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  • Study: Texas leads nation in unconventional oil and gas jobs

    12/19/2012 12:41:47 PM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 19, 2012 | Harry R. Weber
    Texas accounts for almost half the nearly 1.3 million industry jobs associated with unconventional oil and gas production in the 16 producing states this year, according to a new study. Some 576,000 Texans were in jobs linked to unconventional oil and gas in 2012, and that is expected to rise to almost 930,000 by the end of the decade, the IHS Global Insight study released Wednesday says. Oil shales, oil sands, gas-to-liquids and coal-to-liquids are examples of unconventional oil and gas resources. The resources are often extracted using techniques other than traditional ones like wells. There are big economic impacts...
  • UT pastor keeps potential burglar at bay with gun

    12/19/2012 12:40:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    heraldextra.com ^ | 19 December, 2012 | NA
    An Orem pastor who held an intoxicated man at bay with a gun says the man is welcome to get help at his church anytime. Robert Brooks says he woke up Friday to the sound of someone banging on the doors of Victory Baptist Church. Brooks lives in the basement of the building with his wife and children. Brooks says he could tell the man outside was drunk, so he announced he had a gun and pointed its laser sights at him until police arrived.
  • California could edge out Texas in oil production

    12/19/2012 12:31:54 PM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 19, 2012 | Loren Steffy
    It may be the biggest insult since salsa made in New York City. Texas, long the nation’s oil capital, could get upstaged by California. That’s right, California. Enron’s prey-ground. Cap-and-trade fantasyland. Home of fossil-fuel-hating, electric-car-driving, green-dreamers. Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sold 15 leases for about 18,000 acres in California’s Monterey Shale, which stretches 200 miles south from San Francisco. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates the shale formation could hold 15.4 billion barrels of oil, which would be double the combined reserves of the Bakken formation in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford shale of South...
  • Joe Manchin: ‘I’m so proud of the NRA’

    12/19/2012 12:24:21 PM PST · by apillar · 19 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 12/19/2012 | Kevin Robillard
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who suggested earlier in the week that the time had come for some gun control restrictions, said on Wednesday that he’s “not supporting a ban on anything” and he repeatedly defended and praised the NRA. “I’m not supporting a ban on anything. I’m supporting a conversation on everything,” Manchin
  • VA-ALERT: VCDL GOING ON OFFENSIVE / VCDL MEETING IN NOVA ON THURSDAY

    12/19/2012 11:37:10 AM PST · by Cheeks · 21 replies
    vcdl.org ^ | 12-19-12 | VCDL
    VCDL IS PREPARING FOR ALL OUT CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS AND TO PROTECT SCHOOLS VCDL's thoughts & prayers are with the families, friends, and all who were affected by the atrocity committed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by a criminal monster on Friday. Words cannot adequately express our deepest sympathy to the victims and the revulsion we feel for the vile act of a lunatic. Although some gun organizations have dropped off the radar screen, VCDL has been active and on the offensive - from newspapers to television, from local news to national shows. From the Washington Post...
  • Chris Krumm's letter (Casper College Bow shooter)

    12/19/2012 11:27:30 AM PST · by rwh · 12 replies
    Casper CollegeTribune ^ | 12/19/2012 | Star Tribune Staff
    Due to the Freedom of Information Act the police department is releasing the details of letters found at both Hawthorne and Casper College. The letters are identical in content and lead to insight into Chris Krumm's state of mind...... End Tired of Having Asperger Syndrome; America Should Look to China You should not have allowed my father to breed because he was genetically predispositioned toward having Asperger's Syndrome and put me at greatly increased risk for having it [and in fact I do]. How could you hold his right to breed over my right not be born?..... The Chinese have...
  • Global Warming? Not a snowball's chance in hell

    12/19/2012 11:25:30 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 4 replies
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | December 19 2012 | By James Delingpole
    So why all the fuss? Because the part scientists disagree on is not the "forcing" effects of CO2-induced warming – but the "positive" or "negative" feedbacks which might arise from it. The alarmists, whose views have dominated the debate these last few decades, have long insisted that these feedbacks – mainly created by additional clouds and water vapour – have a "positive", amplifying effect. It goes like this: A little warming (from whatever cause) heats up the sea, which makes the air more ­humid—and water vapor itself is a greenhouse gas. The resulting model-simulated changes in clouds generally increase warming...
  • Obama’s HHS Gets a Slapdown in Federal Court

    12/19/2012 11:19:32 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 1 replies
    National Review Online ("The Corner") ^ | December 19, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    A federal D.C. circuit court ruled late Tuesday, just a few days after arguments, that not only can Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey stay in court, but what the Obama administration has said about fixing the religious-freedom problem they and other religiously affiliated non-profits have with the HHS abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate must become real policy, and that the Department of Health and Human Services must report to the D.C. court every 60 days until they fix the problem. This is a huge step toward some restoration of religious liberty as we’ve known it. (This particular court command, of course,...
  • Gun Control (Sturmgewehre (MAC) YouTube link only)

    12/19/2012 11:12:04 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 12-19-2012 | Sturmgewehre
    Video response from Sturmgewehre (Military Arms Channel) on the Newtown tragedy. http://youtu.be/6R5VxAebCng
  • Rejecting Chuck Hagel (no longer under consideration?)

    12/19/2012 11:09:35 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel may no longer be President Obama’s favored pick to run the Defense Department, sources told the Free Beacon. Hagel immediately drew a frosty reception from observers who criticized him for advocating in favor of direct unconditional talks with Iran and for backing sizable cuts to the defense budget.
  • Questions - CT School Shooting - December 17-18, 2012

    12/19/2012 10:50:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Rassmussen Reports ^ | 19 December, 2012 | Rassmussen Reports
    National Survey of 1,000 Adults Conducted December 17-18, 2012 By Rasmussen Reports 1* How closely have you followed news stories about the recent shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut? 2* Does the United States need stricter gun control laws? 3*Does the United States need to take more action to identify and treat mental health issues? 4* Does the United States need to place limits on violent movies and video games? 5* Can schools ever be made completely safe against violence like the incident in Connecticut? 6* What will do the most to reduce the number of mass murders like...
  • House Dem: 'Turn in your guns'

    12/19/2012 10:43:43 AM PST · by ColdOne · 93 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/19/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Wednesday afternoon urged people to turn in their guns, arguing it would be an appropriate response to last week's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. "I would personally just say to those who are listening, maybe you want to turn in your guns," Jackson Lee said on the House floor. "Oh no, I'm not going to take your guns. But look at what Dick's Sporting Goods did … they wanted to be part of the solution and part of America."
  • Obama Says All Gun Buyers Should Face Checks

    12/19/2012 10:31:49 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 92 replies
    Obama Says All Gun Buyers Should Face Checks By JARED A. FAVOLE WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Wednesday said all gun buyers should be subject to background checks, offering his most specific proposal in the wake of the shooting spree at a Connecticut school and setting up a potential fight with gun-rights advocates. "This time words must lead to action," Mr. Obama said from the White House, where he also announced that Vice President Joe Biden would oversee an effort to get ideas for changing gun and mental-health laws to Congress. "The fact that this problem is complex can no longer...
  • Conservative Park Geun-hye elected first female president of S. Korea

    12/19/2012 10:31:50 AM PST · by Arthurio · 17 replies
    xinhuanet ^ | 12/19
    SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Park Geun-hye of South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party won the tightly contested presidential election held Wednesday, becoming the first woman to lead the country and extending the conservative rule for another five years. With 94.5 percent of the votes counted, Park, the 60-year-old daughter of South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee, won 51.7 percent of the vote, becoming the first one to garner more than half of all votes since democratic elections began in 1987. Her archrival, Moon Jae-in of the main opposition Democratic United Party, was a close second with 47.9 percent. Voter turnout was...
  • ABC News Anchor Sam Donaldson Arrested For DUI In Lewes

    12/19/2012 10:27:52 AM PST · by mandaladon · 87 replies
    WGMD ^ | 19 Dec 2012
    A former network reporter was recently arrested for DUI here at the beach. Former ABC News political reporter Sam Donaldson was pulled over on Savannah Road by Lewes Police on December 1 for a traffic violation. An officer says that he’d been drinking. Donaldson failed field sobriety tests, and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He’s been scheduled for a court appearance at a later date.
  • 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...