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  • Egypt: A New Dark Age Begins

    12/16/2012 1:52:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    RSN ^ | Friday, 14 December 2012 09:09 | Robert Spencer
    Eight people have been killed and hundreds wounded, but the latest bloody chapter in Egypt’s unhappy recent history is about to draw to a close: this Sunday a referendum will be held on the proposed new constitution, and that, presumably, will be the end of that. And what it will most likely herald is the end of the brief era of any meaningful voting in Egypt, and of any hope on the part of women and Egyptian Christians for equality of rights before the law.Underlining the claim that to oppose their rule is to oppose Islam itself, the Muslim Brotherhood...
  • Canada-Iran Crisis: Canada Accuses Iran Of Subversive Activity On Its Soil

    12/16/2012 1:36:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    RSN ^ | Thursday, 13 December 2012 05:13 | Y. Mansharof
    On September 7, 2012, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird unexpectedly announced that Ottawa had severed relations with Tehran, and that all Iranian diplomats were being expelled from Canada. He explained that, as of that date, Canada was considering Iran a terror-sponsoring country and formally listing it as a state sponsor of terrorism under the country's Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act. Canada-Iran relations soured in 2003, with the rape and murder of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison. Since then, Canada has been advancing a proposal for condemning Iran in the U.N. for human rights violations. Apparently,...
  • The Sandy Hook Murders: What To Do?

    12/16/2012 1:17:28 AM PST · by zeestephen · 72 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 15 December 2012 | John Hinderaker
    If we are going to take mass shootings as an occasion to infringe constitutional rights, the most effective place to start would be the FIRST Amendment [Freedom of the Press].
  • White House won’t accept new tax offer from Republican leader; source

    12/16/2012 12:35:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:31am EST | Thomas Ferraro and Steve Holland
    President Barack Obama is not ready to accept a new offer from the Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives to raise taxes on top earners in exchange for major cuts in entitlement programs, a source said late on Saturday. The shape and details of Boehner’s offer were uncertain Saturday night, as was the exact reason the president was prepared to reject it. … Tax rates and entitlements are the two most difficult issues in the so-far unproductive negotiations to avert the “fiscal cliff” of steep tax hikes and spending cuts set for the new year unless Congress and...
  • Agents visit Conn. gun shops after school massacre

    12/16/2012 12:24:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 16, 2012 3:05 AM EST | John Christoffersen and Matt Apuzzo
    While white-steepled churches and President Barack Obama prepared to comfort a grieving town Sunday, federal agents planned to fan out to dozens of gun stores and shooting ranges across Connecticut, chasing leads they hoped would cast light on the life of school shooter Adam Lanza. Among the questions to be answered: Why did his mother, a well-to-do suburban divorcée, keep a cache of high-power weapons in the house? What experience did Lanza have with those guns? And, above all, what set him on a path to shoot and kill 20 children, along with the adults who tried to stop him?...
  • HMCS Windsor Returns to Sea

    12/16/2012 12:12:40 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor returned to sea yesterday at Halifax, N.S., officially marking the completion of a deep maintenance cycle known as an Extended Docking Work Period. “HMCS Windsor’s return to sea is a key milestone and her crew now embarks on another challenging journey as they focus on operations at sea,” said The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “I commend the outstanding efforts of Windsor’s crew, our Fleet Maintenance Facilities and of industry that have brought us to this point.” “Over the next few months, Windsor will conduct additional crew training and trials on her...
  • India wants license to produce Iron Dome - report

    12/15/2012 11:22:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Globes Israel ^ | 12 December 12 | Ran Dagoni
    India wants license to produce Iron Dome - report "Defense News": Israel is uncertain whether to let India have the technology to produce the rocket interception system. Israel and India are discussing cooperating in the development of weapons systems. "Defense News" reports from New Delhi that one of the aspects of this trend is India's wish to procure and manufacture the Iron Dome system against short-range missiles. During a visit to India last week, Ministry of Defense director general Udi Shani discussed with India's Defense Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma the progress of current defense projects by the two countries and...
  • USAF mulls options for replacement of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle

    12/15/2012 11:18:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    Flight International ^ | 13 Dec 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    USAF mulls options for replacement of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle On 11 December, the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle marked the 26th anniversary of its first flight, but the venerable strike fighter will continue serving with the US Air Force well into the 2030s. "There are no plans to replace the F-15E for the foreseeable future," the USAF says. "It is true that the F-15E, like all of our legacy aircraft, are accumulating more flight time than used to be typical, but given current fiscal realities, the AF [air force] fleet will continue to age well past the point at which...
  • China's J-15 fighter superior to Russian Su-33

    12/15/2012 11:10:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    People's Daily Online, China ^ | December 06, 2012
    China's J-15 fighter superior to Russian Su-33 (People's Daily Online) On Nov. 25, 2012, China's carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet has successfully undergone a series of sailing and technological tests on the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, marking a great success of the carrier-borne fighter jet independently developed by China and a major breakthrough in the development of aircraft carrier technology. The J-15 is equipped with two high-power engines and a brand-new system of high lift device, takeoff and landing device and arrester hook. Its wing can be folded up to both maintain the excellent combat capability and meet the special...
  • CIA Study: Pollard didn't Seek Info on U.S. A 1987 study now made public shows Pollard's

    12/15/2012 10:53:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 12/15/12 | Gil Ronen
    A 1987 study ordered by the CIA found that Jonathan Pollard, convicted in the U.S. of spying for Israel, never sought to obtain information about U.S. activities. Rather, he was instructed by his Israeli handlers to obtain information about Israel's enemies. The 1987 study by the Foreign Denial and Deception Analysis Committee was ordered by the CIA. It is now being made public, 25 years later, with heavy CIA redaction. It said Pollard's handlers were Rafi Eitan, advisor on counterterrorism to Prime Minister Shamir, as well as IAF Col. Aviem Sella and Joseph Yagur, Counselor for Scientific Affairs at the...
  • CNN Analysis: Kerry would bring experience, deep personal resources to State Dept.

    12/15/2012 10:47:42 PM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Chicken Noodle News (CNN) ^ | December 16, 2012 | Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty
    Sen. John Kerry, who sources say has been tapped by President Barack Obama to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, will come to the post with a full plate of foreign policy crises, from the civil war in Syria, to the nuclear antics of North Korea, to a looming showdown with Iran over its nuclear program. Anybody who follows Clinton would have some pretty big shoes to fill. Clinton was not just the most popular member of the president's Cabinet for the past four years, she had celebrity status and respect almost everywhere she went around the world. But...
  • Did massacre gunman make internet threat the day before Sandy Hook massacre?

    12/15/2012 9:42:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/12 | staff
    An eery post on an Internet message board made Wednesday night by a user allegedly in Connecticut who threatened to kill himself on Friday morning and 'make the news,' is raising some questions as to whether it was Newtown Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza. According to Infowars.com, the post appeared on the 4Chan web site at 10:18pm Wednesday and was made by a user with the user name ‘iKTatjYX.’ The post stated, 'I’m going to kill myself on Friday and it will make the news, be watching at 9am.'
  • Holder: We Must Answer 'Hard Questions' About Gun Rights

    12/15/2012 9:35:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/15/12 | Mary Chastain
    Attorney General Eric Holder made a few remarks about the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School that should raise some eyebrows. "As a nation I think we have to ask ourselves some hard questions. We gather too often to talk about these kinds of incidents. We need to discuss who we are as a nation, talk about the freedoms that we have, the rights that we have and how those might be used in a responsible way. But for now I think we should concentrate on dealing with the situation in Connecticut and we are doing, and I...
  • White House Gun Control Petition Quickly Surpasses Required Signature Count

    12/15/2012 9:22:12 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/15/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Petitions on the White House’s “We the People” online petition site require 25,000 signatures within a month to garner an official administration response.
  • White House Gun Control Petition Quickly Surpasses Required Signature Count

    12/15/2012 9:21:53 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 3 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/15/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Petitions on the White House’s “We the People” online petition site require 25,000 signatures within a month to garner an official administration response.
  • 'As a black person it's always racial': Jamie Foxx

    12/15/2012 9:18:12 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 65 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 14 December 2012 | J J Anisiobi
    Jamie Foxx has revealed that he finds himself facing racial challenges in everyday situations of his life. The African American actor explained during an interview with Vibe magazine that he is always sensitive about his skin colour. Jamie, 45, admitted that 'Every single thing in my life is built around race'. He told Vibe magazine: 'Cause as black folks we're always sensitive. As a black person it's always racial. 'I come into this place to do a photo shoot and they got Ritz crackers and cheese. 'I'll be like, ain't this a b***h. Y'all didn't know black people was coming.'...
  • China Calls for ‘No Delay’ on Gun Controls in U.S.

    12/15/2012 8:56:12 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 131 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | MARK MCDONALD
    HONG KONG — The state news agency in China, the official voice of the government, has called for the United States to quickly adopt stricter gun controls in the aftermath of the shooting rampage in Connecticut that left 28 people dead, including 20 schoolchildren. According to the state medical examiner who was overseeing autopsies of the children, all of them had been hit multiple times. At least one child had been shot 11 times. All of the children were in the first grade. “Their blood and tears demand no delay for U.S. gun control,” said the news agency, Xinhua, which...
  • AP source: Boehner offers millionaire tax hike ( RINO Capitulation )

    12/15/2012 8:52:53 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 27 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling new movement in "fiscal cliff" talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Barack Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than $250,000, has not accepted the offer, this person said. The proposal, however, indicated progress in talks that had appeared stalled. The person would only discuss the plan on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.
  • Oklahoma teen arrested in school shooting plot

    12/15/2012 8:46:07 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – A Bartlesville High School student is in custody on charges he plotted to bomb and shoot students at the campus auditorium on the same day that 28 people were shot and killed at an elementary school in Connecticut. An arrest affidavit says Chavez tried to convince other students to help him lure students into the auditorium, chain the doors shut and start shooting. The Tulsa World reports that authorities say Chavez threatened to kill students who didn't help. The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports Chavez planned to detonate bombs at the doors as police arrived.
  • Army acknowledges pedophilia part of Islam Manual warns soldiers in Afghanistan not to talk about

    12/15/2012 8:39:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    WND ^ | 12/15/12 | Jack Minor
    A new Army manual that warns American soldiers in Afghanistan to avoid talking about certain topics has unwittingly acknowledged that Western taboos such as pedophilia are an inherent part of Islamic culture. “By mentioning that pedophilia and women’s rights and saying that soldiers should not mention such things they are tacitly admitting that those things are indeed part of Islam,” said Robert Spencer, founder of Jihad Watch. According to the Wall Street Journal, a new 75-page Army manual suggests U.S. soldiers are to blame for the large number of deadly attacks on them by Afghan security forces. The manual reportedly...
  • Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial

    12/15/2012 8:31:50 PM PST · by Washi · 14 replies
    PoliceOne.com ^ | May 5, 2010 | Doug Wyllie
    “In 1998,” Grossman said, “school violence claimed what at the time was an all time record number of kids’ lives. In that year there were 35 dead and a quarter of a million serious injuries due to violence in the school. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. But we hear people say, ‘That’s the year Columbine happened, that’s an anomaly.’ Well, in 2004 we had a new all time record — 48 dead in the schools from violence. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. Let’s assign some grades. Put your teacher hat on and give out...
  • Flashback 2011 - HR 2613, the Citizens Protection Act of 2011 - Abolishes Gun-Free Zones Act

    12/15/2012 8:23:41 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 August 2011 | Raven Clabough
    Flashback 2011: Texas Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul introduced a bill that would abolish "gun-free zones," ultimately permitting teachers to carry firearms on school grounds. Ron Paul Introduced Pro-gun Legislation The New American 04 August 2011 ==== Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has introduced a bill in the House that would allow teachers to carry firearms onto public school grounds. Gun-control groups call it an "extremist" bill. ==== H.R. 2613, the Citizens Protection Act of 2011 Sponsor: Ron Paul
  • Expert: Arm Teachers, Ban Gun-Free Zones to Halt Mass Shootings!

    12/15/2012 8:16:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/15/12 | David A. Patten
    Banning gun-free zones and allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons could help eliminate mass shootings at schools, gun-control expert John R. Lott told Newsmax in an exclusive interview Saturday. Lott, an author and college professor, told Newsmax that gun-free zones become “a magnet” for deranged killers who hope to burn their names into the history books by running up a big body count. Lott’s landmark book "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws" is in its 3rd edition. He told Newsmax there is a “very good chance” the Connecticut school shooting could have been averted, if teachers...
  • Boehner Caves: Speaker John Boehner pitches millionaire tax hike

    12/15/2012 7:53:56 PM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/15/2012 | JOHN BRESNAHAN, JAKE SHERMAN and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    Speaker John Boehner has proposed allowing tax rates to rise for the wealthiest Americans if President Barack Obama agrees to major entitlement cuts, according to several sources close to the talks. It is the first time Boehner has offered any boost in marginal tax rates for any income group, and it would represent a major concession for the Ohio Republican. Boehner suggested hiking the Bush-era tax rates for top wage earners, including those with annual incomes of $1 million or more annually, beginning Jan. 1, two sources said.
  • Family, friends remember the brave, caring legacy of Sandy Hook teacher Vicki Soto, 27

    12/15/2012 7:12:54 PM PST · by RummyChick · 13 replies
    NY daily news ^ | 12/15 | Kerry Wills
    Sandy Hook Elementary School first-grade teacher Vicki Soto tried to shield her students from the maniacal shooter. 'She put herself between the gunman and her students,' her cousin Jim Wiltsie told the Daily News. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/newtown-teacher-vicki-soto-remembered-article-1.1221004#ixzz2FBFwrX8U
  • Obama administration, Congress quietly let school security funds lapse

    12/15/2012 6:37:12 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 35 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | December 14, 2012 | John Solomon and Kimberly Dvorak
    Before Connecticut tragedy, administration eliminated emergency preparedness program,let school violence prevention programs lapse UPDATED 23:43 PM EST, December 14, 2012 Why It Matters: Politicians across the country are vowing to do more to prevent school shooting tragedies like the one that unfolded Friday in Newtown, Conn. But over the last few years, the Obama administration and Congress allowed funding for several school safety initiatives to lapse. Beneath the expressions of grief, sorrow and disbelief over the Connecticut school massacre lies an uneasy truth in Washington: over the last few years the Obama administration and Congress quietly let federal funding for...
  • Bill Would Allow South Carolinians to Carry Guns Without Concealed Weapons Permits

    12/15/2012 6:22:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wsav.com ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Robert Kittle
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A bill prefiled in the South Carolina Senate would allow adults who can legally buy guns to carry them without having concealed weapons permits. "The Second Amendment says that our rights to have firearms cannot be infringed upon and that's what the federal government is doing right now," says Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, the sponsor of the bill. He and Sen. Kevin Bryant co-sponsored the same bill last year, but it never made it out of committee. To get a concealed weapons permit, you have to complete a training class of at least eight hours. It has...
  • After Newtown shooting, it’s time to have that ‘national conversation on guns’ (Codrea)

    12/15/2012 6:18:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 73 replies
    To anyone who may be persuaded that “a national conversation” on guns and violence in society is needed, rather than automatically accepting the assumptions of those who think it ought to begin with calling for more citizen disarmament edicts, answer one question first: If you saw someone methodically murdering children and you could get your hands on a gun, would you use it to stop him? Yes or no? There’s no time for equivocation. Every second you hesitate, another innocent is being slaughtered. If you answered “no,” you’re an irredeemable coward, unfit for the company of free men and women,...
  • Cameron: “We have opportunities to maximize what we want from Europe”

    12/15/2012 6:05:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14 December 2012 | (EurActiv.com with Reuters)
    Britain must use the upheaval created by the eurozone crisis to forge a new relationship with the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday as he fights a rising anti-EU mood at home that could threaten his chances of re-election. Speaking at the end of a summit of EU leaders that secured the first part of a banking union, Cameron played down fears Britain’s future lies on the margins of a two-tier Europe, while eurozone members build an ever-stronger core. “I don’t think Britain is in an uncomfortable position at all,” he told a news conference in Brussels...
  • EU leaders back Monti against Berlusconi

    12/15/2012 5:53:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13.12.12 @ 18:35 (Dec. 13) | Honor Mahony and Valentina Pop
    Germany’s Angela Merkel and other center-right leaders have indicated they would like to see Mario Monti to keep on running Italy instead of Silvio Berlusconi. The center-right leaders—as well as the two Italian political adversaries—met in Brussels ahead of an EU summit on Thursday (13 December) in an event designed to prevent Italy’s political turmoil from stirring up the euro crisis once again. The center-right European People’s Party (EPP) chief Hans Martens admitted to journalists he stage-managed the whole thing so that neither Monti nor Berlusconi knew the other would be there until the last minute to make sure that...
  • House GOP plans to put fuel standard on trial in next Congress

    12/15/2012 5:34:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Zack Colman
    House GOP plans to put fuel standard on trial in next CongressBy Zack Colman - 12/15/12 04:13 PM ET House Republicans plan to put the renewable fuel standard on trial next Congress, a House Energy and Commerce Committee aide told The Hill. Committee staff is gearing up for hearings on the subject, citing recent concerns from the AAA motor club, automakers and the oil industry that the rule is pushing a high-ethanol fuel blend onto the market they say will damage cars. “If Congress observes the data, I think they will conclude we are putting the consumer at risk currently,”...
  • A third way on immigration

    12/15/2012 5:20:52 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 16, 2012 | By Peter Skerry
    The debate over U.S. immigration policy has been rebooted. There now appears to be bipartisan support for what's generally called comprehensive reform. But a stumbling block remains: What to do about the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants among us. Deportation? Complete amnesty? A "path" to citizenship? There is a way forward, and it can be best summarized by "none of the above." It lies, instead, between these choices. It's legalization without citizenship . With as few conditions and as broadly as possible, we should offer undocumented immigrants status as "permanent noncitizen residents." Unlike current green card holders, these individuals would...
  • Republicans are 'not giving up' on Benghazi

    12/15/2012 5:20:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Republicans are 'not giving up' on BenghaziBy Julian Pecquet - 12/15/12 03:24 PM ET Republican lawmakers are vowing to keep pressing the administration on Benghazi despite Susan Rice’s decision to drop her bid to become secretary of State. “We'll continue to seek answers,” a Republican Senate aide told The Hill. “We're not giving up on it.” Rice’s decision to step aside averted a contentious confirmation fight with Republican senators that might have pointed to an end to the political battle over the U.S. consulate attack. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had become the flash-point for criticism since describing...
  • Democrats can't agree on successor to Jesse Jackson Jr.

    12/15/2012 5:01:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/15/12 | Rick Pearson
    Democrats can't agree on successor to Jesse Jackson Jr.By Rick Pearson Tribune reporter 5:22 p.m. CST, December 15, 2012 Democratic leaders spent four hours Saturday listening to 16 candidates audition for the party's endorsement to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., but were unable to solidify behind one contender. After 90 minutes of deliberations, South Side and south suburban committeemen voted for an “open primary,” after Thornton Township chairman Frank Zuccarelli failed to win a majority of the weighted vote on behalf of veteran state Sen. Donne Trotter of Chicago. Trotter spoke the longest and also gained the most...
  • Far Left Groups Defeated Connecticut Mental Health Protection Laws Just Months Before Shooting

    12/15/2012 5:00:43 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 55 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ ^ | December 15, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Months before the Newtown massacre far left groups defeated a Connecticut mental health protections law. Counter Contempt reported: Here’s a fact you might not know – Connecticut is one of only SIX states in the U.S. that doesn’t have a type of “assisted outpatient treatment” (AOT) law (sometimes referred to as “involuntary outpatient treatment”). There’s no one standard for these types of laws, but (roughly speaking) these are laws that allow for people with mental illness to be forcibly treated BEFORE they commit a serious crime. Whereas previous legal standards held that the mentally ill cannot be institutionalized or medicated...
  • Bloomberg News hid conflicting fiscal-cliff poll numbers, pushed results favorable to Obama

    12/15/2012 4:25:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 4 replies
    the daily caller ^ | december 15, 2012 | gregg re
    A poll conducted last week by an Iowa-based firm showed Americans are conflicted about whether or not to support raising tax rates on wealthy Americans to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But that’s not how Bloomberg News, which commissioned the poll, reported the results Thursday. In a story headlined “Americans Back Obama Tax-Rate Boost Tied to Entitlements,” Bloomberg emphasized only that the poll showed most Americans support President Barack Obama’s insistence on increasing taxes for high-income earners. “A majority of Americans say President Barack Obama is right to demand that tax-rate increases for the highest earners be a precondition for...
  • Teachers’ Pensions Are a Half-Trillion Short

    12/15/2012 4:14:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/12 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Teachers’ Pensions Are a Half-Trillion ShortBy Kevin D. Williamson December 14, 2012 11:15 A.M. The habitual overpromising and underfunding of government-employee pensions is a fiscal powder keg in an economy full of sparks — and a new report estimates that teachers’ pensions alone are underfunded by nearly a half-trillion dollars. **SNIP** Note that the savings per teacher derived from the reform of eligibility rules runs $450,000, or more than two and a half times the average net worth of a retirement-age U.S. household. The real value of the average teacher’s retirement benefits in low-cost Wyoming is pushing the $1 million...
  • Russia Rejects UN Committee Edict on Homosexual Propaganda (God Bless Russia!)

    12/15/2012 4:10:25 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies
    C-FAM ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    A UN committee of legal experts reprimanded the Russian Federation last month for allowing the Ryazan province of Russia to enforce a law that bans the promotion of homosexuality among minors as part of a national effort to protect children from early sexualization, and related adverse health consequences. In 2009 Irina Fedotova, a lesbian activist, lodged a complaint against Russia with the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors the implementation of the 1966 International Convention of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). She was detained and fined for standing outside a secondary school with posters that read “Homosexuality is normal” and...
  • Senate Judiciary Chairman: Let’s Legalize 1 Oz. of Pot Nationwide

    12/15/2012 4:00:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Pete Winn
    The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he plans to hold a hearing in January to consider changing federal drug laws to allow people to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. On Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released a letter that he sent earlier this month to Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), asking the nation’s drug czar how the administration intends to proceed now that two states have legalized marijuana use. …
  • (Dayton Ohio Imam Scams Federal Food Stamps) Man in $3.8M Food Stamp Fraud Case Sentenced

    12/15/2012 3:54:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 | Cornelius Frolik
    Man in $3.8M food stamp fraud case sentenced A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Al-Idu Al-Gaheem to one year and one day in prison for his role in a scheme that bilked $3.8 million from the federal food stamp program. Al-Gaheem, the former owner of two Dayton View businesses and the imam of Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, was the second of four defendants to be sentenced in the case. All four defendants have pleaded guilty. Al-Gaheem faced as many as four years in prison after he pleaded guilty in August to felony charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy...
  • Obama won’t go after marijuana use in 2 states

    12/15/2012 3:48:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 1:52 PM EST | Pete Yost
    President Barack Obama says the federal government won’t go after recreational marijuana use in Washington state and Colorado, where voters have legalized it. In a Barbara Walters interview airing Friday on ABC, Obama was asked whether he supports making pot legal. “I wouldn’t go that far,” Obama replied. “But what I think is that, at this point, Washington and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue.” But the president said he won’t pursue the issue in the two states where voters legalized the use of marijuana in the November elections. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. …
  • Congressional Research Service confirms Jefferson's (11-time RAT felon-La) pension should continue

    12/15/2012 3:45:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    NOLA ^ | 12/12/12 | Bruce Alpert
    Congressional Research Service confirms Jefferson's pension should continueBy Bruce Alpert updated December 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM WASHINGTON - A new report by the Congressional Research Service reiterates previous legal findings -- that Congress can't deny pension benefits to former members for criminal conduct covered by a 2007 law if the illegal acts occurred before the law's enactment. That means former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, now serving a record 13-year prison sentence, will continue to collect his pension -- estimated at $40,000-$50,000 a year. Until 2007, only crimes relating to espionage, treason or several other national security violations could...
  • YouTube: VIDEO: Clackamas Mall Shooter Was Confonted By Concealed Carrier (Oregon)

    12/15/2012 3:33:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | 15 December, 2012 | Mike Benner
    This is an excellent video of a 22 year old man who showed grace in a very stressful situation. He obviously is familiar with firearms.
  • Catholic Charities, the Fiscal Cliff and Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio

    12/15/2012 3:31:38 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 1 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 12/14/2012 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    Since 2005, Father Larry Snyder has served as the president of Catholic Charities USA, the national office for about 1,700 local Catholic Charities agencies and institutions....He spoke in early December with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond... Congress and the White House are engaged in deficit reduction negotiations to prevent the U.S. government from going over the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The outcome could involve cuts in social spending and reductions in charitable tax deductions. How are Catholic agencies faring?We keep track of national trends for government funding. [snip] We are especially concerned about changes to the charitable-tax deduction. The...
  • Panetta: The Budget “Went to $#@%” After I Left Congress

    12/15/2012 3:29:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says when he served in Congress, lawmakers had the “courage to make tough decisions” and balance budgets, but it “all went to $#@% after that.” … Panetta served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993, representing California’s 16th district. By 1989, he had risen to House Budget Committee chairman. …
  • Rupert Murdoch, Fox News Owner, Calls for Automatic Weapons Ban

    12/15/2012 3:29:02 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy. - Rupert Murdoch | Twitter ++++ 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,"...
  • Norquist Defends Boehner’s Leadership

    12/15/2012 3:16:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist defended the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday during an appearance on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” after a caller suggested the speaker has been in Congress too long and recommended Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as a better replacement. … Norquist defended Boehner’s leadership, saying the Ohio Republican was successful at “holding all the Republicans together.” …
  • State Department preparing for Libya bombshell?

    12/15/2012 3:11:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 99 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/14/12
    State Department preparing for Libya bombshell?Published December 14, 2012 FoxNews.com Susan Rice's abrupt withdrawal from consideration for secretary of state, coupled with suggestions from the State Department that Secretary Hillary Clinton may not testify as scheduled next week, has stirred speculation that something big is brewing in the Libya terror attack investigation. "You're starting to see the State Department squirm a little bit," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said. For the better part of the last three months, an independent board has been conducting a review for the State Department of the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi. In anticipation of...
  • As end nears for housing tax break, sellers race the clock

    12/15/2012 3:05:29 PM PST · by memyselfandi59 · 4 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 12/15/2012 | Drew Harwell, Times Staff Writer
    Since 2007, distressed homeowners have dodged massive bills due to a tax-time saving grace: The debts they were "forgiven" in foreclosures, short sales or principal reductions were also scrubbed from their dues to Uncle Sam. But that tax break is set to expire Dec. 31, and with it more than $1 billion in tax savings to homeowners in trouble. Foreclosed? You'll pay taxes on the money you owed the bank. Close on a "short sale" for less than you owed on your mortgage? You'll still owe part of it to the IRS. Even homeowners whose loan principals are trimmed would...
  • Bedbugs in firehouse have staff sleeping in trucks

    12/15/2012 3:01:50 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A bedbug infestation at a Northwest Washington fire station left firefighters sleeping in their personal vehicles or in the firetrucks to avoid being bitten by the bugs in their bunkrooms, a report on the conditions at D.C. firehouses found. The 180-page report by the Office of the Inspector General details a wide swath of problematic conditions at D.C. fire stations across the city, including a lack of working smoke detectors, leaking roofs, flooded basements, rodent infestations and inoperable heating or cooling systems. Among the findings, 19 stations had significant rodent problems with one reporting that dead mice had been found...