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  • Policewoman who killed US aide in Kabul 'is Iranian'

    12/25/2012 11:43:23 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | December 25, 2012 | Unattributed
    A policewoman who shot dead a US civilian aide at the police headquarters in Kabul is an Iranian national, Afghan authorities say. The woman, believed to have mental health problems, joined the security forces using an illegally obtained Afghan identity card. Investigators are not ruling out the possibility that she may have been in touch with "terrorist networks". The incident is a major blow to the government's security screening policy. Insider attacks against Afghan police and Nato troops have risen sharply in 2012. It is thought to be the first time such an insider attack was carried out by a...
  • In Pursuit of Recognition: An Undocumented Immigrant's Resilient Fight(NPR)

    12/25/2012 11:07:41 AM PST · by Drango · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | December 25, 2012 | Mandalit del Barco
    Unlike many undocumented immigrants, Sofia Campos is not afraid to give her real name. "It's deliberate, and it's liberating," she says. "It's kind of a shock to hear somebody say, 'I am undocumented' or wear the 'I am undocumented' T-shirt, just in your face." The 22-year-old is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and heads United We Dream — a national network of youth-led immigrant organizations. She's part of an outspoken generation of activists who've lobbied lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike, for changes in immigration policy. This year, their movement scored a victory with President Obama's Deferred...
  • Opening+Christmas in Eurabia

    12/25/2012 10:42:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/25/11 | Latma TV
    LatmaTV from last year
  • Florida Mayor Trades In His Pimpmobile

    12/25/2012 10:10:04 AM PST · by shove_it · 15 replies
    Jalopnik via Yahoo ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Raphael Orlove
    The mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn, has traded in his GMC Yukon Denali, seized from a local pimp. What's Buckhorn's new ride? It's a brand-new Suburban, bought with money from the Republican National Convention. From pimps to pork, then. The old Denali was a 2005 model taken from infamous local pimp Melvin Fox, who was charged with sex trafficking, sexual battery, and allegedly forcing someone's daughter into prostitution. Buckhorn thought the SUV would be perfect for his kids, right after he took off the chrome spinners. Buckhorn gave the Denali back to the Tampa police department, and it is now...
  • New York newspaper faces backlash after publishing map of gun permit holders

    12/25/2012 10:04:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 93 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/25/12 | staff
    A local New York newspaper is drawing the ire of its readers after publishing an interactive map that shows the names and addresses of thousands of residents who have handgun permits. The online map was published by The Journal News along with an article under the headline: "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood." The newspaper obtained, and then published, the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties through a Freedom of Information Act request. The article, in explaining the decision to publish the information, pointed to...
  • Christmas in California: rejoice, celebrate

    12/25/2012 9:39:31 AM PST · by dragnet2 · 14 replies
    Christmas in California: rejoice, celebrate Christmas in California is special. Beaches, mountains, the rich earthy smell of damp eucalyptus. You will see surfing Santas and snow in the mountains for the reindeer. Wherever you are, pause a moment; savor the beauty and wonder of the day and of this place.
  • 1 dead, 3 at large in home invasion at apartment complex(NV)

    12/25/2012 9:20:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies ^ | 24 December, 2012 | Tovin Lapan
    A suspect is dead and police are seeking three of his cohorts after an apparent home invasion Monday morning at a Las Vegas apartment complex. Metro Police responded about 10:10 a.m. Monday to La Ventana Apartment Homes, 2901 N. Rainbow Blvd., near West Cheyenne Avenue, after a 911 call from neighbors. Metro Lt. Ray Steiber said four suspects – at least one of them carrying a firearm – knocked on the door of a first-floor apartment occupied by a couple and their infant. The assailants barged in when the woman occupant answered the door. The intruders were met with armed...
  • Elliott Management Loses Its Argentinian Warship On UN Orders (Argentina refuses to pay its debts)

    12/25/2012 9:19:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Value Walk ^ | 12/20/2012 | By Tabinda Hussain
    In the tug of war between Argentina and Paul Singer’s Elliott Capital Management, Argentina has scored a goal. A UN court has ordered Ghana to release the military warship that has been detained at Ghanaian shore for more than two months now. The UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, located in Hamburg Germany, ruled that military vessels cannot be impounded in debt disputes. Ghana has been ordered to release the ship unconditionally, the court said, “Argentina should not [pay any] bail, bond or security”.The ARA Libertad has been held at Tema harbor in Ghana since the 2nd...
  • Ex-NRA fave Gilly in switch (Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand)

    12/25/2012 9:18:32 AM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 25, 2012 | GERRY SHIELDS
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand vigorously championed Americans’ right to carry high-powered guns — before she turned against them. Since the Newtown massacre, the senator has been at the forefront of the national campaign demanding stricter gun-control laws — including her own legislation to prevent gun trafficking. It’s quite the conversion for a former upstate congresswoman who earned an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. When she represented a more conservative Albany-area district, she boasted of keeping two rifles under her bed. That was before her 2009 Senate appointment.
  • CNN's Don Lemon On Gun Control: Should We Start Profiling White Men?

    12/23/2012 8:14:57 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 40 replies
    RCP ^ | 12/23/2012
    CNN's Don Lemon discusses the possibility of profiling white men in an attempt to prevent gun violence and decrease the amount of mass shootings. Lemon argues that white males between the ages of 18 and 25 were behind nearly all recent mass killings. On the panel: David Sirota, radio talk show host; Richard Moran, criminologist; Lou Palumbo, retired police detective and private security provider; and Tom Deets, gun store owner. Video at link
  • Have You Been to the Manger?

    12/25/2012 8:59:57 AM PST · by kindred · 3 replies
    The Ignorant ^ | December 24, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    My dear friend, may I ask you this very personal question since we are in the “Christmas” season? Do you truly comprehend and believe the biblical message of ETERNAL salvation put forth by Almighty God in His infallible Word? Do you fully comprehend without a shadow of a doubt that your ABSOLUTE GREATEST NEED is to be delivered from your fallen humanity and the wrath of your Creator (John 3:36, 1 John 5:12)? My friend are you fully prepared for your ETERNAL abode? Do you have the ABSOLUTE PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS required by Almighty God (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 10:2-4)? My friend,...
  • Yes, we can fix Social Security

    12/25/2012 9:00:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    LIFE INC ^ | 12/25/2012 | Allison Linn
    The fiscal cliff negotiations are reviving the debate about that other financial elephant in the room: Social Security.Under current government estimates, Social Security could face funding shortfalls in about two decades if nothing changes. That’s because the U.S. population is aging -- and generally living longer.That sounds like a disheartening scenario for workers who are currently paying into Social Security and worry that they won’t get as much out of it once they retire.  About half of the Americans polled by Pew Research Center earlier this year believe it’s not likely there will be enough money in Social Security and...
  • Assault-weapons ban no guarantee mass shootings would decrease, data shows

    12/25/2012 8:59:43 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 18 replies ^ | December 24 2012 | FoxNews
    Crime stats compiled by a Northeastern University professor, the Census Bureau and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel show the number of mass shootings since the 1980s has fluctuated annually, but without any major upward or downward trend. Data published earlier this year showed that while the ban was in place, from 1994 to 2004, the number of mass shootings actually rose slightly during that period. From 1985-1994, there were 173 mass shootings and 766 victims. From 1995-2004 (starting with 1995 because it was the first full year the law was in effect), there were 182 mass shootings and 830 victims. After...
  • People are Buying Guns and Ammunition for a Reason

    12/25/2012 8:51:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/12 | Neil Snyder
    It's 2:00 a.m. You are at home in your bed sound asleep. Your wife is sleeping beside you, and your children are asleep in their rooms down the hall. The muffled sound of a window breaking interrupts your slumber. You're groggy and you wonder if it was just a dream, so you lie there quietly and listen. A few seconds later, you hear other sounds. The window opens; a table beside the window makes a noise as it is jostled by an intruder; through your open door, you see reflections from a dim light that's moving from side-to-side on the...
  • Hagel, Obama and the Israeli elections

    12/25/2012 8:46:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Front Page Mag. ^ | 12/25/12 | Caroline Glick
    Today the National Journal reported that Obama is reconsidering his decision to appoint Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense. As I wrote in my previous post, there is no chance that Obama will appoint a supporter of a strong Israel to any senior foreign policy post because he wouldn't appoint someone who doesn't share his basic animosity towards Israel. But in Hagel, he chose someone even more outspoken in his animus towards the Jewish state than Obama. Hagel's looming appointment provoked angry responses from many leading Jewish voices in the US. Whether this opposition made a difference in driving Obama to...
  • Controlling Guns - Controlling Us

    12/25/2012 8:42:36 AM PST · by morethanright · 1 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-25 09:19:29 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Firemen Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka arrived at a blazing home in Webster, New York, when William Spangler opened fire, killing the firefighters and wounding two others. According to police, Spangler deliberately set the fire to lure first-responders to the scene. During a gun battle with police, Spangler turned his weapon on himself, ending his life.William Spangler was released from prison in 1998 after serving 17 years for murdering his 92-year-old grandmother. Spangler's assault weapon in that case was a hammer."We don't have an easy reason," said Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering of Spangler's motive for the shooting...
  • The Faith of Lincoln

    12/25/2012 8:15:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2012 | Michael Iachetta
    Abraham Lincoln's spiritual beliefs are notoriously difficult to pin down. It's a source of endless debate for historians trying to reconcile Lincoln's words and actions into a coherent faith. Tony Kushner, for his part, does not portray the sixteenth president as a religious man at all in his screenplay for the recent blockbuster Lincoln. Kushner alters the historical record, though, in his one direct reference to Lincoln's faith. Near the end of the film, Kushner has Lincoln tell his wife that with the war over, he wishes to visit Jerusalem, the place "where David and Solomon walked." Yet in the...
  • America's 'gun culture' and Piers Morgan's selective outrage

    12/25/2012 8:11:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2012 | David Paulin
    It's a strange omission: liberal pundits like CNN's Piers Morgan are fulminating over America's "gun culture" following Newtown's school massacre -- yet they seem blissfully ignorant about what happened after Britain's draconian handgun ban following a school massacre in Scotland, in 1996, eerily similar to Newtown's. After the ban, more than 160,000 law-abiding citizens gave up their handguns. The idea was to stop gun violence. But ironically, the ban had the opposite effect: crime-related gun violence jumped a whopping 40 percent in the two years after the ban. And since then, gun crime has continued to soar at an alarming...
  • Tenth most popular request for kids' Christmas gift: a 'dad'

    12/25/2012 8:07:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2012 | Rick Moran
    Doesn't this say more about the status of western culture than just about anything you've read recently? Telegraph: ********* 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"...
  • Send in the Clowns (triple barf alert!)

    12/25/2012 8:01:29 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 22, 2012 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    WHEN thinking about the state of the Republican Party, I defer to a point that the Democratic consultant James Carville made the other day: “When I hear people talking about the troubled state of today’s Republican Party, it calls to mind something Lester Maddox said one time back when he was governor of Georgia. He said the problem with Georgia prisons was ‘the quality of the inmates.’ The problem with the Republican Party is the quality of the people who vote in their primaries and caucuses. Everybody says they need a better candidate, or they need a better message but...