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  • ICC acquits Congo militia boss of war crimes

    12/18/2012 9:58:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    France 24 ^ | 18/12/2012 | (News Wires/AP)
    The ICC freed Congolese ex-militia chief Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui Tuesday after acquitting him of war crimes in the 2003 deaths of 200 villagers. The verdict has cast doubt over the ICC’s ability to collect evidence of atrocities in faraway conflicts. … The acquittal of Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on charges including rape, murder and pillage was only the second verdict in the court’s 10-year history and the first time it had cleared a suspect. … Eric Witte, an expert in international law at the Open Society Justice Initiative, said the judgment “will send a worrying signal about the quality of ICC...
  • Hero Teacher at Sandy Hook

    12/18/2012 9:54:50 AM PST · by SoftballMominVA · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12-17-12 | Nina Strolich
    When Victoria Soto heard gunfire ricocheting off the normally quiet hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School, she didn’t run and hide. Instead, the 27-year-old teacher gathered her first-grade class into the closet and bravely placed herself between the young children and Adam Lanza, the heavily-armed shooter.
  • Hero Teacher at Sandy Hook

    12/18/2012 9:54:56 AM PST · by SoftballMominVA · 3 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12-17-12 | Nina Strolich
    When Victoria Soto heard gunfire ricocheting off the normally quiet hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School, she didn’t run and hide. Instead, the 27-year-old teacher gathered her first-grade class into the closet and bravely placed herself between the young children and Adam Lanza, the heavily-armed shooter.
  • Cerberus to Sell Bushmaster Maker After Shootings (Pressured by Calif. Teachers Pension)

    12/18/2012 9:44:44 AM PST · by kristinn · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | Sakthi Prasad
    Following pressure from a major investor, U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management is selling gunmaker Freedom Group, whose Bushmaster AR-15 rifle was used in the Connecticut school massacre last week. The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) said on Monday it was reviewing its investment with Cerberus in the wake of Friday's shooting, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School and then took his own life. Before going to the school, the gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, shot dead his mother in the home they shared, according to law enforcement officials. In...
  • Where’s Hillary Clinton’s medical report?

    12/18/2012 9:43:49 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12-18-2012 | Jim Treacher
    December 18, 2012 Where’s Hillary Clinton’s medical report? Jim Treacher We’re told she collapsed and hit her head and got a concussion, and that’s why she can’t testify about Benghazi this week. And we’re supposed to just take her word for it.Investor’s Business Daily editorializes: Outside the frothy bubble of U.S. political concerns lie only the hard realities of the real world. That’s why hard questions should be asked — and real answers demanded — of U.S. secretaries of state and those who would be them.That’s not the case with either Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who puts up excuse...
  • White House rejects Boehner “Plan B” with threat of tax hikes looming

    12/18/2012 9:41:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 18, 2012 | (Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report)
    The White House on Tuesday rejected House Speaker John Boehner’s call for a fall-back option to avert the looming fiscal crisis, in a move the speaker’s office said “defies common sense.” The feisty exchange came as both sides crept toward a possible middle ground in private talks. But underscoring the differences that remain, the White House resisted Boehner’s bid to craft a “Plan B” just in case those talks fail to yield a compromise before a Jan. 1 deadline—that’s when taxes are set to rise on everyone, followed by a wave of spending cuts. “Every income tax filer in America...
  • New Imaging System Could Make America's Stealth Technology Obsolete

    12/18/2012 9:39:41 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 18, 2012, 10:33 AM | Robert Johnson
    The stealth technology of America's fifth-generation jet fighters, the F-22 and the F-35, could be obsolete after a new discovery from the University of Rochester in New York. One main goal of fifth-generation aircrafts is to slip through skies over enemy lines without being targeted. It's not invisible, but elusive, and digitally feisty.The F-35's lineup of electronic tools, work toward that end, by using a variety of sophisticated and devastating radar defeating moves. Combined with internal weapons storage, special composite skin, and reduced angles of design, the fighter does all it can to work past the weaknesses in today's aircraft detection. Lockheed Martin...
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer compares assault weapons to child pornography

    12/18/2012 9:27:16 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    “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.”
  • Leftie Liz on Obama’s Path to Prez?

    12/18/2012 9:24:43 AM PST · by suspects · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 18, 2012 | Michael Graham
    You know the story: A relatively unknown politician from the far Left of the Democratic Party gives an attention-getting speech at the Democratic National Convention. Soon after, that speaker is a U.S. senator and — before even finishing one term — is the party’s nominee for president. Barack Obama? No, I’m talking about Liz Warren. She hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet, and already speculation has begun that Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren could be the Democrats’ pick for POTUS in 2016. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is already a liberal heartthrob,” political columnist Doyle McManus wrote in the Los...
  • Sheriff: Teen threatened to open fire at high school

    12/18/2012 9:08:31 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Belle Chasse High School student who allegedly threatened to open fire on campus. Investigators arrested 18-year-old Leonard F. Jourdan III Monday night. They said Jourdan made threats to "shoot up" the school and kill a teacher.
  • Shortage Seen for Offshore Worker Safety Training for Gulf of Mexico

    12/18/2012 8:48:17 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 18, 2012 | Karen Boman
    emand for high quality offshore water survival training and offshore/onshore major emergency management training in the Gulf of Mexico region is already outpacing supply, an official with Raytheon Training Services told Rigzone in a recent interview. And the situation will only become more severe given the impending retirement cliff and projected industry growth. Tracy Cox, director of performance consulting with Raytheon Training Services, expects demand for offshore worker training to continue increasing, given the fact that recent studies forecast U.S. oil production to continue growing and a movement towards making the United States less dependent on foreign oil sources. Raytheon...
  • Iraqi President Jalal Talabani dies after suffering stroke (or maybe alive???)

    12/18/2012 8:37:40 AM PST · by RummyChick · 22 replies
    presstv ^ | 12/18 | presstv
    The 79-year-old Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has died on Tuesday after suffering a stroke. He had been suffering from ill health and had received medical treatment overseas several times in recent years.
  • Disastrous Gun Law Sparked School Shootings

    12/18/2012 8:19:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 50 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 December, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    From 1900 to the late 1990’s, there were no mass school shootings. Lest it be thought that guns were uncommon in schools, that was not the case. Guns were commonly brought to school for shooting competitions, hunting after school, for teachers to trade or show to each other or their students, or for show and tell. Guns were even made in shop class under the supervision of the shop teacher. Guns were common in gun racks in pickup trucks in the school parking lot. Even today, many schools provide special dispensation for students to take off from school for deer...
  • Love America, Love Guns.

    12/18/2012 8:34:12 AM PST · by RobaWho · 9 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | Dec. 18, 2012 | Rob Cunningham
    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. —————————— In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. —————————— Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. —————————— China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded...
  • 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...