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  • Russell Wilson defied all odds to become the talk of the NFL (football, family, faith)

    12/24/2012 9:24:07 AM PST · by doug from upland · 34 replies
    seattle slimes ^ | 12-2012 | Danny O'Neill
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tammy Wilson is referencing scripture, 1 Samuel Chapter 16, Verse 7, and looking through her purse to find her Bible. Turns out it's in her work bag, which just means she'll go from memory. "It's not the countenance of a man nor the height," she begins. "But the heart." And then Russell Wilson's mother begins to speak of the difference between fact and truth. The fact that her son, the Seahawks' quarterback, stands short of 6 feet does not define the truth of his abilities. And the fact her husband was once feared brain dead did not...
  • Fatal shooting of driver after 2 boys killed in wreck remains a mystery

    12/24/2012 9:08:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON – Investigators are searching for answers after a suspected drunken driver was found shot dead after he allegedly slammed into a family's truck on a rural Houston-area road, killing two young brothers. 12-year-old David Barajas and his 11-year-old brother, Caleb, were helping their father push his disabled truck down the road when 21-year-old Jose Banda allegedly slammed into them from behind, MyFoxHouston.com reports. Neighbors say they heard gun shots minutes after the crash. Police responding to the crash found Banda shot in the head, but no gun at the scene. Banda and both boys died.
  • Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention

    12/24/2012 8:51:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday 23 December 2012 16.30 EST | Julian Borger
    Russian military advisers are manning some of Syria's more sophisticated air defences – something that would complicate any future US-led intervention, the Guardian has learned.The advisers have been deployed with new surface-to-air systems and upgrades of old systems, which Moscow has supplied to the Assad regime since the Syrian revolution broke out 21 months ago.The depth and complexity of Syria's anti-aircraft defences mean that any direct western campaign, in support of a no-fly zone or in the form of punitive air strikes against the leadership, would be costly, protracted and risky. The possibility of Russian military casualties in such a...
  • DEMS IN MARYLAND, NJ, NY AND MASSACHUSETTS FACE PRISON TIME FOR VOTER FRAUD

    12/24/2012 8:48:56 AM PST · by lowbridge · 52 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 23, 2012
    After it surfaced that Democratic Congressional candidate Wendy Rosen had been voting in two states she dropped out of her race against Republican Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) in September
  • National Organizations With Anti-Gun Policies (list of corporations)

    12/24/2012 8:15:02 AM PST · by longtermmemmory · 23 replies
    The following organizations have lent monetary, grassroots or some other type of direct support to anti-gun organizations. In many instances, these organizations lent their name in support of specific campaigns to pass anti-gun legislation such as the March 1995 HCI "Campaign to Protect Sane Gun Laws." Many of these organizations were listed as "Campaign Partners," for having pledged to fight any efforts to repeal the Brady Act and the Clinton "assault weapons" ban. All have officially endorsed anti-gun positions. snip=========== Anti-Gun Corporations/Corporate Heads The following listing includes the most prominent national corporations that have lent their corporate support to gun...
  • Netanyahu's Christmas Message

    12/24/2012 8:14:43 AM PST · by Piranha · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 24, 2012 | Netanyahu
    Merry Christmas to all, from your Jewish friends and from the State of Israel.
  • Yes, gay is a choice, get over it.

    12/24/2012 8:14:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2012 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    According to Peter Schmidt in the Chronicle of Higher Education, yet another individual working in higher education has been demolished for saying the wrong thing about homosexuality. The basis on which to define people as "anti-gay" has, however, taken a turn to the absurd (and eerie). Unlike Angela McCaskill, who was nearly fired from Gallaudet University for signing a petition on gay marriage, Crystal Dixon of the University of Toledo was fired for writing an editorial in a local newspaper. She referred to Exodus and mentioned people who chose to leave the gay lifestyle. For this column I will stick...
  • Another bright day in multicultural Sydney

    12/24/2012 8:10:02 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 23 Dec 12 | Andrew Bolt
    A news roundup from today’s Sydney Morning Herald, giving another bracing insight into the success of our immigration program. Item one: When two men in traditional Middle Eastern dress sat down with the owner of a Bankstown restaurant recently, they were after only one thing. At first they shared a hookah pipe and chatted amiably about religion, but the conversation quickly turned to extortion: they wanted $50,000 in exchange for ‘’protection’’. The terrified restaurant owner told Fairfax Media they asked him a menacing question he was sure was rhetoric: ‘’Have you heard of Brothers 4 Life?’’ It’s a question many...
  • Gas used in Homs leaves seven people dead and scores affected, activists say

    Syria Live Blog 6 Seven people have died in Homs after they inhaled a "poisonous gas" used by government forces in a rebel-held neighbourhood, activists said.Activists also told Al Jazeera on Sunday night that scores of others were affected in al-Bayyada neighbourhood. Side effects reported include nausea, relaxed muscles, blurred vision, and breathing difficulties.Residents said they did not know the nature of the gas used."The situation is very difficult. We do not have enough facemasks. We don't know what this gas is but medics are saying it's something similar to Sarin gas," Raji Rahmet Rabbou, an activist in Homs, told...
  • The Madness of Keynesian Economics

    12/24/2012 7:50:37 AM PST · by Moseley · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 24, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    President Barack Obama demands more stimulus spending to avoid the "fiscal cliff." Obama increased the national debt $6 trillion to $16 trillion. Yet the Democrats' 'cure for what ails ya' is even more spending. Obama demands around $75 billion in new spending to stimulate the economy in 2013. "Keynesian Economics" is the insane belief that the economy can be stimulated by government spending. It provides the excuse to depart from common sense that allows politicians to ignore the alarm bells. It is ludicrous mainly because our government doesn't have any money to spend. If the government had a surplus saved...
  • Islamists in Mali renew attacks on Timbuktu tombs

    12/24/2012 7:43:48 AM PST · by LSUfan · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24 Dec 12 | Unattributed
    Islamist gunmen destroyed several tombs in Timbuktu on Sunday, residents said, days after the United Nations authorised African states to ready a force to take on al Qaeda-linked groups in Mali's northern desert zones. "Since 0800 (GMT) this morning, the Islamists have been destroying tombs again," Youssouf Toure, a resident of the ancient trading town, told Reuters by telephone. "(They are) targeting new ones and the ones they destroyed several months ago," he added. Residents said the attacks on traditional Sufi Islamic shrines were being carried out by about 15 heavily-armed fighters, some weilding pick axes. At least two previously...
  • Figures. Obama’s Life Story at Senator Inouye’s Funeral Doesn’t Jibe With History

    12/24/2012 7:43:00 AM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | december 23, 2012 | jim hoft
    It’s already been discussed that Barack Obama’s eulogy at Senator Inouy’s memorial in Washington DC was a tribute to himself and not the late Hawaiian senator. Obama spoke for 10 minutes about himself and his life story, barely mentioning the life of Senator Inouye. But it’s worse than that. Barack Obama distorted his life story in order to include Senator Inouye in his talk. Jack Cashill at American Thinker reported:
  • School Obama's Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards

    12/24/2012 7:29:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/24/12 | AWR Hawkins
    Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats: Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact. The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak. If you dismiss this by saying, "Of course they have armed guards -- they get Secret Service protection," then you've missed the larger point. The larger point is that this is standard operating procedure for the school, period....
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/24/2012 7:25:36 AM PST · by LSUfan · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 23 Dec 12 | By Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam...
  • Sabera: I was flogged 101 times ( ROP - Afghanistan )

    12/24/2012 7:21:45 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    RAWA ^ | December 22, 2012
    she was raped. ... Sabera is a resident of the Jaghori district of Ghazni province. About four months back, she was accused of having illicit relations with a 24-year old boy and was flogged under the orders of clergymen and local influential people in a field court. This matter drew serious reactions from the government of Afghanistan, the National Assembly and human rights organizations around the world. While talking to Sabera, I asked her what she was thinking when she was being flogged in front of hundreds of people? She answered, “They took me to a desert. There were many...
  • China’s new military transport plane exposed. And it looks like a C-17, An-70, A400M hybrid.

    12/24/2012 7:17:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | December 24, 2012 | David Cenciotti
    China’s new military transport plane exposed. And it looks like a C-17, An-70, A400M hybrid. Posted by Alert5 today, the following image shows the first photographs of China’s new four-engine military airlifter. The large military transport aircraft is allegedly designed Y-20 and, nose aside, its shape is almost identical to that shown in a series of artist’s impressions that have appeared on Chinese media outlets. Indeed, the aircraft depicted in the detailed renderings you can find in this post seems to be a turbojet clone of the Airbus A400M Atlas four-engine turboprop, whereas the one depicted on the ground in...
  • Ukrainian Lawmaker Targets Jewish Actress with Racial Slur

    12/24/2012 7:01:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 12/24/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A Ukrainian lawmaker from the far-right Svoboda Party has provoked international condemnations after referring to Jewish actress Mila Kunis as a “zhydovka”, a Ukranian slur that translates to “dirty Jewess,” on his Facebook page. “She is not Ukrainian, she is a Jewess by birth. She is proud of this and the Star of David,” politician Igor Miroshnichenko wrote on in the online message. “[S]he says nothing and expresses nothing positive about the country in which she was born. I can’t bring myself to say she is Ukrainian. Let her love America or Israel, people must not attach her to the...
  • Ben Affleck On Possible Senate Run: ‘One Never Knows’ [Drooling Media] I

    12/24/2012 7:01:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12/23/12 | Anjali Sareen
    On CBS’s Face The Nation this week, host Bob Schieffer asked Ben Affleck point blank, “Have you ever thought about running for public office?” Although he attempted to deflect the question by noting “the state of Massachusetts currently has two extraordinary Senators,” he ended up saying, “well, one never knows.” Schieffer noted there might be a vacancy for him soon, with Senator John Kerry being tapped to be President Obama‘s next Secretary of State. Affleck said, “I’m not one to get into conjecture,” but then said, “I like to be involved.”
  • 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."