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  • Op-Ed: EXPOSÉ: Is the Vatican the Palestinian Arab Spokesman?”

    12/22/2012 8:00:10 AM PST · by haffast · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | Friday, December 21, 2012 2:47 PM | Giulio Meotti
    The Vatican is actively taking part in the Middle East conflict - on the judenrein side. They've been there before. During the past several weeks, the Vatican has worked hard to achieve the dwarfing of Israel into the indefensible 1947 ceasefire lines. Pope Benedict just met in Rome with the Palestinian Authority head, Mahmoud Abbas, hailing the recent United Nations’ resolution on Palestinian non-member statehood. “It is hoped that (the resolution) will encourage the commitment of the international community to finding a fair and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, a Vatican statement said. Abbas also met with the Cardinal...
  • NRA push for armed officers backed by state superintendent [GA]

    12/22/2012 7:44:13 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 17 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 22Dec 12 | Wayne Washington
    NRA push for armed officers backed by state superintendent By Wayne Washington The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The National Rifle Association’s call Friday for armed officers in every school drew quick support from Georgia School Superintendent John Barge, who said it would deter the type of mass killings carried out last week at a Connecticut elementary school. But Barge said financially struggling school districts in Georgia would need help from the state to pay for armed officers. “Having a school resource officer would certainly be ideal,” Matt Cardoza, director of communications at the Georgia Department of Education, said Friday after a conversation...
  • NBC Fawns Over 'White House Christmas,' But Ignores Cost of Obama Vacation to Taxpayers

    12/22/2012 7:41:58 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Matt Hadro
    NBC Fawns Over 'White House Christmas,' But Ignores Cost of Obama Vacation to Taxpayers By Matt Hadro | December 19, 2012 | 16:23 Missing from NBC's rosy Wednesday interview of Michelle Obama is her family vacation's cost to taxpayers. Reports are that the taxpayer bill for the Hawaii vacation will top $4 million. "Come Christmas the First Family, Bo included, will head some 5,000 miles away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," Today contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager said during NBC's "A White House Christmas" segment. "After an exciting but exhausting election season, the Obamas are happy to take this time to...
  • Christian Shot to Death in Somalia ( for leaving Islam )

    12/21/2012 10:48:50 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Morning Star News ^ | December 14, 2012
    Two unidentified masked men shot Mursal Isse Siad, 55, outside his home in Beledweyne, 206 miles (332 kilometers) north of Mogadishu, for leaving Islam, Muslim and Christian sources told Morning Star News. The assailants fled immediately after the murder. Siad’s oldest daughter (name withheld), 15, said her father was killed “because he failed to attend the mosque for prayers and used to pray at home. He used to share with us about Jesus.” She said that he had received messages on his mobile phone stating, “We know what you are doing, and you must stop, otherwise you risk your life.”...
  • Obama proposes Social Security cuts

    12/22/2012 7:09:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | 12/20/12 | Patrick Martin
    Obama proposes Social Security cutsPatrick Martin 20 December 2012 **SNIP** The White House decision to propose cuts in future Social Security benefits is of enormous political significance. Social Security has long been characterized as the “third rail” of American politics—touch it and you die. Obama and Boehner are seeking to break this taboo and create a new political framework for imposing brutal austerity measures on working people. Whatever the immediate outcome of the talks in Washington, whether or not a deal is reached before December 31, the overall direction is clear: entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are...
  • Cravaack likely leaving Minnesota, politics

    12/22/2012 7:01:53 AM PST · by DManA · 11 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 12/22/2012 | Kevin Diaz
    After unseating Minnesota’s longest-serving congressman and interrupting 63 years of DFL dominance on the working-class Iron Range, political newcomer Chip Cravaack is moving on. . . . “It really depends on Traci,” he said in an interview Thursday. “I’ve got a feeling I’ll probably be heading back there, unless some huge opportunity opens up in Minnesota, I’ve got two small kids who need their dad.” The family’s move to New Hampshire last year became a political liability in a district that already skewed heavily Democratic. The move came about after one of his boys, who is autistic, suffered a seizure...
  • 56%: Obama's Approval Soars to 3-Year High

    12/22/2012 6:34:40 AM PST · by Cheerio · 52 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 21, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama's job approval soared to a three-year high as of Tuesday night, according to the Gallup poll, hitting 56 percent for the first time since the fall of 2009.
  • VICTORIA SOTO’S FREEDOM OF CHOICE

    12/22/2012 6:30:10 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 13 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 12/22/2012 | Bill Russell
    On December 14, 2012, when Victoria Soto stood in her classroom and heard the gunshots taking the lives of the school administration staff and the students in another classroom, she had very little freedom of choice. Her contractual responsibilities as a teacher required her to safeguard the lives and health of the students she taught. But it was her love for her students required her to stand between them and the evil coming through the doorway. She had very limited options in accomplishing her duty and calling. Perhaps she could have tried to save herself by squeezing into a closet...
  • President resigns after riots leave 22 dead in Argentina

    12/22/2012 6:29:43 AM PST · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    Mail on Line ^ | 12/22/12
    President Fernando De la Rua resigned and fled the government palace in a helicopter, driven from office by a devastating economic crisis and days of rioting that left 22 people dead and homes and supermarkets across Argentina ransacked. De la Rua's sudden downfall yesterday came amid Argentina's worst unrest in a decade. Screeching tear gas canisters arced across the capital and police fired rubber bullets at thousands of anti-government protesters in the runup to his fall. Rioters looted houses and stores in other cities, and more than 200 people were injured nationwide. "I'm delighted he's finally gone. Thank God!" said...
  • Advertising guru blames Obama's 'class warfare' for Hamptons mansion sale

    12/22/2012 6:22:24 AM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 22, 2012 | JENNIFER GOULD KEIL and SELIM ALGAR
    He got taxed out of town. Legendary advertising guru Jerry Della Femina is the latest Hamptons fat cat to unload his East End spread at the precipice of the dreaded fiscal cliff, The Post has learned. The flamboyant Madison Avenue guru has sold his 8,500-square-foot estate — the host of many legendary Hamptons bashes — for $25 million, and blames his flight squarely on President Obama’s fiscal policies. “I want the proceeds of this sale to go to my kids and my grandkids,” said the man behind iconic ad campaigns for Meow Mix and Absolut Vodka. “I don’t want my...
  • RI Teacher Says"I Quit!"/ Government schooling child abuse

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBSgchJe2Z0 At about 2:20 in the video, Mr. Round begins listing what is occurring in his government school. He states that only 4 or 5 of the children in his class were able to consistently endure this treatment. Please think about this. Question: What would happen if parents treated children this way in the home? Question: What would OSHA officials have to say if employers treated their adult employees this way? Answer: It would be called what it is: Abuse! Where are all the "good" teachers standing up and protesting this? Where are the mass resignations? Where are these so-called...
  • Law Firm Hit With $429,000 Verdict Over Faked Asbestos Suits

    12/22/2012 6:05:58 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/21/12 | Daniel Fisher
    A West Virginia jury found two members of a Pittsburgh law firm liable of civil racketeering for conspiring with a radiologist to fabricate evidence in asbestos lawsuits against railroad operator CSX.
  • Judge fines protester who got a mouthful of pepper spray (CAPTION the occupy freeloader)

    12/22/2012 6:05:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    KATU ^ | 12/21/12
    Judge fines protester who got a mouthful of pepper sprayBy KATU.com Staff Published: Dec 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM PST PORTLAND, Ore. - An Occupy Portland protester who was blasted in the face with pepper spray was found guilty this week of ignoring police orders and will now have to pay a fine. **SNIP** A judge has now fined Nichols $260 for not listening to police and following their orders that day.
  • 75 Economic Numbers From 2012 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

    12/22/2012 5:59:14 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-22-2012 | Michael Snyder
    75 Economic Numbers From 2012 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe By Michael Snyder December 20th, 2012 What a year 2012 has been! The mainstream media continues to tell us what a "great job" the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve are doing of managing the economy, but meanwhile things just continue to get even worse for the poor and the middle class. It is imperative that we educate the American people about the true condition of our economy and about why all of this is happening. If nothing is done, our debt problems will continue to get worse,...
  • Recent "teacher arrested" Stories, Video and Galleries

    12/22/2012 5:44:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 12/22/12
    Recent "teacher arrested" Stories, Video and Galleries 9/12 Ex-teacher of the year accused of having sex with student 6/12 Teacher accused of inappropriate relationships due in court 6/11 Teacher accused of hitting student with belt
  • Rev. Jackson: Armed police in schools not answer

    12/22/2012 5:16:18 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies
    AP ^ | December 21, 2012
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the National Rifle Association's call for armed police in schools is no solution to mass shootings. Jackson reacted Friday after the NRA's top lobbyist said armed police were the only way to stop another tragedy like last week's mass slaying at a Connecticut elementary, where a gunman killed 20 students and six teachers. Jackson says armed police officers "couldn't compete" with an attacker with an assault weapon, and that a ban on such weapons was needed. He says he's disappointed that the NRA "showed no remorse" and offered more guns as a solution. He says...
  • Nadler: ‘The State Ought to Have a Monopoly on Legitimate Violence’

    12/22/2012 5:03:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said only the federal government should have “high-capacity” gun magazines and that the “state ought to have a monopoly on legitimate violence.” At a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, Nadler gathered with other House Democrats to push for stricter gun control in the wake of last week’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 26 dead, including 20 children. The lawmaker told CNSNews.com that he not only supports prohibiting the future sale of 10-round gun magazines, but he would like to confiscate high-capacity clips already legally possessed by American citizens. …...
  • Steyn: Tapper’s promotion to CNN a lesson for the ‘J-school zombies’ in the WH press corps

    12/22/2012 5:00:08 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/21/2012
    On Thursday in his weekly appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, National Review columnist Mark Steyn explained what was to be learned from Jake Tapper’s decision to leave ABC, where he had been the network’s White House correspondent, for an anchoring position at CNN. Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” said that while the rest of the reporters in the briefing room at the White House have very uninspiring approaches to their questioning of the president, Tapper is the exception. “People think it’s odd that Jake Tapper, who is nobody’s idea of a right-wing nut or anything,...
  • USDA Inflated the Number of Jobs Created by Stimulus, IG Says

    12/22/2012 4:57:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture improperly inflated the numbers of jobs created or saved by the 2009 economic stimulus, according to the agency’s own Office of Inspector General (OIG). “[We] identified job numbers that were inflated because award recipients reported cumulative job numbers instead of the number of jobs created or saved during the quarter being reported. In other instances, job numbers were under-reported,” according to an OIG audit released Dec. 13. The report claims that without accurate job figures, it is “difficult” to know whether the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was effective in creating or saving jobs....
  • Famed attorney Melvyn Weiss faces DUI charges after traffic stop in Boynton Beach

    12/22/2012 4:50:38 AM PST · by AtlasStalled
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | 12/20/12 | Toni-Ann Miller
    Famed attorney Melvyn Weiss, who made millions of dollars by filing class-action suits against some of the country’s largest corporations, now finds himself facing DUI charges after a traffic stop in Boynton Beach early this morning.
  • U.S. ending pursuit of illegal immigrants who commit minor crimes

    12/21/2012 3:41:06 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    mercurynews ^ | 12/21/2012 | Matt O'Brien/Contra Costa Times
    Federal agents no longer will scoop up jailed illegal immigrants who had been picked up by police for traffic offenses and other petty crimes, the nation's top immigration enforcer announced Friday. "We are changing who" we seek to detain and deport to focus more on serious criminals, said John Morton, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Morton changed the national policy just as sheriffs around the Bay Area were rethinking their cooperation with the controversial federal Secure Communities immigration program, out of concern that it was leading to deportation of too many minor offenders. The shift responds to...
  • Mexico Frees Ex-Marine Jailed for Bringing In Gun

    12/22/2012 3:51:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 11:02 PM EST | Curt Anderson
    A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, U.S. officials and his lawyer said late Friday. The attorney for 27-year-old Jon Hammar tweeted Friday night that his client had been released from a detention center in Matamoros, Mexico. “Jon is out, going home!” Eddie Varon Levy tweeted. … An aide to a legal representative of the Mexican attorney general’s office had told U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s staff about the pending release after the Florida Democrat’s office got word from Hammar’s mother, according to a press release...
  • MP says Bloody Sunday murder inquiry is “misguided” (Northern Ireland)

    12/22/2012 3:41:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2012 | Last updated at 05:10 ET
    A Conservative MP who served as a soldier in Northern Ireland has questioned the need for prosecutions in the Bloody Sunday killings. On Thursday, it was revealed that a team of 15 detectives will head up a murder investigation into the 1972 shootings. They will be led by a senior investigating officer who will be based in Londonderry. Patrick Mercer said he is “confused” by this latest development and does not know what prosecutions will achieve. …
  • Dublin IRA man charged over Northern Ireland prison officer murder

    12/22/2012 3:32:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Irish Central ^ | Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:54 AM | Antoinette Kelly
    Vincent Banks, 44, from Smithfield, Dublin was brought before the Irish Special Criminal Court in Dublin on Wednesday where he was charged in connection with the murder in November of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black. Banks was charged with membership of an unlawful organization styling itself as the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on December 18th, 2012. Banks was also charged with withholding information in relation to the murder of David Black. …
  • Bureaucratic rivalries may have hampered Benghazi security: sources

    12/22/2012 3:23:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:16pm EST | Mark Hosenball
    Infighting and bureaucratic jealousies between the State Department and the Pentagon may have played a role in lax security arrangements prior to the deadly attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, congressional sources said. Evidence of the bureaucratic rivalries, not previously reported, is contained in unpublished documents being studied by congressional investigators and is referred to in a classified version of a report on the attacks in Libya, which was turned over to Congress earlier this week, the sources said. Two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the friction between the Defense and State departments included, but...
  • San Francisco to Crack Down on Big Ammo Buys

    12/22/2012 3:17:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 21 Dec 2012 01:34 PM | Alec Weisman
    San Francisco officials are planning to ban the possession of hollow-point bullets and require notification of the police for any single purchase of more than 500 rounds of ammunition. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, City Supervisor Malia Cohen is introducing the ordinance in response to last Friday’s deadly shooting in Connecticut of 20 school children. …
  • Peacekeeper shoots dead three comrades, self in Sudan

    12/22/2012 1:08:40 AM PST · by granada · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 | Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Michael Roddy
    (Reuters) - An international peacekeeper killed three other peacekeepers before killing himself in the Darfur region of Sudan, the U.N.-led international peacekeeping force (UNAMID) said on Friday. The shooting happened at a UNAMID site in Mukjar in West Darfur on Thursday, UNAMID spokeswoman Aicha Elbasri said, adding that the gunman had shot himself and another comrade had been wounded. The African Union-United Nations force initially had said the peacekeeper killed four comrades. "The mission is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident," Elbasri said, declining further comment. Despite the presence of the world's largest peacekeeping mission, fighting between Sudan's armed...
  • Man convicted in imam's 1990 slaying ( ROP )

    12/21/2012 10:32:07 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | December 20, 2012 | Kim Smith
    Nearly 23 years after Rashad Khalifa was stabbed and beaten to death, the man accused of doing it has been convicted of premeditated, first-degree murder. A Pima County jury returned the guilty verdict against Glen Francis, 52, after three hours of deliberations. ... Attorneys for both sides agreed Khalifa, 54, was likely killed because of his religious teachings. After studying the Quran for years, he found a mathematical code and came to believe two verses were satanic. In his English translation of the Quran, he removed those verses. He also taught that people should follow the word of God and...
  • Syrian Defector: Assad built 10-15 Mobile Chemical Labs a Year Ago

    12/21/2012 9:12:44 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 21, 2012, 9:07
    Assad built 10-15 mobile chemical labs a year ago – Syrian defector Washington Post columnist David Ignatius quotes US intelligence sources on a revelation by a Syrian defector that in late 2011, the Syrian army started building special trucks able to transport and mix chemical weapons. Inside the Mercedes or Volvos, which looked outwardly like refrigerator trucks, mobile labs were installed to combine and activate “binary” chemical weapons agents. The defector said that, six weeks ago, the Syrian opposition secretly handed Lebanese officials a description of the trucks so that they could watch the border to make sure they did...
  • Scuds Blast Big Syrian Rebel Push for Al-Safira Chemical Arms Store (NATO searching for WOMD?)

    12/21/2012 8:46:05 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 21, 2012, 2:30 PM
    The Syrian Air Force is again firing Scud missiles, this time to stem the general offensive Syrian opposition forces, including jihadis, launched Friday, Dec. 21, to capture the Syrian army’s military-industrial complex at al Safira and the big chemical and biological weapons store adjoining the facility. It is there, that Scud D missiles stand ready for launching, loaded with chemical weapons. Rebel forces are converging on Al Safira from the east, the west and the south. Among them are brigades of the Jabhat al-Nusra which the US has designated part of al Qaeda in Iraq. Military sources report extremely heavy...
  • Is Paul Ryan replacing Boehner ?

    12/21/2012 8:32:18 PM PST · by ncalburt · 88 replies
    Foxnews | December 21,2012 | Laura Ingram
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  • 4 Dead, 3 State Troopers Injured After Blair County Church Shooting

    12/21/2012 11:06:52 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 41 replies
    KDKA ^ | 12/21/12 | Staff
    BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — Emergency officials are on the scene of a deadly shooting in Frankstown Township, in Blair County. Right now, sources tell KDKA-TV that four people are dead, and three Pennsylvania State Troopers were also hurt, but are expected to be okay. Sources say at least part of the shooting took place at the Juniata Valley Gospel Church. Troopers responded to a 9-1-1 shots fired call about 9 a.m. Additional 9-1-1 calls reported an armed man shooting at additional locations. According to sources, two troopers were fired at by the driver of a pickup truck on Juniata...
  • Roots of mass murder: Getting serious about stopping the psychotic

    12/21/2012 7:34:02 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 28 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere. Let’s be serious: (1) The Weapon Within hours of last week’s Newtown, Conn., massacre, the focus was the weapon and the demand was for new gun laws. Several prominent pro-gun Democrats remorsefully professed new openness to gun control. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is introducing a new assault weapons ban. And the president emphasized guns and ammo above all...
  • Jewish Leaders Slam NRA Plan for More Guns

    12/21/2012 7:32:22 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 70 replies
    forward.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Seth Berkman
    The powerful gun rights lobby went on the offensive on Friday arguing that schools should have armed guards, on a day that Americans remembered the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre with a moment of silence. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association, noting that banks and airports are patrolled by armed guards, while schools typically are not. His remarks - in which he charged that the news media and violent video games shared blame for the second-deadliest...
  • Jon Hammar, Marine jailed in Mexico, released from prison

    12/21/2012 7:07:03 PM PST · by Doogle · 40 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 12/21/12 | Joseph J. Kolb
    Marine veteran Jon Hammar Jr., who was arrested on a dubious weapon charge in August was released today from the notorious CEDES prison, according to his attorney. Eddie Varon-Levy said he and Hammar Jr. are currently at the Matamoros, Mexico-Brownsville, Texas border crossing where he was arrested Aug. 13, waiting to be processed to proceed across the bridge that spans the Rio Grande River. Hammar Jr., is expected to be reunited with his father, who immediately flew to Brownsville this morning after learning from Varon-Levy that a judge in Mexico had dropped the felony charge because of a civil rights...
  • Judge in Gabby Giffords trial calls for assault weapons ban

    12/21/2012 6:55:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Bill Hutchinson
    The federal judge who sentenced former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' gunman is advocating a nationwide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to take the "mass out of mass shootings." "There is just no reason civilians need to own assault weapons and high-capacity magazines," Judge Larry Allan Burns wrote in Thursday's Los Angeles Times. Since Jared Lee Loughner killed six people and wounded Giffords with his 31-round magazine Glock pistol, there have been six deadlier mass shootings, Burns wrote. "But reasonable, good-faith debates have boundaries, and in the debate about guns, a high-capacity magazine has always seemed to me beyond them,"...
  • Giffords's husband rips NRA for defiance in response to killings

    12/21/2012 6:47:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 58 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Sterling C. Beard
    The husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords ripped the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday for a press conference that defied “common sense” and defended “extreme pro-gun positions.” “Gabby and I are extremely disappointed by the NRA's defiant and delayed response to the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Mark Kelly said in a statement. “The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of its own members who want common-sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms, but instead it chose to defend extreme pro-gun positions that aren't even popular among...
  • President rewards faithful goverment employees Executive order closes federal offices Monday

    12/21/2012 6:46:43 PM PST · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    WTOP Radio ^ | december 21, 2012 | unknown
    Executive order closes federal offices Monday Friday - 12/21/2012, 5:02pm ET WASHINGTON - Federal employees don't have to go to work on Monday, Dec. 24. The White House announced shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday it was giving all executive branch departments and agencies the day off. The executive order, below, is also posted on the White House website.
  • Boehner: I’m Not Afraid of Losing My Speakership

    12/21/2012 6:26:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) said on Friday that he was not afraid of losing his speakership in the aftermath of the stunning defeat dealt to him on Thursday evening by House conservatives who refused to vote for his “Plan B” proposal to increase the income tax rate on income over $1 million. When a reporter asked Boehner at a Capitol press conference whether he should be concerned about losing his speakership, Boehner said, “No, I’m not.” “Listen, you’ve all heard me say this, and I’ve told my colleagues this, if you do the right things every day for the...
  • (John) Kerry Backed LGBT “Immigration Equality” to Stop Deportation of Gay Partners

    12/21/2012 6:21:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    For the last two years, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the nominee to be the next secretary of state, has called for “immigration equality” to prevent the deportation of illegal alien same-sex partners of legal U.S. residents. In May, shortly after President Barack Obama announced his support for homosexual marriage, Kerry and 16 other Democratic senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The letter pointed to the number of states recognizing gay marriage, but said problems could arise because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations...
  • NY Gov. Cuomo: Gun Confiscation “Could Be An Option” (XX BARF)

    12/21/2012 6:04:50 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 58 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | December 21, 2012 2:14 pm | Posted by Brandon Kiser
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that he had started discussions with leaders of the State Legislature about new gun control measures, and that he planned to propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9. “There’s a big difference of opinion on these issues,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an interview on an Albany radio station. The New York Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has voted for a number of proposed gun control measures in recent years, only to have the legislation falter in the Senate, which has been controlled by Republicans....
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-21-12

    12/21/2012 6:03:52 PM PST · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-21-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Former British PM Thatcher in hospital after operation

    12/21/2012 5:54:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:21pm EST | Alessandra Prentice
    Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the country’s first woman elective leader, is in hospital recovering from surgery to remove a growth on her bladder, a source close to the family said on Friday. After experiencing pain in her bladder earlier in the week, he 87-year-old went to hospital where she underwent a minimally invasive operation, Tim Bell, a public relations executive who once served as image maker to Thatcher, said. …
  • Bloomberg: No One Has ‘Defended the Second Amendment as Much as I Have’(XX BARF)

    12/21/2012 5:50:57 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 53 replies
    Politicker ^ | 12/21 9:20am | Colin Campbell
    “I don’t think there’s anybody that’s defended the Second Amendment as much as I have, Ray,” Mr. Bloomberg said to a caller who asked him why he was “so against” the constitutional passage . “I think you have a perfect right to buy weapons and keep them for protection or for sport. We have tried to make sure that you have it. The Supreme Court says that there are–consistent with the Second Amendment–you can have reasonable restrictions, so, for example, you can’t buy a nuclear-tipped weapon.”
  • Mentally Ill Kids Don't Just Come from Nowhere

    The recent post "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" by a woman who posts at anarchistsoccermom and animatedly advertises herself wearing an "I love Che" t-shirt is as slick a piece of exploitative propaganda as anything we've seen in the last four years. Soon after the essay went viral mom blogger Liza Long appeared on CNN and the Today show calling for a national conversation on mental illness. After the Newtown massacre the self-described author, musician, Classicist and single mother of four felt compelled to share her own story. Long's written account of life with an out of control child focuses...
  • Cornyn: Hagel “Unacceptable” As Secretary of Defense

    12/21/2012 5:38:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 21 Dec 2012 05:28 PM | Stephen Feller
    Republican Sen. John Cornyn told the Washington Post that he had problems with several positions Hagel has taken over the years, many of which will receive opposition from both sides of the aisle. “It is not just an isolated problem. It is a consistent position in support of American weakness,” Cornyn said. “I can’t support a Hagel nomination if it comes … There are some points about his record that make him unacceptable.” …
  • Sensible ideas for protecting our students *UPDATED*

    12/21/2012 5:25:35 PM PST · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    Bookroomworm.com ^ | 12-21-2012 | Bookworm
    Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive VP, says that our violent culture is to blame for gun violence and that, as long as the culture is what it is, school children should have police protection.  Despite the fact that the majority of Americans agree with him, the drive-by media is excoriating as if he had just announced that he eats children for breakfast and urges us all to do the same.  Americans, who have been schooled out of rational thinking, will soon be referring to LaPierre in the appropriate pariah-like terms and, like the useful idiots they’ve been trained to be,...
  • John Kerry as Secretary of State - Lets Review His Dark Past

    12/21/2012 5:18:09 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 46 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 December 2012 | Bob Adelmann
    Senator John Kerry's impeccable credentials as a "climate hawk," membership in Yale's secret society Skull and Bones, and a voting record that almost completely ignores the Constitution, qualify him to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Senator John Kerry to Replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State The New American 21 December 2012 When Susan Rice, the United States' Ambassador to the United Nations, withdrew her name from consideration for the post of secretary of state last week, rumors abounded that next in line would be Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). That rumor was confirmed on Friday, putting in...
  • Obama urges lawmakers to make one last try for fiscal crisis deal, leaves for Hawaii

    12/21/2012 4:58:52 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    Obama urges lawmakers to make one last try for fiscal crisis deal, leaves for Hawaii Published December 21, 2012 | FoxNews.com President Obama urged congressional leaders Friday to take one last shot at crafting a bill that can prevent tax hikes on middle-class Americans -- as he and virtually everyone involved prepared to bolt Washington for the holidays. The president, while optimistically claiming he would be back "next week" to handle a budget deal, was planning to board Air Force One with his family Friday evening for a holiday vacation in Hawaii. House Speaker John Boehner, who until several days...
  • Fiscal Cliff Hype Examined

    12/21/2012 4:47:40 PM PST · by SteelToe · 8 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Heide B. Malhotra
    The term fiscal cliff has hit the airwaves, print media, business reports, and articles. Not a minute goes by without these two words being thrown at the listener. But how many people really understand where the expression started and how it became so popular? “Judging by media coverage, the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ is the only thing driving the U.S. stock market these days. Unfortunately, a lot of the coverage is either alarmist, erroneous, or focused solely on the daily (or even hourly) micro-developments in the story,” a Dec. 4 article on the Motley Fool website states. The expression “Fiscal Cliff”...