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  • David Cameron quotes Gospel of St John in annual message.

    12/24/2012 4:52:46 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 1 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | PUBLISHED: 00:07 GMT, 24 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 24 December 2012 Read more: http://www | TIM SHIPMAN
    ‘Christmas gives us the opportunity to remember the Christmas story – the story about the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope that he brings to the countless millions who follow him,’ he said. ‘The Gospel of John tells us that in this man was life, and that his life was the light of all mankind, and that he came with grace, truth and love. Indeed, God’s word reminds us that Jesus was the Prince of Peace.’ He concluded: ‘So however you celebrate this time of year, it is my hope and prayer that you have a happy and peaceful...
  • After Recession, More Young Adults Are Living on Street

    12/24/2012 3:51:39 AM PST · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    ny times ^ | december 18, 2012 | susan saulny
    SEATTLE — Duane Taylor was studying the humanities in community college and living in his own place when he lost his job in a round of layoffs. Then he found, and lost, a second job. And a third. Now, with what he calls “lowered standards” and a tenuous new position at a Jack in the Box restaurant, Mr. Taylor, 24, does not make enough to rent an apartment or share one. He sleeps on a mat in a homeless shelter, except when his sister lets him crash on her couch. “At any time I could lose my job, my security,”...
  • Israel reportedly fears Hamas making move for control of West Bank

    12/24/2012 3:45:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 23, 2012, 6:14 am | (Times of Israel Staff)
    Senior officials in Jerusalem reportedly believe a Gaza-style takeover of the West Bank by Hamas may be in the offing, citing intelligence estimates that show the Iran-backed terror group making a move for control of the Palestinian-ruled territory. Military Intelligence and the Shin Bet security service both have information that Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal has ordered his supporters to prepare for a battle for control of the West Bank, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday. … Jerusalem fears that a Hamas takeover of the West Bank would give Iran, which is allied with the group, a foothold on the...
  • Zero Dark Thirty Review

    12/24/2012 1:54:39 AM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 17 replies
    Vanity | 12/24/2012 | Behind the Blue Wall
    I just saw Zero Dark Thirty, and I thought I'd give a quick review of it for the benefit of those of you who might consider seeing it in the coming weeks. I'll try not to give away too many spoilers, but obviously it's a true story, so it shouldn't be too hard. First off, I don't think it's pro-Obama propaganda. The hero of the movie is the CIA agent who made it her personal decade-long mission to track down bin Laden, and then secondarily, Seal Team Six of course, but also the other CIA personnel who participated in the...
  • Fortress Europe: A Greek wall close up (border fence)

    12/24/2012 1:31:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 21.12.12 @ 09:19 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A 12.5-km (7.8-mile)-long fence rolled with barbed wire runs across plots of garlic and asparagus on the Greek-Turkish border. For the small farming community at Nea Vyssa, the presence of Greek military and police is a welcome relief from the mass of irregular migrants crossing from Turkey on a daily basis before the summer. … The barrier—bankrolled by the Greek state—was roundly condemned by EU officials when it was first announced over the summer. Greece has been arguing its border is an EU issue which merits EU help. But it also sees the mass arrivals of migrants as a threat...
  • Forget Sharia—The New Egyptian Constitution Enshrines Socialism

    12/24/2012 12:17:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/19/2012 @ 9:48AM | Bill Frezza
    It isn’t every day that the world gets to watch the birth of a new constitutional democracy. As the political drama in the land of the Pharaohs unfolds, the Western commentariat seems totally focused on the extent to which Egypt’s new constitution will be informed by Sharia law. Alas, nary a peep can be heard about a far greater threat to Egypt’s freedom and prosperity. The drafters of the new Egyptian constitution are blessed with having the history of two centuries of constitutional democracies to study. Evidence abounds on what works and what doesn’t, of which economic policies lead to...
  • NRA’s LaPierre: “Monsters” on Streets Pose Threat, Not Guns

    12/23/2012 11:47:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 23 Dec 2012 11:40 AM | Amy Woods
    The country does not need “one more law on top of 20,000 laws” that aims to control gun ownership in response to the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the CEO of the National Rifle Association said Sunday. Wayne LaPierre, who participated in a lengthy interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with host David Gregory, said the root of violent outbursts in the United States remains “monsters walking the streets” who instead should be institutionalized by a failing mental-health system. “I’m telling you what I think will make people safe, and what every mom and dad—will...
  • North Korea Could Have US Within Missile Range, Says South

    12/23/2012 11:42:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:10pm GMT | Ju-min Park
    This month’s rocket launch by reclusive North Korea shows it has likely developed the technology, long suspected in the West, to fire a warhead more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles), South Korean officials said on Sunday, putting the U.S. West Coast in range. North Korea said the December 12 launch put a weather satellite in orbit, but critics say it was aimed at nurturing the kind of technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile. North Korea is banned from testing missile or nuclear technology under U.N. sanctions imposed after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear weapons tests,...
  • Gun Control Advocates' Loudest Voices Are Most Heavily Protected

    12/23/2012 11:07:04 PM PST · by chessplayer · 6 replies
    Thousands of gun control laws later, politicians like Mayor Bloomberg walk the streets of New York with armed security. According to a 2009 CBS News piece, Bloomberg, like his predecessors, is protected around the clock, “even when he’s not working.” The mayor of the nation's largest city is protected around the clock, even when he's not working. He's trailed on the golf course, at the theater, while visiting relatives for Thanksgiving dinner--with taxpayers footing the bill. The report goes further into how many armed individuals usually protect Mayor Bloomberg: Mayors typically are protected by a five- or six-person team of...
  • Bully: Obama Threatened to Blame Fiscal Cliff on GOP in State of the Union Address

    12/23/2012 10:57:33 PM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal has reported that Barack Obama, petulant as usual, was considering using his State of the Union speech to blame Republicans for the impasse in dealing with the “fiscal cliff.” The Journal wrote: Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn't reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.
  • Dental Assistant Fired For Being 'Irresistible' Is 'Devastated'

    12/23/2012 9:26:45 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 84 replies
    http://gma/yahoo.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | ABC News
    After working as a dental assistant for ten years, Melissa Nelson was fired for being too "irresistible" and a "threat" to her employer's marriage. "I think it is completely wrong," Nelson said. "I think it is sending a message that men can do whatever they want in the work force." On Friday, the all-male Iowa State Supreme Court ruled that James Knight, Nelson's boss, was within his legal rights when he fired her, affirming the decision of a lower court. "We do think the Iowa Supreme Court got it completely right," said Stuart Cochrane, an attorney for James Knight. "Our...
  • Timbuktu mausoleums “destroyed”

    12/23/2012 9:23:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23 December 2012 | Last updated at 11:07 ET
    Islamists in Mali have begun destroying remaining mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu, an Islamist leader and a tourism official said. “Not a single mausoleum will remain in Timbuktu,” Abou Dardar, a leader of the Islamist group Ansar Dine, told AFP news agency. Islamists in control of northern Mali began earlier this year to pull down shrines that they consider idolatrous. …
  • 2012: Calm Before The Storm

    12/23/2012 9:18:16 PM PST · by Errant · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 23, 2012 | Gordon T. Long
    We have a new era dawning in Global Monetary policy. It is a new day with the monetary skies already red. Within 90 days the captains of monetary policy have steered the world into uncharted waters and on a course that history warns us against. Federal Reserve: QE3 "Unlimited" and QE4 within 90 days, ECB: OMT "Uncapped", BoJ: QE 10 and the newly elected Prime Minister Abe's mandate for "Inflation at any cost" BoE: UK's newly appointed BoE Governor, Mark Carney's Monetary Evan Rule targeting. These untested and newly commissioned captains all have PhD's from the finest Economic schools in...
  • Panel rejects experimental chronic fatigue syndrome drug

    12/23/2012 9:17:26 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    Nature ^ | December 21, 2012 | Heidi Ledford
    A drug for chronic fatigue syndrome that spent decades in clinical development and won fervent patient support has been turned down for approval by a committee of advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who voted 9–4 against it. The drug, named Ampligen (rintatolimod), has not been shown to be effective or safe, the committee determined on 20 December. “Key deficiencies included inadequate evidence of effectiveness or safety, inadequacy of drug–drug interaction studies, lack of carcinogenicity assessment, lack of anti-drug antibody determination, and inadequate analytical methods and drug product specifications,” the agency wrote in one of several sections...
  • Should Santa Claus still be fat?

    12/23/2012 8:43:00 PM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    Pickler's job as a professional Santa was a constant joke on the latest season of "The Biggest Loser." With his long white beard and protruding stomach, the 63-year-old looked every bit the part he played. "The world is going to have to change their acceptance of what Santa looks like," Pickler said. "Santa is a role model, and kids don't want to have a role model that's fat."
  • The latest thing - petitions.whitehouse.gov/

    12/23/2012 5:41:28 PM PST · by Jean S · 41 replies
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/
    We're seeing more and more of these petition threads. Do you feel comfortable signing a petition at White House website? I don't. They claim that Obama will consider the petitions when X number of signatures are logged. I think they're collecting names.
  • Gun Control Advocates´ Loudest Voices are Most Heavily Protected

    12/23/2012 7:56:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 12/23/12 | Kerry Picket
    Gun control advocates, following the NRA’s press conference on Friday, slammed the National Rifle Association’s response. NRA CEO Wayne La Pierre told reporters: “How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order? Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses--even sports stadiums--are all protected by armed security. We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers. Yet when it comes
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg Dumps on Bork's Death

    12/23/2012 7:47:19 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://newsbusters.org ^ | December 23, 2012 | Tim Graham
    National Public Radio was quite good at historical re-enactment on Thursday night's All Things Considered. The Nina Totenberg obituary on Reagan's defeated Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork carried almost all the original liberal invective. She included then-Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales, who wrote "He looked and talked like a man who would throw the book at you, and maybe the whole country."
  • SEAL Team Four commander in Afghanistan 'commits suicide' as body of married father is found shot

    12/23/2012 7:44:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/23/12 | the Daily Mail Reporter
    Commander John W Price, 42, oversaw SEAL Team Four, which was training Afghan police in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan Father of a young daughter Jillian, 9, is also survived by his wife Stephanie SEALs have suffered heavy casualties in Afghanistan The leader of Navy SEAL Team Four, one of the most senior commanders in the elite world of special operations, has died after apparently committing suicide in Afghanistan, it was reported today. Commander John W Price, 42, was found dead in his quarters with a gunshot wound on Saturday - just three days before Christmas. Cmdr Price was based in Naval...
  • Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School

    12/23/2012 7:21:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/23/12 | Daniel Halper
    The Blog Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School 4:58 PM, Dec 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C. "You proposed armed guards in school. We'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. You confronted the news media. You blamed Hollywood and the gaming...
  • UAE urges citizens not to travel to Lebanon

    12/23/2012 7:16:27 PM PST · by haffast · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/23/2012 | Rania El Gamal
    DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates urged citizens not to travel to Lebanon, a popular New Year holiday destination for Gulf Arabs, after Syria's civil war fanned sectarian clashes in north Lebanon. The Gulf Arab state issued the warning because of "difficult and sensitive political circumstances" in Lebanon, saying Emiratis should not visit unless they had to, state news agency WAM reported late on Saturday. Syria's conflict has provoked fighting in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, whose communal makeup mirrors that of the opposing sides in the war. Majority Sunnis in the city support Syria's mostly Sunni-led uprising, while...
  • America's Vicarious Christmas Vacation

    12/23/2012 7:14:41 PM PST · by upchuck · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    President Barack Obama needs a break. It's tiring and takes a tremendous amount of effort to dismantle 250 years of what made America the great nation we once were. So, in anticipation of leaving the drudgery of governing behind, Obama abandoned the wrecking ball he's been swinging for the last four years, left the 54 holiday trees that lost their lives in the White House, and jetted off with the wife, the kids and the dog for their nine-hour flight to Oahu. ... During the planned 17-day breather the President will be doing the usual "playing golf, eating at local...
  • US lobby (NRA/LaPierre) issues point-blank 'no' on gun control

    12/23/2012 6:57:23 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    France24 ^ | 23 December 2012
    AFP - The NRA, the most powerful gun lobby in the United States, ruled out any support Sunday for greater regulation of firearms or ammunition magazines after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said planned legislation to outlaw military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines was "phony" and would not work.He repeated the NRA's call to place an armed guard in every school and argued that prosecuting criminals and fixing the mental health system, rather than gun control, were the solutions to America's mass shooting epidemic.On December 14, a disturbed...
  • Your country on Democratics... Your country on Republicans... (CAPTION the toon about you)

    12/23/2012 6:54:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
  • Police: Sen. Crapo Arrested, Charged With DUI

    12/23/2012 6:50:42 PM PST · by knak · 46 replies
    Times News ^ | 12/23/12 | Associated Press
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Authorities say U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C. suburb. Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday that the Idaho Republican was pulled over early Sunday morning after his vehicle ran a red light. Police spokesman Jody Donaldson said Crapo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at about 12:45 a.m. without incident. He was transported to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond at about 5 a.m.. Donaldson said he didn't immediately know what Crapo's blood alcohol level was. Crapo has a...
  • Red alert issued for volcano on Chile-Argentina border

    12/23/2012 6:30:53 PM PST · by John W · 10 replies
    cnn.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Erica Harrington and Greg Botelho
    Chilean authorities on Sunday issued a red alert -- the most severe in their warning system -- that the Copahue Volcano, high in the Andes mountains on the border with Argentina, might be poised for a significant eruption. In a statement, Chile's Geological and Mining Service stressed that no mandatory evacuations have been ordered around the remote volcano, which lies about 280 kilometers southeast (175 miles) of Concepcion, though the closest roads to it are in Argentina. Even though the seismic activity suggests a minor eruption, the agency decided to raise the alert level because it could not rule out...
  • Steve Jobs’ high-tech yacht impounded over bill dispute

    12/23/2012 6:25:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2012 | Last updated at 12:29 ET
    Venus, the minimalist high-tech yacht commissioned by the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, has become embroiled in a row over a disputed bill. French designer Philippe Starck claims Mr. Jobs’ heirs still owe him €3 million of a €9 million fee for the project, according to Dutch paper Het Financieele Dagblad. Mr. Starck called in the debt collectors and had the yacht impounded. … The sleek, 260-foot-long aluminum super-yacht cost €105 million ($138 million; £85 million) and was launched in October, at Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. …
  • Egypt opposition accuses Islamists of fraud in referendum

    12/23/2012 6:15:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 23, 2012, 5:29 p.m. | Reem Abdellatif and Ned Parker
    Egypt’s opposition on Sunday charged that fraud was committed during a referendum on the nation’s Islamist-backed constitution, which preliminary results indicated had been approved by voters. The dispute augured more ill will and public confrontation between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and their opponents. The constitution, which went before voters Saturday in a second and final round of balloting, was approved by 64%, according to an initial count, the state news agency reported. Leaders from the National Salvation Front, or NSF, the coalition of leading nationalist, left-wing and moderate politicians, accused Islamists of systematic fraud and urged the government to not put...
  • Dana Loesch Sues Breitbart.com To Nix Contract

    12/23/2012 6:14:54 PM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12-23-12 | by Tommy Christopher
    Radio host, sometime CNN contributor, and Breitbart.com non-blogger Dana Loesch has filed suit against Breitbart.com LLC, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, seeking release from her contract, and $75,000 in damages. -snip- Conservative talk radio host and commentator Dana Loesch sued the owner of the conservative website Breitbart.com Friday, claiming that although her relationship with the news and opinion aggregating website had gone “tragically awry,” Breibart.cοm LLC refused to let her work for the company or anyone else, forcing her into “indentured servitude in limbo.” The suit, filed in U.S. District Court here, seeks at least $75,000 in damages, as...
  • Muslim group slams rebel threats against Syria Christians

    12/23/2012 6:11:50 PM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    The Daily Star - Lebanon ^ | December 23, 2012 05:28 PM | Friend or Foe?
    An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on December 22, 2012, allegedly shows rebels speaking at an undisclosed location in Syria on December 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: The world's largest Muslim body on Sunday condemned threats made by Islamist rebels in Syria against two Christian towns, warning of fresh confessional strife in the war-torn country. Such threats "are contrary to the precepts of Islam which calls for tolerance, brotherhood and peace," said the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation based in the Saudi city of Jeddah. It warned against the risks of...
  • Germany warns Britain against “blackmailing” EU

    12/23/2012 6:05:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Sun, Dec 23, 2012 11:45 AM AEDT | (AFP)
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned Britain in a Sunday newspaper interview against “blackmailing” its EU partners in a bid to bring powers back home from Brussels. “We want to keep Britain in the EU and not force it out,” Schäuble told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “But I will also say that does not mean anyone can blackmail us.” Asked whether a debate raging in Britain about a possible referendum on the country’s future in the 27-member bloc was “dangerous”, Schäuble said the European Union needed to be sending a clear message to the rest of the world. …
  • Barney Frank: Newt Gingrich hypocritical for blaming Newtown on absence of religion in public life

    12/23/2012 5:52:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/20/2012 7:18 PM | Tracy Jan
    Congressman Barney Frank blasted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for hypocrisy on Wednesday, criticizing the marital track record of his political nemesis after Gringrich connected the Sandy Hook school massacre to the absence of religion in public life. “God appears to have been driven out of Mr. Gingrich’s private life if you look at his marital history,” Frank said on MSNBC. “He’s very selective about where he thinks fundamental religious tenets ought to be followed.” …
  • NW grain terminal lockout pits ILWU against strikebreakers(private sector leverage)

    12/23/2012 5:52:24 PM PST · by Be Careful · 7 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 12/23/12 | Richard Read
    Scores of out-of-state strikebreakers wait on high alert in Northwest hotel rooms, ready to replace longshoremen in case of a lockout at grain terminals. Three fully crewed, non-union tugboats protected by armed guards stand by, prepared to keep grain ships docking. In a provocative move, a California company has moored the tugs on the Willamette River near longshore Local 8's Northwest Portland union hall. Quietly, owners of Portland, Vancouver and Puget Sound terminals have spent months preparing for a battle royal on the waterfront, lining up troops and assets like chess pieces. The agribusiness giants have laid legal groundwork for...
  • Maria Bartiromo Destroys Senator Ben Cardin

    12/23/2012 5:49:30 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 10 replies
    Maria Bartiromo challenges Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin to offer specifics on what spending cuts he would be willing to support, accusing both sides of talking generally about a "balanced approach" but failing ot reach an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff.
  • Lawmakers: We're Likely to Go Over the 'Fiscal Cliff'

    12/23/2012 5:42:55 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/23/12 | Philip and Karen Smith
    Top U.S. lawmakers voiced rising fear on Sunday that the country would go over "the fiscal cliff" in nine days, triggering harsh spending cuts and tax hikes, and some Republicans charged that was President Barack Obama's goal. "It's the first time that I feel it's more likely that we will go over the cliff than not," Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "If we allow that to happen it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time, maybe ever in American history," Lieberman added.
  • White House Wavers on Hagel, Considers Others for Defense

    12/23/2012 5:08:40 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    White House Wavers on Hagel, Considers Others for Defense By Michael Hirsh | National Journal – 5 hrs ago Besieged by criticism from right and left, and considerable skepticism from his former Senate colleagues, Chuck Hagel appears to be following the path of Susan Rice as a trial-balloon nominee who finds himself quickly losing altitude in Washington. And as happened with Rice, the White House is now signaling that it may soon puncture Hagel's hopes. Just as occurred with Rice, the U.N. ambassador whose prospective nomination as secretary of State—leaked to the media—flamed out in the face of widespread criticism...
  • Gov. Christie and Michael Steele Join Mayor Bloomberg in Criticizing the NRA

    12/23/2012 5:03:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 91 replies
    breitbart ^ | December 22, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    After Wayne LaPierre spoke of the NRA's desire to help make children safer by using its own money and resources to train teachers and work with police departments to have an armed presence at every school that wants it, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former RNC chair Michael Steele joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg in crying foul. Said Christie: "In general, I don't think the solution to safety in schools is putting an armed guard because for it to really be effective in my view, from a law enforcement perspective, you have to have an armed guard at every classroom."...
  • Syria unrest: Air strike on bakery 'kills dozens' (people were lined up for bread)

    12/23/2012 5:00:47 PM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Dozens of people have been killed and many wounded in a government air strike on a bakery in Syria's central Hama province, opposition activists say. The incident took place in Halfaya, a town recently captured by rebels. If activists' reports of 90 deaths are confirmed, this would be one of the deadliest air strikes of the civil war.
  • “Dad never wanted to be President”: Tagg Romney says Mitt had to be pushed by Ann and the boys

    12/23/2012 4:57:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 12:42 EST, 23 December 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Mitt Romney’s son says that his defeated dad never actually wanted the top job and he was reluctantly convinced to run for president. “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to… run,” the eldest Romney son Tagg said in an interview with the Boston Globe. “If he could have found someone else to take his place… he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he...
  • Bill McBride, former gubernatorial candidate and husband of Alex Sink, dies of heart attack

    12/23/2012 4:56:36 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 7 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 23, 2012 | Times Staff
    TAMPA — Bill McBride, a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate who once led Florida's largest law firm, died Saturday. He was 67. Mr. McBride had a heart attack Saturday evening while in Mount Airy, N.C., with family, according to his wife, Alex Sink, Florida's former chief financial officer and also a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate. Mr. McBride, who lost the 2002 gubernatorial election to Jeb Bush, was once managing partner of the Holland & Knight law firm. He later became a partner in the Barnett Bolt Kirkwood Long & McBride boutique law firm on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard. He had been a...
  • Egypt tourism slump blamed on Islamist rule

    12/23/2012 4:45:22 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | December 23, 2012
    Currently there is no tourism in Egypt," grumbled Adel Anwar, the 32-year-old owner of a trinket stall. "The new Islamist government has no experience in managing the state," he said. "The Islamists care only about their interests, not us. They forget about everyone else." The complaint is a common one among workers dependent on Egypt's tourist industry, a key earner for the economy. ... Extremist Islamists are keeping tourists away from Egypt
  • Obama to Boehner: ‘You Get Nothing — I Get That for Free’

    12/23/2012 4:40:22 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A Wall Street Journal report detailing the broken-down status of talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on the year-end “fiscal cliff” reveals that Obama threatened to use both his inaugural and State of the Union speeches to blame Republicans if there’s no deal. Negotiations reportedly came to a standstill after Boehner proposed increasing the tax rate on top earners: Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his...
  • Op-Ed: Jewish organizations have made great strides in gay inclusion—but must do more

    12/23/2012 4:24:02 PM PST · by Salman · 20 replies
    BOSTON (JTA) -- At the 2009 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, 50 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews and their allies gathered in a small room on the ninth floor of the conference hotel. The event was not part of the official GA program, and the room was in the hinterlands of the hotel, hidden from the public eye. It reminded me of photos of 1950s gay bars, underground dives with no signs or windows. At the biggest annual gathering of Jews in the world, it felt like LGBT Jews were still stuck in...
  • “Coal-aholics”: Poland Wages War on Efforts to Save the Climate

    12/23/2012 3:49:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/21/12 | Joel Stonington
    Poland is addicted to coal. That is the message the country has been sending both domestically and internationally as Warsaw prepares to host the global climate summit next year. In Europe, the Poles are isolated in their fight for looser emissions reduction goals and against fixes to the EU’s cap-and-trade system. … The apparent pressure on environmental groups, while concerning, does not seem inconsistent with Warsaw’s approach to issues relating to climate change. On Monday, coal-dependent Poland continued its virtually solitary opposition to a widely-supported—and badly needed—short-term fix for Europe’s carbon-trading system, the continent’s flagship policy in the fight against...
  • Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards,Sends Kids to High-Security School

    12/23/2012 3:42:45 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/23/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C. -snip- The Gregory children go to school with the children of President Barack Obama, according to the Washington Post. That school is the co-ed Quaker school Sidwell Friends. According to a scan of the school's online faculty-staff directory, Sidwell has a security department made up of at least 11 people. Many of those are police officers, who are presumably...
  • NBC's David Gregory Bashes NRA Chair Over 'Common Sense'

    12/23/2012 3:25:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/23/12 | Breitbart
    Sunday morning on Meet the Press NBC host David Gregory grilled NRA leader Wayne LaPierre in a heated exchange over the gun control debate.
  • Smoking Smothers Your Genes

    12/23/2012 3:17:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 21 December 2012 | Karl Gruber
    Enlarge Image Risk factor. Smoking may cause chemical modifications of DNA. Credit: Hemera/Thinkstock Cigarettes leave you with more than a smoky scent on your clothes and fingernails. A new study has found strong evidence that tobacco use can chemically modify and affect the activity of genes known to increase the risk of developing cancer. The finding may give researchers a new tool to assess cancer risk among people who smoke. DNA isn't destiny. Chemical compounds that affect the functioning of genes can bind to our genetic material, turning certain genes on or off. These so-called epigenetic modifications can influence...
  • Today We Are Gathered … To Hear More About Me (Obama the Narcissist)

    12/23/2012 3:16:02 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | December 21, 2012 | Emily Yoffe
    Someone needs to tell Barack Obama—it must get particularly confusing this time of year—that his own birth is not Year One, the date around which all other events are understood. His much-noted, self-referential tic was on cringe-worthy display Friday when the president gave his eulogy for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who served in Congress for half a century representing Obama’s birth state of Hawaii. Inouye was a Japanese-American war hero (he lost an arm in World War II, destroying his dream of becoming a surgeon), and as a senator he served on the Watergate committee, helped rewrite our intelligence...
  • Sen. Barrasso: Obama sees a ‘political victory’ in going over the cliff

    12/23/2012 3:12:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Sen. Barrasso: Obama sees a ‘political victory’ in going over the cliffBy Alicia M. Cohn - 12/23/12 09:32 AM ET Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said Sunday he thinks President Obama wants to dive over the so-called "fiscal cliff." "I believe the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes," Barrasso told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "He senses a political victory at the bottom of the cliff." The senator also said he believes the nation will go over the cliff, with the deadline just nine days away. Barrasso said he thinks Obama is eager to blame...
  • Did David Gregory just violate D.C. gun law by possessing a high-capacity gun clip?

    12/23/2012 3:05:02 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 12/23/12 | William A. Jacobson
    Legal Insurrection@LegInsurrection @davidgregory Was that a high capacity ammunition clip you were holding? Did you check D.C. law? Update 5:15 p.m. — It has been 4 hours since I emailed the two communications people at NBC News with responsibility for Meet the Press, and almost two hours since I emailed the S.V.P. of Communications and left a voice mail on her cell phone, but no response yet from NBC News. -snip- It sure looks that way, unless the gun clip Gregory held up today was just a dummy prop. I saw a number of tweets linking to this post David...