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  • Top Ammo Supplier Sells 3 1/2 Years Worth Of Assault Rifle Magazines In 72 Hours

    12/26/2012 7:47:09 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    Firearm accessories supplier Brownells says that it's experiencing "unprecedented" sales of magazines.Brownells has sold 3 1/2 years worth of PMAG magazines in just 72 hours, according to a statement posted from the company's official account on gun owner forum AR-15.com.It also says that it has sold "an even greater amount" of its own  Brownells magazines.PMAGs, manufactured by Magpul, are used with AR-15/M4/M16 compatible weapons. "Its rugged design has made it as one of the top performers in the small-arms accessory arena,  according to combat veterans who credit the PMAG with drastically improving the reliability of the M4," writes Matthew Cox at Military.com. The U.S....
  • Report: Top Palestinian operative killed in Syria

    12/26/2012 7:39:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Ynet news ^ | 12/26/12 | staff
    The Syria-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command announced that its operations commander, Madal Elian, was killed by rebels in Syria, according to the Lebanese news channel LBC. The group is one of the last Palestinian factions to remain loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. (Roi Kais)
  • The Real Reason Liberals Want To Raise Taxes On The Rich Has Nothing To Do With Closing The Deficit

    12/26/2012 7:20:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/26/2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    A common argument you hear from conservatives is that raising taxes on the rich is a joke of a deficit reduction proposal, because it hardly makes a dent in the deficit. According to CNBC, reverting to Clinton-era levels would just get you about $40-$45 billion in the first year. GOP Congressman Tom Price has gotten a lot of attention for saying it would only fund government for 8 days... So what is the point? Well, it's not really about deficit reduction at all. Zachary Goldfarb at The Washington Post has a great piece on how Democrats once vehemently opposed the...
  • Kerry nomination proves Obama doesn't understand Latin America

    12/26/2012 7:12:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2012 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Last spring, President Obama attended a meeting of Latin American leaders. We remember that meeting because of the Secret Service scandal. It was also the meeting when Latin American leaders complained that the Obama administration does not have a policy toward the region. I was very happy to see that Mary Anastasia O'Grady of The Wall Street Journal posted an article about the nomination of Sen Kerry to be Secretary of State. She pointed out that Sen Kerry has been on the "left" side of every major event in the last 40 years: "Mr. Kerry's record of promoting American values...
  • Conservatives Must Not Seek All Low-Information Voters

    12/26/2012 7:09:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    It sticks in my craw that conservatives/Republicans are leaning toward, in essence, becoming immoral, stupid, and un-American to win low information voters. Folks, I cannot do that. Meet Semi. I have more respect for Semi, a stray cat which my wife befriended, than I do for the low-life parasites who voted for Obama because he promised to give them stuff via funds confiscated from others. Semi has the good sense to value her freedom. A neighbor caught Semi and got her inoculated and spayed. But for some reason, Semi prefers frequenting our yard. For years, Mary has fed Semi and...
  • President Obama's Legacy: $20 Trillion in Deficits for 2016 Victor

    12/26/2012 7:06:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/26/2012 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    The fiscal-cliff negotiations have deteriorated into an embarrassing travesty of competing press conferences, off-the-record remarks, closed meetings, and sound bites. The Republican side is frustrated and flabbergasted by the absence of a concrete proposal from the President that can be scored by the Congressional Budget Office and then “marked up” by Congress according to standard procedures. Vague offers of so and so many trillions of revenue increases and spending cuts spread over a decade are just words, not real proposals. The last serious fiscal-cliff projections date back to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) August 2012 assessment of the budgetary effects...
  • A Republican Sellout Invites Stagflation

    12/26/2012 7:03:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    RCM ^ | 12/26/2012 | John Browne
    While it may not be a surprise that the Republicans are preparing to yield on their vow to oppose tax hikes, it should raise investor concerns the world over that an upcoming budget agreement will likely involve a Congressional surrender of its authority to set the federal debt ceiling. In exchange for this, it appears that the Republicans have simply done nothing to halt, or even curb, the dangerous federal spending trajectories or the current drift towards greater state control of the economy. President Obama has politically outmaneuvered the Republicans, even going as far as evoking the Newtown massacre as...
  • Obama’s hidden-tax heist (How the Fed masks Obama's Spending effects)

    12/26/2012 7:00:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/26/2012 | Richard Rahn
    How is it possible that the government can spend almost twice as much as it takes in without having high inflation? The fact is that over a long period of time, it can’t. In the short run, which can be a few years, the government can paper over its fiscal irresponsibility by expropriating most of the productivity gains in the private sector through regulatory and central bank actions. This is precisely what has been happening in the United States. The reason real, after-tax, per capita incomes have been able to increase year by year for most Americans for the past...
  • HURT: Gun grabbers won’t heed NRA’s sensible advice

    12/26/2012 6:57:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 December, 2012 | Charles Hurt
    What an irony it was to watch the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre finally emerge after a self-imposed and highly publicized week of silence after the incomprehensible killings of 20 elementary school children. To the elite media, the NRA is the unrivaled boogeyman of Washington lobbyists. The ignorant and urban press would have you believe that the NRA is behind every piece of legislation that has ever passed Congress. That these evil gun-toters sit in the balconies above the House and Senate floors controlling the lawmakers below like marionettes on strings. So moneyed and talented are these slick-tongued lobbyists that...
  • Gun laws observed only by the lawful

    12/26/2012 6:54:55 AM PST · by pietraynor · 9 replies
    Sentinel & Enterprise ^ | 12/25/2012 | Peter Lucas
    When the gun instructor got through describing the restrictive gun laws in Boston and in Massachusetts -- which are just about the toughest in the nation -- one student asked: "If the gun laws are so tough, how come there are shootings every night in Boston?" "That's a good question," the instructor replied. "The answer is that the gun laws are aimed at the good guys, the law-abiding people, like you and me. The bad guys ignore the law and get all the guns they want." That is the dilemma facing governors, mayors, legislators and even the president as the...
  • Editorial | NRA no longer welcome in debate(Uber Barf Alert)

    12/26/2012 6:38:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    centredaily.com ^ | 26 December, 2012 | NA
    The following editorial appeared in the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News on Sunday.The ideas spouted by National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre in his disturbing statement Friday morning were so bizarre, so unhinged from reality, that the organization’s leadership cannot be considered serious participants in the national discussion over gun rights. An armed guard, possibly a volunteer, in every school? Where do we even begin? This idea is an insult to Americans hoping the NRA would keep its promise to offer a “meaningful” contribution to the conversation in the wake of the slaughter of 27 people in Newtown. “The only...
  • Why A Scott Brown Race To Fill Kerry's Seat Will HURT--not help--MA GOP

    12/26/2012 6:33:35 AM PST · by suspects · 15 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 26, 2012 | Michael Graham
    With President Obama inflicting the painfully pompous U.S. Sen. John Kerry upon our unsuspecting allies, are Massachusetts Republicans ready for another Scott Brown for Senate race? Let’s check the polls: Some 54 percent of Massachusetts voters have a favorable view of Brown, and he’s leading in head-to-head match-ups with his likely opponent. So Scott’s a shoo-in! Oh, wait — those are the polls from the end of October. Right before Brown got crushed by Liz Warren 53 percent to 46 percent. And that’s the GOP dilemma: What do you do when you have the most popular, most likeable, most moderate...
  • PSY CHristmas Show Bombs

    12/26/2012 6:19:26 AM PST · by SueRae · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/26/12 | Kristinn Taylor
    The 31st annual “Christmas in Washington” concert shown on the TNT cable network December 21 suffered a dramatic 25% loss in viewers from the previous year, according to Nielsen Media Research. The 2011 cablecast of “Christmas in Washington” drew 1.5 million viewers. The 2012 showing had only 1.136 million viewers. The concert, traditionally attended by the President and his family, drew international attention over the scheduled appearance by Gangnam Style rapper PSY (given name Park Jae-sang) when it was revealed the South Korean entertainer had made highly inflammatory anti-American performances the previous decade. In an insult to America’s troops and...
  • You're in the Army Now ...or Should Be

    12/26/2012 6:15:37 AM PST · by ebshumidors · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2012 | Ebben Raves
    Militia: a word which has been twisted into something that has an entirely different meaning from when our country was founded and now with its every utterance, spits on the graves of those who died in our nation's birthing. Thanks to the Clintonite media after the Oklahoma City slaughter, just the mention of it conjures up images of rednecks dressed in camouflage, running around the woods with plans to kill everyone isight. A fringe element with who knows what on their minds -- but you can bet it is evil. It is a group that has little in common with...
  • NYPD Captain Tweets Warnings About Felons Released from Prison

    12/26/2012 6:14:03 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    DNA Info ^ | 12/26/12
    CARROLL GARDENS — An NYPD commander is using Twitter to distribute the names and mugshots of convicts recently returned to his neighborhood after serving prison sentences — and his actions could result in a lawsuit. Capt. Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 76th Precinct, which covers Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and part of Gowanus, said his goal is to protect his community and keep residents safe. But his actions, though praised by some local residents, have caused privacy concerns among others and provoked the threat of a lawsuit from Legal Aid. "Everyone can absorb this information and intelligently...
  • What the 'fiscal cliff' means for you

    12/26/2012 6:07:34 AM PST · by rhema · 18 replies
    If politicians fail to cut a "fiscal cliff" deal before Jan. 1, it means a lot less money in your pocket, period. This is especially true for lower-income earners, who will be hit hardest proportionally. To illustrate the danger the fiscal cliff poses to Americans right now, at Christmastime, we used the Tax Foundation's tax calculator to produce a few examples of how Americans in various life situations will be affected. Our first example is Manuel -- a young fellow who makes about $50,000 a year working at a newspaper. Manuel, a single man with no dependents What he pays...
  • Christian Colleges [Wheaton, Belmont Abbey] Score Win: Court Orders Rewrite of Birth Control Mandate

    12/26/2012 5:53:40 AM PST · by rhema · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/19/12 | Napp Nazworth
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday sided with Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College in a decision related to the ongoing court challenges to the Obama administration's birth control mandate. The court said it would hold the Obama administration to its promise to never implement the current birth control mandate and to create a new rule by August, as part of the court decision. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to give it updates every 60 days, beginning in February, until a new rule is issued in August. The...
  • Former prosecutor says Tawana Brawley still owes him $429,000 .....

    12/26/2012 5:52:35 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 39 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 26, 2012 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    A former prosecutor who says Tawana Brawley, now known as Tawana Gutierrez, falsely dragged his name through the mud in a defamation judgment from 1987 is looking to collect this year. Steven Pagones, a former Dutchess County prosecutor, says Brawley still owes him $429,000, including interest, after falsely calling him a 'gang-raping, kidnapping racist.' 'In all these years, she’s never told the truth about this hoax or paid me a cent,' Pagones told the New York Post on Christmas Eve. 'Now I’m going to seek anything I’m entitled to under the law,' he said. That could well cost Brawley, a...
  • State Department Official who 'Resigned' After Libya Findings Reportedly Staying on Payroll

    The New York Post reports that Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, has not resigned from the department, as a State Department spokeswoman indicated Dec. 19. Boswell is instead just "switching desks," according to the report. Three other State Department officials, including Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, were placed on administrative leave after the release of the report. However, according to the Post they are expected to return
  • Did Obama skip church on Christmas?

    12/26/2012 5:40:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    Beltway Confidential -- Washington Examiner ^ | 12-26-12 | Charlie Spiering
    Did the Obama family skip church services this Christmas? The White House readout of the President’s activities on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day makes no mention of church services – although the President and the First Lady made time to visit service members of the United States Military at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii. Below is the text of the White House release to the press: Last night, the President made holiday telephone calls to US service members, then sat down with his family for Christmas Eve dinner. This morning, the family gathered around 8AM to open their Christmas...
  • The NLRB's Union Bonus--With the election over, the labor board guts the Beck decision on dues.

    12/26/2012 5:07:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12-23-12 | WSJ
    Christmas came early for Big Labor last week when the National Labor Relations Board handed down a pair of decisions that overturned longstanding precedent and will deliver a windfall to union finances. On Wednesday, the NLRB voted 3-to-1 to gut protections for workers who don't want their money spent on politics. In states without right-to-work laws, employees of unionized companies are coerced into paying dues as a condition of employment. But under the Supreme Court's 1988 Beck decision, workers are allowed to withhold the portion of their dues that unions spend on political activity. Unions must also maintain independently verified...
  • Mayor Coleman on Newtown tragedy

    12/26/2012 4:39:42 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-24-12 | city hall scoop
    Alongside a slew of Hollywood celebrities, mayors such as New York’s Michael Bloomberg, Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and St. Paul’s own Chris Coleman are calling for more gun control and taking the NRA to task for calling for armed guards in every school. Coleman, a vice president of the National League of Cities, released the following statement on the Newtown, Conn. tragedy on Friday, Dec. 21. "On the day when we’re still burying children killed in Newtown, CT, the NRA has the audacity to say the answer is more guns and more violence that exposes our children to unprecedented dangers. As...
  • New York newspaper faces backlash after publishing map of gun permit holders

    12/26/2012 4:37:45 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published December 25, 2012
    <p>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.</p>
  • Pro-Life Catholic Group [Priests for Life] Wins HHS Mandate Exemption in Court

    12/26/2012 4:24:33 AM PST · by rhema · 8 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12/24/12 | Steven Ertelt
    In another victory for pro-life advocates challenging the pro-abortion HHS mandate in Obamacare, a pro-life Catholic group has won a legal battle in court to get an exemption from having to comply with the mandate. The new mandate compels religious employers to pay for and refer employees for birth control, abortion-causing drugs and contraception in violation of employers’ religious beliefs. On Thursday, pro-life attorneys Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi presented oral argument in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) in support of Priests for Life’s request that the court immediately halt the enforcement...
  • Israel to build 942 more homes in east Jerusalem [Shove it Obama & Hillary & U.N.!]

    12/26/2012 3:16:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    wral.com ^ | 12/25/12 | Amy Teibel
    Israel has advanced the process of building 942 more settler homes in east Jerusalem under a new fast-track plan to tighten its grip on the territory, which the Palestinians claim as the capital of a future state. A government planning committee on Monday moved the project to the advanced stage of asking contractors to submit bids to build them, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday. Once a bid is awarded, construction can begin on the project in the Gilo area, though it can take months, if not longer, to reach that point. An additional 300 units can be built after further...
  • The NOT Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 26, 2012

    12/26/2012 3:03:53 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • DC hotels less busy for Obama's 2nd inauguration

    12/26/2012 2:42:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    SRN NEWS ^ | 12/25/12
    Visitors coming to the nation's capital for President Barack Obama's second inauguration can't stay in the one place President Ronald Reagan's family once called an eight-star hotel. That spot is the White House, and it's booked for the next four years. Still, inauguration-goers have a range of lodging options —from crashing on a friend's couch to rooms that cost thousands of dollars a night. With second inaugurations tending to draw fewer spectators, finding a place to stay in Washington won't be nearly as difficult as in 2009. City officials are expecting 600,000 to 800,000 visitors for the Jan. 21 inauguration,...
  • Obama visits troops in Hawaii [Photo-Op for the Pretender]

    12/26/2012 2:01:36 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/25/12 | Josh Gerstein
    [The Occupiers] interrupted their vacation Tuesday to pay a Christmas Day visit to U.S. troops and their families at a military base in Hawaii. The Obamas' visit to Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii was not on his official public schedule, but it did not appear to come as a surprise to those on the base. One patron told a pool reporter that a substantial line built up in anticipation of the president's visit. (It's the fifth year in a row Obama has dropped in on Christmas diners at this particular mess hall.)
  • Obama to Return to Washington as Fiscal Cliff Looms [Ignores For MONTHS, Suddenly Wants To Work]

    12/26/2012 1:49:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 80 replies
    Voice of America ^ | December 26, 2012
    ... Obama is cutting short his vacation in the Pacific state of Hawaii and will return to Washington to resume talks with congressional leaders aimed at reaching agreement on a deficit reduction package before the year ends. The White House says Obama will leave Wednesday and is expected to arrive back in Washington early Thursday. Early last week,the president said he and Republican House Speaker John Boehner were relatively close to an agreement on a compromise to avert what is being called a "fiscal cliff" -- $500 billion in mandated spending cuts and tax increases that would affect almost all...
  • Obama Cuts Vacation Short To Deal With Fiscal Crisis

    12/25/2012 11:41:01 PM PST · by zeestephen · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | 25 December 2012
    President Barack Obama is cutting short his Hawaiian holiday to leave for Washington on Wednesday to address the unfinished "fiscal cliff" negotiations with Congress.
  • BBC's 'Top Gear' Host to America: 'It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan, Pleasse don't

    12/25/2012 8:57:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/25/12 | Kerry Picket
    Jeremy Clarkson, a British television personality who hosts the popular BBC program Top Gear, weighed in on the controversy surrounding fellow Brit CNNÂ’s Piers Morgan. Clarkson tweeted on Monday: Jeremy Clarkson âś” @JeremyClarkson Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Pleasse don't send him back. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite The Top Gear host also tweeted: Jeremy Clarkson âś” @JeremyClarkson Americans. Was the second amendment not introduced to protect you from the tyranny of the British? Piers Morgan in other words. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Following the deadly shooting at an elementary...
  • 'Odd Couple' star Jack Klugman dies in LA at 90

    12/25/2012 8:54:31 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 12/25/12 | ANTHONY McCARTNEY
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For many, Jack Klugman will always be the messy one. His portrayal of sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's "The Odd Couple" left viewers laughing but it also gave Klugman the leverage to create a more serious character, the gruff medical examiner in "Quincy M.E." His everyman ethos and comic timing endeared him to audiences and led to a prolific, six-decade acting career that spanned stage, screen and television. Klugman died Monday at age 90 in suburban Northridge with his wife at his side. His sons called on his fans to embrace their father's tenacious and...
  • Poll: British Kids Ask Santa For Dads, Siblings

    12/25/2012 8:35:06 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 25 Dec 2012
    the children of Great Britain understand far better than their parents the reasons for the collapse of Western Civilization: lack of children, and lack of two-parent heterosexual homes. A poll of British parents showed that topping the list of children’s most-requested Christmas gifts was a sibling (Britain’s birth rate is below replacement levels, with most non-immigrant British children not having a sibling). Slightly lower down on the list was a “dad” – Britain’s single motherhood rate is 21 percent. “Less than half” of single parents have a job, and most live off of state assistance. Seventy percent of the criminals...
  • White House Petition To Deport Piers Morgan Passes Threshold, Now At 60,000 Signatures

    12/25/2012 7:52:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/25/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Frankly we have no idea what this is all about, because as far as we are concerned, CNN long ago became a politicized, ratings-starved farce, wrapped in a joke inside a humiliation (after once upon a time being the only go to place for objective breaking news), but it is rather funny. The Hill reports that "a White House petition calling for the deportation of CNN personality Piers Morgan, a U.K. citizen, over his recent comments criticizing U.S. gun laws rocketed past the 25,000 signatures it needed for an official response Monday. As of this writing, nearly 40,000 people...
  • No Fiscal Cliff Deal Could Cause Jails To Release Inmates

    12/25/2012 7:44:37 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 31 replies
    Associated Press via CBS Seattle ^ | December 25, 2012 | Associated Press
    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A scenario that police in western Oregon feared came true in the thick of holiday season after two dozen inmates were freed from a county jail that could no longer afford to hold them. Less than an hour after one low-level offender walked out, authorities say, he was demanding that a bank teller hand over money. In a time of budget cuts, cases where inmates get out of jail with little punishment only to commit more serious crimes shortly after their release have become all too common, authorities say. Many in law enforcement predicted this would...
  • Australian Mosque Posts Facebook ‘Fatwa’ on Christmas…Then Takes It Down

    12/25/2012 7:02:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/25/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The largest mosque in Australia posted a Facebook “fatwa” against Christmas — warning followers that it’s a “sin” even to wish people a Merry Christmas — before taking it down, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The ruling, posted Saturday by the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney, said the “disbelievers are trying to draw Muslims away from the straight path” and that “a Muslim is neither allowed to celebrate the Christmas Day nor is he allowed to congratulate [Christians].” It went up following a sermon from the mosque’s head imam against participating in any Christmas-related activities. On wishing people a Merry Christmas,...
  • German Laser Weapon Can Shoot A Drone Out Of The Sky

    12/25/2012 6:42:52 PM PST · by zeestephen · 65 replies
    MSN.now ^ | 24 December 2012
    Or even hit a mortar round mid-air before it's had a chance to explode. The machine fires a 30 kW primary laser and a 20 kW secondary laser that can slice through a steel girder at about 1,000 yards.
  • Kerry's alleged ties to Communist China ignored by news media

    12/25/2012 6:24:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/24/12 | Jim Kouri
    Conventional wisdom in the nation's capital has it that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is a sure bet to be confirmed as U.S. Secretary of State by the U.S. Senate, despite his alleged anti-war propaganda when he returned from his brief tour-of-duty in Vietnam and his ties to China as a senator. In fact, on Sunday leaders of the controversial conservative group known as the Swift Boaters, who attacked John Kerry's military record to derail his bid for the White House in 2004, said they won't actively fight his nomination as Secretary of State. Even foreign leaders are expected to welcome...
  • Report: Syria Converted Combat Aircraft to Drones with WMDs

    12/25/2012 5:50:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 12/25/12 | Elad Benari
    A MiG-21 combat aircraft flown by a Syrian pilot who defected to Jordan in June was found to have been upgraded back in Syria to carry chemical weapons and to fly without a pilot, the Yisrael Hayom daily reported on Tuesday. According to the report, U.S. experts who examined the plane believe Russian engineers helped convert the plane and that Syria has more of them in its air force. On June 21, Syrian pilot Hassan Hamada, who holds a rank equivalent to colonel, took off in his MiG-21 from al-Dumair military airport northeast of Damascus and flew to King Hussein...
  • Early Data Show Weak Holiday Sales

    12/25/2012 4:22:09 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 150 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 25, 2012, 5:57 p.m. ET. | SHELLY BANJO
    The annual holiday shop-a-thon drew to a muted close for many retailers, according to preliminary data, reflecting what some experts said was the slowest growth in spending since the 2008 recession. For the eight weeks from Oct. 28 through Christmas Eve, retail sales for the holidays rose just 0.7% from the year before, according to MasterCard Inc.'s SpendingPulse unit. Enlarge Image Close Reuters A man with shopping bags sleeps in Macy's in New York on Monday. . After falling 5.5% in 2008, holiday sales rebounded strongly in 2009 and 2010, and rose about 2% last year, according to the company's...
  • Tornado on the Ground in Downtown Mobile, Alabama

    12/25/2012 3:07:07 PM PST · by military cop · 61 replies
    On the ground Downtown 1700 hours.
  • In Christmas sermon, Rev. Jesse Jackson asks Chicago inmates to help get guns off streets

    12/25/2012 2:56:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/25/12 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    In Christmas sermon, Rev. Jesse Jackson asks Chicago inmates to help get guns off streetsSOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press 10:21 a.m. CST, December 25, 2012 CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has challenged inmates at Cook County Jail to help get guns off the streets. **SNIP** He has delivered Christmas Day sermons at jails for years. He says the point is to inspire and invest in inmates so they don't return to jail.
  • Lawmakers look to restrict gun magazine capacity

    12/25/2012 2:03:31 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Administration Propaganda (AP) ^ | 12-24-12 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON—Lawmakers from both parties voiced their willingness Sunday to pursue some changes to the nation's gun laws, but adamant opposition from the National Rifle Association has made clear than any such effort will face significant obstacles. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre dismissed efforts to revive a ban on assault weapons as a "phony piece of legislation" that's built on lies. Democratic lawmakers in Congress have become more adamant about the need for stricter gun laws since the shooting of 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is promising to push...
  • Report: Waqf Continues to Destroy Jewish Antiquities

    12/25/2012 1:44:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/12 | Elad Benari
    The Muslim Waqf is continuing to destroy Jewish antiquities on the Temple Mount in a direct violation of a ruling by the Supreme Court, a new report released Monday finds. The author of the report, archaeologist Tzachi Zweig-Devira, told Arutz Sheva that his report is based on a personal visit he made to the Temple Mount. At the eastern part of the Temple Mount, said Zweig-Devira, there is a pile of dirt and antiquities, which he documented the Waqf moving without supervision of an official from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). This, he said, is a direct violation of a...
  • Businesses warn of 'coast wide port shutdown'...

    12/25/2012 1:43:20 PM PST · by Doogle · 34 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 12/25/12 | FOX
    As if Superstorm Sandy and the looming fiscal crisis weren't enough, a potential strike by thousands of dock workers from Boston to Houston threatens to shock the economy as early as this weekend. Business groups and state officials in recent days have called on President Obama to intervene, and use emergency powers to "avoid a coast wide port shutdown." They warn it could cost billions, citing estimates that a 10-day port lockout in 2002 cost $1 billion a day -- and caused a major backlog in shipments. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest to enter the fray and call...
  • Anti-Piers Morgan petition tops 60K signers (Deport Piers Morgan)

    12/25/2012 12:39:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/25/12 | KATIE GLUECK
    CNN anchor Piers Morgan isn’t benefiting from much Christmas cheer, at least according to one measure: The number of signers on a petition urging the White House to deport Morgan has skyrocketed by Tuesday morning past 60,000 names. The petition, created last week, had 60,080 supporters and is posted on the White House’s official petition site. It slams Morgan for comments he has made regarding gun control in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults.
  • Police probe NBC's David Gregory on gun clip (Politico Report...)

    12/25/2012 12:36:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/25/12 | KATIE GLUECK
    The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether any city laws were violated when NBC’s David Gregory displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO. “The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this matter,” said police officer and spokesman Araz Alali in an interview Tuesday. When pressed on what the police department was investigating, Alali added, “The ‘Meet the Press’, David Gregory incident.” “There are D.C. code violations, D.C. code restrictions on guns, ammunition. We are investigating this matter. Beyond the scope of that, I can’t comment any...
  • 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
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