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  • The Chinese Want Gun Control -- in America

    12/21/2012 8:22:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/21/2012 | Selwyn Duke
    Who'd have guessed it? When the Chinese aren't busy effecting forced abortions, persecuting political dissidents, sending contaminated products to our shores, or shipping us other junk that malfunctions a month after you buy it, they concern themselves with our well-being. In an article published by the Chinese government-front media outlet Xinhua, the Beijing regime calls on the Obama administration to use the Sandy Hook massacre as a pretext for more gun control. The outlet writes, "Every time tragedy occurs, there are renewed appeals for gun regulation. However, the calls disappointingly always fail." Gee, we wouldn't want to disappoint the Chinese...
  • GALLUP: AMERICANS WANT MENTAL HEALTH LAWS, POLICE, NOT BANNING GUN

    12/21/2012 8:11:55 AM PST · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Breeitbart-Big Gov't ^ | 21 dec 2012 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    Despite the attempts by the Left to use the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut to forward their anti-gun agenda, Americans feel that there are other avenues they would rather explore to protect to innocent children, according to a new Gallup Poll. In order of preference, the poll shows that 53% of Americans would favor an increased police presence at schools, 50% wanted to increase government spending on mental health screening and treatment, 47% thought that gun violence on TV, in movies and in video games should be decreased, and 42% thought the sale of assault and semi-automatic guns should be banned....
  • So what’s Plan C?

    12/21/2012 7:59:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/21/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    What happens when Plan B fails? That answer may matter less than the question of what happens to the man who promised Plan B would work in the first place. Chris Cillizza writes that John Boehner climbed onto a big limb with Plan B --- and then watched as his own caucus sawed it off: To be clear: This was a gambit by Boehner designed to be a show of force to President Obama. This was Boehner putting himself out on a limb in hopes wavering members would follow him. This vote mattered to Boehner.And he lost it.ItÂ’s not clear...
  • Obama Responds to Gun Violence Outcry (projectile barf alert)

    12/21/2012 7:59:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/21/12 | assoc. press
    President Obama issued a video response to the We the People petitions submitted to the White House after the Newtown shootings. Petitions relating to gun violence have gained more than 400,000 signatures in the past week. (Dec. 21)
  • Behind the scenes of a GOP meltdown

    12/21/2012 7:57:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/21/2012 | Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
    Things were so bad for Speaker John Boehner Thursday night, support for his Plan B tax bill so diminished, the limits of his power with his own party laid bare, that he stood in front of the House Republican Conference and recited the Serenity Prayer. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Boehner nearly cried. The Ohio Republican accepted that he couldn’t change the minds of his House Republican Conference. He tried to convince them that, facing tough negotiations with...
  • BAE unveils £2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman

    12/21/2012 7:55:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France Presse ^ | 12/22/2012 | Roland Jackson
    BAE unveils £2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman LONDON — British defence giant BAE Systems unveiled on Friday a £2.5-billion ($4.1-billion, 3.1-billion-euro) deal to sell 12 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets and eight Hawk trainer planes to Oman. The deal, which will help sustain thousands of jobs in Britain, is the first major order since BAE Systems failed to merge with European aerospace giant EADS earlier this year, but failed to boost shares in the British company. "BAE Systems and the government of the Sultanate of Oman have entered into a contract for the supply of Typhoon and Hawk...
  • Three to be charged in Indianapolis explosion

    12/21/2012 7:43:15 AM PST · by John W · 8 replies
    wthr.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | WTHR
    NDIANAPOLIS - The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will announce charges Friday morning against three people in connection with the Nov. 10th Indianapolis south side explosion. A news conference is planned for 11:15 am. Watch it on WTHR.com or WTHR Channel 13. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, along with representatives from cooperating public safety agencies, will speak at the news conference. Homeowner Monserrate Shirley and her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, who lived in the home, and Leonard's brother, Robert Leonard, were arrested this morning.
  • Next Move Is Obama’s After Boehner’s Tax Plan Fails (McConnell preparing to surrender?)

    12/21/2012 7:37:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/21/12 | JACKIE CALMES
    With House Republicans’ revolt over their leader’s tax plan the evening before, President Obama on Friday faced the challenge of finding a new tax-and-spending solution — perhaps working now with Senate Republicans — to prevent a looming fiscal crisis in January. -snip- Officials in the administration and Congress, and in both parties, suggested the likeliest route was for Mr. Obama to seek a bipartisan accord with Senator Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who is the Senate majority leader, and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican minority leader, and hope that it could get through the House under deadline...
  • Rush LImbaugh Show,"MERRY CHRISTMAS!",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,WABC AM,EST December 21,2012

    12/21/2012 7:16:14 AM PST · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 21,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Rush Limbaugh Says Obama Named Time's 'Person of the Year' Because He Represents 'New, Stupid....

    12/21/2012 7:07:25 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Says Obama Named Time's 'Person of the Year' Because He Represents 'New, Stupid America' By Randy Hall Created 12/21/2012 - 9:43am Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has slammed Time magazine's selection of President Barack Obama for the 2012 “Person of the Year” award when he charged on Wednesday and Thursday that the Democratic incumbent was re-elected because he appealed to “low-information morons” who make up a new demographic in the nation. On Wednesday's syndicated program, Limbaugh responded to the announcement made that morning on NBC's “Today Show” by stating that Richard Stengel, the editor of the...
  • Joe Friday: Man Out of Time

    12/21/2012 7:03:09 AM PST · by bestintxas · 31 replies
    am spectator ^ | 12/21/12 | d flynn
    Dragnet’s Jack Webb died thirty years ago, and a lot of America has been dead ever since. Jack Webb, who died thirty years ago this weekend, arrived at the right time. “After the war, people were much more realistic,” notes Peggy Webber, star of more than 100 Dragnet episodes. “They wanted things to be as honest as possible. And he filled the bill.” Dragnet, as the just-the-facts catchphrase it inspired indicates, depicted police work without the frills. Whereas other detective stories attracted listeners through the promise of a weekly shootout, Dragnet snagged them by keeping the weapons holstered. The iconic...
  • Bethlehem Basilica’s wooden ceiling is among Med(iterranean)’s oldest

    12/21/2012 7:02:49 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | December 18, 2012 | GIORGIO BERNARDELLI
    An Italian study carried out on the Basilica’s wooden beams has revealed that the cedar was carved between the 6th and 7th centuries In the next few days, as is the case every year, all eyes will be on the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. But the deeper the studies on this ancient church go, the more surprises it seems to have in store. This is what transpires from a report published yesterday in the last edition of the Journal of Cultural Heritage and on Terrasanta.net.The report presents the results of a long study carried out on the Basilica’s...
  • Two arrested while supporting woman facing deportation

    12/21/2012 6:50:33 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    WGHP/MYFOX8 ^ | December 20, 2012 | Brandon Jones
    GREENSBORO, N.C. —Maria Perez’s fate isn’t clear right now. The mother of three young girls has lived in the Alamance County for the past decade. She’s often known as provider. Perez also takes care of her elderly father who suffers from glaucoma. Perez is set to be deported back to Mexico on December 27th ripping her away from the family that loves her so much. Perez turned to the North Carolina Dream Team for help
  • Finally, the Right Mascot for Radical Environmentalists

    12/21/2012 6:33:41 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 5 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/21/2012 | Robert Gordon
    The green community is readying to add to these Endangered Species Act injustices, fashioning a new weapon—the American burying beetle. As one liberal blogger puts it, the beetles “have earned the attention both of TransCanada and of environmental groups dedicated to protecting endangered species and interested as well in stopping the [Keystone XL] pipeline’s construction.” [emphasis added].
  • Arizona cops foil girl's school shooting plot with help from Toronto police

    12/21/2012 6:22:25 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 | The Canadian Press | Associated Press
    PHOENIX - Officials in the U.S. say detectives have arrested a 16-year-old female student and foiled an Arizona school shooting plot with the help of Toronto police. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the girl's threat was posted on a YouTube channel owned by a transgender community in Toronto. The owner of the channel contacted Toronto police who then tracked down the teen who had plans to gun down her schoolmates at Red Mountain High and kill herself. According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, U.S. detectives acted within hours of being alerted by officers in Toronto on Wednesday and visited the...
  • Russian lawmakers pass ban on U.S. adoption [On Every Level, Obama-Hillary "Reset" is a FAILURE]

    12/21/2012 6:01:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | December 21, 2012 | CNN STAFF
    Lawmakers in Moscow moved to ban Americans from adopting Russian children Friday, as they passed a bill that imposes a series of sanctions on U.S. interests, state media reported. Russia is one of the top sources of international adoptions to the United States. The State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, adopted the bill on its third reading, the state-run RAPSI news agency reported. The measure will now move to the Federation Council and, if approved there, will go to President Vladimir Putin to be signed into law, the news agency said. The legislation could affect hundreds of American families...
  • State EBT panel nixes slew of major reforms

    12/21/2012 5:59:49 AM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 12/21/2012 | Chris Cassidy
    The panel reviewing the EBT system took a pass on major reforms yesterday, but Republicans are promising a fight in the state Legislature in the new year to fix the abuse-ravaged system once and for all. The EBT Cashless Commission’s final report was approved yesterday and called for more education and stricter enforcement but skipped over the toughest proposals. “The recommendations in the report are weak and ineffective, especially considering one of them is already law,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), one of the members of the commission composed of legislators and state advocates. “It was a missed opportunity...
  • Don't Fear The Higher Ed Bubble, Obama Will Keep Reflating It

    12/21/2012 5:46:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/20/2012 | Jay Schalin
    A few years ago, the country became aware of a “bubble” building in higher education, as it had in housing. Excessive demand – based largely on easy credit, government subsidies and the overselling of a college education – caused academia to expand unsustainably. Then came the economic downturn. With underemployed graduates and dropouts increasingly unable to repay loans, state legislatures cutting appropriations, and innovative competition making inroads, the bubble appeared ready to burst, or at least deflate. That could mean – so the theory goes – devastation for traditional academia: declining enrollments, with some colleges forced to close, perhaps; a...
  • AR-15s Save Lives -- Here’s Proof

    12/21/2012 5:42:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/21/2012 | Celia Bigelow
    Why does the media make it so difficult to find news stories of Americans employing guns--more specifically, semi-automatic guns (including AR-15s)--to save their lives? I set out to write a piece this morning to highlight heroic instances in which people have used semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles in desperate attempts to defend themselves and others. To my surprise, Google didn’t take me very far. Conservatives know that the mainstream media has engaged in a biased war on the Second Amendment over the last few decades, but this morning’s search opened my eyes to the extremity of their bias. Instead of...
  • Obama asks Americans to help with gun law changes [Totalitarian Pretends He Cares What You Think]

    12/21/2012 5:33:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | December 21, 2012
    A website set up by the White House to solicit petitions has been flooded in the wake of last Friday's gun massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, and today, President Obama issued a video response to petitioners, indicating that he hears the outpouring loud and clear. "We hear you," said Mr. Obama. "Like the majority of Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms...It's encouraging that many gun owners have stepped up this week to say there are steps we can take to prevent more tragedies like the one in Newtown - steps that both...
  • For ‘A Well-Regulated Militia,’ What Firearms, Gear, and Skills Should You Own?

    12/21/2012 5:33:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/21/2012 | Bob Owens
    The brutal murders of 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, CT, stunned the world last week. A mentally ill young man apparently discovered that his long-suffering mother was going to attempt to have him committed to a psychiatric facility; he took out his rage upon her and then his former elementary school’s faculty, staff, and students. It was senseless. It was barbaric. As parents, it is difficult for us to cope with the thought of having our youngest beloved ripped from us by any method, much less something as abhorrent as intentional, callous murder. No decent person could feel...
  • Congress expected to expand access to taxpayer-funded abortions for military women

    12/21/2012 5:22:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 12/20/2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 20, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com—The final version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will expand access to taxpayer-funded abortion for women in the military and their civilian dependents, according to a conference report released by lawmakers. The report, which was released on Tuesday, indicates the legislation will retain a measure allowing women in the military and military dependents to use their Department of Defense (DoD) health insurance to pay to abort children that they say were conceived as a result of rape or incest. Previously, DoD insurance only covered abortions if women’s lives were in danger. John...
  • Inside the Meltdown (The Inside Story Behind the Collapse of Boehner's Plan B)

    12/21/2012 5:18:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 98 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Robert Costa
    At a quarter to 8 p.m. on Thursday night, House Republicans gathered in the Capitol basement for an urgent, closed-door conference meeting. The scene was hushed and confused. Instead of huddling in a windowless room, members thought they’d spend the evening on the House floor, voting on “Plan B,” Speaker John Boehner’s fiscal-cliff proposal. But as they took their seats and looked at Boehner’s face, the reason for the gathering became clear: The speaker didn’t have the votes. The whipping was over. “Plan B” was dead. Boehner’s speech to the group was short and curt: He said his plan didn’t...
  • Katt Williams: ‘I slapped the Target employee because he called me the n-word’

    12/21/2012 5:13:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    thegrio.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Carrie Healey
    Comedian Katt Williams claims the reason he slapped a Target employee in Sacramento last month was because the employee allegedly called him the n-word. Williams was performing last night at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, according to TMZ. During his show he went into detail about what he claims happened when he slapped a Target employee. theGrio’s Katt Williams arrested for bar fight; caught on tape slapping Target employee Williams said, “This is what the dude at Target said … ‘Your assistant is already suing you, you p*ssy a** ni**er.” After a short back and forth, Williams eventually slapped the...
  • Will This Be "The Year Without A Santa Claus?" (Make Christmas Happen!)

    12/21/2012 5:13:13 AM PST · by suspects · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 21, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Maybe Bill O’Reilly is right about the whole “War On Christmas” thing. I can’t recall a December when Christmas felt so embattled, so under fire — not from the PC police or fights over “Hanukkah Shrubs.” I mean the joyous spirit of Christmas itself. Are you seeing any joy this year? Or does it feel like fate itself has declared that Christmas shall not come this year? The horror of the Newtown, Conn., massacre would shake us at any time of any year. But coming so close to Christmas, it has cast a pall over the entire season. One minute...
  • Criminal Sexual Assault – Women Suing State Troopers Over Roadside Cavity Searches

    12/21/2012 5:03:49 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 20, 2012 | Sundance
    TEXAS - Two Irving women are suing two Texas State troopers and the director of the Department of Public Safety after they say they were violated, during what they call an unconstitutional search, when they were subjected to a roadside cavity search in full view of the public and without probable cause. On July 13, while driving along State Highway 161, Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs were stopped for littering by Trooper David Ferrell. In the dashcam video released by the women and their attorney, Ferrell can be heard telling the women they would both be cited for...
  • How Boehner’s Plan B for the ‘fiscal cliff’ began and fell apart (RINO arrogance, dublicity)

    12/21/2012 4:48:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/20/12 | Paul Kane, Ed O’Keefe and Lori Montgomery
    -snip- Boehner was near tears in announcing the failure to his colleagues, Republicans said. -snip- Boehner hoped he could keep the details quiet long enough for him to get Obama to agree to enough spending cuts to satisfy his caucus — and so that his leadership team could make the case for compromise in person. But the details did not stay secret for long. Reports leaked out Saturday evening that Boehner had agreed to raise taxes on millionaires. That was followed by a more alarming leak Sunday evening that Boehner was also willing to grant Obama another increase in the...
  • Stock Futures Plunge on 'Fiscal Cliff' Confusion

    12/21/2012 4:39:51 AM PST · by John W · 12 replies
    The Street ^ | December 21, 2012 | Andrea Tse
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures were tanking Friday after House Speaker John Boehner, in a surprise move, cancelled Thursday evening's vote on his "Plan B" fiscal-cliff proposal because he wouldn't have had enough votes to pass it. Stock futures promptly dropped following word of the cancellation as investors were thrown into state of great worry about the ability of officials in Washington to strike a budget deal as the "fiscal cliff" deadline line looms on Jan. 1. "Simply put, this is bad news for the speaker and bad news for any future cliff-averting deal," said Dan Greenhaus, chief global...
  • AP Exclusive: Palestinians aim to isolate Israel

    12/21/2012 4:19:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 8:03 PM EST | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
    Weeks ahead of Israeli elections, Palestinian officials are already plotting a series of tough steps against Israel to be taken if, as polls predict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is re-elected and peace efforts remain stalled. Emboldened by their newly upgraded status at the United Nations, the Palestinians are talking of filing war crimes charges against Israel, staging mass demonstrations in the West Bank, encouraging the international community to impose sanctions, and ending the security cooperation that has helped preserve quiet in recent years. These plans, combined with growing international impatience with Israeli settlement construction on occupied land, could spell trouble...
  • Fiscal cliff countdown: Medicare payments in real dange

    12/21/2012 4:11:33 AM PST · by Makana · 5 replies
    Fierce Healthcare ^ | December 20, 2012 | Karen Cheung-Larivee
    It's a countdown until massive cuts hit Medicare providers. With only a few days left in the calendar year, providers are waiting with bated breath about the outcomes of fiscal cliff talks on Capitol Hill. And unlike previous short-term fixes, the threat is real this time, American Medical Association (AMA) President Jeremy Lazarus told Forbes. The decision of lawmakers will determine the outcome of Medicare cuts that hang in the balance in these final weeks of the year. Unless Congress and the White House administration can agree on plans to avoid the fiscal cliff, a 27 percent reduction in Medicare...
  • Fiscal cliff countdown: Medicare payments in real dange

    12/21/2012 4:11:37 AM PST · by Makana · 19 replies
    Fierce Healthcare ^ | December 20, 2012 | Karen Cheung-Larivee
    It's a countdown until massive cuts hit Medicare providers. With only a few days left in the calendar year, providers are waiting with bated breath about the outcomes of fiscal cliff talks on Capitol Hill. And unlike previous short-term fixes, the threat is real this time, American Medical Association (AMA) President Jeremy Lazarus told Forbes. The decision of lawmakers will determine the outcome of Medicare cuts that hang in the balance in these final weeks of the year. Unless Congress and the White House administration can agree on plans to avoid the fiscal cliff, a 27 percent reduction in Medicare...
  • British troops could return from Afghanistan “faster” than planned, says Cameron

    12/21/2012 3:37:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:06 AM GMT 21 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    British troops could return home from Afghanistan even “faster” than planned, David Cameron has said, as 3,800 troops are scheduled to be withdrawn by the end of next year. … Speaking to reporters at Camp Bastion, the main operational headquarters for British troops, Mr. Cameron said the proposed timetable for troop withdrawals was “flexible”. “Of course there is always flexibility in any plan,” he said. “But I would make the point that so far, things have surprised on the upside in terms of the capability of the Afghan forces. So we might be able to move a little bit faster....
  • Not just guns, PETA wants hunting banned

    12/21/2012 3:25:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to take the gun control debate to a whole new level: banning hunting. Claiming hunting desensitizes children to killing humans, the group plans to make their case Friday by crashing the National Rifle Association's press conference downtown at the Willard Hotel where they are expected to cite some form of gun ownership and sales changes they would support. PETA officials told Secrets that they will be protesting at the hotel with signs that read "Teach Kindness, Not Killing," and "Get ALL living beings out of the crosshairs: Ban Hunting." "The NRA's culture...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 21, 2012 ("Best of" show)

    12/21/2012 3:02:21 AM PST · by sneakers · 23 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/
  • Andrew Cuomo pushing hard for a breakthrough in adopting the toughest gun controls in the nation

    12/21/2012 12:44:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012, 10:24 PM | Jonathan Lemire and Kenneth Lovett
    Gov. Cuomo is pushing for New York to adopt, by one measure, the toughest gun controls in the nation—and he may have help from across the aisle to do it, the Daily News has learned. Cuomo is in talks with legislative leaders to expand the state’s ban on assault weapons and to outlaw gun magazines containing more than seven bullets, sources said. That would be more restrictive than the toughest limits now on the books—laws in New York, Massachusetts, Hawaii and the District of Columbia permitting magazines that allow for the rapid fire of as many as 10 bullets. …...
  • Fear keeps Egypt’s Christians away from polls

    12/21/2012 12:22:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 19 2012 7:33 PM EST | Hamza Hendawi
    A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern Egyptian province too afraid to participate in last week’s referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose, residents say. The disenfranchisement is hiking Christians’ worries over their future under empowered Muslim conservatives. Around a week before the vote, some 50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” At their head rode several bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips, evoking images of early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century. … The activists...
  • Jake Tapper to jump from ABC to CNN

    12/20/2012 11:53:36 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 24 replies
    ABC News’s senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper becomes the first major on-air personality announced to make the switch to the newly Jeff Zuckered CNN.
  • N. Korea: NK again detained US citizen

    12/20/2012 11:34:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Free North Korea Radio ^ | 12/12/12 | Oh Ju-han
    NK again detained US citizen by Oh Ju-han, Reporter Again, North Korea revealed its notorious blackmailer characteristic while holding US citizen as a hostage; it was known that a US citizen who visited North Korea with visitor’s visa has been detained over a month. Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman for the State Department said in 11th that “we are obviously aware of these reports that a US citizen has been detained in North Korea,” and "We obviously have no higher priority than the welfare of our citizens." According to the media reports, the detained person is a 44-year old Korean American who...
  • N. Korea: “China knew and approved the rocket launch beforehand”

    12/20/2012 11:31:44 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Free North Korea Radio ^ | 12/18/12 | Park Do-yun
    “China knew and approved the rocket launch beforehand” By Park Do-yun, Reporter Exclusive report came out proving the possibility that China might already know and approve North Korea’s recent missile launch. On 15th Segye Ilbo, a South Korean daily newspaper reported from exclusive source at Beijing that right after the 18th National People’s Congress the Secretary of North Korean Workers’ Party Kim Ki-nam and North Korean delegations visited China to discuss about launching long-range missile. According to the report, Kim persuaded Chinese government that the rocket launch was inevitable for successful settlement of Kim Jong-un regime and consolidating the unity...
  • EU: Doubts remain over Spain's austerity miracle

    12/20/2012 11:31:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/20/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Fresh data from the OECD show that Spain has narrowed the gap in “unit labour costs” with Germany by 5.5pc over the past year alone. It has clawed back 4.6pc against France and 6.6pc against Austria since late 2011, as it slashes pay and pursues a scorched-earth policy of “internal devaluation”. Luis Maria Linde, the Bank of Spain’s governor, says that within two years the country will have recovered “almost all” the ground lost during the first disastrous years of euro membership. The total gain in competitiveness against the EMU bloc since 2008 has been 10pc. Yet economists say it...
  • Exclusive: The Inside Story on North Korean Rocket Development

    12/20/2012 11:28:34 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    New Focus ^ | December 12, 2012
    Exclusive: The Inside Story on North Korean Rocket Development December 12, 2012 By newfocusintl 0 Comments and 0 Reactions This morning, the DPRK announced its successful launch of the satellite ‘Gwangmyongsong – 3′ through the ‘Unha – 3′ rocket. This is the second launch attempt made by North Korea this year. The first attempt in April was a failure and only flew for 90 seconds. In this post, former DPRK official Jang Jin-sung will present to you an insider’s glimpse into the history of North Korean rocket development. The story of North Korean rocket development The North Korean rocket story...
  • Possible Defense Nominee Faulted for Record on Gays

    12/20/2012 11:25:08 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec 21 2012 | Mark Landler
    Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska senator on President Obama’s short list for defense secretary, came under fire again on Thursday, this time for his record on gay rights and remarks he made 14 years ago about an openly gay nominee for a diplomatic post. Since Mr. Hagel’s name emerged as a candidate for the Pentagon last week, he has been sharply criticized for his record on Iran, Israel and militant groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as comments he made about pro-Israel lobbying groups in Washington. The new round of criticism is focused on comments Mr. Hagel made in...
  • Kerry, Hagel Have Track Record of Wanting to Engage With America’s Adversaries

    12/20/2012 11:14:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012
    If speculation about President Obama’s likely nominees to head the departments of State and Defense proves correct, the next four years could see a renewed focus on his early drive to engage with hostile and repressive regimes. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), tapped to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebr.), viewed a strong contender for the Pentagon, both have a record of favoring engagement over isolation and sanctions when dealing with such governments. The liberal Democrat and moderate Republican, both decorated Vietnam War veterans regarded as foreign policy experts, have called over a number...
  • (Obama's Amerika) Africa Boasts More Cellphone Users Than All of North America

    12/20/2012 9:37:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    DVICE ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | Nathaniel Wattenmaker
    Africa boasts more cellphone users than all of North America The silver lining of being a developing continent is that you can skip entire stages of technological progress, like going directly from no phones to cellphones without suffering through land lines in between. Africa, for example, now has more mobile subscribers than the United States or Europe, and that means big things for African economies. Like we've mentioned before, beyond its wild growth, the African cellular telecommunications market is a hotbed of innovation. Areas like telemedicine and cellphone-based money-transfer schemes don't just make life easier, they help people live healthier...
  • NY Health Clinic Video Features Santa Passing Out Syringes, Condoms

    12/20/2012 9:25:45 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 5 replies
    A health clinic located in the Bronx released this holiday promotional video featuring Santa Claus handing out drug paraphernalia and condoms (Video at link) My comment: You all, this is sinking to a new level of perversion. Here we have a man in a poor excuse for a Santa costume giving out drug needles, male and female condoms, and dental dams. The staff of this "clinic" (looks very sketchy to me) are dancing around with these needles and condoms to Feliz Navidad. The liberals have done a fine job in their attempts to divorce Christ from Christmas. Many people do...
  • Bishops remain focused on 'responsible restrictions' on gun ownership

    12/20/2012 9:19:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    catholicnews.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Dennis Sadowski
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As momentum builds to implement new limits on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, the Catholic bishops of the United States remain focused on seeking "reasonable restrictions" on gun ownership without infringing upon Second Amendment rights. "The bishops continue to support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and continue to call for sensible regulations on handguns," Kathy Saile, the bishops' director of domestic social development, told Catholic News Service. "In addition to that, we need to make a serious commitment to address the pervasive role that addiction and mental illness have in crime," she...
  • First on CNN: Mark Sanford plans to run for Congress

    12/20/2012 5:48:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 12/20/2012 | Peter Hamby
    Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is launching a political comeback that may begin within days. Sanford is planning to run for the Congressional seat he held almost a decade ago, a Republican source familiar with his thinking told CNN late Thursday. “He’s looking all but certain to do it,” said a former top aide to Sanford, who did not want to be identified while prematurely revealing the plans. A formal announcement will come soon, the source said. Sanford intends to seek the Republican nomination in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, a seat being vacated by...
  • Gallup: Quality Jobs Harder to Come By, More Americans Say

    12/20/2012 8:40:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 20, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    Fewer Americans believe now is a good time to find a quality job, compared to last month, a new Gallup poll found. The number of Americans saying the time is right to find a quality job fell sharply in December to 19 percent—down from 24 percent in November. Three in four Americans, or 76 percent, say this is a bad time to find a quality job. … The availability of quality jobs is considered a key to economic growth. …
  • Gun rumors lead to early break for 20,000 students(Idaho, Michigan, Oklahoma and North Dakota!)

    12/20/2012 8:37:24 PM PST · by narses · 24 replies
    Spokesman.com ^ | 12.20.12 | Scott Maben
    Rumors of a school shooting plot prompted three school districts to cancel Friday classes for about 20,000 students in Kootenai County. Although police have not verified a real threat of violence, the persistent rumors rattled many students and parents, and attendance has dropped all week, officials said. “The reason we’re canceling school is not because we think there is a credible threat but because the fear and the panic is just so palpable that we didn’t believe we could have a productive, calm day,” Coeur d’Alene Superintendent Hazel Bauman said. Nerves have been raw since the Connecticut school massacre one...
  • Another survival bunker built because in ‘Merica you never can be too careful (44 Photos)

    12/20/2012 8:18:24 PM PST · by doug from upland · 44 replies
    the chive ^ | 12-20-12 (day before the end)
    If it is the end, why does the guy think he will need a TV?