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  • Israel approves another 1,200 settlement units around Jerusalem

    12/26/2012 11:21:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Tuesday 25 December 2012 08.41 EST | Peter Beaumont
    Israel has given the green light for the fast-track development of a further 1,200 settlement units around Jerusalem. It brings the total number of new approvals to 5,500 in just over a week, the largest wave of proposed expansion in recent memory. The latest plan, which would see almost 1,000 new apartments built over Jerusalem’s green line in Gilo, comes as the Israeli media is reporting mounting pressure on the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to drop his commitment to a two-state solution from his platform for re-election in January. …
  • 3 accused of jumping on, killing man in Minneapolis

    12/26/2012 11:13:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 54 replies
    in forum ^ | 12-26-12 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS — Three people are accused of killing a man in Minneapolis by jumping on and beating him. The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/YGQzH1) police say that witnesses reported seeing three males taking turns jumping from a retaining wall onto Kerry Duane Scott's chest and abdomen “like a trampoline” on Nov. 17. Officers found Scott bleeding from the head and paramedics pronounced him dead.
  • Flashback: Michael Moore's Bodyguard Arrested on Airport Gun Charge

    12/26/2012 11:13:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/20/2005 | Fox News
    Filmmaker Michael Moore's bodyguard was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon in New York's JFK airport Wednesday night.
  • The Case Against Public Education ( Abolish it!)

    12/26/2012 11:03:12 AM PST · by wintertime · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 26, 2012 | By Daren Jonescu
    If public education is allowed to survive, all efforts to resuscitate the inert husk of modern civilization will fail. It is time to unravel the most wasteful and destructive entitlement program of all. . (snip) For years, reasonable and serious people have known that the educational establishment is at the root of the undoing of modernity and its natural political fruit, individual liberty. And for years, excepting a tiny, brave minority of parents and educators, most citizens have assumed that the problems of the education system, however grave, are to be resolved through legislative reforms, bureaucratic changes, or school board...
  • Roman Catholic Cleric, Celebrates Palestinian State - (12/24/2012)

    12/26/2012 10:53:39 AM PST · by haffast · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/24/2012 | DALIA NAMMARI
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Thousands of Christians from the world over packed Manger Square in Bethlehem Monday to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the ancient West Bank town where he was born. For their Palestinian hosts, this holiday season was an especially joyous one, with the hardships of the Israeli occupation that so often clouded previous Christmas Eve celebrations eased by the United Nations' recent recognition of an independent state of Palestine. snip In his pre-Christmas homily, Twal said the road to actual freedom was still long, but this year's festivities were doubly joyful, celebrating "the birth of...
  • Michael Moore: ‘Calm Down, White People, and Put Away Your Guns’

    12/26/2012 10:47:52 AM PST · by chessplayer · 67 replies
    Documentary-maker and liberal activist Michael Moore said the reason for mass shootings in the United States is largely due to fear and racism, and on Christmas Eve he pleaded, “calm down, white people, and put away your guns.”
  • David Gregory, Piers Morgan Under Assault Over Guns

    12/26/2012 10:40:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Daily Download ^ | 12/26/2012 | Howard Kurtz
    I seriously doubt that he’s going to jail. But the D.C. Police Department apparently has nothing better to do than examine whether he violated the city’s gun laws. Was the moderator of Meet the Press caught on tape, armed and dangerous, liberating a few Slurpees from a 7-Eleven? No, he waved a high-capacity ammunition clip on the air while interviewing Wayne LaPierre, asking it shouldn’t be banned. Was it a stunt? Yep, and an eye-catching one. Was Gregory being aggressive with the NRA chief, or seeming to push gun control in a confrontational interview? All that is up for debate....
  • NBC News and David Gregory: A legal problem or a journalism problem?

    12/26/2012 10:33:08 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/26/12 | Erik Wemple
    NBC News has a problem. The question is whether it is a legal one or a journalistic one. -snip- The legal problem here is nearly self-confessed. D.C. code plainly prohibits magazines with capacities exceeding 10 rounds of ammunition. Of this regulation, “Meet the Press” cannot possibly claim ignorance or oversight.
  • Obama Claus Gives You 90 More Days To Collect Your $50,000 Reparations Check

    12/26/2012 10:18:51 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Dec 2012 | Lee Stranahan
    Circle March 25, 2013 on your calendar. That's the last day you can submit your claim form from this official U.S. government website to collect fifty thousand tax-free American dollars, courtesy of the Obama administration in its current multi-billion giveaway scheme. No, you don't need a potted plant and you don't even to be black or even Hispanic; as long as you are a woman (or related to one) and you fill out the forms correctly, you can collect the money because nobody will verify your information. Welcome to the Love settlement for women farmers, the close relative of the...
  • PSY Christmas Show Bombs

    12/26/2012 9:49:55 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 26, 2012 | 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...
  • (CA - Strictest Guns Laws in America) AK-47 Found in Paroled Felon's Car after High Speed Chase

    12/26/2012 9:39:53 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | December 24, 2012 | L.A. Times
    AK-47 found in paroled felon's car after high speed chase Authorities found a loaded AK-47 rifle in the trunk of a car driven by a paroled felon after a high speed pursuit that concluded with a crash and short foot chase. West Covina police attempted to stop a gray Toyota Camry for traffic violations at the Sunset Avenue exit off the 10 Freeway shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday. The driver led police on a chase that reached speeds in excess of 90 mph on city streets, West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez said. The suspect vehicle entered the westbound 10...
  • Gov. Snyder reveals his conversation with President Barack Obama

    12/26/2012 9:36:25 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 18 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Tim Skubick
    Lots of folks scoffed in town when reports surfaced that Democrats had petitioned the President of the United States to insert himself into the unseemly debate over Right to Work. Some asked out loud, doesn't POTUS have more important things to do than lobby Gov. Rick Snyder on that? But lobby the president did. During an exclusive one-hour sit down on WKAR-Public TV, the governor confirms that he and President Barack Obama shared a few minutes in private and the president looked the governor in the eye and said, "He wasn't pleased with Right to Work," Mr. Snyder reveals for...
  • Iranian Christian Pastor Nadarkhani Re-Arrested in Tehran

    12/26/2012 9:33:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Pete Winn
    The Iranian Christian pastor who was acquitted just two months ago on charges he converted from Islam to Christianity and freed from prison has reportedly been re-arrested in Iran. Sources close to Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, including the British group Christian Solidarity Worldwide and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), say the Iranian Christian pastor was reportedly taken back into custody on Christmas Day. … According to the sources, Nadarkhani was re-arrested by Iranian authorities to serve the remainder of a three-year sentence he had received for helping Muslims convert from Islam to Christianity. …
  • Social Security Ran $47.8B Deficit in FY 2012; Disabled Workers Hit New Record in Dec: 8,827,795

    12/26/2012 9:28:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Social Security program ran a $47.8 billion deficit in fiscal 2012 as the program brought in $725.429 billion in cash and paid $773.247 for benefits and overhead expenses, according to official data published by Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration also released new data revealing that the number of workers collecting disability benefits hit a record 8,827,795 in December—up from 8,805,353 in November. The overall number of Social Security program beneficiaries—including retired workers, dependent family members and survivors and disabled workers and their dependent family members—also hit a record in December, climbing from 56,658,978 in November to 56,758,185...
  • 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...
  • 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>