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  • Conservatives urge GOP leaders to be bold, prepare to go over cliff

    12/24/2012 11:52:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/12 06:00 AM ET | Erik Wasson
    Conservative activists who helped doom Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) “Plan B” say Republicans must be prepared to go over the fiscal cliff to force President Obama to reach a deal that includes no tax hikes. … “I think Obama is very mindful of his legacy and is horrified of going over the cliff,” said Andy Roth of the Club for Growth. “Going over the cliff might be a signal that needs to be sent to the president, that he needs to play ball.” … “I think it is certainly better to go over the fiscal cliff than to have the...
  • A 'dad' is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children

    12/24/2012 10:26:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats. But a survey of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting "a dad" instead. A study of 2,000 British parents found most children will put a new baby brother or sister at the top of their Christmas list, closely followed by a request for a real-life reindeer. A "pet horse" was the third most popular choice, with a "car" making a bizarre entry at number four.
  • UN adds about 5 percent to budget for 2012-2013

    12/24/2012 9:31:55 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    bigstory.ap ^ | Dec. 24 10:49 PM EST | EDITH M. LEDERER
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon approved new rates that all U.N. members pay for the regular budget. $5.4 billion. China, Russia, Brazil and other countries with growing economies will have to pay an increased share, European Union contributions will drop, the U.S. ceiling will not. (@ 22 percent). U.S. deputy ambassador Joseph Torsella said the United States "is pleased."
  • 2012: The Reason for the Season

    12/24/2012 9:06:22 PM PST · by jimjohn · 29 replies
    The Holy Bible | As it is Written
    Luke 2:1-21 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was,...
  • F.B.I. Counterterrorism Agents Monitored Occupy Movement, Records Show

    12/24/2012 8:22:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/24/12 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, COLIN MOYNIHAN
    F.B.I. Counterterrorism Agents Monitored Occupy Movement, Records ShowBy MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and COLIN MOYNIHAN Published: December 24, 2012 WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation used counterterrorism agents to investigate the Occupy Wall Street movement, including its communications and planning, according to newly disclosed agency records. **SNIP** In the following months, F.B.I. personnel around the country were routinely involved in exchanging information about the movement with businesses, local law-enforcement agencies and universities. An October 2011 memo from the bureau’s Jacksonville, Fla., field office was titled Domain Program Management Domestic Terrorist. The memo said agents discussed “past and upcoming meetings” of...
  • Lake Superior State University 2012 List of Banished Words

    12/24/2012 8:05:13 PM PST · by equaviator · 40 replies
    LSSU ^ | December, 2012
    AMAZING Received the most nominations. LSSU was surprised at the number of nominations this year for "amazing" and surprised to find that it hadn't been included on the list in the past. Many nominators mentioned over-use on television when they sent their entries, mentioning "reality" TV, Martha Stewart and Anderson Cooper. It seemed to bother people everywhere, as nominations were sent from around the US and Canada and some from overseas, including Israel, England and Scotland. A Facebook page – "Overuse of the Word Amazing" – threatened to change its title to "Occupy LSSU" if 'amazing' escaped banishment this year…...
  • Thingiverse Cracks Down on Firearm Parts

    12/24/2012 7:53:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    blog.makezine.com ^ | 20 December, 2012 | Sean Ragan
    This is the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle, printed in fused plastic filament from a digital model that was, until this week, freely available for download on Thingiverse. This part is significant because all other parts of the common rifle can be readily purchased in the open market. A person who builds a working lower receiver has, in the eyes of the state, essentially built a working AR-15. It is legal to do so for personal use (at least under US law), but until lately the required tools, time, and talent put the project beyond the reach of most...
  • Hero of Superstorm Sandy dies in surfing accident

    12/24/2012 7:50:29 PM PST · by South40 · 3 replies
    The Belle Harbor section of the Rockaways in New York, where so many heroes emerged during Superstorm Sandy, has lost one of them to a tragic surfing death in Puerto Rico. ((snip)) The New York City lifeguard was widely praised after the storm for using his surfboard to move several Queens neighbors endangered by high water and a fire to safety.
  • Bulk of new films focus on guns amid NRA criticism

    12/24/2012 7:44:13 PM PST · by South40 · 13 replies
    MSN Entertainment ^ | Dec. 22, 2012 | Pamela McClintock
    On the Monday after the Dec. 14 school massacre in Newtown, Conn., MPAA chairman-CEO Christopher Dodd telephoned the major Hollywood studio heads one by one. Violence in movies often comes under scrutiny following mass shootings, so Dodd wanted to touch base with his bosses, even though there was no indication that Adam Lanza's rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School was inspired by movies (he was an intense video gamer, however). The MPAA issued a statement pledging Hollywood's support in assisting President Obama's call for a special task force on gun violence. "Those of us in the motion picture and television...
  • After 1962 war, US contemplated nuking China: Book

    12/24/2012 7:32:41 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | December 24, 2012 | Lalit K. Jha
    Washington - Six months after the 1962 Chinese aggression on India, the US had contemplated using nuclear weapons in the event of another attack from Beijing as it was determined to prevent an Indian defeat at the hands of the Communists. The then president John F Kennedy, at a meeting with his top military aides on May 9, 1963, had expressed clear determination not to let Beijing defeat New Delhi, with his defence secretary even talking about using nuclear weapons against China if it launched another attack against India. These disclosures have come in a just released book ‘Listening In:...
  • 2012 has been the best year, ever — really!

    12/24/2012 7:25:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/24/2012 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    We find plenty of reasons for some pretty deep-seated pessimism around here — certain Western democracies’ stubborn march into entirely self-inflicted rates of economic growth much less robust than what they could and should be figuring highly among those reasons — but all in all, I generally subscribe to the school of rational optimism. Sometimes (and I consider Christmas to be a perfect sometime), it’s rejuvenating to take a step back and remember that, while the beguiling promise of big government cyclically rears its ugly head, individuals are everyday responsible for free-market driven innovations and efficiencies that continually make the...
  • Catholic Patriarch: Christmas Marks 'Birth of Palestine State'

    12/24/2012 7:21:23 PM PST · by haffast · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/24/2012, 9:41 PM | Chana Ya'ar
    The Patriarch of Jerusalem's Roman Catholic Church declared Christmas is also a celebration of … the birth of the state of Palestine.” The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem has added something new this year to the liturgy: Patriarch Fouad Twal declared the holiday of "Christmas is also a celebration of … the birth of the state of Palestine.” The Jordanian-born Twal made the statement during a procession to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, where he is due to lead midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity. The church in Manger Square and Bethlehem itself are today...
  • An opinion on gun control - Part 1

    12/24/2012 6:34:49 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    JPFO ^ | 20 December, 2012 | Larry Correia
    I didn't want to post about this, because frankly, it is exhausting. I've been having this exact same argument for my entire adult life. It is not an exaggeration when I say that I know pretty much exactly every single thing an anti-gun person can say. I've heard it over and over, the same old tired stuff, trotted out every single time there is a tragedy on the news that can be milked. Yet, I got sucked in, and I've spent the last few days arguing with people who either mean well but are uninformed about gun laws and how...
  • Local politicians call the NRA's response "stupid."

    12/24/2012 5:43:17 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 43 replies
    abc2news.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Cheryl Conner
    BALTIMORE, Md. - The NRA leader appeared on Sunday morning talk shows, defending his stance to put armed guards in all schools. Local lawmakers are pushing back. "They're stupid. It doesn't make sense to add more guns to schools. When you add more guns to reduce violence I think you increase violence," said Sen. Lisa Gladden, (D) Baltimore City. The largest gun lobbyist broke its silence on Friday, a week after 26 people died at Sandy Hook Elementary by a man with three high-powered guns. "If it's crazy to call for putting police in our school then call me crazy....
  • Obama, Holder Push to Loosen Gun Sale Restrictions—for Legal Immigrants

    12/24/2012 5:25:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/24/12 | Matthew Boyle
    While the shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted a national gun control debate, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder will still push to allow immigrants to purchase firearms more easily. Normally, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) requires legal aliens to live in a state for 90 days before buying a gun. The ATF does this through a rule attached to the Gun Control Act of 1968. In June, Holder’s DOJ proposed to eliminate that 90-day residency requirement rule. “This rule would finalize the interim final rule published on...
  • With Election Over, Americans Find They Were Duped By Democrats And Obama

    12/24/2012 5:08:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 94 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/24/12 | editorial
    Politics 2012: It hasn´t been two months since Barack Obama won re-election, but already we´re finding out things that were kept from us during the campaign. Expect to hear more in the coming months. lElections are clarifying events, we´re told. But sometimes what they clarify is merely the gap between what we were told during the campaign and the reality on the ground. Often, the two don´t match. That´s certainly true with Obama. How often in recent weeks have we learned that what we heard on the campaign trail from the Obama camp, and which were echoed by
  • Bad care is inevitable in the NHS

    12/24/2012 5:06:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/24/12 | Harry Mount
    That´s not to say it´s excusable, just that the appalling neglect of 38 patients at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is the logical result of the NHS´s untenable management structure. Imagine if everything at Tesco´s was free but rationed, and subject to delivery delays of several months. Then throw in the fact that there are no other free alternatives. You would have a nightmare on your hands--huge queues, attracted by the free goods, then further stretched by the long delays. Imagine how the staff would then behave--harrassed by the limitless demand of customers, but also in a tyrannical position of
  • Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners' Names and Addresses

    12/24/2012 5:01:47 PM PST · by mandaladon · 178 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Colleen Curry
    A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area. Hundreds of residents in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun. The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the...
  • Army teams going to Africa as terror threat grows (35 new wars!)

    12/24/2012 4:41:27 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 40 replies
    AP, via Stras & Stripes ^ | December 24, 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge.
  • Doc infects patients with hepatitis B during surgery

    12/24/2012 4:02:34 PM PST · by Doogle · 9 replies
    MyHealthNewsDaily ^ | 12/24/12 | Rachael Rettner
    A doctor with hepatitis B who performed joint replacement surgeries unknowingly passed the virus on to at least two of his patients, according to a new report. The report, issued by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System, said the surgeon first became aware that he had hepatitis B after he stuck himself with a needle, and underwent routine testing for blood-borne diseases. The surgeon had emigrated from a country that had a high prevalence of hepatitis B, and likely had had chronic hepatitis B for some time without showing symptoms, such as fever and nausea.