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  • Spain accused of “act of war” off Gibraltar after two naval vessels enter waters around The Rock

    12/18/2012 1:22:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:27 EST, 13 December 2012 | Richard Hartley-Parkinson
    Spain was accused of an “act of war” today after its naval ships repeatedly entered the territorial waters of Gibraltar. Bob Stewart, Tory MP for Beckenham, said the British Government needed to “respond robustly to this aggravation” after Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said two Spanish naval vessels entered the waters of Gibraltar on Monday. He said they were given radio warnings before leaving, but Mr. Stewart, a former colonel, said the incursion was illegal and the Government needed to “do something about it”. …
  • DOJ: Murders of School-Age Children Down 42%; Only 1% Take Place at School

    12/18/2012 1:14:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Murders of school-age children—those between the ages of 5 and 18—declined by 42 percent between the 1992-93 school year and the 2008-2009 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and only about 1 percent of the school age children murdered during the 2008-2009 school year were murdered at school. In February 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics published a report—Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011—that included statistics on homicides committed at schools for the school years from 1992-93 through 2009-2010. … The report showed a decline over an 18-year period in both the number of school-age children...
  • Radio host Frank Pastore dies

    12/18/2012 12:32:17 AM PST · by South40 · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Dec. 17, 2012 | GARY LYCAN
    KKLA/99.5 FM Christian radio talk host Frank Pastore died Monday afternoon from injuries suffered Nov. 19 in a motorcycle accident on the I-210 Freeway. An announcement posted on the www.kkla.com website said, "Gina Pastore informed us that in the early afternoon of Monday, December 17, Frank passed away. We will update you with any additional information as soon as it is available. Please continue to pray for Gina and the family. Blessings to you, KKLA Management". KKLA-FM talk host Frank Pastore died Monday from injuries sustained in a Nov. 19 motorcycle accident. Pastore had been doing an afternoon Christian...
  • Faster, Safer Method for Producing Stem Cells

    12/18/2012 12:06:26 AM PST · by neverdem
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | NA
    A new method for generating stem cells from mature cells promises to boost stem cell production in the laboratory, helping to remove a barrier to regenerative medicine therapies that would replace damaged or unhealthy body tissues. The technique, developed by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, allows for the unlimited production of stem cells and their derivatives as well as reduces production time by more than half, from nearly two months to two weeks. "One of the barriers that needs to be overcome before stem cell therapies can be widely adopted is the difficulty of producing enough cells...
  • Iran: “No Difference” Between Conn. Shooting Victims and Those in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan

    12/17/2012 11:52:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    The 20 young victims of Friday’s school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut are no different than those “who fall victim to armed actions” in the Gaza Strip, Iraq or Afghanistan, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said at the weekend. An Iranian student paramilitary group, meanwhile, criticized U.S. gun laws, while President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the tragedy to criticize what he called the “profiteering ambitions of a certain group … which have various destructive effects on the society and particularly innocent children and youths.” An article on the foreign ministry website said ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast “urged the American society to trigger a...
  • Man Attempts to Open Fire on Crowd at Movie Theater, Off-Duty Sheriff Deputy Drops Him W/ One Bullet

    12/17/2012 10:57:38 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 17, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    Man Attempts to Open Fire on Crowd at Movie Theater, Armed Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Drops Him With One Bullet The Blaze December 17, 2012 With one shot, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy took down a gunman who attempted to opened fire at a crowded movie theater lobby during a late night showing of “The Hobbit” in San Antonio, WOAI reports.
  • EUROPEAN PROJECT AIMS TO CREATE 1,500 NEW STEM CELL LINES

    12/17/2012 10:49:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/17/12 | Peter Murray
    Stem cells derived from patients with disorders, such as these Parkinson’s cells, could foster drug screening to find treatments and also provide researchers a valuable tool to study disease. Europe certainly believes in the promise of stem cells.A joint public-private collaboration between the European Union and Europe’s pharmaceutical industry, called the StemBANCC project, will spend nearly 50 million euros to create 1,500 pluripotent stem cell lines. But the initiative’s goal isn’t to find a stem cell-based cure for diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. They hope instead that their stem cell lines will prove to be faster and more effective drug screens...
  • Texas school district will allow teachers to carry guns

    12/17/2012 10:39:55 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 26 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/17/12 | Jennifer L. Cruz
    The Harrold Independent School District in Texas has passed a policy change in an effort to increase safety for its students and staff. According to a report published by Fox News on Saturday, December 15, 2012, the policy will allow teachers and other staff to carry concealed guns. The school district, which has 110 students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, admitted to researching several options for better safety in the school and debated the issue for about a year before the final decision was made. The policy was changed last October and will go into effect later this month....
  • Discovery of 100 million-year-old regions of DNA shows short cut to crop science advances

    12/17/2012 10:15:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 5, 2012 | NA
    Scientists have discovered 100 million-year-old regions in the DNA of several plant species which could hold secrets about how specific genes are turned 'on' or 'off'. The findings, which are hoped will accelerate the pace of research into crop science and food security, are detailed by University of Warwick researchers in the journal The Plant Cell. By running a computational analysis of the genomes of the papaya, poplar, Arabidopsis and grape species, scientists have uncovered hundreds of conserved non-coding sequences which are found in the DNA of all four species. These non-coding sequences are not genes, but are located in...
  • Report: Fiscal cliff deal emerging — including one-year debt-ceiling increase; Update: ...

    12/17/2012 10:07:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:51 pm on December 17, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Full Title: Report: Fiscal cliff deal emerging — including one-year debt-ceiling increase; Update: Obama concedes on new, higher income threshold for tax hikesI didn’t believe this when I saw it at WaPo yesterday, then I started to wonder when I read Ed’s post this morning, and now Ezra Klein claims Democrats are telling him the same thing. I thought the GOP’s big Plan B alternative to a grand bargain was to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, let them lapse for the rich, and then go home so that they can fight another day when it’s time...
  • Agenda 21 Radio Live Thread Mon. 12/17/12 9-10PM PT

    12/17/2012 9:05:50 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 1 replies
    Agenda21Radio.com ^ | 12/17/12 | Paul Preston and Chriss Street
    Agenda21Radio is hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street. The show airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on MySYTV.comCall in questions and comments at 1-877-211-4525 or locally for Northern Californians in the Marysville, Yuba City, Chico area at 530-742-5555. Or e-mail Paul Preston at paul@edtalkradio.com http://www.mysytv.net/kmyclive.html
  • US lawmakers want Obama admin to stop racial profiling of Sikhs, Muslims

    12/17/2012 8:56:24 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | Press Trust of India
    Washington - Around 16 Congressmen signed off to a letter asking the Transportation Security Administration – the federal agency responsible for security of airports in the country – to stop racial profiling of people from South Asia and Middle East including Black, Sikhs and Muslims travelers. "Despite efforts to prevent profiling by its screeners, news reports indicate that (TSA) Transportation Security Administration screeners continue to subject Sikh, South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Black travellers to profiling. In the past few months incidents have occurred at airports in Massachusetts, Hawaii and New Jersey," Congressman Judy Chu said in his dear colleague...
  • 11 killed in South African Air Force C-47 Dakota crash

    12/17/2012 8:48:35 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Flight Global ^ | December 6, 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    A South African Air Force (SAAF) Douglas C-47 Dakota transport aircraft crashed in the Giants Castle area of the Drakensberg mountain range on 5 December, according to the South African government. The World War Two era aircraft was flying from Waterkloof air force base near the South African capital of Pretoria to Mthatha airport in the Eastern Cape Province when it went missing at about 09:45 local. "After the expected time of arrival and no communication from the aircraft, the SAAF activated a search and rescue mission. Severe weather conditions in the area hindered the continuation of the search and...
  • Thorium: Proliferation warnings on nuclear 'wonder-fuel'

    12/17/2012 8:27:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 5, 2012 | NA
    The element thorium, which many regard as a potential nuclear "wonder-fuel", could be a greater proliferation threat than previously thought, scientists have warned. Writing in a Comment piece in the new issue of the journal, Nature, nuclear energy specialists from four British universities suggest that, although thorium has been promoted as a superior fuel for future nuclear energy generation, it should not be regarded as inherently proliferation resistant. The piece highlights ways in which small quantities of uranium-233, a material useable in nuclear weapons, could be produced covertly from thorium, by chemically separating another isotope, protactinium-233, during its formation.The chemical...
  • Kucinich Reiterates Support for 'Department of Peace' After Conn. Shooting

    12/17/2012 8:09:42 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    After the mass shooting Connecticut today, Rep. Dennis Kucinich reiterated his support for a "Department of Peace." "It is long past time that we take an organized approach to addressing the violence in our society and that is exactly what the proposal for a cabinet level Department of Peace is all about. We must reject violence and take an organized approach to averting violence," said the congressman in a prepared statement. Kucinich also said, “Today’s shooting was a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. Our hearts ache for the victims and their families. While we don’t know why this attack took place,...
  • NORWAY BEGINS FOUR YEAR TEST OF THORIUM NUCLEAR REACTOR

    12/17/2012 8:00:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/11/12 | Peter Murray
    A Norwegian company is breaking with convention and switching to an alternative energy it hopes will be safer, cleaner and more efficient. But this isn’t about ditching fossil fuels, but rather about making the switch from uranium to thorium. Oslo based Thor Energy is pairing up with the Norwegian government and US-based (but Japanese/Toshiba owned) Westinghouse to begin a four year test that they hope will dispel doubts and make thorium the rule rather than the exception. The thorium will run at a government reactor in Halden. Thorium was discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius...
  • How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America

    12/17/2012 7:12:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Nation ^ | December 17, 2012 | George Zornick
    When Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, inexplicably bent on ending as many lives as possible, he was carrying a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines. Sadly, this isn’t the first time the country has had to deal with the aftermath of a horrific shooting spree, nor is it the first time we’ve encountered an AR-15 in this context: only days earlier, it was the weapon of choice for a shooting at an Oregon mall that killed two people. Five months earlier, it was used by James Holmes in an attack that wounded...
  • Dominos Pizza Founder Sues Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate

    12/17/2012 7:49:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12-17-12 | Steven Ertelt
    Dominos Pizza Founder Sues Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/17/12 3:07 PMThe Catholic businessman who is the founder and former owner of the Domino’s Pizza chain has filed a lawsuit over the HHS mandate that forces religious employers to purchase drugs that may cause abortions for their employees.Tom Monaghan calls requiring businesses, schools and other religious places to pay for such drugs a “gravely immoral” practice and filed suit late Friday in federal court for Domino’s Farms, a business development complex he owns.Monaghan says he currently offers his employees health insurance...
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer compares assault weapons to child pornography

    12/17/2012 7:39:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. asserted on the Senate floor this afternoon that the Second Amendment was “not absolute” comparing restrictions on assault weapons to restrictions on child pornography. “No amendment can be absolute,” Schumer said. “I believe you can be pro-gun and pro gun safety, just like you can be in favor of free speech but also against child pornography.” Schumer proposed an assault weapon bans for civilians arguing that it would be an acceptable restriction on the Second Amendment. “We can come together,” he said. “There can be a way of moving forward in the middle.”
  • Disability Rights - ACLU Position/Briefing Paper (Blood on Their Hands)

    12/17/2012 7:31:56 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 6 replies
    ACLU ^ | January 1, 1999
    ...Finally, and thanks in part to the inspiration provided by the civil rights struggles of the 1960's, disability rights advocates began to press for full legal equality and access to mainstream society. Through lobbying and litigation, laws were passed and rights established ... Too many disabled people are still institutionalized, despite the fact that the care they need can be provided within their communities... In 1994, four young law graduates successfully charged that the Florida State Bar application, which required the disclosure of information about any mental health treatment that applicants received at any point in their lives, violated the...
  • Promises Will Be Broken

    12/17/2012 7:23:20 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TDR ^ | 12-17-2012 | Bill Bonner
    Promises Will Be Broken By Bill Bonner 12/17/12When wealth was easy to identify and easy to control — that is, when it was mostly land — a few insiders could do a fairly good job of keeping it for themselves. The feudal hierarchy gave everybody a place in the system, with the insiders at the top of the heap. But come the industrial revolution and suddenly wealth was accumulating outside the feudal structure. Populations were growing too…and growing restless. The old regime tried to tax this new money, but the new ‘bourgeoisie’ resisted. “No taxation without representation,” was a popular...
  • School carnage: Blame church, not God or guns!

    12/17/2012 7:16:42 PM PST · by wesagain · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 17, 2012 | William J. Murray
    "Exclusive: William J. Murray reveals only way to turn society from violent, destructive path "If an individual is not afraid of the wrath of God, it is impossible to cause him to fear the justice of the state. The killing of young children at their school will be linked by many pundits to the availability of guns. Still others will blame the violent act on some pathology or childhood trauma. Some may even blame the Hollywood culture with its disregard for humanity, on which human bodies are seen being dissected nightly on network TV. Virtually no one will call what...
  • AUTOMATED BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER COMPLETES FIRST FLIGHT TEST

    12/17/2012 7:05:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/11/12 | Peter Murray
    Does it seem believable that the wars of the future will be fought entirely with robots while humans are safely miles away, monitoring and controlling? The US military is certainly making a case for such a scenario. The latest installation is a JUH-60A Blackhawk helicopter that flies, lands, and avoids threats – all without a pilot.The autonomous Blackhawk’s official name is Rotorcraft Airscrew Systems Concept Airborne Laboratory, or RASCAL, and it has just completed its first test flight at the Diablo Mountain Range in San Jose, California. Pilots were actually aboard during the two-hour test flight for an emergency...
  • Feds look other way as wind farms kill birds -- but haul oil and gas firms to court

    12/17/2012 7:05:06 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2012 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Lights left on during a foggy night last year at a West Virginia wind farm are thought to be behind the grizzly deaths of nearly 500 songbirds. It was the third time it happened -- and each time, the federal government looked the other way. ... “The playing field is not leveled,” American Bird Conservancy spokesman Bill Johns ... All they do now is go, ‘Whoops, my bad’ and it’s forgiven.” ... The wind sector has had an exemption from prosecution under two of America’s oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection Act. A violation...
  • DIGENOVA: SAME LIBS CALLING FOR GUN CONTROL WERE CLOSING MENTAL INSTITUTIONS IN 70'S

    12/17/2012 6:53:37 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 17 Dec 2012
    Fox News legal analyst Joe DiGenova joined Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor on Washington DC's WMAL to discuss the calls for strict limitations on the right to bear arms. DiGenova pointed out that progressive activist groups in the 1960's and 70's moved to make it much more difficult for individuals with mental health problems to be institutionalized. DiGenova maintains that this is a major contributing factor to the latest spate of mass murder. The irony, according to DiGenova, is the same progressives are now calling for strict gun control restrictions.
  • Fla. Representative Wants to End School Gun Ban(Poll)

    12/17/2012 6:48:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    wtvy.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The state representative who sponsored the bill that became Florida's "stand your ground" law believes the state should end its ban on guns in schools.
  • Latino Groups Warn Congress to Fix Immigration or Else

    12/17/2012 6:33:24 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 60 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Julia Preston
    WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest Latino organizations warned Congress on Wednesday that they will keep a report card during the immigration debate next year, with plans to mobilize their voters against lawmakers who do not support a comprehensive immigration bill. “Make no mistake, we will be watching,” said Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, which led one of the most extensive Latino voter drives. The report card will show “who stood with us and who stood against us” on immigration reform, Mr. Medina said."
  • ABC and CBS Skip News of Tim Scott’s Historic Senate Appointment

    12/17/2012 6:24:04 PM PST · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday announced she will appoint Republican U.S. Representative Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate to replace the departing Senator Jim DeMint, but though he will become the “first African American U.S. Senator from the South since Blanche Bruce of Mississippi in 1881” and the only black -- Democrat or Republican -- in the current Senate, neither ABC nor CBS mentioned the news Monday night. Yes, the newscasts were dominated by the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, yet the NBC Nightly News managed to squeeze in 24 seconds to note Scott’s historic appointment.
  • R.I.P. Sen. Inouye, Hero of the 442nd (Hero of Immense Proportions)

    12/17/2012 6:19:58 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | Daniel Foster
    We have just learned that Senator Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii) has passed away at 88. Whatever else the president pro tempore of the Senate was, he was a Nazi-socking badass of a G.I.: In the fall of 1944, Inouye’s unit was shifted to the French Vosges Mountains and spent two of the bloodiest weeks of the war rescuing a Texas Battalion surrounded by German forces. The rescue of “The Lost Battalion” is listed in the U.S. Army annals as one of the most significant military battles of the century. Inouye lost ten pounds, became a platoon leader and won the...
  • Founding Fathers Just 'Some Dead People' Spews Ed Schultz in Anti-Second Amendment Rant

    12/17/2012 6:14:30 PM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    Remember how liberals feigned reverence for the Constitution during its alleged wholesale destruction while George W. Bush was president? With a Democrat ensconsed in the White House, they are reverting to old habits when it comes to the blueprint for our republic. On his radio show Friday, Schultz argued with a caller who said he usually agrees with Schultz, citing "socialized medicine" and higher taxes as examples of common ground they share. But the Second Amendment must be protected, the caller said, lest changes to it erode other freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights (audio) -- CALLER: From a...
  • Media myths on ‘assault weapons’ and ‘semiautomatic firearms’

    12/17/2012 6:08:49 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    If gun-control advocates and our media want to have a conversation about government restrictions on gun ownership, I think that’s fine. Debating more issues, rather than fewer, is probably good for our politics. But the conversation about guns needs to be a bit more factually precise. Today’s New York Times story on the AR-15 has a lot of good information and aims to be balanced, but the story still manages to perpetuate many of the most stubborn myths about rifles. Some points I would like to make in response:
  • 4,200 Coloradans tried to buy guns the day after Newtown, Connecticut school shooting

    12/17/2012 6:04:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    4,200 Coloradans tried to buy guns the day after Newtown, Connecticut school shootingPosted: 12/17/2012 Last Updated: 2 hours ago DENVER - Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the Connecticut mass shootings. Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina said there were more than 4,200 requests to buy guns in Colorado on Saturday. Those gun-purchase requests surpassed the previous record -- 4,028 background checks processed on Black Friday this year.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-17-12

    12/17/2012 5:55:59 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-17-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Liberty - and How Guns Once Saved Lives at Schools - and Ought to Again

    12/17/2012 5:53:01 PM PST · by Ron C. · 21 replies
    12/17/12 | Ron C
    Had teachers and administrators at Newtown, Connecticut schools been known to be armed and experienced marksmen, and women – very few would dare threaten gun violence at that city’s schools, or any other school in any community where school policy demanded the presence of armed adults. None dared when I first went to school in the little town of Hot Springs New Mexico in the late 1940’s – because the fact that teachers were armed was highly publicized in local newspapers. Back then there were only two schools, a grade school and high school. I attended both, and both had...
  • Clinton gets accountability report on Benghazi attacks

    12/17/2012 5:36:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/17/12 | Andrew Quinn
    Clinton gets accountability report on Benghazi attacksBy Andrew Quinn Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:18pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday received an official review of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, setting the stage for testimony on an incident that prompted a political furor and sharp questions about security at U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas. **SNIP** The committee has been meeting in private and State Department officials have declined to discuss almost all specifics of the Benghazi attack pending its reports. The findings are expected to cover questions on whether enough...
  • Sources Say DOD Inspector General Report Criticizes Vickers in Discussions with Filmmaker

    12/17/2012 5:35:46 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 17, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    Sources tell ABC News that the Inspector General for the Department of Defense has been preparing a report in which Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers is criticized for giving sensitive information to the filmmakers behind “Zero Dark Thirty.” Specifically, Vickers is said to have disclosed to the filmmakers the identity of a member of SEAL Team Six — though not a member of the team that conducted the raid on Osama bin Laden‘s compound. Names of members of that team are not to be disclosed because of the potential for violent retaliation. Some in the Pentagon think...
  • After School Shooting, Anti-Gun Advocates Want NRA President, Members to Be Shot

    12/17/2012 5:30:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/17/12 | Jason Howerton
    Following the horrific act of violence that occurred in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, some anti-gun advocates are calling for NRA president David Keene and all other members of the NRA to be shot. To be clear, these people are calling for violence to solve what they think is the cause of many acts of violence — guns. sam tarling @sammyswordfish All NRA members should be shot!!!! I thank you, that's one of my own !! 16 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite michael mayer @prisonforbush Someone should shoot this motherfucker NRA President David Keene weighs in on 2012 election – Glenn...
  • ‘I Don’t Care if a Bunch of White Kids Got Killed’ — Find Out Who Said This About Sandy Hook

    12/17/2012 5:27:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 96 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/17/12 | Jason Howerton
    The owner of Thai Noodle House in Austin, Texas has been bombarded with criticism after he posted a racially-charged and offensive Facebook status regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. On Friday, a gunman opened fire at the school, killing 20 innocent children and six adults before he took his own life. “I don’t care if a bunch of white kids got killed,” the restaurant’s owner Eddie Nimibutr wrote on his Facebook page shortly after the shooting occurred. “F**k Post-Racial bullsh*t. When kids from minority groups get shot, nobody cares. When Israel launched missiles at...
  • Thousands in Spain protest health privatization

    12/17/2012 5:21:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/17/12 | Harold Heckle, Associated Press | Associated Press
    MADRID (AP) -- Several thousand Spanish public health workers and other people marched from four main hospitals in Madrid to converge on a main square in the capital Sunday, protesting the regional government's plans to restructure and part-privatize the sector. The marches, described as a "white tide" because of the color of the medical scrubs many were wearing, finally met mid-afternoon in Puerta del Sol. On Monday, the region's health councilor will meet with a committee responsible for coordinating professional services and union representatives to try and agree how to achieve €533 million ($697 million) in savings. Doctors, nurses and...
  • Justice worked on new gun safety recommendations

    12/17/2012 5:03:07 PM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    wvva ^ | Updated: Dec 17, 2012 2:29 PM | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has been investigating new ways to curb gun violence in the United States, including expanding and automating earlier this year the federal databases used in background checks on gun purchasers and coming up with new ideas for legislation to be considered by Congress and the White House.</p>
  • Flashback: Harvey Weinstein Calls for Filmmaker Summit on Violence in Movies (Tarantino's boss!)

    12/17/2012 5:00:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 2 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 7/26/12 | Pamela McClintock
    Weinstein, an avid Obama supporter, cites lack of gun control as the real culprit behind the Colorado theater shooting and says it's time for Hollywood to examine its part in perpetuating real-life events. Speaking to The Huffington Post, Weinstein called for a filmmaker summit in the wake of last week's theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., that left at least a dozen dead and 58 wounded. "I think as filmmakers we should sit down -- the Marty Scorseses, the Quentin Tarantinos and hopefully all of us who deal in violence in movies -- and discuss our role in that," Weinstein said.
  • Gun Free Zones: An article by Tom Givens.

    12/17/2012 4:56:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    gunfreezone.net ^ | 16 December, 2012 | Tom Givens
    Reposted from Tom Givens: In the wake of the tragic, horrific slaughter of innocent school children in Connecticut, there has been a renewed cry for more gun control laws. This stems from the natural need to “do something” when a tragedy of this proportion occurs. I agree we need to do something, but the “something” I want is a bit different. The “Gun Free Schools Act of 1994” made it a federal crime to possess a firearm on any school property. Many states enacted similar legislation at the state level, as the federal act required them to do so or...
  • Fayyad Urges Arab Nations to Follow Up on 'Safety Net'

    12/17/2012 4:49:42 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/12/12 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad urged Arab League nations on Sunday to make good on $100 million a month in pledged "safety net" funds, warning that his government was facing a "dangerous" financial crisis. "I have nothing left to do but to urge our Arab brothers to activate this net, because until this point there has been no movement to deliver the $100 million," Fayyad told reporters at a briefing in his Ramallah office, according to AFP. "If this safety net is not activated quickly, I'll call for an emergency Arab summit to discuss financial situation because it's a...
  • Clinton tells lawmakers she is open to testifying on Benghazi in future (2017?)

    12/17/2012 4:38:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Clinton tells lawmakers she is open to testifying on Benghazi in futureBy Julian Pecquet - 12/17/12 01:58 PM ET Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote to the leaders of the House and Senate foreign affairs panels on Monday to tell them she may testify in future on the Benghazi attack, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. Clinton was expected to testify at a hearing this Thursday but will be sending her two deputies, William Burns and Thomas Nides, after contracting a stomach virus and suffering a concussion during a fall last weekend. Thursday's hearing will be preceded by a closed-door...
  • Livni: Netanyahu Cuasing Great National Damage

    12/17/2012 4:35:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/12/12
    Tzipi Livni responded...to the final approval of 1500 new housing units in Ramat Shlomo. "The Ramat Shlomo construction represents everything that is problematic in the Netanyahu government. Housing priority is given to Haredim under the guise of national interest which infuriates the world against us and puts Jerusalem under a magnifying glass and international questions. Great national damage."
  • Fundraising page to find Steven Crowder’s assailant has been ‘frozen’(Michigan union thug update)

    12/17/2012 4:31:22 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12-17-2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Fundraising page to find Steven Crowder’s assailant has been ‘frozen’ Twitchy Staff-5:33 pm on December 17, 2012 Last week, Dana Loesch announced that a fundraising page had been set up to raise reward money for information about the union thug who assaulted Steven Crowder. Donors had pooled together over $7000. But this afternoon, Loesch revealed that the page has been taken down essentially without explanation... Loesch writes on her blog that Indiegogo, the fundraising platform, has flagged and “frozen” the campaign. So far, according to Loesch, no word on the reason for the freeze, nor has Indiegogo made clear whether...
  • Rock blasting set on drought-plagued Miss. River

    12/17/2012 4:28:12 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 17, 2012 | JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER | Associated Press
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations that are impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway. Contractors from Iowa and Ohio could begin drilling holes into the troublesome Mississippi River bedrock south of St. Louis and detonating explosives inserted inside as early as Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers said. They expect to remove enough rock to fill about 50 dump trucks, possibly more. The demolition of the massive formations near Thebes, Ill., coincides with an unusual move...
  • Conservatives complain Sandy bill includes millions in unrelated spending (loot for American Samoa?)

    12/17/2012 4:25:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/12 | Erik Wasson, Kevin Bogardus
    Conservatives complain Sandy bill includes millions in unrelated spendingBy Erik Wasson and Kevin Bogardus - 12/17/12 12:33 PM ET Conservative groups say the Senate’s $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill is loaded with millions of dollars in spending unrelated to damage from the devastating storm. The bill includes $2 million to fix museum roofs in Washington, D.C.; $100 million for Head Start centers; $348 million for damage to parks, including the Statue of Liberty’s island; and $4 million to repair the Kennedy Space Center and other launch sites. It also includes funding for commercial fisheries disasters for as far away...
  • Knesset Member Hanon: Israel Must “Bring Down” Hamas for Lasting Peace

    12/17/2012 4:23:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 17 Dec 2012 06:57 PM | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    Danny Danon, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, declared in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV that Israel must ultimately “bring down the Hamas regime” to secure peace in the Middle East. “We know it’s temporary. We will have to take action,” Danon, a rising Israeli political star, tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “It’s a matter of time until we do. But, unfortunately, when you have such forces, which are full of hatred and enticement, it’s only a matter of time until we will continue with the hatred again. And when you look at Gaza today, you don’t have any...
  • Harry Reid: All Options on the Table on Gun Control

    12/17/2012 4:12:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 17 Dec 2012 06:27 PM | (Newsmax Wires)
    The U.S. Congress must examine what can be done to respond to the Connecticut school shooting, including possibly new legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Monday. Reid told the Senate he agreed with President Barack Obama that no one law could erase evil, but added “we need to accept the reality that we are not doing enough to protect our citizens.” The remarks were significant coming from Reid, a Democrat from Nevada who during Obama’s first term opposed reviving a ban on assault weapons. … “In the coming days and weeks we’ll engage in a meaningful conversation and...