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  • Poll: US Support for Palestinian Authority Near All-Time Low

    12/16/2012 10:16:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 12/16/2012, 11:50 AM | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Only 10 percent of Americans sympathize with the Palestinian Authority, according to a new Pew Center poll, which shows that the United States public is also going isolationist.In answer to the question, “In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side do you sympathize with more, Israel or the Palestinians?”, 50 percent identified with Israeli and only 10 percent with the Arabs. … The overwhelming support for Israel in the poll was more prominent among Republicans and evangelical Christians. …
  • Virtually Absent From US Press Coverage of Egypt’s Constitution/Referendum: About Sharia Law

    12/16/2012 9:40:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 15, 2012 | 09:21 | Tom Blumer
    As voting on Egypt’s constitution begins, an Associated Press story this morning by Aya Batrawy and Sarah El Deeb typifies how the U.S. press is only nibbling around the edges of its content. The headline reads “EGYPTIANS VOTE ON ISLAMIST-BACKED CONSTITUTION.” In the story’s content, the pair found an 23 year-old Egyptian engineer who told them, in their words, that “he felt the proposed constitution needed more, not less, Islamic content,” and expressed a belief that “All laws have to be in line with Shariah.” Nice misdirection there. As Andrew McCarthy, “arguably the most important prosecutor in the War on...
  • Number the Nukes

    12/16/2012 9:22:19 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 14, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    Ex-Russian strategic commander says new Chinese missiles threaten 1987 U.S.-Russia arms treaty. A former commander of Russia’s nuclear forces warned the Obama administration this week that China’s short-range nuclear missiles are undermining the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia. Retired Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin, a former commander of Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces, also said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon that U.S. and Western arms specialists have dramatically underestimated China’s nuclear arsenal. Beijing’s warhead arsenal, he said, likely is between 1,600 to 1,800 nuclear warheads and bombs. Yesin met with Pentagon, military,...
  • Justice Department Killed Plans For Comprehensive Background Checks

    12/16/2012 9:11:46 PM PST · by GVnana · 7 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 12/16/2012 | William Bigelow
    Those who believe that Barack Obama is an idealist first and a politician second are sorely mistaken. The Justice Department of the Obama administration decided one year ago, as his reelection effort was getting underway, to ignore proposals that would have allowed the background–check system for gun procurement to be more comprehensive. Some of these proposals made in a Justice Department study were: allowing the FBI access to other federal agencies’ information, as that would have enabled the FBI to make sure those who are banned from buying guns such as felons, drug users, mentally “defective” persons, domestic violence criminals,...
  • 'We Can't Tolerate This Anymore, These Tragedies Must End' [4th Trip: Ft.Hood, Tucson, & Aurora]

    12/16/2012 9:00:55 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 16, 2012 | Ed Pilkington
    Obama: 'We Can't Tolerate This Anymore, These Tragedies Must End' President issues strongest call for change in gun policy of any political leader in a generation saying carnage must end Ed Pilkington in Newtown guardian.co.uk, Sunday 16 December 2012 Barack Obama delivered the most impassioned speech of his presidency on Sunday night, addressing the grieving families of Newtown, Connecticut with words of comfort while delivering a clarion call to the nation that enough was enough and that the "carnage" of mass shootings must end. White House observers had expected the president to give an emotional address that would skirt around...
  • Report: Ahmadinejad To Cancel Turkey Trip After 'WWIII Threat'

    12/16/2012 8:27:20 PM PST · by Fennie · 7 replies
    INN ^ | December 16, 2012 | By David Lev
    After threatening that Ankara could set off "World War III" if it allows the U.S. to deploy Patriot missiles on its border with Syria, a report Sunday said that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would not be visiting Turkey, as had been scheduled. Turkey's Hurriyet daily newspaper said that the cancellation of Ahmadinejad's visit had raised Turkish-Iranian tensions to new heights.
  • RJC: Hagel Appointment Would Be 'Slap in the Face' to Israel

    12/16/2012 8:18:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 12/16/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) announced its opposition to the potential appointment of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense, citing a long list of actions Hagel has taken that raise alarms about his failure to support Israel. Hagel is said to be the leading contender to replace Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is expected to step down early next year. The RJC outlined a number of instances highlighting Hagel’s anti-Israel record: In August 2006, Hagel was one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hizbullah a terrorist organization; In October...
  • Gérard Depardieu to return French passport (was being taxed at 85% in France)

    12/16/2012 7:48:45 PM PST · by dennisw · 9 replies
    telegraph ^ | Dec 15th
    Gérard Depardieu has declared that he will return his French passport and leave his homeland, in an exasperated letter where he fired back at the French government's criticism of his decision to move to Belgium. It is addressed to Jean-Marc Ayrault, the French prime minister, who called Depardieu "pathetic" for wanting to move just over the French border to the wealthy Belgian town of Néchin, where he will evade the current Left-leaning government's tax hikes. "I am handing over to you my passport and social security, which I have never used," he said. "We no longer have the same homeland,...
  • Shooter with hit-list shot dead in AT&T store(NY, 2010)

    12/16/2012 6:58:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    wktv.com ^ | 27 May, 2010 | NA
    NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - Abraham Dickan, 79, of Utica, was angry with the employees at AT&T in New York Mills - anger that he had shown them many times before, but never in the way he did on Thursday, May 27. Shortly before 1 p.m. on that Thursday afternoon, Dickan walked into the cellular phone store on Commercial Drive, with a .357 magnum in his hand, and a list in his pocket containing the six names of the AT&T store employees to which he was holding such deep anger, and planned to kill as a result. "The suspect...
  • Man falls under street sweeper and dies after Brooklyn Nets game

    12/16/2012 6:35:48 PM PST · by billorites · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 16, 2012 | REBECCA HARSHBARGER, KAYLEE OSOWSKI and NATALIE O’NEILL
    This was not a clean death. A slow-moving street sweeper struck and killed a man near Barclays Center just hours after the Brooklyn Nets won with a homecourt buzzer-beater Friday night, cops said. Ronald Sinvil, 36, was crossing Flatbush Avenue near Atlantic Avenue at 1 a.m. and moved right into the path of the Sanitation vehicle — but was at first able to get back onto the curb when he heard the driver honking his horn and yelling at him, police sources said. The driver, who was headed northbound on Flatbush, then believed he was in the clear and continued...
  • Lieberman, Democrats want ban on assault weapons

    12/16/2012 6:25:59 PM PST · by quantim · 89 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Dec 16, 7:20 PM EST | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that military-style assault weapons should be banned and that a national commission should be established to examine mass shootings in the United States. The proposals were among the first to come from Congress in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn. "Assault weapons were developed for the U.S. military, not commercial gun manufacturers," Lieberman said before a vigil Sunday night in Newtown. "This is a moment to start a very serious national conversation about violence in our society, particularly about these acts of mass violence," said...
  • Obamacare Gets Stunning Rebuke from 25 States

    12/16/2012 6:08:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 16 Dec 2012 06:41 PM | John O. Edwards
    December 14 has come and gone—and President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—better known as Obamacare—has received a stunning blow. State governments had until December 14, 2012 to decide whether or not they would build their own health insurance exchange, an online service that would allow individuals to purchase private health insurance if it wasn’t provided for by their employees. That date has now passed, and the exchange has been rebuked by half the states—with 25 state governments refusing to participate in this critical component of Obamacare. Their refusal won’t stop exchanges in their states. Under the law, states...
  • Obama's Sec Def Pick? I'm U.S. Senator, not Israeli Senator (Hagel)

    12/16/2012 6:07:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/16/12 | Politico
    POLITICO: In an interview with Aaron David Miller for his book published by Random House, "The Much Too Promised Land," Sen. Chuck Hagel spoke about Israel
  • Even in Medical School, Affirmative Action Rules

    12/16/2012 2:17:18 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 76 replies
    AmericanThinker ^ | December 16, 2012 | Chris Mondie
    When it comes to becoming a physician, the academic rigors, years of schooling, and personal sacrifice common to the effort are well-known. This process is a sort of rite of passage, an intellectual marathon that only the best and brightest can complete. As such, medical schools should select candidates best-suited to excel throughout school and cultivate the skills that will allow them to practice in the best health care system in the world. The process by which these candidates are selected, however, may come as a shock. In examining documents made public by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC),...
  • Egyptian Christian Women Banned From Voting in Yesterday’s Election

    12/16/2012 5:34:56 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    gateway ^ | December 16, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Muslim women could vote. Islamic winter. An Egyptian judge banned Christian women from voting in yesterday’s election. Al-Arabiya reported: A group of Egypt’s Christian women voters were banned on Saturday in Cairo’s Nasr City from casting their ballot in a disputed constitutional referendum, an Al Arabiya correspondent and AFP reported. Nasr City was the scene of mass rallies last night as Islamists who support President Mohammed Mursi took to the streets. Details of banning Coptic Christians from voting are not immediately available, but earlier the opposition National Salvation Front was quoted by AFP as saying that a judge in...
  • 'Wasn't The Connecticut Killer Just Doing What Abortionists Do Every Day?' Shocking Outburst By....

    12/16/2012 5:26:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 16, 2012 | AMANDA WILLIAMS
    'Wasn't The Connecticut Killer Just Doing What Abortionists Do Every Day?' Shocking Outburst By Former SNL Star Sparks Outrage Comedian turned politico Victoria Jackson said 'this is what you get when you forget the Ten Commandments' The Facebook post - which has so far received more than 150 'likes' - also quickly attracted angry comments By AMANDA WILLIAMS 16 December 2012 Comedian turned political commentator Victoria Jackson has caused outrage by apparently comparing the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School with abortion. The former Saturday Night Live star, who is now an outspoken political conservative, posted a message on her...
  • Boehner offers to take debt limit off the table

    12/16/2012 5:20:21 PM PST · by Hoodat · 167 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 Dec 2012 | Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane
    House Speaker John A. Boehner has offered to push any fight over the federal debt limit off for a year, a major concession that would deprive Republicans of leverage in the budget battle but is breathing new life into stalled talks over the year-end “fiscal cliff.” The offer came Friday, according to people in both parties familiar with the talks, as part of the latest effort by Boehner (R-Ohio) to strike a deal with President Obama to replace more than $500 billion in painful deficit-reduction measures set to take effect in January. With the national debt already bumping up against...
  • Connecticut school shooting: Adam Lanza's mother was preparing for disaster(PREPPER BLAME)

    12/16/2012 5:18:35 PM PST · by RummyChick · 93 replies
    The telegraph ^ | 12/16 | jon swaine
    Nancy Lanza, whose gun collection was raided by her son Adam for Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook school, was part of the “prepper” movement, which urges readiness for social chaos by hoarding supplies and training with weapons. “She prepared for the worst,” her sister-in-law Marsha Lanza told reporters. “Last time we visited her in person, we talked about prepping – are you ready for what could happen down the line, when the economy collapses?”
  • Another Fort Hood shooting: Military cops kill U.S. soldier during gunfight

    12/16/2012 4:51:31 PM PST · by LSUfan · 35 replies
    Law Enforcement Examiner ^ | 16 Dec 12 | Jim Kouri
    A U.S. soldier was killed Friday after he opened fire on members of the Military Police at the Fort Hood Army base in the state of Texas, according to a source. The MPs at Fort Hood while on routine patrol discovered a suspicious vehicle parked near the main gate of the base in the early morning, according to the law enforcement source.
  • Depardieu 'to give up passport' in tax exile row

    12/16/2012 4:51:20 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 12-16-12 | BBC
    French actor Gerard Depardieu says he is handing back his French passport after the prime minister criticised him for moving to Belgium to avoid taxes. In a letter to a newspaper he lambasted the French government for punishing "success, creation and talent". Last week the 63-year-old actor announced he was moving to the small Belgian town of Nechin just over the French border. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault described the decision as "shabby". Next year, the top rate of income tax in France is due to become 75% on earnings above 1m euros. It is currently 50% in Belgium. "I...