Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $68,580
80%  
Woo hoo!! After accruing the balance of the monthlies we're now over 80%!! Less than $17k to go!! Let's git 'er done!! Thank you all very much!!

News/Current Events (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Abortion: Every sixth foetus showed signs of life

    12/14/2012 8:45:00 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Politiken (Denmark) ^ | 14. dec. 2012 KL. 10.33
    Midwives’ chairwoman says ‘a sorrowful situation’. For the first time ever in Denmark, a survey has shown how many foetuses show signs of life following a late term termination, according to Kristeligt Dagblad. Previously, conventional wisdom has suggested that 10 per cent of foetuses gasped or showed other signs of life following a late term abortion between the 12th and 22nd week of pregnancy. But statistics from Denmark’s second largest maternity clinic at the Aarhus University Hospital Skejby show that out of 70 late terminations between August 2011 and November 2012, 11 – or 16 per cent - showed signs...
  • Celebrities Demand Gun Control on Twitter: ‘Stop Defending Your Right to Bear Arms. You’re Stupid’

    12/14/2012 8:25:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 115 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    The Connecticut school shooting that left 27 people dead — including as many as 20 children — has prompted Hollywood celebrities to demand stricter gun control because they believe it will prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. “Too soon to speak out about a gun-crazy nation? No, too late,” far-left filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted. “At least THIRTY-ONE school shootings since Columbine.” “The way to honor these dead children is to demand strict gun control, free mental health care, and an end to violence as public policy,” he added. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson agreed. “We need gun control. Stop defending...
  • Wide spread corruption in the banking system (TruNews Broadcast)

    12/14/2012 8:22:54 PM PST · by Errant · 7 replies
    TruNews. ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Rick Wiles
    Rick discusses the events that led to the record fine levied against HSBC with guest Dr. Jerome Corsi. This is an eye opening, revealing broadcast about worldwide banking corruption and a MSM ignored whistle blower whose heroic efforts forced the government to prosecute HSBC for illegal money laundering. Streaming Audio: http://www.trunews.com/Audio/m3u/12_14_12_friday_trunews2.m3u MP3 File Download: http://www.trunews.com/Audio/12_14_12_friday_trunews2.mp3 Interview with Dr. Corsi begins at approximately the 18 minute mark.
  • After Jesse Jackson Jr. quit, Sandi (the wife) changed campaign reports

    12/14/2012 8:17:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 12/14/12 | Natasha Korecki
    After Jesse Jackson Jr. quit, Sandi changed campaign reportsBy Natasha Korecki Political Reporter December 14, 2012 12:32AM Five days after Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, filed a series of amendments to her ward committee’s campaign fund, revealing dozens of previously undisclosed transactions that went back three years. That includes at least $13,000 in previously undisclosed transfers from her husband’s congressional account into her ward organization account, a Sun-Times review of campaign records show. Among the undisclosed transactions shown in the amended reports were monthly transfers of $1,250 to his wife’s 7th Ward Independent Political...
  • Commerce secretary: Return $544K in fish fines

    12/14/2012 8:16:55 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 14, 2012 | JAY LINDSAY
    The acting U.S. Commerce Secretary on Friday ordered federal regulators to return about $544,000 in unjust fines collected from 14 fishermen or fishing businesses, most of whom worked Northeast waters. Secretary Rebecca Blank also directed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to forgive two other complainants a combined $150,000 in debt. Her decisions followed the second phase of a lengthy probe into charges by New England fishermen of abusive, unfair treatment by the officers and attorneys who enforce the nation's fishing laws. Blank's decisions mean nearly $1.2 million in unjust penalties has now been ordered returned to fishermen. In May...
  • Murdoch calls for automatic weapons ban

    12/14/2012 8:07:15 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 64 replies
    politico.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | DYLAN BYERS
    News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch expressed support for an automatic weapons ban tonight following today's shooting in Newtown, Conn. "Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?," Murdoch wrote on Twitter. Murdoch made a similar call following the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., in July: "We have to do something about gun controls. Police license okay for hunting rifle or pistol for anyone without crim or pscho record. No more," he tweeted. News Corp. owns Fox News, where contributors have been objecting to calls for gun control throughout the day.
  • Jindal Calls for OTC Birth Control Sales So Dems Can’t “Demagogue the Issue”

    12/14/2012 7:48:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) called for the over-the-counter sale of birth control pills in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Friday, saying that the federal government had no business restricting access to the medication. “Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it. That's hogwash. But Republicans do want to protect those who have religious beliefs that are opposed to contraception,” Jindal wrote. …
  • Gingrich to Obama: “Bring Back Colin Powell”

    12/14/2012 7:45:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 14 Dec 2012 07:47 AM | Greg McDonald
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says President Barack Obama should nominate Colin Powell as secretary of state as a “bipartisan” gesture toward mending fences with Republican senators who rejected U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for the post. “I actually think it would not be a bad idea for President Obama to seriously consider seeing if Colin Powell would come back out of retirement because Colin did endorse him,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night. “That might be a bipartisan step that would move us in a direction of a different kind of dialogue,” he said, suggesting that Powell’s moderate...
  • Vladimir Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State."

    12/14/2012 7:29:14 PM PST · by Slyfox · 7 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 8, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    “Would socialized medicine lead to socialization of other phases of life? Lenin thought so. He declared socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state.”1945 AMA Pamphlet Warning From the Socialists Workers Party– When the administration of John F. Kennedy discussed a plan for government health care that would cover people of Social Security age, the American Medical Association (AMA) fought back, along with the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, with a well-funded campaign–complete with a commercial featuring actor Ronald Reagan, who was determined to talk to America about an “imminent threat”: Now, back in 1927, an American...
  • Nancy Lanza Not a Teacher?

    12/14/2012 7:17:27 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 127 replies
    TPM ^ | 12/14/12 | Josh Marshall
    There have been a lot of factual errors in the chaotic rush to get details about today’s shooting in Connecticut. But one fact that seemed established across the board was that victim Nancy Lanza, the mother of alleged shooter Adam Lanza, was a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School — specifically that it was her class that Adam Lanza massacred. But this story just out in the Journal suggests that’s not true. Oddly, it’s buried down at the bottom of the story, almost as an afterthought …A former school board official in Newtown called into question earlier reports that...
  • Two years after his death, Brian Terry’s family files suit over Fast and Furious operation

    12/14/2012 7:15:50 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 5 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12-14-2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Two years after his death, Brian Terry’s family files suit over Fast and Furious operation Posted at 9:34 pm on December 14, 2012 by Twitchy Staff Largely lost among the tragic news coming out of Newtown, Conn., today is a development in another gun death which didn’t bring President Obama to tears on television. The family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was killed in a firefight on the Arizona-Mexico border two years ago today, yesterday filed suit against six managers and investigators for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with a federal prosecutor previously assigned...
  • CT School Shooting: Nancy Lanza Reportedly Owned Guns Used In Sandy Hook Murders

    12/14/2012 6:57:21 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 45 replies
    Digital Times ^ | 12/14/12
    Nancy Lanza legally bought and owned the guns used in the Connecticut school shooting on Friday afternoon, according to NBC News. --- This finding makes sense considering Adam Lanza was not old enough to legally own a gun in his home state. NBC News reports that Connecticut residents must be 21 or older to purchase or carry a handgun. Adam Lanza, meanwhile, was just 20 years old.  However, rifle owners in the state are not required to register their weapons.
  • Treat obesity as physiology, not physics (Gary Taubes)

    12/14/2012 6:41:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 115 replies
    Nature News ^ | 12 December 2012 | Gary Taubes
    The energy in–energy out hypothesis is not set in stone, argues Gary Taubes. It is time to test hormonal theories about why we get fat. “It is better to know nothing,” wrote French physiologist Claude Bernard in An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine (1865), “than to keep in mind fixed ideas based on theories whose confirmation we constantly seek.” Embracing a fixed idea is one of the main dangers in the evolution of any scientific discipline. Ideally, errors will be uncovered in the trial-by-fire of rigorous testing and the science will right itself. In rare cases, however, an...
  • Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza: 'Obviously Not Well'

    12/14/2012 6:39:59 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 68 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/14/12
    Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut this morning, was "obviously not well," a relative told ABC News. Family friends in Newtown also described the young man as troubled and described his mother Nancy as very rigid. "[Adam] was not connected with the other kids," said one friend. Late today, police said Nancy Lanza's body was found in the family home. According to sources, Lanza shot his mother in the face, then left the house armed with at least two semi-automatic handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. State and...
  • Should Snyder Sign Bill Allowing Concealed Weapons in Schools? (MI)(POLL)

    12/14/2012 6:33:44 PM PST · by marktwain · 131 replies
    northville.patch.com ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
    Should Michigan's governor sign a bill on is desk that would allow concealed weapons in former no-gun zones, like schools? The question is timely for two reasons: * Under legislation that passed the House and Senate in Michigan this week, gun owners with concealed weapon permits could carry a gun into schools, daycares, hospitals or public arenas if they get extra training. The bill is awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder's signature, according to MLive. * And on Friday, a gunman opened fire in a school in Newtown, CT, killing at least 27 at an elementary school, including 18 children.
  • OH NO: Roubini Believes In The Housing Recovery, And Is Optimistic About The US Economy

    12/14/2012 6:28:35 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-14-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    OH NO: Roubini Believes In The Housing Recovery, And Is Optimistic About The US Economy Joe WeisenthalDec. 14, 2012, 12:17 PM Uh-oh! Dr. doom isn't sounding a little... positive. He was on Bloomberg Surveillance today. You can watch the video here. This partial transcript was provided to us by Bloomberg: Roubini on whether he's bullish on the United States: "In the long term, I think that the fundamentals of the U.S. are a lot stronger than other advanced countries. In the short run I think we will have another year of very anemic economic growth. Next year we will have...
  • More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition

    12/14/2012 6:25:55 PM PST · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    BARNES AND NOBLE ^ | 12-2012 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    More About This Book Overview On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoing arguments over gun-control laws: despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott’s simple, startling conclusion that more guns mean less crime. Relying on the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever conducted on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws, the book directly challenges common perceptions about the relationship of guns, crime, and violence. For this...
  • Physicists extend entanglement in Einstein experiment

    12/14/2012 6:11:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Phys.org | December 6, 2012 by | Lisa Zyga
    Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. Here's the link.
  • Obama Ignores Ex-Marine Wrongly Held In Mexican Jail

    12/14/2012 4:30:02 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 14, 2012
    Foreign Relations: A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan is chained to a jail bed for months after trying to register a souvenir rifle with Mexican authorities, and the Obama administration does nothing to correct this injustice. Since August, Jon Hammar, a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been held in a notorious Mexican prison effectively run by the Zetas drug cartel. His crime: declaring to Mexican authorities that he was transporting an antique shotgun after registering the gun with U.S. Customs agents on his way to a surfing trip with buddies in Costa Rica. We can understand...
  • Conservatives discuss anti-communism (Whittaker Chambers' 'Witness' on CSPAN2 Saturday)

    12/14/2012 6:07:24 PM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies
    Yale Daily News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Rosa Nguyen
    Roughly 100 students, alumni and government officials gathered in Linsly-Chittenden Hall Friday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of “Witness,” an anti-communist manifesto written by conservative columnist Whittaker Chambers. The event, hosted by the William F. Buckley Program, aimed to examine “Witness” from both historical and present-day perspectives through three panels and a dinner with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Panelists such as John Gaddis, a history professor, and Elliott Abrams, former assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs, discussed the book’s controversial history in sparking the beginning of the conservative movement. Daniels said he agreed with the book’s...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-14-12

    12/14/2012 5:58:54 PM PST · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-14-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Rob Parker thinks his critics are “uneducated” and “silly”

    12/14/2012 5:12:44 PM PST · by chessplayer · 55 replies
    ESPN has admitted that commentator Rob Parker crossed the line when he questioned whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is not really black because he has a white fiancee. But Parker doesn’t seem to think he did anything wrong. After making those comments on Thursday morning, Parker was inundated with criticism on Twitter, and in his responses on Thursday afternoon, he generally acted as though he was the one who was owed an apology for anyone daring to question what he’d said. Parker called his critics, among other things, “uneducated” and “silly.”
  • Bloomberg jabs Obama's call for 'meaningful action'

    12/14/2012 5:06:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 90 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn't satisfied with President Obama's promise Friday to take "meaningful action" to prevent future mass shootings. "[T]he country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem – and take immediate executive action,"
  • Communist and Islamist Propaganda on Public Media

    12/14/2012 4:33:52 PM PST · by Drango · 9 replies
    Corporation Public Broadcasting ^ | 12/14/12 | Joel Kaplan
    Communist and Islamist Propaganda on Public Media U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, wants to know if it is true that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is funding the distribution of Al-Jazeera, which he calls the voice of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) and CCTV, which he calls the official propaganda arm of the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. "Does the CPB use federal funds to broadcast foreign propaganda in the U.S., such as CCTV and RT?" Rep. Rohrabacher asks in a letter to...
  • Inaugural Speech by the New Speaker of the House

    12/14/2012 4:10:34 PM PST · by Dick Bachert · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/12/2012 | J.T. Hatter
    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, fellow congressmen and women, and my fellow citizens. I'm pleased to take up the gavel as your new Majority Leader and Speaker of the House of Representatives. I wish my predecessor all the best as he resumes his duties as a member of the House from Ohio. We have a new beginning today and I want the American people to know that everything is on the table. And I do mean everything. We have an ambitious term planned. I promise you we will work diligently to accomplish the following: First, the House Committee on Oversight...
  • Obama promises 'meaningful action' after Newtown school shooting (Obama's Reichstag Fire?)

    12/14/2012 3:47:30 PM PST · by Arthurio · 178 replies
    Barack Obama wiped away tears at the White House as he expressed grief over the children killed in the Connecticut massacre and promised "meaningful action" to prevent similar shooting rampages in the future. Obama has promised to act on gun control after earlier shooting incidents but subsequently done nothing implement any changes. Over the last four years of his presidency, restrictions on guns – in particular concealed weapons – have become more relaxed and gun sales soared. There have been five major shooting sprees since he has been president, three of them this year. This one is different because the...
  • Victim of mob-style hit in midtown may have been drug courier; police looking at missing cash

    12/14/2012 3:32:00 PM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/13/2012 | Rocco Parascandola , Nancy Dillon , Vera Chinese AND Ginger Adams Otis
    The Los Angeles dad executed in a mob-style hit in midtown may have been a drug courier — and police are looking at missing cash as a possible motive in his death. A police source said detectives are pursuing two new developments in the Monday murder of Brandon Woodard, 31, and both leads are linked to drug operations. Woodard may have been killed because drug money earmarked for dealers in the city was confiscated while he was in California — and he wasn’t able to replace the cash, believed to be tens of thousands of dollars. Detectives are also chasing...
  • 26 States Decline ObamaCare Exchange; 'Administrative Nightmare' Seen

    12/14/2012 3:30:36 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 54 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/14/2012 | David Hogberg
    The federal government will likely be involved in running the ObamaCare exchange in at least 30 states, 26 of which expressly declined to establish state exchanges. One health-policy expert refers to it as an "administrative nightmare" for the Department of Health and Human Services. Friday was the deadline for a state to let HHS know if it planned to establish a state exchange. Thus far only 18 states and the District of Columbia are planning on doing so. As of right now only Utah and Florida remain undecided. Utah may still decide to set up a state exchange, but few...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Friday,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 14,2012

    12/14/2012 3:09:02 PM PST · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 14,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • US President Obama Cries Over School Shooting

    12/14/2012 2:51:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 152 replies
    sky.com ^ | December 14, 2012
    US President Barack Obama wept as he addressed the nation in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut. Mr Obama paused repeatedly as he struggled to keep his composure while speaking of the children who had been killed and the milestones in their lives they would never have - birthdays, graduations, weddings. "Our hearts are broken today," he said, at times using a finger to wipe tears at the corners of his eyes. Mr Obama said he had reacted to news of the elementary school shooting first as a parent. He added that he and First Lady Michelle would...
  • Flashback: Aspies, You Are Not Alone (NY Times tribute to Asperger Syndrome)

    12/14/2012 2:48:32 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/24/2011 | ALBERT LIM KOK HOOI
    -snip- You are different and you are special. Beethoven, Mozart, Michelangelo, Thomas Edison and Mark Twain possibly had Asperger Syndrome. So had my intellectual ancestor, Charles Darwin. Woody Allen and Bill Gates probably have it. So did Michael Jackson, a source of great inspiration to me and others. Call it genetic, call it developmental, it does not matter. Many proud Aspies and I stand with you.
  • McCarthy: I will embarrass Obama on gun control

    12/14/2012 2:47:20 PM PST · by ColdOne · 158 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    In the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said she has warned the White House “the gloves are off” if President Obama fails to act on the issue. McCarthy (D-N.Y.), the foremost gun control advocate in Congress, said she spoke with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew before Election Day and told him she will exert pressure on the White House to push for gun control legislation. “I said, ‘Jack, I know the president is going through an election and I’m telling you after the election I’m coming out full force,’” McCarthy told POLITICO Friday....
  • ESPN suspends Rob Parker indefinitely (ESPN producers also under investigation...)

    12/14/2012 2:28:04 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/14/12 | BOB RAISSMAN
    ESPN has suspended Rob Parker indefinitely for his racially charged spew on Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. "Following yesterday's comments Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review," Mike Soltys, an ESPN spokesman said in a statement. Which means this case is far from being closed. A "full" and further review would seek to find out who knew what before the show aired. Did Parker tell the producers of "First Take" that he was going to offer his spiel on RGIII? That's a question that needs to be answered.
  • Bobby Jindal: Birth control should be over the counter

    12/14/2012 1:59:00 PM PST · by Coronal · 102 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/14/2012 | Coronal
    Bobby Jindal wants you to be able to get your contraceptives over the counter, and that’s just the first step. “Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it,” the Louisiana governor writes in the Wall Street Journal today. “That’s hogwash.”
  • Human link to climate change stronger than ever: (IPCC) draft report

    12/14/2012 1:40:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/14/12 | Nina Chestney and Alister Doyle | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - International climate scientists are more certain than ever that humans are responsible for global warming, rising sea levels and extreme weather events, according to a leaked draft report by an influential panel of experts. The early draft, which is still subject to change before a final version is released in late 2013, showed that a rise in global average temperatures since pre-industrial times was set to exceed 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, and may reach 4.8 Celsius. "It is extremely likely that human activities have caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface...
  • Mexican President Peña Nieto announces education reform plan

    12/14/2012 1:24:49 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tracy Wilkinson
    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, center, at the announcement of an education reform plan.President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday announced a broad reform aimed at improving Mexico’s sclerotic educational system, a plan that also seems aimed at weakening the enormously powerful teachers union. Mexico has some of the worst public schools in the hemisphere, consistently placing low on international surveys of education quality. Many blame the union and its autocratic boss, Elba Esther Gordillo, who have perpetuated a system that allows teachers to buy or inherit their jobs, regardless of skill or qualifications. The initiative announced Monday by Peña Nieto...
  • Albania’s Abstention on Palestine U.N. Vote and the Islamist Response

    12/14/2012 1:12:47 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 14, 2012 | Stephan Swhwartz
    On November 29, Albania was the sole Muslim-majority country in the United Nations to be counted among the 41 abstainers from the proposal to admit Palestine as a non-member observer. Certain Islamists were displeased, to say the least. In particular, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the “fundamentalist-lite” Justice and Development Party or AKP, responded with one of the tantrums that has become a hallmark of his administration. Erdogan declared that he had exerted pressure on an unnamed Muslim land to abandon its intention to vote “no,” encouraging it to support the Palestinians, and arguing that an abstention...
  • An emotional Obama: 'They had their entire lives ahead of them'

    12/14/2012 1:10:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 141 replies
    NBC ^ | 12/14/12 | Michael O'Brien
    An emotional President Barack Obama led the nation in mourning the victims of an elementary school massacre on Friday, speaking from the White House following the shooting in Newtown, Conn. The president not only pledged to assist investigations into the shooting, but also became openly emotional upon reflecting upon the many school children killed or injured in today's mass shooting. "The majority of those who died today were children -- beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10-years-old," he said, pausing to wipe away a tear. "They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings,...
  • Michelle Suggests Republicans are Liars

    12/14/2012 12:52:53 PM PST · by yoe · 53 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | December 14,2012 | Keith Koffler
    First Lady Michelle Obama Thursday suggested Republicans are engaged in rampant lying as they debate the issues with President Obama. “People have to stay focused on what’s going on, because it’s easy to get confused in all the back and forth that goes on, and there’s a whole lot of not-truth telling going on, if you know what I mean,” Michelle said during a radio appearance on the (The Tom Joyner Show).Mrs. Obama also charged that voter suppression during the 2012 election was widespread. Michelle said Republicans sought to win the election by spending “unprecedented amounts of money,” running negative...
  • Knife-wielding man injures 22 school-children in China

    12/14/2012 12:49:42 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | December 14, 2012 | Terril Yue Jones
    A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks on schoolchildren in the country. The man attacked the children at the gate of a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province, the Xinhua news agency reported. Police arrested a 36-year-old man, identified as villager Min Yingjun, Xinhua said. It did not give further details of the extent of the injuries. There have been a series of attacks on schools and schoolchildren around China in recent years, some by people who have...
  • Facebook page of Hoboken man identified as Connecticut shooter: 'It wasn't me'

    12/14/2012 12:47:25 PM PST · by Arthurio · 31 replies
    3:20 p.m. UPDATE: The Ryan Lanza Facebook page has apparently been deleted. *** The Facebook page of the Hoboken man who has been identified in the national press as the shooter in the Newtown, Conn. school shootings has recent messages saying "It wasn't me." Meanwhile, former Jersey Journal staff writer Brett Wilshe said he has spoken with Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, who told Wilshe the shooter may have had his identification.
  • TSA refused to let mother comfort her weeping wheelchair-bound daughter, 12, as they detained

    12/14/2012 12:43:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/14/12 | Lydia Warren
    A 12-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair was left in tears after TSA agents detained her for nearly an hour at a Texas airport after saying they found traces of bomb residue on her hands, her mother claimed today. Shelbi Walser was travelling to Florida with her mother, Tammy Daniels, for treatment for her brittle bone disorder when she was stopped at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. A TSA agent swabbed Shelbi´s hands and she tested positive for explosives. But the wheelchair, which is likely to have transferred any substance to her hands as she pushed it Source: 29...
  • Obama: 'These children are our children'

    12/14/2012 12:41:54 PM PST · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | Obama/politico44
    President Barack Obama, in a brief address to the nation, offered his condolences to those who lost loved ones in the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn., and said it is time to act to prevent similar tragedies. "As a country we have been through this too many times," he said, ticking off recent shootings across the nation. "These neighborhoods are our neghborhoods, and these children are our children, and we're going to have to come together …to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."
  • 22 children and elderly woman stabbed outside primary school by Chinese knifeman

    12/14/2012 12:40:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/14/12 | Daily Mail [UK], by Phil Vinter
    A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and an elderly woman outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes. The attack took place in the Henan province village of Chengping just before 8am, said a local police officer. The attacker, 36-year-old villager Min Yingjun, is now in police custody, according to an officer who declined to give her name, as is customary among Chinese civil servants. It is the latest in a series of similar periodic rampages at Chinese schools and kindergartens. A Guangshan county hospital administrator said the man first attacked an elderly woman
  • Obama orders flags at half staff

    12/14/2012 12:30:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 44 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | whitehouse/politico
    President Obama orders flags at the White House and all federal buildings at half staff in honor the victims of the "senseless acts of violence" in Newton, Conn., on Friday. He is scheduled to deliver remarks at 3:15 p.m. in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. Here is the full order on the flags: "As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United...
  • Car jacking suspect shot by off-duty cop in New Hope (MINNESOTA)

    12/14/2012 12:11:03 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    star tribune ^ | 12-14-12 | MARIA BACA
    car-jacking suspect was shot by the off-duty Crystal police officer whose car he was attempting to steal, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's office. The sheriff's account says that the suspect confronted the officer about 6 a.m. Friday outside a Holiday Station Store on the 7100 block of 42nd Av. N., in New Hope. It also said "there is evidence" that a gun was fired. The suspect drove away in the officer's personal vehicle. Soon afterward, Minneapolis police found the same vehicle; they arrested a man who had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center...
  • School Replaces Holiday Concert With Anti-bullying Speech

    12/14/2012 8:29:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | 12.14.2012 | Michael Berry
    Residents in Mansfield, Mass. are crying “bah humbug” after the local elementary school cancelled its annual holiday concert and replaced it with a program on anti-bullying. The holiday production at Jordan-Jackson Elementary School has been a long-time tradition in the community. But last year’s performance drew complaints from some parents who objected to the religious nature of the show. Read more: http://www.ktrh.com/pages/michaelberry.html?article=10641237#ixzz2F2neSSAX
  • Marine double-amputee’s treatment on Delta flight angers other vets

    12/14/2012 11:30:35 AM PST · by el_texicano · 29 replies
    Wahsington Post ^ | December 13, 2012 | Annie Groer
    On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger. Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was “humiliated” to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row of...
  • Surprise! Treasury IG probing multi-million-dollar fraud in green-energy grants, tax credits

    12/14/2012 11:25:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:41 pm on December 14, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    And the probe doesn’t involve some bit players in an obscure program, either.  The 1603 Program was one of the centerpieces of Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus, designed to subsidize a transition from hydrocarbon-based energy to renewables in the residential market, and federal government sunk $13 billion into the effort.  Now the Inspector General of Treasury has opened a probe of the three largest providers of solar panel installations, who gained the most from the 1603 Program, and who may have fraudulently calculated their bills in order to claim more taxpayer cash: Three of the country’s most prolific installers of...
  • Matt Damon: 'I Need To Pay More Taxes'

    12/14/2012 10:31:52 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Matt Damon: 'I Need To Pay More Taxes' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/14/2012 - 11:23am Why is it wealthy liberals don’t understand that if they want to pay more income taxes, they can each year on their 1040 form make an additional contribution to the federal government above and beyond what they owe? Consider the case of actor Matt Damon who on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show Wednesday actually said, “I need to pay more taxes” (video follows with transcript and commentary): TAVIS SMILEY, HOST: Do you think that ultimately on the things that matter to you, the things that matter...