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  • Ohio Governor Kasich Spares Condemned Obese Killer

    12/19/2012 7:55:32 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 19 replies
    Bellefontaine Examiner Online ^ | 12-17-2012 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate was too fat to be humanely executed by sparing the prisoner on the grounds that he had poor legal representation. Gov. John Kasich's decision to grant clemency to Ronald Post mirrored the recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said it didn't doubt Post's guilt but said there were too many problems with how he was represented 30 years ago. Post, who weighs 450 pounds, never raised the issue of his size with the board. And Kasich, who commuted Post's sentence to life with no chance...
  • Jake Tapper to Obama: This isn't your first gun massacre "Where've you been?" (video)

    12/19/2012 7:55:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/19/12 | jim hoft
    Jake Tapper blasted Barack Obama today at his press conference announcing a new gun control committee. Tapper pointed out that this wasn't the first mass slaughter under his watch, "Where've you been?"
  • High-Capacity-Magazine Bans (They won't help much either)

    12/19/2012 7:53:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/19/2012 | Clayton E. Cramer
    Bans on high-capacity magazines (variously defined as those holding more than ten, fifteen, or twenty rounds) seem to be part of just about every law to ban assault weapons. The rationale is to prevent the ability to engage in killing sprees like the one on Friday in Connecticut. Would a ban on high-capacity magazines (and not just a ban on new manufacture, as the 1994 federal law provided) make any difference in these massacres of the unarmed? I am hard pressed to see how. Detachable-magazine pistols and rifles have been in common use in the United States for more than...
  • Steven Spielberg: In 2012, 'Chris Christie Was a Hero for Me' (Q&A)

    12/19/2012 7:49:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The "Lincoln" director and Obama supporter, one of The Hollywood Reporter's 2012 Rule Breakers, says the New Jersey governor "put party politics aside for the greater good" and also cites Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton among his heroes. [SNIP] [SNIP] THR: Daniel, is there a British historical character who interests you in the way America is fascinated by Lincoln? Day-Lewis: The quality of fascination is incomparable, really. But I was very interested in Richard Hillary, a pilot who died in World War II. I don’t know if you’ve read Sebastian Faulks’ wonderful book The Fatal Englishman. He takes three lives...
  • Obama: Climate change is going to be one of my top priorities this time around

    12/19/2012 7:44:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Over the course of Obama's first four years as president, we watched him "evolve" from a zealous, I-will-slow-the-rise-of-the-oceans climate change champion to a remarkably quiet almost-bystander on the whole debate. Now that his second term is secure, I’m sure we can expect that at least his rhetoric on the subject will once again reach much more vociferous levels, via The Hill: President Obama has identified climate change as one of his top three priorities in his second term after coming under fire from environmentalists for giving the issue short shrift during the campaign.The president, in an interview for TIME's Person...
  • Uncle Sam Books 50% Loss As Government Motors Buys Back 200MM Shares From Tim Geithner

    12/19/2012 7:43:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/19/12 | tyler durden
    A few days after divesting its stake in the firm that started it all, AIG, and at a profit at that (ignoring that the risk has merely been onboarded by the Fed whose DV01 is now $2+ billion as a result), the US Treasury continues to divest of all its bailout stake, this time proceeding to GM, where the channel stuffing firm just announced it would buyback 200MM shares from the US government at a price of $27.50. More importantly, the "Treasury said it intends to sell its other remaining 300.1 million shares through various means in an orderly fashion...
  • Neighbor says Lanza was on meds, links between SSRIs and violence

    12/19/2012 7:42:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Ralph Lopez
    As the world continues to search for answers to the senseless violence and police say they are leaving no stone unturned, reports surface on the links between certain psychiatric medications and homicidal violence. The Washington Post has reported that a neighbor of Adam Lanza, the suspected shooter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings, said that Lanza was on some form of medication. Police have issued search warrants to determine if Lanza was being treated with any drugs prescribed for mental illness. Police have said that so far a search of the Lanza home has turned up no such medications....
  • New York Times op-ed: Tim Scott’s just a token for the GOP

    12/19/2012 7:37:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2012 | AllahPundit
    Jim Treacher's right. Publishing this bilge is really just the Time's way of calling him a cornball brother.Of the offense of Disagreeing With The Left While Black, Tim Scott stands guilty as charged: But this “first black” rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes — including that of President Obama — as part of a morality play that dramatizes “how far we have come.” It obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress ...Even if the Republicans managed to distance themselves from the thinly veiled racism of the Tea Party adherents who have...
  • Why does America have so many guns?

    12/19/2012 7:34:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 104 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harold Meyerson
    Compare the rate of murder by gun in the United States to the rate in any other advanced industrial nation, and you’re forced to draw one of two conclusions: Either there are far more homicidal people in this country than just about anyplace else on Earth, or far more guns. We must either be home to more people who succumb to murderous rage or who kill out of the coldest of calculations, or it’s easier to pick up a gun and start shooting here than in any comparable country. And yet, I’ve never heard even the staunchest gun advocate make...
  • Obama's Hypocrisy Problem On Guns

    12/19/2012 7:25:43 PM PST · by kiryandil · 22 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | December 19, 2012 | Karl Denninger
    I just got done throwing up (again) listening to Obama opine on gun control in the wake of the Newtown shooting.Let's step back for a moment and look at this issue with a wide-angle lens, starting with President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, two of the loudest anti-gun proponents.Let me first disclose where I'm coming from -- I'm a parent of a teen-age daughter and have raised her single-handed since she was in diapers.  She came into this world through an intentional act that I undertook with not only full acceptance of the potential consequence but actual planning for that consequence. ...
  • Norway's Statoil buys US shale gas land

    12/19/2012 7:20:38 PM PST · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian energy company Statoil ASA says it has bought 70,000 acres of land rich in gas and liquid gas in West Virginia and Ohio.
  • Sentiment: Deja Cliff

    12/19/2012 7:15:21 PM PST · by SteelToe · 3 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/19/2012 | "Tyler Durden"
    Blah blah Fiscal Cliff blah. Blah blah blahdy blah Cliff. Cliff blah blah republicans blah democrats blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah, Cliff. Blah blah blah blah, blah blahdy blah.... Blah. Meanwhile in Europe: The only data point confirms what everyone knows - reality sucks, hope surges. As usual. German Ifo business confidence rises to 102.4 from 101.4, on expected rise of 102. Why the rise? Because forward expectations spike from 96.4 to 97.9. As for the "current assessment"? Why down of course from 108.1 to 107.1, on expectations...
  • Libyan fighter jets hit suspected smugglers in southern military zone

    12/19/2012 7:12:30 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Libyan Herald ^ | 18 Dec 2012 | anon
    Libyan airforce jets hit a camp being used by suspected smugglers on Tuesday morning, less than 48 hours after large swathes of the south were declared closed military zones. According to Al-Jazeera, the strike took place close to the border with Chad and Sudan, not far from Kufra. It is not reported if there have been any casualties. Last week, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan announced that any caravan or group crossing the border other than at official frontier posts would “dealt with” by aircraft or by land forces. On Sunday evening, the National Congress passed a resolution declaring the south...
  • Unions blast state on plans for underfunded (by $95 BILLION) pensions

    12/19/2012 6:51:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/19/12 | Rick Pearson
    Unions blast state on plans for underfunded pensionsBy Rick Pearson Tribune reporter 1:26 p.m. CST, December 19, 2012 A coalition of public employee unions issued a report today blasting state legislation to address their vastly underfunded pension systems and offering instead to make increased worker contributions if lawmakers raised $2 billion by ending tax benefits to corporations and imposing new taxes. Appearing at the James R. Thompson Center, members of the We Are One coalition said plans backed by Gov. Pat Quinn and another proposal supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers would violate the state constitution by reducing pension...
  • Israel approves new settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem

    12/19/2012 6:02:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harriet Sherwood
    Israel's spate of settlement expansion around Jerusalem has increased again with the approval of 2,612 homes in a move likely to further inflame international criticism of Binyamin Netanyahu's government. Givat Hamatos, across the pre-1967 Green Line between southern Jerusalem and Bethlehem, will be the first new discrete settlement created since 1997. Critics say it will become part of a chain of settlements in the area, further impeding access between the two biblical cities. European diplomats in Jerusalem have warned that the construction of Givat Hamatos is a "game-changer" which could destroy the chance of a viable Palestinian state with East...
  • Joe Biden Was Behind The Robert Bork Nomination Smear

    12/19/2012 6:42:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12/19/12 | Staff
    Law: A quarter of a century ago, a good and great man was slandered to maintain liberal judicial power. It was Vice President Joe Biden, who as a senator, led the injustices committed against Judge Robert Bork. The Wednesday morning death of Bork, Ronald Reagan´s failed 1987 Supreme Court nominee, should make us think how much freer and better this country would be if Bork´s intellectual power and constitutional integrity had been present within the justices´ deliberations over the past 25 years. Had Reagan nominated Bork to replace retiring Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1986, when Republicans
  • Salazar announces Alaska Petroleum Reserve plan

    12/19/2012 6:37:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 12/19/12 | DAN JOLING — Associated Press
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Interior Department's plan for managing a vast petroleum reserve on Alaska's North Slope calls for a roughly 50-50 split between conservation and oil development plus accommodation for a pipeline that could carry offshore Arctic Ocean oil to the trans-Alaska pipeline. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday announced that the plan will allow for development of nearly 12 million acres within the 23 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an area roughly the size of Indiana. Salazar said in his announcement that the plan will guide the transition from leasing and exploration to responsible production and transport of the...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-19-12

    12/19/2012 6:00:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-19-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • NRA NEWS RELEASE

    12/19/2012 5:59:58 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    NRA ^ | December 18, 2012
    NRA STATEMENT The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown. Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on...
  • Obama chooses gun control fight

    12/19/2012 5:57:21 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19 December 2012 | Mark Mardell
    President Obama has, whether by design or not, chosen a fight on one of the issues that will define how we look back on his presidency. The obscene massacre in Newtown shocked the nation. Yesterday, at lunchtime, I heard a man outside one of the shrines in the centre of town saying that he hadn't felt like this since 9/11. This is not a pivotal moment on that scale, but it could be important nonetheless. The president said he hoped memories were not so short that the shock of the killings had faded in a month's time when he expects...