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  • Dick’s Sporting Goods suspends sales of modern rifles, takes guns off display at Conn. store

    12/18/2012 8:33:29 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 50 replies
    wapo ^ | 12-17-12 | ap
    <p>PITTSBURGH — A sporting goods chain says it’s suspending sales of modern rifles nationwide because of the school shooting in Connecticut. Dick’s Sporting Goods also says it’s removing all guns from display at its store closest to Newtown, where the massacre took place.</p>
  • China's Share of US Treasurys Quietly Falls (Shifting investments to hard assets)

    12/18/2012 8:31:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    <p>We have Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota to thank for that bon mot—a play on the name of outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao—about the country's massive holdings of U.S. Treasury debt. But, while America's dependence on the largess of foreigners is greater than ever, China's role is quietly receding.</p>
  • The devil is in the defaults (Fiscal cliff: 1T in tax hikes in exchange for 122B specified "cuts")

    12/18/2012 8:20:54 AM PST · by Qbert · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    When Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, began negotiations with President Obama over how to resolve the fiscal cliff, he promised conservatives that he would make a principled stand on tax rates. Last Friday, he surrendered those principles by offering Obama a tax rate hike on incomes over $1 million. That concession, along with other measures capping loopholes and deductions, would raise approximately $1 trillion over ten years. In exchange, Obama has now offered to change how the federal government calculates inflation when determining Social Security benefits. How much would this ‘reform’ cut entitlement spending by? $122 billion. Over ten years. That...
  • A CALL FOR FULL DISCLOSURE IN THE GUN CONTROL DEBATE

    12/18/2012 8:16:59 AM PST · by reformedcrat · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12-18-2012 | Tom Thurlow
    What is missing in every gun-control discussion is a "full disclosure" of which politician has a concealed weapons permit, has any guns in his own home, or is protected by armed security guards. Just like the CNBC disclosure regarding touting stocks and the personal holdings of the person touting the stock, we need a "full disclosure" rule regarding armed protection of the politicians who advocate gun control. Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/12/a_call_for_full_disclosure_in_the_gun_control_debate.html#ixzz2FQ8JHvJW
  • Alleged Houston stash house for immigrants raided

    12/18/2012 8:06:10 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | December 18, 2012 | KHOU-TV
    HOUSTON (AP) — Federal officials have detained several dozen suspected illegal immigrants following a raid on an alleged stash house near Houston.
  • Boehner’s House Has Increased Debt $18,944 Per Household

    12/18/2012 8:05:17 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 13 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Under the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio), the 112th House of Representatives has thus far approved legislation that has increased the debt of the federal government by $2,176,949,774,695.46—or approximately $18,944 for per American household. The 112th House of Representatives has achieved this in a little more than 20 months time—and it may not be done yet enacting laws to approve new federal borrowing and spending. The 112th House came into power on Jan. 5, 2011, electing Rep. John Boehner as its speaker on that day. The Boehner-led House did not have a direct impact on the fiscal policy...
  • Gun Maker's Stock Soars More Than 700% Since Obama's Inauguration in 2009

    12/18/2012 8:03:37 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 9 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Since President Barack Obama took the oath of office on January 20, 2009, the share price of firearms manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company has increased more than 700 percent. At the close of business on the day of Obama's inauguration, the price of Ruger stock (Ticker: RGR) was $5.48 per share. At the end of the trading day on December 17, 2012, the price of the stock closed at $44.00 per share; an increase of 703 percent in less than four years. But, Ruger isn't the only gun manufacturer that has seen an explosion in its stock value. Smith &...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show "M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 18,2012

    12/18/2012 8:03:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 58 replies
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  • WaPo/ABC poll: Compromise on fiscal cliff — but without cuts

    12/18/2012 7:58:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9:41 am on December 18, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    If you want to see why American politics are so dysfunctional, just take a look at American voters.  In a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, there is a broad consensus that Barack Obama and Republicans should reach a compromise to fix the fiscal cliff.  Only a third believe that Obama has a mandate to insist on his own policies as an exclusive response to the crisis.  And, oh, by the way … spending cuts are unacceptable.In other news, next week Santa Claus will come to deliver a solution, in partnership with the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny: Most Americans...
  • [Freep this gun-control poll!] What should be done to protect schools from mass shootings?

    12/18/2012 7:45:37 AM PST · by 4Liberty · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 18, 2012 | SFGate
    "What should be done to protect schools from mass shootings?" One of the response options is "Let teachers pack heat."
  • Driver charged with DUI Marijuana after deadly crash in Vancouver

    12/18/2012 7:27:17 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 86 replies
    The Vancouver Police Department arrested a man for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in connection with a deadly crash in Vancouver. Investigators said the driver hit and killed a pedestrian around 5:50 p.m. on East Mill Plain Boulevard and Andresen Road. Police say the victim, a male in his 50's, was believed to be walking back from Safeway and stepped out into the middle of traffic. The driver, Scotty Rowles, was driving westbound on East Mill Plain Boulevard and could not stop his car in time, according to police. Detectives says Rowles cooperated with the investigation, but after interviewing...
  • States Give ObamaCare A Massive Vote Of No Confidence

    12/18/2012 7:25:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily | 12/17/2012 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: If ObamaCare is such a great idea, why are so many governors — including several Democrats — refusing to play along? What do they know that the administration isn't telling the rest of us? So far, not one part of ObamaCare has worked as planned. Almost immediately, the administration had to distribute huge numbers of waivers to companies because its initial rules would have forced them to drop their low-cost plans. ObamaCare's high-risk pools promised to cover hundreds of thousands, but ended up attracting almost no one. The small-business tax break has been a complete bust. Insurance premiums...
  • Muslim Tory MP: After Britain, Israel is best

    12/18/2012 7:20:41 AM PST · by lowbridge · 4 replies
    http://www.thejc.com ^ | december 13, 2012 | martin bright
    It is not often that the Prime Minister is upstaged when he is guest of honour at an official function. It is even more unusual when it is one of his own MPs who is responsible. But this is just what happened when Sajid Javid, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Bromsgrove, spoke at the Conservative Friends of Israel “business lunch” on Tuesday. This annual jamboree has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the key events of the year for supporters of Israel. And each year one of the MPs who has been on a...
  • NBC’s Richard Engel, crew freed after 5 days of captivity in Syria

    12/18/2012 6:55:06 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 15 replies
    NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel is safe in Turkey after five days of captivity in Syria, the network said Tuesday morning. Engel and his crew were last heard from Thursday just after they entered Syria.
  • Arm The Teachers: Gun Control Petition Finds Its Political Opposite

    12/18/2012 6:48:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 62 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | 15 December, 2012 | Patrick Frye
    <p>The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has led the nation to launch into an increasingly bitter argument over gun control laws. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, this has led to a White House petition that demands lawmakers meet “for a bipartisan discussion resulting in a set of laws that regulates how a citizen obtains a gun.” Some have suggested moderate gun reform and others like Obama are pushing for outright gun bans. A new White House petition is saying that the United States should arm the teachers as a solution to school shootings.</p>
  • Abortions In The United States (VS death by guns?)

    12/18/2012 6:39:33 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    ALL - American Life League ^ | Last updated July 26, 2012 | ALL - American Life League
    Abortions in the United States Total number of abortions in the U.S. 1973-2011: 54.5 million+ 234 abortions per 1,000 live births (according to the Centers for Disease Control) Abortions per year: 1.2 million Abortions per day: 3,288 Abortions per hour: 137 9 abortions every 4 minutes 1 abortion every 26 seconds These statistics include only surgical and medical abortions. Because many contraceptive measures are abortifacients (drugs that induce or cause abortions), it is important not to overlook the number of children killed by chemical abortions. Since 1965, an average of 11 million women have used abortifacient methods of birth control...
  • A Possible Explanation Of Why There Are So Few Female Mass Murderers

    12/18/2012 6:36:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2012 | Ryu Spaeth, The Week
    The emerging profile of Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., is depressingly familiar. He has been described as being socially awkward and a loner. He reportedly had Asperger's syndrome — a high-performing form of autism — and may have been afflicted by other psychiatric problems. And he was male. His sex almost goes without saying. According to Mother Jones, 62 mass shootings — defined as a single spree that killed at least four people — have been carried out in the U.S. since 1982. Only one was perpetrated by a female. In 2006, Jennifer...
  • THE LEFT'S DISHONEST WAR ON GUNS

    12/18/2012 6:34:03 AM PST · by shortstop · 12 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 12/18/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    The key to the gun banners’ success will be divide and conquer. If they can convince hunters and householders that assault rifles and high-capacity magazines are “too much,” they will succeed. If gun owners stand together, the Second Amendment will be preserved. If they don’t, it will be endangered. Coming months will show which it is. In the wake of the heartbreaking mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary, Democrat politicians across the country have pushed hard to capitalize on the tragedy to advance one of their long-held political passions – banning guns. Grandstanding politician after grandstanding politician – some wiping...
  • Rhode Island prof demands NRA chief’s “head on a stick”

    12/18/2012 6:32:36 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 35 replies
    College Insurrection ^ | 18 Dec 2012 | College Insurrection
    ...Then declares himself a Twitter martyr because people quoted what he said Erik Loomis is an assistant professor of American history at the University of Rhode Island. He also blogs at “Lawyers Guns and Money” blog. In reaction to the murders in Connecticut, Loomis tweeted that he had never been so angry except maybe for the invasion of Iraq (I guess 9/11 was chopped liver to him), and that he wanted the NRA chief’s “head on a stick”:
  • America Doesn’t Need Gun Control, It Needs Lunatic Control

    12/18/2012 5:52:29 AM PST · by expat1000 · 75 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Here are some excerpts from a compelling piece written just this year. Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder (hat tip I Own the World.) For those of us who came of age in the 1970s, one of the most shocking aspects of the last three decades was the rise of mass public shootings: people who went into public places and murdered complete strangers. Such crimes had taken place before, such as the Texas Tower murders by Charles Whitman in 1966,1 but their rarity meant that they were shocking. Something changed in the 1980s: these senseless mass murders started to happen with...
  • Chuck Todd : If your kid’s playing “Halo” for 3 hours a night, make sure he doesn’t have a problem

    12/18/2012 5:33:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, I like this clip because it captures the essence of the Do Something gun-control impulse, even though Todd's not talking about guns. The "Halo" games have sold 50 million copies worldwide. Microsoft estimates that people collectively have spent five billion hours playing them. Violent crime has been declining for 40 years and mass shootings are no more common now than they used to be. I'd bet that, if anything, video games reduce violent crime by providing an innocuous outlet for thrill-seeking. But who cares? The point of Do Something isn't to craft a policy response carefully tailored to...
  • Banning ‘Assault Weapons’ Is Not the Answer (Well-intentioned, but ineffective)

    12/18/2012 5:27:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/18/2012 | The Editors
    In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, numerous Democrats have called for legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Unfortunately, such bans are empty gestures, certain to offend many law-abiding citizens but highly unlikely to reduce gun violence. Simply put, so-called “assault weapons” are nowhere near the root of the American violence problem. According to FBI data, of the two-thirds of murders that involve firearms, about 69 percent involve handguns rather than rifles or shotguns of any kind. Most estimates place the contribution of assault weapons to gun crime at around 1 or 2 percent. These numbers...
  • Obama’s money misunderstanding: Raising revenue by raising taxes doesn’t work

    12/18/2012 5:25:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/18/2012 | Richard Rahn
    In times past, political leaders would lay out their domestic and foreign policies in clear, coherent terms. President Obama talks about getting our fiscal house in order but fails to propose any meaningful spending cuts. His proposals to increase the tax rate on the top 2 percent of taxpayers would fund the government for eight days, assuming no behavioral change by those whose feathers are being plucked. In the real world, we know people will spend a great deal of time and effort to avoid paying high marginal tax rates. In high tax states such as California and New York,...
  • The Fix is in: Hillary’s Benghazi cover-up—like Vince Foster death investigation

    12/18/2012 5:25:09 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    If past is prologue expect the Benghazi investigations to be covered up whether or not Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies. According to Foreign Policy Magazine that despite the House and Senate foreign relations committees having announced she would testify on Benghazi this week, the State Department said last Thursday “that’s not a done deal.” On Saturday, the deal was undone when it was announced that Hillary would not testify due to health issues but would be able to continue to work from home. Recall how it was Clinton who was one of the first top Obama administration officials to...
  • Invincible Ignorance

    12/18/2012 5:08:57 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/18/12 | Thomas Sowell
    Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of "gun control" advocates? The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available. If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive. Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have often been...
  • CHANGE OF HEART: Conservative Joe Scarborough stuns with call for gun control (Barf Alert)

    12/18/2012 4:57:15 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 33 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Kristen A. Lee
    Joe Scarborough, the Republican congressman turned MSNBC host, stunned viewers on Monday with a wrenching 10-minute monologue confessing to a change of heart on gun control following the devastating massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Suspends Sales Of Semi-Automatic Rifles

    12/18/2012 4:56:56 AM PST · by John W · 127 replies
    FOX 17 ^ | December 18, 2012 | Robb Westaby
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (CNN) – Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, says it has removed all guns from its store nearest to Newtown, Connecticut, and is suspending the sale of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its chains nationwide. The move was made out of respect for the victims and families of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting “during this time of national mourning,” the store said in a statement Tuesday morning. “We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy,” the statement said. It was unclear how...
  • Fail. Less Than 200 Anti-Gun Leftists Turn Out for March on NRA Headquarters in Washington DC

    12/18/2012 4:53:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Only 200 liberals marched to the NRA headquarters in Washington DC today. The Huffington Post reported: Organizers estimated that around 200 people participated in the protest on Monday, including some political staffers who worked nearby and took some personal time to show their support for gun control.
  • Newtown, Connecticut: There Is No "Why"

    12/18/2012 4:42:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-18-2012 | Neal Boortz
    The first I heard of the horrific shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton was from the security guard at the gate returning to my home in Naples. He was in shock, and you could see that he had been crying. I headed to my condo and turned on the TV … and still have trouble believing what I saw --- what had happened. By now all of us – even those who are glued to soap operas and entertainment news shows 24/7 – know the story, so there’s no need to go over the hideous details again....
  • Hillary Clinton Recovering at Home, Reviewing Benghazi Report

    12/18/2012 4:29:52 AM PST · by bryan999 · 33 replies
    "The investigation, conducted by an appointed Accountability Review Board, was ordered by Clinton in October. Nuland told reporters today that the board has completed its work. She said Secretary Clinton received the report on Monday and is reviewing it at home."
  • Grassley, Reid, Manchin: Let's debate gun violence (Here we go again!)

    12/18/2012 4:23:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/18/2012 | ap
    Even as most Republicans played it safe and initially said little about the politically treacherous issue of gun control, a senior GOP senator has called for a study of both gun violence and mental health issues. Sen. Charles Grassley made his suggestion as formerly pro-gun Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday it's now time to place gun control on the table.
  • Perry: Let teachers carry guns in wake of massacre(TX)

    12/18/2012 4:21:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    theeagle.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | AP
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicated Monday that he supported allowing teachers and administrators to carry concealed handguns in response to the Connecticut school massacre that left 20 children dead.
  • HOUSTON DEM PRECINCT CHAIR: STOP GUN VIOLENCE BY SHOOTING NRA MEMBERS

    12/18/2012 4:16:36 AM PST · by lowbridge · 68 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 17, 2012 | awr hawkins
    Over the weekend, Houston Democrat Precinct Chair John Cobarruvias tweeted, "Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?" This, apparently, is part of what he calls "hard-hitting political commentary" on his blog "Bay Area Houston." Prior to the asinine tweet broaching the subject of shooting NRA members as a solution to gun violence, Cobarruvias had spent some of his "hard-hitting political commentary" mocking conservatives -- or as Cobarruvias himself put it, by "laughing and puking on GOP Tea Baggers."
  • Op-Ed: Netanyahu, Here's the Real Story of Beit Ezra in Hevron

    12/18/2012 3:42:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/12 | David Wilder
    Following the Six-Day War in 1967, past residents of the Old City in Jerusalem who had been expelled during the War of Independence in 1948 asked for, and were granted a meeting with then Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. They requested permission to return to their homes and property in the Old City, confiscated and occupied by Jordan. Dayan consented, and, as a result, Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter today flourishes. Simultaneously, past Hevron inhabitants, Jews who had been expelled in 1929, and again in 1936, requested a similar meeting with Dayan, in order to return to their homes in the recently liberated...
  • Mystery man seen next to N. Korean leader likely to be arms development official: Seoul

    12/18/2012 3:26:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2012/12/18
    Mystery man seen next to N. Korean leader likely to be arms development official: Seoul SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- A mystery man seen standing next to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in recent commemoration ceremonies is likely to be the head of the country's arms development center, a Seoul official said Tuesday. Wild media speculation emerged over the identity of the middle-aged man after he was seen standing next to Kim during the country's commemoration ceremonies for late leader Kim Jong-il on Sunday and Monday. North Korean figures' positions at official events are key signs indicating their ranks and...
  • N.J. Senate committee approves bill charging 5-cent fee for plastic shopping bags

    12/18/2012 3:23:22 AM PST · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    TRENTON — They clog rivers and streams, pile up along the shoreline and fill up landfills. And now, under legislation approved yesterday by a Senate panel, plastic shopping bags could end up costing customers five cents apiece at most stores in New Jersey. Under the bill (S812), retailers would be required to charge the fee beginning in 2014, and offer only recyclable paper or plastic bags by 2015. They would also have the option of giving a five-cent credit to customers who packed groceries in their own reusable bags. Money raised by the bill would go toward cleaning Barnegat Bay,...
  • California teachers pension fund tied to gun maker by investment

    12/18/2012 3:16:05 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Chris Megerian
    An investment made by the California teachers pension fund is coming under scrutiny because of its link to the manufacturer of the assault rifle used in the Connecticut elementary school massacre. The fund pledged to invest $500 million in the private equity firm Cerberus, owner of the gun-making conglomerate known as the Freedom Group. One of the group's manufacturers is Bushmaster, which produced the rifle officials say was used to kill 20 schoolchildren and six adults in a Newtown, Conn., school Friday.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 18, 2012

    12/18/2012 2:55:07 AM PST · by sneakers · 22 replies
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  • China detains 100-plus people for doomsday rumors

    12/18/2012 2:34:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 18, 2012 1:00 AM EST
    Chinese police have detained more than 100 people, among them members of a fringe Christian group, for spreading rumors about the world’s impending end, state media reported Tuesday. Police seized leaflets, video discs, books and other apocalyptic materials in the recent arrests of 101 people across eight provinces and regions, from the prosperous east coast to less developed western China, the Xinhua News Agency said. The detentions come ahead of Friday, Dec. 21—a date some say the Mayans prophesized would be the end of the world and which was the subject of the apocalyptic movie “2012.” …
  • US eyes Google antitrust settlement: reports

    12/18/2012 2:27:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 17 December 2012 - 21H50 | (AFP)
    US regulators are likely to conclude a lengthy antitrust probe of Google’s dominance of Internet searches with a voluntary settlement, news reports said Monday. The Wall Street Journal said Google was likely to agree to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that calls for unspecified changes in how it handles search queries, but would stop short of signing a consent decree that could be enforced by a court. The Washington Post also reported that a settlement was likely this week, saying it would fall well short of what Google’s rivals had sought. …
  • Upper Dublin HS locked down after umbrella mistaken for weapon

    12/18/2012 2:18:14 AM PST · by dirtboy · 14 replies
    Pottstown Mercury ^ | 12/17/2012 | Linda Finarelli
    UPPER DUBLIN — Students videotaping a project at Upper Dublin High School sent the school into a lockdown a little before 9 a.m. Monday, with police rushing inside and closing off access to the building. The incident began when surveillance video picked up a student in the hallway with what looked like a gun, according to Upper Dublin police Chief Terrance Thompson. “I saw the video; it looked like a big gun,” Thompson said. “We didn’t know what we had; the activity was suspicious. Our units were over there as part of the rapid response,” which police developed after Columbine,...
  • Cameron: British EU exit is “imaginable”

    12/18/2012 2:10:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/18/2012 @ 09:51 | Benjamin Fox
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has conceded that withdrawal from the EU is “imaginable,” in the latest indication that the Conservative leader is preparing the ground for a radical change in the country’s EU status. During a statement in the House of Commons on Monday (17 December) on last week’s EU summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister said: “Clearly all futures for Britain are imaginable. We are in charge of our own destiny; we can make our own choices. I believe the choice we should make is to stay in the European Union, to be members of the single market,...
  • 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....