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  • Police: NBC asked for high-capacity clip (The David Gregory plot thickens...)

    12/26/2012 9:21:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/26/12 | Peter Hermann and Martin Weil
    NBC News asked D.C. police for a high-capacity ammunition clip to use as a prop on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” show, a request District authorities said Wednesday they denied. But host David Gregory appears to have obtained one anyway — and then displayed it on national television. Now D.C. police say they’re investigating whether the District’s gun laws were violated in the incident. -snip- It’s not clear where the prop used during the show was obtained, or who obtained it. -snip- Any request to use a magazine would have been turned down as a matter of course, the official saids,...
  • Russian parliament approves ban on American adoptions

    12/26/2012 9:18:02 AM PST · by Dartman · 48 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec 26/12 | REUTERS
    MOSCOW - Russia’s upper house of parliament approved a bill on Wednesday that would prohibit Americans from adopting Russian children and impose other measures in retaliation for a U.S. law designed to punish Russians accused of human rights violations. The bill, which President Vladimir Putin has hinted he will sign, would also outlaw some U.S.-funded non-governmental organisations and impose visa bans and asset freezes on Americans accused of violating the rights of Russians abroad.
  • ICE Scraps 287(g) Program That Allowed Local Police to Enforce Immigration Law

    12/26/2012 9:13:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Susan Jones
    Amid Hispanic calls for immigration leniency, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is scrapping a program that allowed specially trained state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law. On Dec. 21, the Friday before Christmas, ICE announced that it has decided “not to renew any of its agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies that operate task forces under the 287(g) program.” ICE said it has concluded that “other enforcement programs, including Secure Communities, are a more efficient use of resources for focusing on priority cases.” …
  • A BIG HAND FOR THE LITTLE LADY (Maria Bartiromo calls Dem Senator out for being duplicitous)

    12/26/2012 8:46:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | 12/26/2012 | Scott Johnson
    Maria Bartiromo cuffed Senator Ben Cardin (D., MD) about the ears when he turned up on her show to peddle the party line on the fiscal cliff negotiations. Having unsuccessfully explored alternatives to raising tax rates with him, she commented: “That’s all you want to do. That’s it. It’s your way or the highway. Raise the rates on the rich. No other way. Your way or the highway. That’s it. That’s where we are. Thank you, Senator.”Bartiromo was not amused. She heatedly observed: “You’re talking about $1.2 trillion in revenue, but you’re not prepared to put anything on the...
  • Iraq: New protests break out in Sunni heartland

    12/26/2012 8:36:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2012 8:32 AM EST | Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    Thousands of Iraqi demonstrators massed in a Sunni-dominated province west of Baghdad Wednesday, determined to keep up the pressure on a Shiite-led government that many accuse of trying to marginalize them. It was the third major protest in less than a week in Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, once the heart of the deadly Sunni insurgency that erupted after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. … The demonstrations follow the arrest last week of 10 bodyguards assigned to Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi, who comes from Anbar and is one of the central government’s most senior Sunni officials. The case is exacerbating tensions...
  • Benghazi penalties are bogus

    12/26/2012 8:25:07 AM PST · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned. The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back. The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last...
  • Iran media report new cyberattack by Stuxnet worm

    12/26/2012 8:15:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2012 9:10 AM EST
    An Iranian semi-official news agency says there has been another cyberattack by the sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet, this time on the industries in the country’s south. … (Provisional civil defense chief Ali Akbar) Akhavan says Iranian computer experts were able to “successfully stop” the worm. …
  • What Does It Mean To “Prepare For The Economic Collapse”?

    12/26/2012 8:14:39 AM PST · by blam · 72 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-24-2012 | Daisy Luther
    What Does It Mean To “Prepare For The Economic Collapse”? Daisy Luther December 24th, 2012 The Organic PrepperLast week I wrote an article in response to the media’s vilification of preppers in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The article was quoted in an article on Yahoo.com, to my great astonishment, and that is when I saw how little most people understand about prepping. You can see in most of the 4492 comments the article received that many folks just don’t “get it”. My inbox was filled with a barrage of hate mail and a number of...
  • Some urge Boehner: Let Dems pass fiscal cliff bill

    12/26/2012 8:11:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2012 11:27 AM EST | Charles Babington
    In case the public weren’t frustrated enough over Congress’ failure to resolve the “fiscal cliff,” consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.That would give Democrats a bigger voice in the bargain, of course, which the Republican-led House is loath to do. That’s why about 10 percent of the House’s members—staunch anti-tax conservatives—were able to thwart Speaker John Boehner’s bid to pass a narrowly crafted bill that might have strengthened his bargaining hand. … It’s not known how many House Republicans would vote to avert the “fiscal...
  • British Petition Gov't: We Don't Want Piers Morgan Back!

    12/26/2012 7:59:57 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 30 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    The British have responded to a petition calling for the deportation from the United States of CNN host Piers Morgan with one of their own: “Stop Piers Morgan from being deported back to the UK from America.” The counter-petition, addressed to Theresa May, Home Secretary, is a direct response to the 70,000 Americans who have signed a petition calling for Mr. Morgan to be deported from the United States because of his strong gun-control views. The UK petition, posted on change.org reads as follows: “We got rid of him [Piers Morgan] once and why should we have to suffer again....
  • Russian ruling party official shot dead in Caucasus

    12/26/2012 7:53:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Kyivpost ^ | 12/26/12 | Reuters
    MOSCOW, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Two gunmen shot dead a ruling party official on Tuesday in Russia's North Caucasus, where the Kremlin is fighting to subdue an Islamist insurgency, investigators said. Unknown assailants burst into Boris Zherukov's office in Nalchik, capital of the province of Kabardino-Balkaria, and shot him twice in the head, Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement. Zherukov was head of President Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party faction in the local parliament. He was also rector of the local State Agricultural University. Insurgents fighting to carve an Islamic state out of a patchwork of mainly Muslim...
  • David Gregory under investigation by D.C. police

    12/26/2012 7:51:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 12/26/12 | David B. Wilkerson
    "Meet The Press" host David Gregory is under investigation by Washington D.C. police after he brandished what appeared to be a 30-round magazine during Sunday morning's program, according to various published reports. District of Columbia laws prohibit the possession of a large-capacity ammunition device that holds more than 10 rounds. Police told CNN they were still trying to determine whether Gregory was holding a prop or a real magazine.
  • 1 Dead, 13 Wounded In Christmas Eve, Christmas Shootings (Chicago)

    12/26/2012 7:48:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 12/26/12 | CHICAGO (STMW)
    violence over the Christmas holiday, including an 11-year-old boy grazed by a bullet and a man who was shot to death during a dispute in the Englewood neighborhood. Joshua Davis, 18, was shot to death in the 2000 block of W. 69th Street — a few blocks from his home — after an altercation with several males on a CTA bus, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The group followed Davis off the bus when one of the males pulled out a handgun and shot Davis several times in the torso and once in the ear about 11:30...
  • 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...