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  • Head of national nuke security agency departing

    12/23/2012 2:09:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2012 3:07 PM EST
    The man who has led the nation’s nuclear security agency since 2007 is stepping down next month after presiding over a 20 percent increase in the agency’s budget but also some management missteps that have raised questions about the agency’s ability to carry out its mission. Tom D’Agostino announced Friday he is leaving the National Nuclear Security Administration, which funds and oversees work at the Sandia and Los Alamos national labs in New Mexico. The research centers employ about 20,000 people in the state. He was appointed to the post by President George W. Bush. …
  • Allen West: House Has Finished Its Work on Fiscal Cliff

    12/23/2012 2:02:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 21 Dec 2012 11:24 AM | Greg McDonald
    Florida Rep. Allen West is suggesting the House is no longer a player in the fiscal cliff negotiations following the rejection by Republicans of Speaker John Boehner's “Plan B” tax bill, which was aimed at forcing the president into a larger deficit reduction deal. The Republican caucus, according to some political observers, is now in chaos and unable to agree among themselves on anything. But West insisted in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night that Republicans did the right thing in refusing to go along with Boehner’s plan to increase the tax rate on the affluent even...
  • Putin slams Barroso: “You know you are wrong; you’re guilty”

    12/23/2012 1:51:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 21 December 2012
    The EU-Russia summit ended today (21 December) with no major decisions, but Russian President Vladimir Putin staged a show for the press, telling Commission President José Manuel Barroso that he was “not right” in his interpretation of energy liberalization rules. … “My friend from many years, Mr. Barroso, has for so long and so emotionally spoken, because he knew that he is not right; he is guilty,” Putin said, amidst laughter from the sizable Russian delegation. Turning to the press, he added: “Open Article 34 of our basic treaty with the EU and read for yourselves.” Article 34 of the...
  • Concealed gun permit demand rises in Poconos

    12/23/2012 1:11:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | December 20, 2012 | Howard Frank
    President Obama’s call for “meaningful action” to avert future mass shootings has sparked a surge in citizens looking to get guns while they still can. Interest in concealed firearms carry permits has spiked in Monroe County and across Pennsylvania after Obama’s comments following the mass murders in Newtown, Conn. … More people are picking up applications in Monroe County, and the sheriff’s office expects a sharp spike in applications by the end of the year and into the new year. … The jump in applications corresponds to an increase in demand for assault rifles locally. …
  • Sunday's TV news show lineup, Dec. 23 (With NRA Asa Hutchinson & Wayne LaPierre)

    12/23/2012 1:06:25 AM PST · by Red Steel · 6 replies
    sfgate ^ | 10:42 pm, Saturday, December 22, 2012
    Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: Channel: 7 ABC's "This Week" - Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, who is leading a National Rifle Association program that will develop a security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers; Sarah Brady, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. 8 a.m. Channel: 11 NBC's "Meet the Press" - Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,
  • How Instagram Is Teaching Us About Big Government

    12/23/2012 12:52:34 AM PST · by 867V309
    heritage ^ | December 22, 2012 | James Velasquez
    Whether it’s the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), our lives have never been more subjected to the whims of an unelected, “progressive” bureaucracy.
  • Pakistan mob burns man accused of desecrating Koran alive

    12/22/2012 11:08:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:56am EST | Hamid Sheikh
    A mob broke into a Pakistani police station and burned a man accused of desecrating the Koran alive, police said Saturday, in the latest violence focusing attention on the country’s blasphemy laws. … At least 53 people have been killed in Pakistan since 1990 after being accused of blasphemy, according to the Center for Research and Security Studies, and accusations are becoming more frequent. Blasphemy in Pakistan is punishable by death, but it is not specifically defined by law. …
  • Royal nurse who answered Duchess of Cambridge hoax call attempted to kill herself twice before

    12/22/2012 8:26:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:00 EST, 22 December 2012 | Abul Taher
    The nurse who committed suicide after answering a hoax phone call about the Duchess of Cambridge made two attempts to kill herself last winter, and had been prescribed antidepressants. Jacintha Saldanha, who took her own life days after the call from Australian DJs pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, attempted to commit suicide last December with an overdose of pills during a family visit to India. She survived after being rushed to hospital, but tried to commit suicide again just nine days later by apparently jumping from a building. … Although Saldanha’s family have previously said she did...
  • Asa Hutchinson Suggests Arming NWA School Volunteers

    12/22/2012 7:43:47 PM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    nwa ^ | Updated: December 21, 2012 | By: Marissa Stevens
    The National Rifle Association named former U.S. Congressman Asa Hutchinson as National Director of The National School Shield program. The hope is to reduce gun violence by promoting emergency response education and training. "I think there are people in every community in this country who would be happy to serve if only someone asked them and gave them the training and certifications to do so," said Hutchinson. During Hutchinson's speech, he brought up a particular program which is headquartered in Northwest Arkansas. "In my home state of Arkansas, my son was a volunteer with a local group called WatchDOG dads,...
  • Argentinean society breaks down amidst 25% inflation

    12/22/2012 7:28:10 PM PST · by SteelToe · 17 replies
    AlJazeeraEnglish ^ | December 22, 2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=11hv3q08ASo
  • Slate to Obama: Enough about you, already

    12/22/2012 7:09:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/22/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama flew to Hawaii this week after fiscal-cliff negotiations stalled, in part for a Christmas vacation, and in part to attend the memorial service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye. Obama offered a eulogy for Inouye, which usually means offering insights into the deceased’s life and character. Instead, as is Obama’s wont, he talked more about himself than the man whose life was supposed to be the center of attention.Even Slate noticed the problem, and blasted Obama for his narcissistic streak: Someone needs to tell Barack Obama—it must get particularly confusing this time of year—that his own birth is...
  • Gingrich: GOP in Danger of Becoming Permanent Minority

    12/22/2012 7:01:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 22 Dec 2012 12:03 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Republicans are in danger of losing their power and Democrats could become a near-permanent majority if the GOP doesn’t conduct a major overhaul on its party operations, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has warned. … Gingrich said there are 25 issues the party should address, including more work to include minority communities, a push for the party to compete in big cities and a refusal to ignore parts of the country that lean Democratic. …
  • N.R.A. Envisions ‘a Good Guy With a Gun’ in Every School

    12/22/2012 6:42:18 PM PST · by billorites · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and MOTOKO RICH
    After a weeklong silence, the National Rifle Association announced Friday that it wants to arm security officers at every school in the country. It pointed the finger at violent video games, the news media and lax law enforcement — not guns — as culprits in the recent rash of mass shootings. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A. vice president, said at a media event that was interrupted by protesters. One held up a banner saying, “N.R.A. Killing Our Kids.” The N.R.A.’s plan for countering...
  • A Flock of Doves: With Kerry at State, Hagel At Defense Would Be Dangerous.

    12/22/2012 6:36:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | December 21, 2012
    December 21, 2012 A Flock of Doves With Kerry at State, Hagel At Defense Would Be Dangerous. Article President Obama began to unveil his second-term national security team on Friday, choosing John Kerry as the next Secretary of State. The Massachusetts Senator shares the President's view of diminished American power and influence, which should only compound skepticism about the mooted selection of Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon. Mr. Obama has found his mirror-image in Mr. Kerry, who for 30 years has been one of the Democratic Party's leading doves. The Senator's antiwar activism after Vietnam is well known and...
  • NRA’s Press Conference of 12/21/12: An almost masterful strike. (Part 1)

    12/22/2012 5:44:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    gunfreezone.net ^ | 22 December, 2012 | Miguel
    <p>I caught the press conference live like many people did and by the time it finished I could not stop but smile thinking that the old coots can deliver harm to the politicians and play a mean game of PR chess to the Media and the Opposition.</p>
  • Obama Golfs with Buddy Busted for Soliciting Prostitute

    12/22/2012 5:30:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/22/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama is in Hawaii for Christmas. Right now, he's golfing with White House chef Sam Kass, staffer Marvin Nicholson, and friends Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb, according to the White House pool report. Titcomb was arrested in Honolulu last year for soliciting a prostitute.
  • Copahue volcano eruption puts Argentina and Chile on alert

    12/22/2012 5:21:09 PM PST · by John W · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 22, 2012 | BBC News
    The authorities in Argentina and Chile have issued an alert over increased activity at the Copahue volcano, which has begun spewing smoke and gas. Many residents have already left the area as a precaution. An orange volcano alert, the second highest, has been issued in both countries. The 3,000m (10,000ft) volcano is in Argentina's south-western Neuquen province, which borders the Biobio region of Chile.
  • Obama Golfing in Hawaii With Pal Arrested in Prostitution Sting

    12/22/2012 5:17:20 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    Obama Golfing in Hawaii With Pal Arrested in Prostitution Sting HONOLULU, Hawaii — Taking a break from the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama is spending the first day of his holiday vacation golfing with friends and aides, including longtime pal Bobby Titcomb, who was arrested last year on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. After arriving in Hawaii late last night, the president spent this morning at his family’s vacation residence along the shores of Kailua, a quiet town on a stretch of beach on the east end of Oahu. Shortly before noon, the president made the trip to the Kailua...
  • Postal workers continue hunger strike against proposed delivery cuts

    12/22/2012 3:42:05 PM PST · by traumer · 135 replies
    the hill/drudge ^ | 12/22/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Despite most of Congress leaving town for the holidays, postal workers are continuing a hunger strike protesting legislation to save the United States Postal Service (USPS) through budget cuts. The hunger strike began Tuesday and is expected to end late Saturday, according to The Washington Post. Six former and current postal workers, part of a group called Communities and Postal Workers United, are calling the strike “six days starving to save six-day delivery.” Their goal is to stop Congress from reducing postal delivery to five days a week. “We have to be on guard, to raise awareness and pressure the...
  • Police Wonder If They’ll Need To Confiscate Assault Weapons In Event Of Ban

    12/22/2012 4:32:01 PM PST · by barmag25 · 354 replies
    CBS New York ^ | December 22, 2012 | Marla Diamond
    Amid talk of reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired eight years ago, police departments nationwide are thinking of ways to confiscate such weapons. As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, among the departments considering taking action is the NYPD. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said if Congress were to reinstate the ban, police are wondering whether it will be their responsibility to confiscate them.