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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
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 12/25/2012 | KAREN KELSO
    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
    lasvegassun.com ^ | 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 Fishermen.com ^ | 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
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 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...
  • The Genius of Sam Donaldson

    12/25/2012 7:51:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/12 | David Garth
    Old Sam Donaldson is back in the news. You remember Sam, don't you? Physically, he tends to remind one of an eagle. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have the vision of one - particularly in regard to our future. Here's what Sam had to say last weekend: "It's the Tea Party and thinking of the Tea Party and people like that that are driving the Republicans out of contention as a national party. You cannot win nationally if you don't know something about the way the country's changed, and the Tea Party seems to think the country can go back...
  • Merry Christmas: Insulting Islam by Professing Christianity

    12/25/2012 7:45:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Front Page Mag. ^ | 12/25/12 | Robert Spencer
    The Byzantine icon representing this article is the work of the 16th-century iconographer Theophanes the Cretan. Many Muslims around the world today would consider it offensive and insulting to Islam. Muslims in the Balkans just a few years ago have entered churches and destroyed icons like this one for precisely that reason. How does this icon insult Islam? In many ways, including these: 1. It depicts human beings, which violates the traditional Islamic prohibition of images and would be considered idolatrous and blasphemous on its face. 2. It depicts Jesus not as a Muslim prophet, as this does: Instead, it...
  • Google thinks today is "Holidays"

    12/25/2012 6:44:24 AM PST · by duckworth · 22 replies
    google ^ | 12-25-12 | duckworth
    Today is Christmas Day. Hanukkah ended nine days ago. New Years Day is seven days from now. Yet... for some explicable reason, Google thinks today is "Holidays." In their description of their Christmas day graphic, Google writes "Happy Holidays from Google." Well thanks, Google that's very nice of you. Very inclusive.
  • Merry Christmas: Insulting Islam by Professing Christianity

    12/25/2012 6:41:48 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 11 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 25, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    The Byzantine icon representing this article is the work of the 16th-century iconographer Theophanes the Cretan. Many Muslims around the world today would consider it offensive and insulting to Islam. Muslims in the Balkans just a few years ago have entered churches and destroyed icons like this one for precisely that reason. How does this icon insult Islam? In many ways, including these: 1. It depicts human beings, which violates the traditional Islamic prohibition of images and would be considered idolatrous and blasphemous on its face. 2. It depicts Jesus not as a Muslim prophet. Instead, it depicts Jesus in...
  • FL unemployment rate drops, lowest in four years

    12/25/2012 5:50:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | 12/22/12
    Governor Rick Scott today announced that Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent for the month of November – down 0.4 percentage points from last month. That’s the lowest it’s been since November 2008. This is also the largest drop in the rate over the month since October 1992, and was the second time it occurred this year. The November 2012 rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the year-ago rate of 10.1 percent. Private-sector job growth over the month jumped to more than 24,000. Since the month before the Governor took office after December 2010, the state’s...
  • Christmas Eve shootings leave 7 hurt (Chicago)

    12/25/2012 5:43:36 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Dec 25, 2012 | Adam Sege and Rosemary R. Sobol
    Christmas Eve shootings leave 7 hurt (Chicago) By Adam Sege and Rosemary R. Sobol Tribune reporters 7:16 a.m. CST, December 25, 2012 Seven people were hurt, at least five seriously, in shootings on the South and West sides late Monday. Four of the injured were hurt in a single shooting on the Far South Side, and all four were taken to local hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
  • Isikoff: I Had 'Certain Homicidal Tendencies' After Drudge Scooped the Lewinsky Story

    12/25/2012 5:41:21 AM PST · by bryan999 · 25 replies
    In Newsweek's final print edition, Michael Isikoff writes about when the magazine decided to hold the story of Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. "The decision was final: Newsweek would hold the story," Isikoff writes, saying that "the brass wanted more work" done on the story before going to print with it. A few days later, the story of the decade would be broken by the Drudge Report. "It didn’t take long, of course, for it to explode," writes the former Newsweek writer. "Early Sunday morning, Internet scribe Matt Drudge popped his screaming 'World Exclusive': 'NEWSWEEK KILLS STORY ON WHITE...
  • Richard Adams Dies; Gay Marriage Pioneer Was 65

    12/25/2012 5:39:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    The Hollywood Gossip ^ | 12/24/12 | Free Britney
    Richard Adams, an early figure in the push for gay marriage decades before it reached the center of the national consciousness, has died at the age of 65. After a brief illness, Adams died in the Hollywood home he shared with Tony Sullivan, his partner of 43 years, attorney Lavi Soloway told The AP. Adams and Sullivan met at an L.A. gay bar called The Closet in 1971, but their life and relationship would soon be on display for a global audience. They were granted a marriage license in 1975, but for years fought in vain to see it recognized...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. & Wife Sandi Jackson, Accused of ‘Double Dippin’

    12/25/2012 5:17:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Eurweb ^ | 12/23/12 | Brittney M. Walker
    Jesse Jackson Jr. & Wife Sandi Jackson, Accused of ‘Double Dippin’By Brittney M. Walker December 23, 2012 *Oops, Jesse Jackson, Jr. did it again. Just five days after the politician resigned from Congress, his lovely wife and fellow politician, Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, filed a series of interesting amendments to her ward committee’s campaign fund, revealing dozens of previously undisclosed transactions that date back three years. One of the records includes a hefty $13,000 from her hubby’s congressional account into her ward organization account, according to the Chicago Sun Times. So far, these two aren’t looking so good.
  • Florida Senate president's hire seems at odds with push for ethics reform

    12/25/2012 5:11:34 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Jacksonville.Com ^ | 12/24/2012 | Matt Dixon
    Jim Rimes racked up $2 million on his GOP credit card. TALLAHASSEE - While using his first term as Senate president to push an aggressive ethics reform package, Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, has hired longtime lobbyist and political consultant Jim Rimes to a top-tier post. The practice of lobbyists working inside state government, or — more prominently — state employees taking lucrative lobbying gigs is not new. It’s often referred to as the “revolving door.” The Rimes hire, though, comes as Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, have set up committees to examine ways to toughen state ethics laws....
  • First lady answers children's calls for NORAD Santa-tracking program [Evita Saves Them Alert!]

    12/25/2012 4:40:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 12/24/12 | Kyle Balluck
    First lady Michelle Obama spent about 30 minutes answering calls from children on Monday as part of NORAD’s Santa-tracking program, according to a White House official. The Obamas are in Hawaii for their annual Christmas vacation. The NORAD program, which began in 1955, attracts millions of visitors to its website from hundreds of countries and territories. More than 1,200 volunteers staff an operation center that responds to hundreds of thousands of phone calls and emails from around the world...
  • Iraq’s Northern Kurdish Region Stops Oil Exports

    12/25/2012 2:36:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2012 4:36 AM EST
    An Iraqi Kurdish official says the country’s self-ruled northern Kurdish region has suspended oil exports over a payment row with the central government in Baghdad. … In April, the Kurds stopped the exports of around 100,000 barrels a day due to delays in payments. …
  • Charles Durning, king of character actors, dies in NYC

    12/25/2012 2:15:22 AM PST · by Lancey Howard · 44 replies
    Associated Press via TBO.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | BOB THOMAS, Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Charles Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89. Durning's longtime agent and friend, Judith Moss, told The Associated Press that he died Monday of natural causes in his home in the borough of Manhattan. Although he portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to comic foils to put-upon everymen, Durning may be best remembered by movie audiences for his Oscar-nominated, over-the-top role as a comically...
  • Dockworkers at Northwest ports reject pact offer

    12/25/2012 1:19:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:51pm EST | Laura L. Myers
    Dockworkers at four U.S. Pacific Northwest ports moved closer to a possible labor clash with grain shippers on Monday, as parties in a larger, separate dispute at 15 East and Gulf coast ports agreed to mediation ahead of strike deadline set for December 30. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced nearly 3,000 of its members had voted to reject a contract proposal that management called its “last, best and final” offer. The proposed contract covers six of the nine grain terminals operating in Puget Sound and along the Columbia River that account for more than a quarter of...
  • Stocks tumble as fiscal cliff deadline nears

    12/25/2012 1:13:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 24, 2012: 1:41 PM ET | Ben Rooney
    U.S. stocks sank Monday as investors remain concerned that officials in Washington will fail to resolve a looming fiscal crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.4%. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both lost about 0.3%. U.S. markets closed at 1 p.m. ET and will remain dark Tuesday for the Christmas holiday. With time running out, investors are increasingly concerned about the lack of progress in talks over tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in automatically on Jan. 1, known as the fiscal cliff. …
  • Does Kerry Still Think Assassination Of The President And V.P. Is Funny?

    12/25/2012 12:13:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 24, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Sen. John Kerry has a long and dubious record in foreign policy. In the 1970s, he testified against his fellow Vietnam War veterans before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He charged that they were violating the Geneva Conventions every day in Vietnam. Some POWs were outraged at Kerry’s disloyal statements. They said they had been tortured by their Communist captors trying to force them to make such untrue statements. Worse, Kerry went to Paris in 1971. There, he met with North Vietnamese Communists. … Any negotiation between a private U.S. citizen and a foreign power is illegal. It violates the...
  • 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....