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  • The Last Two Times Corporate Insiders Got This Bearish, Stocks Went On To Dive

    12/24/2012 6:57:55 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI - Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 12-24-2012 | Cullen Roche
    The Last Two Times Corporate Insiders Got This Bearish, Stocks Went On To Dive Cullen Roche, Pragmatic CapitalismDecember 24, 2012, 4:21 AM The last time Mark Hulbert updated his insider trading data the market was in the process of bottoming. He said insiders were very bullish. How quickly sentiment changes in a month! His latest update shows a huge reversal in insider sentiment: “For the week that ended last Friday, this sell-to-buy ratio for NYSE-listed shares listed stood at 6.67-to-1. That means insiders, on average, were selling nearly seven shares of their companies’ stock for every one that they were...
  • Germany offers cruise missiles at half price

    12/24/2012 6:56:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2012-12-23 | By Lee Tae-hoon
    Germany offers cruise missiles at half price By Lee Tae-hoon A German-based defense company will offer to sell its cutting-edge air-to-ground stand alone cruise missiles to Seoul at almost half its 2009 initial offering price of 3.6 billion won ($3.4 million), multiple sources said Sunday. An industry source said TAURUS Systems GmbH (TSG) has decided to lower the price of a TAURUS missile to 2.2 billion won to overcome challenges that non-U.S. companies face in entering Korea’s growing defense market. “We acknowledge barriers in entering the Korean market as the United States, which has roughly 28.500 troops here, continues to...
  • Does Piers Morgan’s bodyguard carry a gun?

    12/24/2012 6:55:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4 December, 2012 | Jim Treacher
    You might not know who Piers Morgan is, because he’s on CNN. (If you don’t know what CNN is, Google it.) He’s a British guy who hosts a show on American cable news because Larry King finally realized he was 150 years old and retired, and CNN had absolutely no idea what to do with his time slot. So far, the experiment has been a miserable ratings failure, but I’m sure Jeff Zucker doesn’t mind. Anyway, Morgan is really excited about that football player killing his girlfriend and then himself, because it’s an excuse for Morgan to tell all us...
  • BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: NY Paper Publishes Legal Gun Permit Holders Names In Print & Online!

    12/24/2012 6:52:36 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 72 replies
    AMI Global Security ^ | 24 DEC 2012 | Tony Mele
    A New York Newspaper Printed the names and addresses of every Licensed Pistol Permit holder in two Counties and another County is being posted shortly! This is a massive privacy breach and the latest in a series of over the top emotional reactions to the latest shooting tragedy in Sandy Hook CT meant to intimidate the lawful and prey on peoples fears to exploit the gun grabbing agenda. In an article title “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood” the paper linked to an interactive map titled: “Map: Where are the gun...
  • UN AGENDA 21: We are so screwed

    12/24/2012 6:49:30 AM PST · by Jerrybob · 10 replies
    TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com ^ | 12/23/12 | Michael
    Merry Christmas. We are so screwed. Here are some highlights: 1) The ‘Code Official’ – anybody the jurisdiction calls – a ‘Code Official’ – is the sole interpreter – no due process – Gestapo! 2) Every day an offense occurs is a separate mandatory misdemeanor - $555/day and/or a month in jail in Charleston, W.Va. They can fine you out of your home and jail you at their whim! 3) Anything the ‘Code Official’ says is not in good working condition – sticky window, dented or plugged gutter, torn window screen – whatever he says is not in good working...
  • HUSSMAN: Investors Don't Realize How Quickly All Of Their Recent Profits Could Get Destroyed

    12/24/2012 6:47:16 AM PST · by blam · 2 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-24-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    HUSSMAN: Investors Don't Realize How Quickly All Of Their Recent Profits Could Get Destroyed Joe WeisenthalDec. 24, 2012, 7:05 AM In his latest weekly note, John Hussman is very bearish and he blasts the Fed for not correctly fixing the economy. This is very standard for him. One interesting observation regards the fragility of investor gains: The stock market is only a few percent from its 6-month high at present, and even an overextended move to about 1490 would put the S&P 500 at its upper Bollinger band (two standard deviations above the 20-period moving average) on daily, weekly and...
  • Wyo. may loosen gun laws

    12/24/2012 6:46:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    wyomingnews.com ^ | 24 December, 2012 | Trevor Brown
    CHEYENNE -- Proposals to loosen gun regulations are likely to emerge when the Legislature convenes in early January. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is spurring national leaders to call for tighter federal gun-control laws. But several Wyoming legislators say they are planning to sponsor legislation that would do the opposite. Incoming Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau, R-Gillette, said he is drafting legislation that would end gun-free zones. He said he still is working on the details and the bill has not yet been filed. But he said it could include allowing teachers and other staff to have guns...
  • Taliban Relase Shocking Video

    12/24/2012 6:30:21 AM PST · by LSUfan · 9 replies
    YouTube-Reuters ^ | 3 Feb 2012 | Unattributed
    The bodies of 15 members of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Constabulary (FC) have been found, almost two weeks after they were kidnapped from a north-western town, officials said. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the killings. "We have received dead bodies of 15 kidnapped FC men", senior local FC commander Ali Sher Mehsud said, revising the earlier death toll. He said that the FC men were killed in Shawa, a small town in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border. All the corpses, which arrived in a military hospital in the north-western Tal town, had bullet wounds, he...
  • KRUGMAN: Bowles, Greenspan, And The WSJ Are All Basically Members Of A Doomsday Cult

    12/24/2012 6:30:00 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-24-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    KRUGMAN: Erskine Bowles, Alan Greenspan, And The WSJ Editorial Board Are All Basically Members Of A Doomsday Cult Joe WeisenthalDec. 24, 2012, 5:55 AM We liked this note that was sent out by SocGen's Kit Juckes this morning: It wouldn't be Christmas without Paul Krugman telling the US government it's OK to spend money. Krugman thinks that anyone who worries about a disaster coming from the scale of US debt is a doom-mongerer. Especially the WSJ. That's snarky, but that is what Krugman's Christmas eve column is about. Essentially it's a reminder of one of his favorite topics: That the...
  • With no deal, Obama heads to Hawaii [Pretend BUSH did this...what would media say?]

    12/24/2012 6:27:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/21/12 | David Nakamura
    With financial negotiations all but halted, President Obama was headed out of Washington on Friday evening for his annual winter vacation in Hawaii. Obama is likely to have a short trip this year; aides said he is scheduled to return Wednesday, a day after Christmas, to resume discussions with congressional leaders on how to avert the fiscal cliff. "Merry Christmas - because we didn't get this done, I'll see you next week," Obama said after telling reporters he still had hope of striking a deal to prevent taxes from rising on the middle class next year.
  • The World's Largest Naval Station Is Packed Tight For Christmas (9 Flattops All In A Row)

    12/24/2012 6:16:46 AM PST · by blam · 72 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-24-2012 | Robert Johnson
    The World's Largest Naval Station Is Packed Tight For Christmas Robert JohnsonDecember 24,2012 The Navy does its best to get troops home for the holidays when it can, but this display at Norfolk Naval base is still more the exception than the rule. Nine "Flattops," five aircraft carriers, and four amphibious assault ships, are crammed together here at Norfolk among smaller ships and nuclear submarines from December 20, Navy photos. The nine flattops alone, number more than all eight battleships at Pearl Harbor in 1941. The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77),...
  • Police: Sen. Crapo registered blood alcohol content of .110

    12/24/2012 5:58:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    Idaho Press ^ | December 24, 2012
    Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday that the Idaho Republican was pulled over 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. He was transported to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond at about 5 a.m.... Police said Crapo, who was alone in his vehicle, registered a blood alcohol content of .110. The legal limit in Virginia, which has strict drunken driving laws, is .08.
  • Hundreds Protest Manchin Gun Control Support in West Virginia

    12/24/2012 5:58:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 23 December, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    We highlighted West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe “NRA A-Rated” Manchin’s post-Newtown come-to-Jesus epiphany on the need for common sense gun control laws earlier this week. But not long after basking in the approval of media outlets everywhere for his level-headedness on the issue, he tried to walk the whole thing back. As he backpeddled furiously, mediaite.com reports that he was heard shouting, “’I’m not supporting a ban on anything,’ Manchin said. He instead reinforced his praise of the gun lobby group, saying, ‘I’m so proud of the NRA, I’m so pleased they agreed to be part of this.’” But Mountain...
  • France monitoring traditionalist Catholics for 'religious pathology'

    12/24/2012 5:46:55 AM PST · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/13/2012 | Carl Bunderson
    Paris, France, Dec 13, 2012 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A French cabinet member announced that the government will monitor certain groups for "religious pathology," including a traditionalist Catholic organization, and will shut them down if it is discovered. “The objective is to identify when it's suitable to intervene to treat what has become a religious pathology,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a conference on the official policy of secularism, according to Reuters. “The aim is not to combat opinions by force, but to detect and understand when an opinion turns into a potentially violent and criminal excess,” he said...
  • Chelsea takes to political stage to become 'face of the Clintons' as Hillary prepares for....

    12/24/2012 5:45:11 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    Chelsea takes to political stage to become 'face of the Clintons' as Hillary prepares for run at White House Playing an increasingly prominent role at the Clinton Foundation In July, she accompanied her father to Africa on a foundation mission Hillary continues to deny rumours she wants a second run at the presidency By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 08:00 EST, 24 December 2012 | UPDATED: 08:32 EST, 24 December 2012 Chelsea is set to become the new face of the Clinton family political dynasty as mother Hillary exits the stage after 31 years of public service. The New York resident,...
  • Romney didn't want to run for president, son says

    12/24/2012 5:20:25 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 62 replies
    france24.com ^ | 12/23/12
    AFP - No one wanted to be president less than Mitt Romney, his son said in an interview out Sunday that raises new questions about the candidacy of the losing Republican nominee. In an interview with the Boston Globe examining what went wrong with the Romney campaign, his eldest son Tagg explains that his father had been a reluctant candidate from the start. After failing to win the 2008 Republican nomination, Romney told his family he would not run again and had to be persuaded to enter the 2012 White House race by his wife Ann and son Tagg. "He...
  • BREAKING People (firefighters) Shot at Scene of Webster (NY) Fire

    12/24/2012 5:17:08 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 159 replies
    WHAM13 ^ | 12/24/12 | WHAM13
    Webster, N.Y. -- 13WHAM News has learned several people have been shot at the scene of a fire on Lake Road in Webster. The fire is at 191 Lake Road near Bay Road. A source tells 13WHAM News that at that scene, an unknown gunman opened fire on fire crews on the scene. The victims have been taken by Mercy Flight to area hospitals. The fire has now spread to a second house. 13WHAM has several crews converging on the scene and will provide updates at they're available.
  • 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...