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  • (Prince)Harry kills Taliban chief

    12/23/2012 11:36:09 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 75 replies
    SunUK ^ | 12/23/12 | Staff
    PRINCE Harry has killed his first Taliban commander, The Sun can reveal. The 28-year-old gunship co-pilot was called on to unleash a missile strike to eliminate a senior terror leader. Harry has proved a massive hit with comrades in Helmand, Afghanistan, who have nicknamed him Big H. A defence insider said: "Big H is a legend. “We were on patrol and the Apache helicopters were called in. We heard this posh voice come over the radio and knew it was Big H. They were tracking a Taliban leader — he was commander level.
  • Pizzu Hut - No checks policy (along with many others)

    12/23/2012 11:34:39 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 82 replies
    To the question "Can you use a check ordering from Pizza Hut online?" We have this answer: You can only used a credit card or a Pizza Hut gift card to purchase online, no checks accepted. And, driving up to their window in South Central Texas, the same sign is posted. No checks accepted as of January 1. Wonder how many other establishments are going to do the same? I thought the economy was recovering....
  • (Potheads Vs. Tree Huggers) Pot Farms Wreaking Havoc on Northern California Environment

    12/23/2012 11:26:16 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 23, 2012 | Joe Mozingo
    Pot farms wreaking havoc on Northern California environment • Burgeoning marijuana growing operations are sucking millions of gallons of water from coho salmon lifelines and taking other environmental tolls, scientists say. EUREKA, Calif. — State scientists, grappling with an explosion of marijuana growing on the North Coast, recently studied aerial imagery of a small tributary of the Eel River, spawning grounds for endangered coho salmon and other threatened fish. In the remote, 37-square-mile patch of forest, they counted 281 outdoor pot farms and 286 greenhouses, containing an estimated 20,000 plants — mostly fed by water diverted from creeks or a...
  • Mitt's Son Says He Never Wanted to be President Anyway

    12/23/2012 10:37:20 AM PST · by Java4Jay · 11 replies
    If you thought the tale of how Mitt Romney lost the general election was already told, you would be wrong. Because there is so much left to tell, like how Mitt never wanted to be President anyway.
  • Sex-offender intern's case goes underground: Homeland Security, courts, senator's office all mum

    12/23/2012 10:25:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    wnd ^ | 12/22/12 | Micheal Carl
    The case against an intern serving in the Newark, N.J., office of Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from that state, who was arrested Dec. 6 reportedly for being both an illegal immigrant and a sex offender, apparently has gone underground. The Associated Press reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 18-year-old Luis Abraham Sanchez Zavaleta outside of his Newark home. However, there seems to be no record of the arrest, the progress of Sanchez’s case, or that he is even still in custody.
  • Mitt's Son Says He Never Wanted to be President Anyway

    12/23/2012 10:14:31 AM PST · by OKRA2012 · 79 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 12/23/12 | Connor Simpson
    If you thought the tale of how Mitt Romney lost the general election was already told, you would be wrong. Because there is so much left to tell, like how Mitt never wanted to be President anyway.
  • Constitutionally, Speaker Boehner Should Not Be Making Pre-emptive Tax Concessions

    12/23/2012 9:51:56 AM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 28 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | December 23, 2012 | Rob Natelson
    From the standpoint of one familiar with our constitutional history, the spectacle of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives making pre-emptive tax concessions to the President is unnerving. Over a period of centuries, the lower house of the English Parliament, the House of Commons, fought for and won the “power of the purse”—that is, the right to initiate, as well as approve, all revenue measures. Based on English success, we adopted the same system. Until now, apparently. Fundamental to the rights of Englishman was (and is) the right not to be taxed without consent. That required approval by...
  • 25 years after her rape claims sparked a firestorm, Tawana Brawley avoids the spotlight

    12/23/2012 9:18:53 AM PST · by granada · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 23, 2012 | MICHAEL GARTLAND
    Her silence is deafening. Twenty-five years after the spotlight first glared on Tawana Brawley — a black woman who as a teen claimed she was raped by a gang of white men, smeared with feces and stuffed in a garbage bag — she’s desperately struggling to stay hidden from public view. “I don’t want to talk to anyone about that,” Brawley, 40, said recently after The Post found her in Hopewell, Va., where she lives in a neatly kept brick apartment complex with signs warning of video surveillance cameras. By all appearances, her life — so chaotic a quarter-century ago...
  • 4 shot in deadly Sacramento home invasion; Intruder fatally wounded

    12/23/2012 8:43:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    kcra.com ^ | 22 December, 2012 | Leticia Ordaz
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Sacramento police are investigating a home invasion robbery on Haven Court that left one intruder dead and three others injured on Saturday. Police have arrested Thomas Ordonaz, 21. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and, accessory after the fact. The incident happened at 3:30 a.m. in the Pocket neighborhood. Investigators said during the course of the robbery, gunfire was exchanged and total of four people were shot.
  • U.S. judge rules against Calpers on San Bernardino

    12/23/2012 8:23:29 AM PST · by Be Careful · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/21/12 | By Jonathan Weber and Tim Reid
    (Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge ruled on Friday against an attempt by the California Public Employees Retirement System to bypass the bankruptcy court and collect overdue pension payments from the bankrupt city of San Bernardino. The decision, while only one step in a highly complex legal proceeding, was a blow to Calpers' argument that pension payments and California law should take precedence in a bankruptcy.
  • The End of Bush Tax Rates Should Make Liberals Happy

    12/23/2012 8:08:16 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 12-22-12 | tim brown
    Families, Average Income $70,662: $4,138 tax increase. Baby Boomers, Average Income $95,099: $4,223 tax increase Low Income Workers, Average Income $24,757: $1,207 tax increase Millennials, Average Income $23,917: $1,099 tax increase Retirees, Average Income $42,553: $857 tax increase Note that these income figures are Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Number of filers and AGI are estimates for 2013. Take a look at the full details here. Interestingly enough, liberals say this is a bad thing, but for them it would simply be returning to the Clinton Era Tax rates, right? Aren’t they the ones who have been saying those were the...
  • Cobb gun show attracts scores looking for assault-style rifles (Atlanta, GA)

    12/23/2012 7:28:10 AM PST · by Drew68 · 26 replies
    THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION ^ | Dec. 22, 2012 | Chris Joyner
    As gun control talks heat up in Washington, more than 1,000 people lined up Saturday morning outside the exhibit hall at Jim Miller Park in Cobb County for the Eastman Gun Show. Many hoped to walk away with assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines they fear may soon be outlawed. “This is awesome,” said Kevin Law, a gun enthusiast and surveyor from Woodstock. He attended the show with his brother Keith Law. “We knew it was going to be like this. People want to protect their rights.” Like many in line in the freezing temperatures, the Law brothers had planned to...
  • British hospital apologizes to familes for appallingly negligent care

    12/23/2012 7:26:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2012 | Rick Moran
    An apology seems insufficient considering the circumstances. Telegraph: ******** Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is writing to 38 families after a massive legal action that exposed years of bad practice, ranging from nurses taunting patients to leaving an elderly woman unwashed for 11 weeks. In one of the worst cases, a man had starvation recorded as the cause of his death after being treated at the hospital for two months. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said last night that he was "disgusted and appalled" by what the families had been through, and that the Government was acting to ensure that failings...
  • Piers Morgan's Full-Auto Fantasyland (Ignoring the difference between full and semi-automatic)

    12/23/2012 7:23:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2012 | Dmitri Rutkowski
    CNN's Piers Morgan is known for his invasive, aggressive style of journalism and reliably left-leaning sympathies. In the wake of the recent atrocity at Sandy Hook School, however, the former British tabloid editor has taken to playing fast-and-loose with the facts regarding America's gun laws . . . in a manner that's "not quite cricket." During his 12/21 broadcast at the 20 minute mark, Morgan repeatedly featured YouTube-type video footage illustrating the firing of a fully-automatic AR15 type rifle. What's wrong with that? Well, the problem stems from the fact that both the video's caption and Morgan himself describe the...
  • What does Newsweek Know About Jesus?

    12/23/2012 7:19:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2012 | R.B. Parrish
    For its Dec. 10, 2012 edition, Newsweek featured a story, "What Do We Really Know About Jesus?" A better title might have been, "What does Newsweek know about Jesus?" The gist of the article is that the gospels are full of historical errors; yet nevertheless, "for those with a broader vision, a more generous appreciation of literature, and a fuller sense of theological meaning, the story of the Christ-child and his appearance in the world can be founded not on what really did happen, but on what really does happen, in the lives of those who believe that stories such...
  • Could this time really be different? (barf alert)

    12/23/2012 7:15:23 AM PST · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 23 dec2012 | Mike Littwin
    This time is different. You don't have to ask why. Twenty Sandy Hook first-graders are dead, having been shot repeatedly with a gun (legal) that looks as if it had been grabbed off a "Zero Dark Thirty" set, killed by bullets (legal) intended to cause maximum damage, set in action by a disturbed young man who was able (with his anyone-can-buy-it tool kit of death) to turn an elementary school into a war zone. Of course it is different. The stoic president wept. The dead children's classmates brought stuffed animals to the funerals. We learned of the victims' brief lives,...
  • GERALD CELENTE: The Financial Collapse Of 2013 Will Be Worse Than The Great Depression

    12/23/2012 6:15:04 AM PST · by blam · 87 replies
    TBI - KWN ^ | 12-23-2012 | Sam Ro
    GERALD CELENTE: The Financial Collapse Of 2013 Will Be Worse Than The Great Depression Sam RoDec. 23, 2012, 5:07 AM Forget the Mayan Apocalypse. Gerald Celente, the popular trends forecaster of Trends Research, cites the work of a former Treasury official and warns that the bonds are in a massive bubble that will burst in 2013 in what will be a financial collapse like nothing we've seen before. He recently spoke about it in an interview with King World News: This piece is being penned by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, the former Assistant Treasury Secretary under Ronald Reagan. And he...
  • Businesses Cut Employees’ Hours to Prepare for Health Care Reforms

    12/23/2012 6:10:16 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 20 replies
    Free Times ^ | 20 November 2012 | Eva Moore
    With President Barack Obama reelected to a second term, the health care reforms passed during his first term are set to take effect. And some employers are now facing the fact that they’ll be forced to offer health coverage to all employees who work more than 30 hours a week. Here in the Midlands, Lizard’s Thicket owner Bobby Williams is in that position. His company made the decision to cut new employees to 28 hours a week. Long-time employees will continue to work 40 hours a week, he says. “Absolutely they’re upset about it,” he says of the workers whose...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 December 2012

    12/23/2012 4:47:18 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 213 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 23rd, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Kent Conrad, D-N.D.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.FACE THE NATION (CBS): David Keene, NRA president; Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Mark Warner, D-Va.; Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C.; actor Ben Affleck.THIS WEEK (ABC): Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Reps....
  • Jersey town adopts schoolhouse Glocks

    12/23/2012 4:24:30 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 66 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/23/12 | Susan Edelman
    Don’t mess with Marlboro Township. The leafy, well-heeled New Jersey suburb will station a permanent armed cop in each of its nine schools starting Jan. 2. * * * The mayor and other town officials had approved the initiative before the chief of the National Rifle Association ignited a firestorm on Friday by calling for armed guards for schools.
  • Arab ‘Taxi Terrorist’ Runs over Policeman

    12/23/2012 4:08:07 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Jerusalem police shot and wounded a Jerusalem Arab taxi driver-turned terrorist Sunday morning after he ran into a Border Police officer, wounding him in his leg. The driver, approximately age 21, approached a police station in Jabel Mukaber, in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood near Talpiot. After the taxi cab hit a supply truck at the entrance to the police station, a Border Police officer began talking to the driver, who then put the cab in reverse and then back into the drive position, aiming at the Border Police officer. Jerusalem police at the scene immediately opened fire. Both the Border...
  • Reid urges Hawaii governor to quickly name Inouye successor

    12/23/2012 4:02:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Reid urges Hawaii governor to quickly name Inouye successorBy Meghashyam Mali - 12/23/12 05:53 AM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Saturday pressed Hawaii’s governor to quickly appoint a successor to Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who passed away last week. In a statement, Reid said he has asked Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) to tap a replacement by year’s end. “I have asked the governor of Hawaii to appoint Senator Inouye's successor with due haste. It is critically important to ensure that the people of Hawaii are fully represented in the pivotal decisions the Senate will be making before...
  • Occupy LA Sues Over Mass Detentions (“shock and awe”)

    12/23/2012 3:47:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 12/22/12 | Jason Kandel
    Occupy LA Sues Over Mass DetentionsA lawsuit was filed by Occupy protesters whose demonstration at City Hall last year was broken up by police By Jason Kandel | Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 | Updated 9:02 PM PST Occupy Los Angeles demonstrators are suing the city for what they said was an unlawful “shock and awe” attack on their civil rights when 1,400 police officers swept nearly 300 demonstrators from City Hall grounds more than a year ago. **SNIP** Five people are suing in a class action lawsuit that represents 292 people detained by officers in the raid. Court documents said...
  • CIA: 'Zero Dark Thirty' is 'not a documentary' (Obama killing Osama movie "dangerous" dramatization)

    12/23/2012 3:21:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/22/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    CIA: 'Zero Dark Thirty' is 'not a documentary'By Alicia M. Cohn - 12/22/12 09:51 AM ET The head of the Central Intelligence Agency sent a memo to CIA employees on Friday informing them that the new movie "Zero Dark Thirty," about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, "is not a documentary." "The film takes significant artistic license, while portraying itself as being historically accurate," CIA Acting Director Michael Morell wrote. The film, by director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, has already achieved both Oscar predictions and controversy in Congress. The movie depicts the international search for the al Qaeda...
  • Brit 7/7 widow ‘plotted station horror’

    12/23/2012 3:07:15 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | December 23, 2012 | SIMON HUGHES and ALLAN HALL
    SECURITY chiefs fear an al-Qaeda cell funded by the British “White Widow” plotted to bomb a German railway station, The Sun can reveal. The attack in Bonn would have resulted in a massacre like the one in the Spanish capital Madrid in 2004 which left 191 people dead. But the device failed to explode and was disarmed before it could detonate. Intelligence sources in Germany say that al-Qaeda was behind the conspiracy — which encompassed “many operatives” overseas, including wanted Brit Samantha Lewthwaite. Last night a source said: “Remember this was a primed device that was of the size of...
  • Court blocks California law banning gay therapy

    12/23/2012 2:26:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2012 10:15 PM EST | Lisa Leff
    A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure’s constitutionality. The law was set to take effect Jan. 1. Licensed counselors who practice so-called “reparative therapy” and two families who say their teenage sons have benefited from it sought the injunction after a lower court judge refused the request. The law, which was passed by the...
  • “Fiscal cliff” leaves Boehner a wounded speaker

    12/23/2012 2:15:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2012 9:09 AM EST | Alan Fram
    John Boehner is a bloodied House speaker following the startling setback that his own fractious Republican troops dealt him in their “fiscal cliff” struggle against President Barack Obama. There’s plenty of internal grumbling about the Ohio Republican, especially among conservatives, and lots of buzzing about whether his leadership post is in jeopardy. But it’s uncertain whether any other House Republican has the broad appeal to seize the job from Boehner or whether his embarrassing inability to pass his own bill preventing tax increases on everyone but millionaires is enough to topple him. “No one will be challenging John Boehner as...
  • 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.
  • Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons

    12/22/2012 4:20:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:25pm EST | Dave Warner and Kevin Murphy
    Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms. Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, crowds around the dealer booths, a rush to buy assault weapons even at higher prices and some dealers selling out. …
  • Early signs show Egypt’s new constitution passing

    12/22/2012 3:56:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:35pm EST | Yasmine Saleh and Edmund Blair
    Early indications showed Egyptians approved an Islamist-drafted constitution after Saturday’s final round of voting in a referendum despite opposition criticism of the measure as divisive. An official from the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, which backs Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, said that after nearly 4 million votes had been counted there was a majority of 74 percent in favor of the constitution. Exit polls from the opposition National Salvation Front also showed the constitution passing, an official said. … (T)he opposition accuses Mursi of pushing through a text that favors Islamists and ignores the rights of Christians, who make up about...
  • Time for Congress to stand up to NRA

    12/22/2012 3:50:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012 | (A Times Editorial)
    If Congress is going to make a meaningful attempt to reduce gun violence, it will have to stand up to the National Rifle Association. The NRA’s cynical and insensitive response to the Newtown, Conn., massacre is motivated more by self-preservation than public safety. President Barack Obama has provided a reasonable framework for beginning to tackle the complex nature of gun violence. It will require the courage of both Republicans and Democrats to ignore the NRA and put meaningful reforms in place that honor the 26 children and adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. …