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  • State Dept security chief resigns after Benghazi

    12/19/2012 10:25:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    ap ^ | 12/19/12 | MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where militants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11. An administration official said Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, and an unnamed official with the Bureau of Near East Affairs, had stepped down. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss personnel...
  • Obama: Conn. Shooting 'Should Give Us Some Perspective' on Fiscal Debate

    12/19/2012 10:20:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Obama: Conn. Shooting 'Should Give Us Some Perspective' on Fiscal Debate 12:33 PM, Dec 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts When responding to a question about the "fiscal cliff" and House speaker John Boehner, President Barack Obama invoked the shooting at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. "If this past week has done anything, it should give us some perspective," said Obama, looking at wistful. The "fiscal cliff" debate, it seemed Obama was saying, should be gentle because of the mass shooting in Connecticut late last week. Obama addressed the press to announce...
  • Hurricane Sandy relief turning into Porkfest 2012

    12/19/2012 10:17:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Mary Katharine Ham wrote last week about the porkfest in the Senate bill authorizing emergency relief spending for Hurricane Sandy, but the Senate hasn’t gotten the message yet. David Francis reports on more aspects of the larded-up bill for The Fiscal Times, while noting that this has become business as usual on Capitol Hill — especially while the normal budgeting process has been derailed: The Sandy emergency spending package also contains provisions that had previously been rejected or had not yet been considered by Congress. This includes a measure that alters how the federal government manages areas prone to flooding,...
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg donating $500 million in stock to Silicon Valley charity

    12/19/2012 10:00:49 AM PST · by OKRA2012 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/19/12
    SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is donating nearly $500 million in stock to a Silicon Valley charity with the aim of funding health and education issues. Zuckerberg donated 18 million Facebook shares, valued at $498.8 million based on their Tuesday closing price. The beneficiary is the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a nonprofit that works with donors to allocate their gifts. This is Zuckerberg's largest donation to date. He pledged $100 million in Facebook stock to Newark, N.J., public schools in 2010, before his company went public earlier this year. Later in 2010, he joined Giving Pledge,...
  • Breaking: President Announces Gun Control Policies

    12/19/2012 9:28:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies
    Independent Journal ^ | 12/19/12 | Kyle Becker
    Home 2012 News Obama Videos About Us Email Share Breaking: President Announces Gun Control Policies Kyle Becker December 19, 2012 12:02 pm President Obama announced gun control policies this morning at 11:45 a.m. Eastern. As reported on a local NBC News affiliate Channel 11 in Georgia, the administration will launch a major effort to develop and implement gun control policies the administration claims will help prevent another mass school shooting. The president is tasking gun control expert, serial gaffe-master Vice President Joe Biden to head up what one presumes will be called a blue ribbon commission unilateral effort on why...
  • Woman Dies After Receiving Smoker's Lungs in Transplant

    12/19/2012 9:23:13 AM PST · by Baynative · 37 replies
    GMA news ^ | 12/19/12 | LIZ NEPORENT |
    Jennifer Wederell, a 27-year-old British woman with cystic fibrosis, died of lung cancer after she received the lungs of a heavy smoker in an organ transplant.
  • Obama on TV pushing gun control.

    12/19/2012 9:12:41 AM PST · by cableguymn · 37 replies
    fox news tv | me
    He's calling for the renewal of the AWB and more gun control. He's after our guns! (we all knew that)
  • Harry Reid in 2010: “I carried a gun with me everywhere I went”; Update: Feinstein in 1995, too

    12/19/2012 9:17:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/212 | Ed Morrissey
    How would a politician who argued today that guns "bring us together" and gave personal testimony to using handguns for personal protection be greeted by Democrats like Harry Reid? Why not ask Reid himself --- or at least the 2010 version of Harry Reid, discovered by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski? Appearing with then-NRA VP Wayne LaPierre at an opening of a shooting park in Clark County, Nevada, Reid fondly recalled the days of sport shooting with his three brothers, and how Reid protected himself against "a lot of bad people" while serving on the Nevada Gaming Commission:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE...
  • Jackie Chan fights triads with guns and grenades, could go to real life jail

    12/19/2012 9:12:18 AM PST · by jakerobins · 4 replies
    Cops want to grill martial-arts movie star Jackie Chan, after he boasted about using guns and grenades to fend off triad thugs. Chan’s guns-and-grenades comments, published in a mainland Chinese Southern People Weekly magazine, were largely overlooked last week because of his controversial statements, complaining about political freedom in his native Hong Kong. The “Shanghai Noon” actor told the magazine harrowing stories of attacks by triads, who want to steal or extort money from him. "In the past, when they bullied me, I hid in the United States,” Chan said. “They opened fire at me once I got off the...
  • Obama named Time magazine's Person of the Year

    12/19/2012 8:58:45 AM PST · by Baynative · 54 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/19/12 | Susan Heavey
    (Reuters) - Time has tapped U.S. President Barack Obama for its Person of the Year for the second time, citing his historic re-election last month as symbolic of the nation's shifting demographics and the rise of younger, more diverse Americans.
  • Astonishing arsenal of guns collected by cops in buyback program in America's deadliest city

    12/19/2012 8:57:44 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 39 replies
    Mail Online ^ | December 18, 2012 | Associated Press, Daily Mail Reporter and James Nye
    Massive response attributed to Friday's killings in Newtown, ConnecticutThose who showed up at Camden, New Jersey program were given up to $250 per weapon soldCamden is known as one of the most violent American city, with a staggering murder and violent crime rate Deeply affected by the massacre at Sandy Hook, gun owners in Camden, New Jersey, America's deadliest town, turned in a record number of weapons in a buy back scheme over the weekend. 1,137 firearms including an elephant-gun were handed in on Friday and Saturday at two churches in the crime-plagued town as the ramifications of the...
  • BREAKING: Official: State Dept security chief, 2 others resign after report on Benghazi attack.

    12/19/2012 8:55:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    BreakingNews.com ^ | 12/19/12 | ap
    Headline only so far.
  • Numerous school massacres stopped by gun owners who wielded their weapons in defense of children

    12/19/2012 8:51:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Natural News ^ | 12/19/12 | : J. D. Heyes
    (NaturalNews) In the midst of all the anti-gun hysteria following the senseless murder of 26 people - 20 of them first graders - at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., one story that is repeatedly overlooked is how often a firearm has been used to save lives and stop senseless murders. We here at Natural News believe the mainstream media, which so often overlooks these kinds of stories because they don't fit into the statist government worldview held by the majority of news editors, has done a disservice to the public by ignoring these acts of selflessness and heroism....
  • ABC News inundated with porn spam after tweeting interview requests to relatives of shooting victims

    12/19/2012 8:28:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12-17-2012 | David Martosko
    Full Title-"ABC News producer inundated with porn spam after tweeting interview requests to relatives of shooting victims" A spokesman for ABC News told The Daily Caller on Monday that an influx of emailed pornography led the network to close down an email account and several social media profiles belonging to an editorial producer, in the days following the Friday mass-murder at a Connecticut elementary school. “We’ve had to change all of her accounts,” ABC News Senior Vice President Jeffrey Schneider said of Nadine Shubailat in a voicemail message left Monday morning. Shubailat sent tweets Friday to at least two people...
  • The Assault Weapons Ban: How Silly Was It?

    12/19/2012 8:26:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/19/2012 | Bob Owens
    (President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he is “actively supporting” a proposal to reinstate a ban on so-called “assault weapons.” In addition, he supports a ban on the sale of firearms from one person to another without federal involvement which gun-control groups have dubbed a “gun show loophole,” and a ban on standard-capacity magazines for rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Instead, he would impose an arbitrarily determined ten-round limit to magazines.California Democrat Dianne Feinstein — who carried a concealed weapons permit while calling for disarming American citizens — is once again promising to introduce an “assault weapons” ban in the...
  • Great News, Rich Americans, Looks Like Obama's Caving On Dividend Taxes!

    12/19/2012 8:18:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/19/2012 | Henry Blodget
    SNIP SNIP Capital gains taxes will also revert to Clinton-era levels, rising from 15% to 20%, with a 3.8% Obamacare surcharge to be tacked on top. That's also a meaningful increase, but not a life- or behavior-changing one. And the 23.8% rate will also still be historically low. Much less noted--and much more meaningful for many high-earning Americans--is the scheduled increase in dividend taxes. Thanks to Obamacare, dividend taxes will already have the extra 3.8% surcharge tacked on top of them regardless of what happens with the Fiscal Cliff deal. More importantly, dividend taxes for the highest earning Americans are...
  • Timelapse of drilling & fracking a well

    12/19/2012 8:09:17 AM PST · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 121/4/2012 | Marathon
    Published on Dec 4, 2012 This timelapse video shows the drilling and fracking of a typical Marathon Oil well in the Eagle Ford, Texas. It was captured in the summer of 2012.
  • Michael Moore Hours After Newtown Massacre: 'Guns Don't Kill People! Americans Kill People!'

    12/19/2012 8:00:35 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    Michael Moore Hours After Newtown Massacre: 'Guns Don't Kill People! Americans Kill People!' Democracy Now! aired an excerpt of an address made by filmmaker Michael Moore delivered just hours after the Newtown massacre. Moore criticized America for the violence, saying that "guns don’t kill people, Americans kill people," and then pointed to U.S. wars, drone strikes and "other forms of violence." Transcript below: MICHAEL MOORE: Earlier today, a crazy man went to an elementary school and attacked 22 children in China. A few hours before Connecticut, an elementary school was attacked in China by an insane man, and 22 children...
  • My Take: Obama's Newtown remarks show presidents as pastors in chief

    12/19/2012 7:54:58 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | December 17, 2012 | Stephen Prothero
    Presidents wear a lot of hats. They serve as commanders in chief. They nominate Supreme Court justices. They veto congressional legislation. Increasingly, they are also coming to serve as our pastors in chief. In his remarks Sunday night at an interfaith service at in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama vowed to use “whatever power” he has to prevent more mass shootings, and he all but promised to push for stricter gun control laws in the next U.S. Congress. But policy was not top of mind yesterday for either the president or a grieving nation. --snip-- It wasn't a speech. It...
  • Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010 Extolled the Virtues of Guns: “I Carried a Gun

    12/19/2012 7:47:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | 12/19/12 | Via The Rightnewz
    It’s going to be interesting to see how Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reacts to pressure coming from the Left to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans. This is flashback video of Reid with the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre back in 2010 where they dedicated a Shooting Park in Nevada. Reid speaks glowingly about shooting sports, and says he carried a gun for self-defense when he headed the Nevada Gaming Commission. Reid was endorsed by the NRA that year in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. This video is posted on Reid’s YouTube account.
  • UPDATE 1-Michigan appoints financial review team for Detroit

    12/19/2012 7:42:54 AM PST · by shove_it · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 Dec 20121
    Dec 18 (Reuters) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday appointed a financial review team for Detroit, the latest development in a process that could lead the city to file for biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy. "Given the financial crisis that continues to grip the City of Detroit, we must move quickly to ensure city residents have continued access to essential services they expect and deserve" Snyder said in a statement. Frustrated by the slow pace of fiscal reforms and worried by Detroit's long-term outlook, state official earlier this month launched a state review. Last week, the first part of the...
  • Michelle Obama: 'I'm the hostess in chief'

    12/19/2012 7:38:27 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Michelle Obama: 'I'm the hostess in chief' Comments () By DONOVAN SLACK | 12/19/12 9:00 AM EST Today Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager interviews Michelle Obama about Christmas in the White House, and the first lady explains her role during the holidays is "hostess-in-chief:" "This is the most special time to be in the White House. It’s the one time of the year when we really open up the White House. We have thousands and thousands of visitors just streaming through every day. It's beautiful, everything looks great, the smells are magnificent. So it's just special, very special," Obama told...
  • Waiting for Godot----er,I mean, Jobs---

    12/19/2012 7:37:43 AM PST · by Be Careful · 8 replies
    December 19, 2012 | self
    Absurd and Existential...by Samuel Beckett and referred to as possibly the most important play of the 20th century, it presents a powerful metaphor for the OBAMA ELECTORAL BLOC who is sure that JOBS/GODOT will be arriving any moment....no plan in place The dithering and senseless behavior of the two primary characters who wait for Godot represent Longterm Unemployment Benefits.....a distraction and placeholder Problem today is, the OBAMA BLOC actually believes that Obama wants to create jobs......the last laugh really is on them, tragically at our civilization's expense
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 19,2012

    12/19/2012 7:37:36 AM PST · by Biggirl · 86 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 19,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • The Peanuts of Politics

    12/19/2012 7:36:44 AM PST · by A'elian' nation · 6 replies
    Charles Schultz was rather shrewd with his cartoon strips of Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown to kick. Nothing encapsulates and mocks better the chicanery of the political processes of our government. Of course Nancy Pelosi is Lucy. Or it could be Harry Reid or Obama or any democrat or media hack. They draw lines in the sand just to draw another when stepped across. The ball will always be yanked on our republican Charlie Browns. Boehner is our Charlie Brown of the moment. Surely, Lucy won’t yank the ball if I propose the same taxes on the rich...
  • Harmless Entertainment? Viewing realistic violence dulls our capacity for compassion.

    12/19/2012 7:34:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/19/2012 | Mona Charen
    In the wake of past mass shootings, when the “national conversation” has focused exclusively on guns, I have argued that our appallingly inadequate mental-health system was a better subject of reform. At least half of the shooters in the rampage killings that are ripping our hearts out are young men with serious mental illnesses, and our system has neither the legal nor the financial resources to get them the treatment and restraint that they, and we, desperately need. This time, mental-health reform has received passing mention, along with the usual pleas for gun control, better security at schools, and so...
  • Would more teachers with guns make schools safer?

    12/19/2012 7:31:39 AM PST · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    ksl.com ^ | 12-19-2012 | Andrew Adams
    SALT LAKE CITY — More guns in the hands of teachers and administrators could effectively make schools safer and better prepared for active shooters, a Utah gun instructor said. It's in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 20 children and six workers dead. It's also as state school districts are reviewing their security policies and lawmakers are expressing interest in revisiting state gun laws. "Just one person with one firearm and perhaps one round of ammunition could have changed the entire outcome of Sandy Hook Elementary," said Clark Aposhian, chair of the Utah...
  • Obama Mocks Tea Party Movement… Says He's Amused by the Tea Party Rallies

    12/19/2012 7:31:06 AM PST · by combat_boots · 31 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 15, 2010 | Posted by Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama told fellow democrats today that he’s “amused by the tea party protests.” The Hill reported: President Barack Obama struck a hyperpartisan note Thursday, telling Democrats that he was “amused” by the Tax Day Tea Party rallies. Obama, addressing a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Miami, did little to endear himself to the Tea Party groups protesting around the country, saying “they should be saying thank you” because of the tax cuts he has signed into law. The president went as far as to say that this week’s special election in Florida, which was won by Democrat Ted...
  • BFA brings facts to an extremely emotional nation following Connecticut killings

    12/19/2012 7:30:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 19 December, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    In the wake of the Auroro, CO "no-guns" theater shooting, Buckeye Firearms Association published an article entitled "How long is too long to wait to defend the Second Amendment?," in which we discussed the dilemma we face each time another deranged lunatic decides to murder as many people as they can in a "no-guns" zone. In the article, I outlined how the media and gun control extremists had begun trying to score political points within just hours after the event. Each time there is another such attack, I explained, we are forced to weigh the dangers of responding too quickly...
  • Obama on Occupy Wall Street: 'We Are on Their Side'

    12/19/2012 7:28:36 AM PST · by combat_boots · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Daniel Halper
    In an interview that will be aired tonight on ABC News, President Obama continues to express his commitment to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. “The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded,” Obama tells ABC News. “And that people who are irresponsible, who are reckless, who don’t feel a sense of obligation to their communities and their...
  • Can The Last Taxpayer Leaving France Please Turn Out The Lights?

    12/19/2012 7:25:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/29/2012 | Jean-Philippe Delsol
    The fiscal frenzy that has seized French socialists is not only grinding France’s economy to a halt; it is also attacking the very foundations of French society by destroying entrepreneurship and responsibility. Taxes are raining down on French citizens, and the promised shelters often disappear before they have even been introduced. The French government’s 2013 finance bill has announced confiscatory tax rates on incomes and capital gains, and payroll taxes will be increased as well. But the socialists are shooting themselves in the foot, as such tax rates will destroy wealth and drive out entrepreneurs, capital, businesses, and young people....
  • Barack Obama is Time's Person of the Year

    12/19/2012 7:22:04 AM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 35 replies
    HLN ^ | December 19, 2012
    President Barack Obama has been named "Time Magazine" Person of the Year. "Time" says the U.S. is in the middle of big changes and President Obama is the symbol of what they call "a new America." "The Protester" was Person of the Year in 2011. President Obama was also on the cover of this anticipated issue of "Time" back in 2008, the year he was first elected to the White House.
  • Fiscal Cliff's Dirty Secret: It's Not About Taxes At All, But Too Much Spending

    12/19/2012 7:19:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/18/2012 | Sen. Rand Paul
    There's a lot of talk right now about an impending fiscal cliff. But we already went over a cliff economically in this country a long time ago. The current debate over tax hikes is an empty one built upon a false premise. The debate is whether raising tax rates will address our current crisis. The premise is that it is a lack of taxation that has led to the crisis. Both are hopelessly wrong. President Obama's proposed tax increases on the top 2% of earners would fund the federal government for about eight days. Even if we taxed Americans earning...
  • Review board raps State Department for poor security in Benghazi

    12/19/2012 7:18:58 AM PST · by yoe · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2012 | Shaun Waterman
    The mandatory State Department internal inquiry into the deadly Sept. 11 terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, slams bureaucrats for “grossly inadequate” security but says that poor leadership could not be punished under department regulations. [snip] The failures, at State’s Diplomatic Security and Near Eastern Affairs Bureaus in Washington, left the diplomatic post with security “that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place,” the report states. [snip]The report does not name any of the officials concerned, but an investigation by House Republicans found that Deputy Assistant Secretary of...
  • Survivalists worry ‘preppers’ will be scapegoated for Newtown shooting

    12/19/2012 7:16:22 AM PST · by Kartographer · 59 replies
    Yahoo! News | The Lookout ^ | 12/19/12 | Liz Goodwino
    Ever since a relative of Newtown, Conn., shooter Adam Lanza suggested that his mother, Nancy Lanza, was a "survivalist" who stockpiled food and weapons, "preppers" have gone online to express concern that they may become targets of unwelcome attention. "She prepared for the worst," Nancy Lanza's sister-in-law, Marsha Lanza, told reporters last weekend. "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?"
  • Texas gun shop offers free handgun courses to educators

    12/19/2012 6:53:16 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    kvue.com ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | James Munoz
    Texas gun shop offers free handgun courses to educators by James Muńoz / KENS 5 kvue.com Posted on December 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM Updated yesterday at 3:34 PM SCHERTZ, Texas -- LoneStar Handgun is offering its concealed handgun license course to all teachers free of charge. Josh Felker, who owns the gun shop off I-35 in Schertz, near San Antonio, said his phone has been ringing nonstop since the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. "I don't advocate anybody having to carry a gun; it's having that option," Felker said. "When evil does confront me, I have a fighting chance...
  • Obamacare could drive Little Sisters of the Poor out of the US

    12/19/2012 6:34:52 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Dedc 19, 2012 | David Martosko
    Obamacare could shut them down A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the United States because of Obamacare’s impact on its charitable operations. The Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a long-term exemption from Obamacare’s healthcare mandate. The law requires the order to provide government-approved health insurance to its 300 sisters who tend to the elderly in 30 U.S. cities. The exception is needed, said Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the Little Sisters’ communications director, because Catholic teaching opposes contraception and medical treatments that cause sterility or...
  • Watch: “The Global Food Crisis You Need To Prepare For Is Now Imminent”

    12/19/2012 6:24:05 AM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-19-2012 | Mac Slavo
    Watch: “The Global Food Crisis You Need To Prepare For Is Now Imminent” Mac Slavo December 19th, 2012 Grocery stores may still be stocked with food and most Americans are still able to keep their family’s fed, but with 50 million Americans requiring government assistance to do so and prices on a seemingly never ending rise, how long will it be before the situation becomes unmanageable? The global food crisis you need to prepare for is now imminent. For the past six years the world has consumed more food than it has produced. As a result, global food reserves are...
  • On gun control, look to Biden

    12/19/2012 6:18:06 AM PST · by combat_boots · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza,
    Editor's note: Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza served as deputy national press secretary of the Democratic National Committee during the 2008 election. (CNN) -- President Obama's poignant speech at Sunday's interfaith vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, set the tone for our mourning. Now, America's path forward will be decided out of the spotlight. The question of whether the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School will linger only in memory or be memorialized by an enduring shift in gun policy can only be answered by the legislature. Incoming Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Diane Feinstein has announced she will introduce an enhanced assault weapons ban on...
  • GUNDLACH: 'The Real Killer Will Be The Next Recession, And There Will Be One'

    12/19/2012 6:06:07 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-19-2012 | Sam Ro
    GUNDLACH: 'The Real Killer Will Be The Next Recession, And There Will Be One' Sam RoDec. 18, 2012, 5:37 PM Bond god Jeff Gundlach was on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers" with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle. Among other things, Gundlach is concerned about the prospect of another recession, which he thinks will happen thanks to spending cuts and tax hikes. We got out of the last recession thanks to the government racking up debt. The next time around, Gundlach thinks that type of fiscal policy won't be tolerated. Here's Gundlach: The real killer is going to be the next recession....
  • Chinese State Media Demands US Citizens Be Disarmed(We need any more proof this is a BAD idea?)

    12/19/2012 6:02:46 AM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/19/12 | B Darby
    The official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, has demanded the US immediately adopt stricter gun control measures to reduce the number of firearms the US populace is permitted to possess. The Chinese state-controlled media’s statement, titled “Innocent Blood Demands No Delay for US Gun Control,” is primarily focused on the Newtown tragedy in which 26 Americans were killed by a mad gunman. Twenty of the victims were young children. The Chinese government stated, “Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control.” In an apparent effort to restrict information to their populace, the Chinese government wrote of...
  • A priest and a rabbi walked into a gun shop

    12/19/2012 5:55:18 AM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    legalinsurrection.com/ ^ | 12-19-2012 | William A. Jacobson
    If this didn’t come from long-time correspondent, photographer, reporter, bumper sticker aficionado, and music impresario Danelle, I wouldn’t believe it. Made a quick stop at my favorite firearms shop today just to see what was in stock. The store was fully staffed, with a help wanted sign on the door.Every salesman, the owner, his wife and all 4 of his children were waiting on customers. The place was packed. Sure enough, they had a great price on a 9mm that I had been considering acquiring. As has been reported, the Federal Background Check system is severely stressed in the last...
  • Time Warner Cable to Drop Ovation

    12/19/2012 5:49:44 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 15 replies
    Multichannel News ^ | 12/18/12 | Kent Gibbons
    Ovation, the arts-culture cable channel that's enjoyed a distribution surge the last several years, said Tuesday it expects to be dropped by Time Warner Cable on Dec. 31, potentially losing about 7 million subscribers and the key markets of New York City and Los Angeles. The independently owned network, reaching 51 million homes via cable, satellite and telco providers, went public about the expected drop in hopes of gaining support from viewers and arts organizations that would persuade Time Warner Cable to rethink the decision. “If Time Warner Cable proceeds then, in 2013, its customers who love the arts will...
  • Chinese State Media Demands US Citizens Be Disarmed

    12/19/2012 5:46:41 AM PST · by combat_boots · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | UNK
    (Breitbart) – The official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, has demanded the US immediately adopt stricter gun control measures to reduce the number of firearms the US populace is permitted to possess. The Chinese state-controlled media’s statement, titled “Innocent Blood Demands No Delay for US Gun Control,” is primarily focused on the Newtown tragedy in which 26 Americans were killed by a mad gunman. Twenty of the victims were young children. SPECIAL: “Do NOT let the government take our guns!’ Protect Your Gun Rights! The Chinese government stated, “Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control.”...
  • ND drill rig activity lowest in 18 months

    12/19/2012 5:19:50 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 19, 2012 | Associated Press
    The number of rigs drilling for oil in North Dakota is at the lowest level in a year and a half. The State Department of Mineral Resources reports that just more than 180 rigs were drilling this week... 218 rigs were drilling in western North Dakota’s oil patch in late May...
  • 2012 Person of the Year: Barack Obama, the President

    12/19/2012 5:13:12 AM PST · by John W · 98 replies
    time.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Michael Scherer
    Twenty-seven years after driving from New York City to Chicago in a $2,000 Honda Civic for a job that probably wouldn’t amount to much, Barack Obama, in better shape but with grayer hair, stood in the presidential suite on the top floor of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel as flat screens announced his re-election as President of the United States.
  • The Church and the Mandate

    12/19/2012 5:11:47 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/19/2012 | George Weigel
    The strategic situation after a year, and the terrain ahead As the Catholic Church and the Obama administration approach the first anniversary of what has become the most serious confrontation between the Church and the federal government in U.S. history — a confrontation caused by a regulatory mandate implementing Obamacare — a review of the strategic situation is in order, with an eye to the terrain ahead. But given the confusions about this struggle that were sown in many minds during the presidential campaign (not least by the vice president of the United States), it is important to begin by...
  • Coal to challenge oil’s dominance by 2017, says IEA

    12/19/2012 5:07:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Tuesday 18 December 2012 06.01 EST | Fiona Harvey
    Coal is likely to rival oil as the world’s biggest source of energy in the next five years, with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate, according to the world's leading authority on energy economics. One of the biggest factors behind the rise in coal use has been the massive increase in the use of shale gas in the US. Coal consumption is increasing all over the world—even in countries and regions with carbon-cutting targets—except the US, where shale gas has displaced coal, shows new research from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The decline of the fuel in the US has...
  • Arbiter rules former Miss Pennsylvania must pay Donald Trump $5M

    12/19/2012 5:00:59 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 10 replies
    WPXI ^ | December 18, 2012
    PITTSBURGH — Sheena Monnin, the former Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 who resigned in June after claiming a pageant was rigged, must pay billionaire Donald Trump $5 million for defaming the Miss Universe Organization, a New York arbitrator ruled. The arbitrator, former U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz, said Monnin‘s statements about the Miss USA Pageant “were false” and “showed a reckless disregard.” Monnin, of Cranberry, could not be reached. Her lawyer, Richard Klineburger of Philadelphia, did not return calls.
  • Father, Former Marine Stands Guard At Elementary School

    12/19/2012 4:58:37 AM PST · by TSgt · 48 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | Dec 18, 2012 6:19 PM EST | News Channel 5
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, one local father and former Marine is standing guard at his children's school and parents said he's a welcome addition to the school. Jordan Pritchard, a former Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, pulled down his old Marine Corps uniform from the attic Sunday night and decided to make a difference in his community. When he was in the military his job was to keep our country safe and for the next week he planned bring that safety home by standing guard outside the front door of...