the Hill characterized the likely contest between conservative Rounds and two-term liberal Democrat Johnson (lifetime American...
  • Chicago Family Says Police Officer Shot Their Puppy

    12/04/2012 12:01:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    chicagocbslocal.com ^ | 12/4/12 | chicago cbs
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Al Phillips wants to know why a Chicago police officer shot his dog while writing a traffic ticket outside his house. “My neighbor called and told me I was getting a ticket on my van. When I opened the fence, my puppy ran out. That’s when I heard two gunshots and the officer shot my dog,” Phillips said. The 7-month-old Bull Terrier miniature puppy survived but had a bullet in its leg and fragments in its abdomen.
  • Chiefs knew of couple's problems

    12/04/2012 11:57:08 AM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    espn.go.com ^ | 12/4/12 | ESPN.com news services
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs officials knew that linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend were having relationship problems, and the team provided the couple with counseling in an effort to help, a police official said.
  • Muslim Brotherhood: "Jews are still the source of evil in the world"

    12/04/2012 11:55:29 AM PST · by pabianice · 26 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 6/11 | Badi'
    "Allah warned us against the deceit of the Jews and their dangerous role in sparking wars: 'Whenever they kindle a fire for war Allah puts it out, and they strive to make mischief in the land; and Allah does not love the mischief-makers [Koran 5:64].' Their hands light the hidden fuse... [and] little time passes before the fire spreads to the field of war, including Islamic lands... The war in Sudan and its division are their handiwork; the internal struggle and war among the Palestinians is [likewise part] of their plan. [For this reason,] the reconciliation between Hamas and...
  • Massachusetts' largest wind energy farm nears completion in Florida (MA)

    12/04/2012 11:49:15 AM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    The Bay State’s largest wind energy farm is nearing completion. Gov. Deval Patrick and state Energy and state energy officials on Monday visited the 19-turbine Hoosac Wind Power project in the western Massachusetts towns of Florida and Monroe. Officials say the wind farm on track to be completed by year’s end will produce enough power for more than 10,000 homes a year and offset about 64 million pounds of carbon dioxide released by traditional electrical generation. The project is also expected to generate about $6.8 million in tax revenue for the towns. But not all local residents are happy. Opponents...
  • Defend Liberty, Draft Judge Napolitano For President In 2016

    12/04/2012 11:26:02 AM PST · by Bull Man · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/04/2012 | Lawrence Hunter
    Although Ron Paul has yet to be specific about what’s next for him, it is highly unlikely he will run for president again. So then, what’s next for the Liberty Movement now that it won’t have presidential candidate Ron Paul to hug anymore? The Movement that Ron Paul built lacks only a true and steady successor to hoist sails and steer it on its way, plugging his ears to the siren song of the Republican Establishment that would lure him onto the shoals of partisan accommodation. -snip- The next Liberty-Movement candidate, therefore, must be prepared to give the run his...
  • U.S. Economic Confidence in November Best in Four Years [Whistle Past Graveyard]

    12/04/2012 11:15:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Gallup.com ^ | 12/4/12 | Gallup
    Americans' economic confidence was better in November than in any month since Gallup began tracking confidence daily in January 2008. The -13 Economic Confidence Index score surpasses the previous bests of -17 from October and May of this year. The index, which began at -32 in January 2008 as the recession was taking hold, had been -20 or lower until May.
  • Obama and Boehner: Who Blinks First?-The GOP faces a president who plays hardball by Alinsky's rules

    12/04/2012 11:11:23 AM PST · by filbert00 · 27 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Dec. 4, 2012 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s opening bid to Speaker John Boehner, a demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, was not meant as a serious offer. It was an ultimatum couched in an insult. Translation: “We won the election. We have the whip hand. Not only are you going to sign on to higher tax rates and higher tax revenues, we are going to rub your Tea Party noses in your coming capitulation.” That Boehner did not throw the offer back in Geithner’s face and tell him, “Give me a call, Tim, when you’re serious,” suggests that the speaker feels he...
  • C’mon Now, GOP, Don’t Go Wobbly on Us

    12/04/2012 11:10:02 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 13 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook ^ | Tuesday December 4, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    Please read and pass along this article. We send good conservatives to D.C. to fulfill the promises they made to the electorate, and yet when they stay true to their word the permanent political class in their own party punishes them. This won’t be forgotten come 2014. Right now the GOP establishment is more concerned about the opinion of the media and the Georgetown cocktail circuit than they are “we the people” who hired them. For all this new talk of how the GOP needs a “populist movement,” it would do them good to remember they already have one; it’s...
  • Conservatives make John Boehner’s life difficult—again

    12/04/2012 11:04:12 AM PST · by South40 · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/4/2012 | Chris Moody
    WASHINGTON—Conservatives panned the House Republican proposal released Monday to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, yet again giving House Speaker and lead negotiator John Boehner little room to maneuver as he works toward a deal with the White House. The proposal includes extending current tax rates for all income levels and raising revenue by closing loopholes in the tax code.
  • Norquist To MSNBC: Obama ‘Thinks Somebody Made Him King,’ Doesn’t Know ‘His Place In The Universe’

    12/04/2012 11:00:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/4/12 | Noah Rothman
    Americans for Tax Reform chief Grover Norquist joined Alex Wagner on MSNBC’s NOW to discuss the current status of negotiations between President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans to avoid the upcoming fiscal cliff. Norquist told the MSNBC host that he thinks President Obama is overplaying his hand in these negotiations, as he did in his first term, and Obama will cede the political advantage to Republicans because he “doesn’t have the mandate he thinks he does.” Wagner asked Norquist if he supported the plan put forward by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Norquist replied that Boehner’s plan is “amorphous,” and said...
  • Guns, Women, and How We Protect Ourselves From Violence(TX)

    12/04/2012 10:42:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    blog.chron.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Kathleen McKinley
    As you probably know by now, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher used a gun to kill his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and himself, leaving behind a 3 month old daughter. Anti gun advocates are always quick to jump on these kind of tragedies to make their case against gun ownership. Bob Costa took time at the halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys game last night to pontificate using the same boring nonsensical arguments, the most ridiculous being that if guns were just restricted, and if Jovan had not had a gun that morning, he and his girlfriend...
  • Allen West: “Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too”

    12/04/2012 10:24:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | posted at 9:05 pm on December 3, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Rep. Allen West was finally forced to concede a couple weeks back, and his currently wrapping up his term --- but he's said that he'll continue to look for ways to serve the country, I don't think we've seen the last of him. Real Clear has the audio: MARTIN: So what’s next for you?WEST: Look, you know, God closes a door so that he can open up greater doors. I will continue to, you know, stand up and fight for this country. That’s my goal. I have two daughters, 19 and 16, and I want to make sure that they...
  • Obamacare is Not a Sure Thing

    12/04/2012 10:20:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/04/2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Those who thought ObamaCare was set in concrete by Chief Justice John Roberts' decision last June are in for a shock. December 14 is the new deadline (extended from November 16) for states to let the feds know, yea or nay, whether or not they will be setting up a health insurance exchange, which is the key to participating in the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Obama's belief that the public would warm up to his signature legislation once it became the law of the land has proven false. The current Kaiser Family Foundation poll reports that only...
  • Conservatives removed from financial committees by GOP House leadership

    12/04/2012 5:59:49 AM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 81 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | December 3, 2012 | Francesca Chambers
    The fissure between the GOP establishment and Tea Party members in Congress blew wide open Monday evening when conservative members of Congress were suddenly removed from House financial committees.RedState’s Erick Erickson was the first reliable source to share that conservatives were reportedly being removed from the House’s finance related committees by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio).Shortly after, Roll Call reported that Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona had been removed from from the Financial Services Committee “for bucking the party line too often.”“This morning Congressman Schweikert learned there was a price to be paid for voting based on principle. That...
  • Riot act read to school censoring 1st grader's poem

    12/04/2012 8:03:48 AM PST · by wesagain · 43 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 4, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    "Girl's verse commemorating grandfather's military service included the word "God"A school district in North Carolina has been given a deadline to affirm that it will not censor a student’s speech, or a legal team assembled by the Alliance Defending Freedom will seek a “remedy” to the problem. The issue arose several days ago when the school district told a first-grade student that a poem commemorating her grandfathers’ military service could not include the word “God,” because one member of the community didn’t like it. But in a letter sent from ADF to the McDowell County Schools in Marion, N.C., the...
  • Olive Garden parent Darden suffers from bad specials, 'Obamacare'(Failing CEO is Obama groupie...)

    12/04/2012 10:15:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/4/12 | Tiffany Hsu
    Darden Restaurants Inc. won’t be looking as good as expected next week when the restaurant company is set to release its second-quarter earnings, it said Tuesday. The Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse parent lowered its profit and revenue projections for the quarter ended Nov. 25, blaming sour promotions in its eateries, Superstorm Sandy, its purchase of the Yard House USA chain and even its efforts to mitigate the coming costs of healthcare reform, also known as "Obamacare."
  • The effects of going over the cliff: An opposing view (Some economists don't think it's that bad)

    12/04/2012 10:15:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2012 | Rick Moran
    Are we really headed for disaster if Congress and the president fail to come to an agreement over taxes and budget cuts before the first of the year? Some economists dispute that notion. New York Times: ******* While data on the tax status of all stockholders is hard to come by, many economists agree than an increasing proportion of the entire equities market is now held by retirement investors whose holdings are not subject to current tax law; by foreign investors who don't pay American taxes, or by institutional investors like insurance companies and pension funds that are exempt from...
  • Syria crisis: Nato approves Patriots for Turkey

    12/04/2012 10:14:32 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 December 2012 Last updated at 13:01 ET
    Nato news conference regarding Turkey-Syria border Continue reading the main story Syria conflict Rebels' tactical shift Insurgency mapped Refugees hopeless Chemical fears Nato has approved the deployment of Patriot anti-missile batteries along Turkey's border with Syria.The long-expected move emerged from a meeting of Nato foreign ministers in Brussels, and amid growing fears that Syria could use chemical weapons.Nato's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the US have said this would be "completely unacceptable".Syria has insisted it will not use chemical weapons against its own people, "in any circumstances".The meeting of the 28-member Western military alliance's foreign ministers in Brussels...
  • Change on veterans’ gun rights lights fire

    12/04/2012 10:11:57 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/03/12 | David Sherfinski
    A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans’ gun rights[.] Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, wants veterans who have been deemed “mentally incompetent” to have their cases adjudicated by a judge — rather than the Department of Veterans Affairs, as happens currently — and argued that veterans who simply cannot support themselves financially are needlessly given the label and, as such, cannot buy or possess firearms.
  • Dick Armey resigns from tea party group (FreedomWorks)

    12/04/2012 10:11:25 AM PST · by GVnana · 41 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/4/2012
    One of the most influential - but behind-the-scenes - leaders of the tea party movement has left the organization he helped to build. Former Rep. Dick Armey, R-Tex., resigned from the tea party umbrella group FreedomWorks at the end of last week. A spokesperson for FreedomWorks confirmed to CBSNews.com that the organization "accepted his letter of resignation."Mother Jones Magazine first reported the story and obtained a copy of the letter Armey sent to Matt Kibbe, the president of FreedomWorks. The separation appears to have been tenuous and Armey told Mother Jones that the organization was taking an "unproductive" direction. When...
  • The Demographic Cliff: How will our society survive as it becomes older and numbers become fewer?

    12/04/2012 10:09:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2012 | Jerome Koch
    Lost within the tsunami of campaign reporting was a study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on October 3, 2012. The report, titled "Births: Preliminary Data for 2011," passed through the 24-hour news cycle with hardly a mention. The only reason I heard about it was due to a short blurb carried by a local outlet, which reported a significant drop in teenage births. This news item was, of course, reported as positive. But the full report and its tables of statistics reveals nothing positive whatsoever. According to the CDC numbers, 2011 was a banner year. It recorded...
  • Obama Wants a War

    12/04/2012 10:05:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    Conservatives seem to be nonplussed about President Obama sending Treasury Secretary Geithner to Capitol Hill without a proposal for a grand bargain on entitlements. But why? Worrying about debt and default and entitlements is for the responsible people. Responsibility is for the people who believe in the "responsible self," the notion developed a couple of millennia ago during the Axial Age. Responsibility is for the bourgeoisie. President Obama is above all that. Liberal politics in general is above all that. Their politics is about war, not about nice comfortable entitlements. President Obama's War? He's fighting a war on "inequality." Even...
  • Poll: Repubs Getting Massacred in 'Cliff' Media Debate

    12/04/2012 10:01:58 AM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    You know, it's tough to fight the media on behalf of conservatism when those elected to institute and protect conservatism have no skills whatsoever when it comes to articulating and defending our ideas. According to this new poll, House Republicans might actually be doing better in this debate were they to simply say nothing. They certainly couldn't be doing worse: While 53 percent of those surveyed say the GOP would (and should) lose the fiscal cliff blame game, just 27 percent say President Obama would be deserving of more of the blame.
  • Donations to Obama from faculty, staff, at Catholic colleges outpaced those to Romney

    12/04/2012 9:59:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/4/12 | Caroline May
    The vast majority of faculty and staff members from the nation’s top Catholic universities donated to President Barack Obama’s campaign over Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s this cycle, according to a new report. Ninety-one percent of the employees at 23 different Catholic schools gave to Obama, according to Federal Elections Commission data available on OpenSecrets.org and analysed by the conservative college site Campus Reform. Much has been made of Obama’s Affordable Care Act mandate requiring employers to provide contraception coverage, a requirement that church officials say conflicts with Catholic religious doctrine,
  • Egypt's Mursi Leaves Palace as Police Battle Protesters

    12/04/2012 9:55:46 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 4, 2012 | Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad
    (Reuters) - Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi's palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, two presidential sources said. Police fired teargas at demonstrators angered by Mursi's drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on December 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perimeter wall. Several thousand people had gathered nearby in what they dubbed "last warning" protests against Mursi, who infuriated opponents with a November 22 decree that expanded his powers. "The people want the downfall of the regime," the...
  • News Flash: Senate to Vote on UN Treaty [Update: 60 yes votes, 40 no votes, Treaty FAILS!]

    12/04/2012 9:54:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/3/12 | Karen Farris
    The US Senate will be voting Tuesday, December 4th on whether to ratify a United Nations treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Beneath the surface of this important sounding effort, is a crafty attempt to bequeath more of our American sovereignty to the authority of the United Nations. America has some of the most stringent protections for those who are disabled. This treaty supposedly makes it a more global effort to support the disabled. Proponents say if the US signs the treaty other nations would be more likely to improve their own efforts with the disabled. But like...
  • Homeowner, 76, pulls gun on scam artists who flee in van(IN)

    12/04/2012 9:50:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    nwitimes.com ^ | 4 December, 2012 | Staff
    HOBART | A 76-year-old Hobart homeowner and his wife were targets of scam artists who prey on the elderly, police said. Three men, who knocked on the couple's door Thursday on the pretext of doing yard work, instead worked to divert their attention, police Detective James Gonzales said. No money reportedly was stolen by the men, who were inside the couple's house and garage, police said. The homeowner, who began feeling uncomfortable, grabbed his handgun from inside his garage, but was pushed down by one of the men who took it from him, Gonzales said. The gun was recovered on...
  • KY:WKU wraps up first semester with new gun policy

    12/04/2012 9:21:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    wkuherald.com ^ | 4 November, 2012 | Mary Anne Andrews
    This fall marked the first semester students have been allowed to have guns and other weapons in their vehicles on campus. After the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that public universities couldn’t ban guns from cars on campus, WKU had to change its policy. Prior to July 27, students were not allowed to have guns on campus in any capacity. The new policy allows students with valid concealed carry licenses to keep weapons in their cars, in plain sight. Students who don’t have licenses may still have the weapons in their cars and campus lots but must keep them in a...
  • Report: Youth Employment At Lowest Level Since World War II

    12/04/2012 9:08:07 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    A report released Monday claimed employment for America's youth is at the lowest level it's been since World War II. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's study titled "Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity," "6.5 million people ages 16 to 24 are both out of school and out of work, statistics that suggest dire consequences for financial stability and employment prospects in that population." The findings are truly disturbing. "Entry-level jobs at fast-food restaurants and clothing stores that high school dropouts once could depend on to start their careers now go to older workers...
  • Sorry Libs, The NRA Was There to Help Blacks Defend Themselves From KKK Democrats, Not the...

    12/04/2012 8:57:30 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-3-2012 | Jim Hoft
    December 3, 2012 Sorry Libs… The NRA Was There to Help Blacks Defend Themselves From KKK Democrats, Not the Other Way Around Jim Hoft On September 28, 1868, a mob of Democrats massacred nearly 300 African-American Republicans in Opelousas, Louisiana. The savagery began when racist Democrats attacked a newspaper editor, a white Republican and schoolteacher for ex-slaves. Several African-Americans rushed to the assistance of their friend, and in response, Democrats went on a “Negro hunt,” killing every African-American (all of whom were Republicans) in the area they could find. (Via Grand Old Partisan)Which brings us to today… Asshat Jason Whitlock,...
  • The Who's Pete Townshend: 'I'm a Bit of a Neocon'

    12/04/2012 8:49:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    The Who's Pete Townshend: 'I'm a Bit of a Neocon' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/04/2012 - 9:33am Most rock musicians are typically quite liberal. Apparently not legendary Who guitarist Pete Townshend who dropped a political bombshell Tuesday saying, "I'm a bit of a neocon" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): During a six-minute interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl for the joint online program "Spinners and Winners" launched in January by ABC and Yahoo! News, Townshend said he thought Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was going to win the election earlier this month. "I thought he was throwing the money...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 4,2012

    12/04/2012 8:28:13 AM PST · by Biggirl · 54 replies
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  • General warns: ‘Egypt is heading into a civil war’ judges answer Morsi’s referendum with a boycott

    12/04/2012 8:22:13 AM PST · by Fred · 17 replies
    A controversial decision by Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council to completely refrain from supervising a referendum on the recently approved constitution remains the top story in the Arab press. “Egypt: Judiciary boycotts the referendum… and the constitutional committee suspends work,” reads the main headline of the London-based daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat, long known for its anti-Islamist leanings. The paper reports that judges on the council — all appointed by deposed former president Hosni Mubarak — feared for their safety when they saw crowds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters blocking the roads leading to the gates, “climbing the fences… and inciting the people against...
  • Off-Label Drug Promotion Protected by 1st Amendment – Appeals Court

    12/04/2012 8:11:56 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/03/12 | Ashby Jones
    A federal appellate court in New York has reversed the conviction of a Long Island man found guilty of promoting off-label uses for pharmaceuticals on grounds that the conviction violated his First Amendment free speech rights.
  • Firearm NICS Checks break all time record

    12/04/2012 8:01:38 AM PST · by aimhigh · 50 replies
    FBI website ^ | 12/04/2012 | FBI
    Nationally, firearm NICS checks broke the record in November, with 2,006,919 checks. This beat the prior December 2011 record of 1,862,327.
  • Judge removed in Fort Hood shooting rampage case

    12/04/2012 7:57:15 AM PST · by IbJensen · 25 replies
    http://www.myfoxhouston.com ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | By ANGELA K. BROWN
    <p>FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The military's highest court ousted the judge in the Fort Hood shooting case Monday and threw out his order to have the suspect's beard forcibly shaved before his court-martial.</p> <p>The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that Col. Gregory Gross didn't appear impartial while presiding over the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 shootings on the Texas Army post that killed 13 people and wounded more than two dozen others.</p>
  • Obama and Israel: Carom Shot?

    12/04/2012 7:55:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/4/12 | Elliott Abrams
    The Israeli press is reporting that “The United States was behind the summoning of Israeli ambassadors by several European nations, Israeli sources with close ties to US administration officials said Monday. ‘The European move is essentially an American move,’ one official said. ‘The Brits asked the Americans how to act.’” The same story quotes an Israeli official saying “The Europeans got the green light to respond with extreme measures . . .” No proof is offered and proof in these circumstances will be hard to produce. But the story has a great deal of logic behind it. The Obama administration...
  • Big Lake men subdue serial burglar(AK)

    12/04/2012 7:43:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    frontiersman.com ^ | 29 November, 2012 | Greg Johnson
    BIG LAKE — A bail-jumping burglar may be feeling lucky at the possibility of spending the next several decades in jail after an armed confrontation that nearly left him shot. Joshua Beaty, 25, was in the process of robbing the Big Lake area home of James Conner Oct. 26 when Conner and a couple of his friends caught Beaty in the act. “He already had the TV loaded up and some other stuff,” said Jim Bowe Jr., owner of Mark’s Big Lake Repair and friend of Conner. “He came out of the house and tried to sneak into his truck,...
  • 81-year-old Detroit man shoots at intruder, scares him off

    12/04/2012 7:38:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    clickondetroit.com ^ | 30 November, 2012 | Roger Weber
    DETROIT - An 81-year-old Detroit homeowner was upstairs when a brick shattered his sliding glass door. "I heard a loud 'pow' sound," said Dave, who did not want his full name used in this story. The sound jolted Dave from his sleep at 7 a.m. He could see from his bedroom that the door had been broken. He reached for his .22-caliber handgun. "I have had this (gun) since 1955 and never been fired. Never been fired," Dave said. He stood about 8 feet from his bedroom door, ready with the gun in case the intruder tried to come through.
  • (ID) Sen. Risch=Best Friend, (LA) Sen. Landrieu=Worst Enemy, of Small Business [Must-See Video]

    12/04/2012 7:36:25 AM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 12 replies
    C-Span Video ^ | 11/29/2012 | Senate Committee Hearing
    In 5 minutes this video sums up what it's all about. Watch the fantasic Sen. James Risch of the great state of Idao fry the SBA and the Obama adminstration's tax proposal - with one simple question followed by hummanna hummanna hummanna. Followed by Mary Landrieu barfing up communist spew to try to recover from the logical hit the administration took with that question. Action is from 1:24:50 to 1:30:00. But if you're into small business, the whole video is worth a background listen (and watch of the freaky characters). The SBA is a complete waste and needs to be...
  • Ageism in hospitals ´leaves elderly heart attack and breast cancer victims to die´

    12/04/2012 7:33:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/4/12 | Sophie Borland
    The elderly are being denied life-saving treatment for heart attacks and surgery following breast cancer, a report warns. [Snip]This year the Government promised to end ageism in the Health Service and introduced laws that enable the elderly to sue if they are unfairly refused treatment. But a report today warns that patients in their 50s are three times more likely to be offered an emergency treatment for heart attacks than those in their 80s. And some hospitals are refusing to offer the treatment to anyone over 75 at all. The procedure--a percutaneous coronary intervention--widens blood vessels and has been credited
  • Why Public Nudity Is Wrong (And why San Francisco, by the barest majority, is right to ban it)

    12/04/2012 7:32:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/04/2012 | Dennis Prager
    If you want to understand leftism — and everyone needs to, because it has been the most dynamic religion of the past one hundred years — one good place to start is with San Francisco. Or, perhaps more precisely, with nudity. Or, even more precisely, with public nudity. Last month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted by the barest (pun not intended) margin, 6 to 5, to ban public nudity. By “public nudity,” the law means only displaying one’s genitals in public. San Francisco women are still free to walk around topless. But that is not unique to San...
  • REPORT: Elizabeth Warren Will Get A Seat On The Senate Banking Committee

    12/04/2012 7:18:43 AM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-4-2012 | Linette Lopez
    REPORT: Elizabeth Warren Will Get A Seat On The Senate Banking Committee Linette LopezDecember 4, 2012 Huffington Post is reporting that Elizabeth Warren now has a seat on the Senate Banking Committee. The freshman Senator-elect and former Harvard professor is known for being an outspoken critic of Wall Street. After being passed over for the top spot at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency she helped to form, she won a nail-biter Massachusetts Senate contest against Scott Brown. There has been a ton of speculation about which committee Warren would sit on. As a freshman, her picks take a...
  • After Meeting Bill Clinton, Father Of Asperger Child Wondered Whether Clinton Has Same Syndrome

    12/04/2012 7:05:21 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Bill Clinton is famous for feeling others' pain. So he might be the last person one would suspect of having Asperger syndrome, which is characterized by a lack of demonstrated empathy. Yet that is precisely the thought that passed through the mind of Ron Fournier after meeting the former president with his son Tyler, who is diagnosed with the disorder. Fournier told the surprising story on today's Morning Joe. A former Associated Press reporter, now with the National Journal, Fournier recounted how during the meeting, Clinton went off on a long monologue about Teddy Roosevelt, missing the clues that he...
  • Man, 79, disarms intruder with karate chop

    12/04/2012 7:04:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Galveston Daily News ^ | December 4, 2012 | Chris Paschenko
    LEAGUE CITY — With a karate chop to the throat, a 79-year-old resident disarmed a rifle-toting man who was accused by police of being high on bath salts while trying to break into a home. Ervin Brittnacher awoke shortly before 6 a.m. Monday to a racket in front of his house in the 3000 block of McFarland Road, League City police Lt. Bruce Whitten said. “We talked to the homeowner, who said he woke up to a guy banging on the porch,” Whitten said. “It sounded like he was ripping the screen off.” Brittnacher opened the door to see what...
  • La. town evacuates; police relocate explosives

    12/04/2012 6:55:17 AM PST · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/03/2012 | HOLBROOK MOHR and KEVIN McGILL
    <p>DOYLINE, La. (AP) — Weather could complicate the transfer of roughly 6 million pounds of explosives that were haphazardly stored at an industrial site in northwestern Louisiana and led to the evacuation of a small town, a state police spokeswoman said Monday.</p>