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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.