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  • The Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 27, 2012 (Q&R on vacation)

    12/27/2012 2:53:19 AM PST · by sneakers · 13 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
  • The Year the Dreams Died

    12/27/2012 2:30:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/27/12 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The year 2012 saw the triumph of cold reality over pie-in-the-sky fantasies. Barack Obama in 2008 won an election on an upbeat message of change amid hopes that the first black president would mark a redemptive moment in American history. Four years later, the fantasies are gone. In continuing dismal economic times, Obama ran for reelection neither on his first-term achievements — Obamacare, bailouts, financial stimuli, and Keynesian mega-deficits — nor on more utopian promises. Instead, Obama’s campaign systematically reduced his rival, Wall Street financier Mitt Romney, to a conniving, felonious financial pirate who did dastardly things, from letting the...
  • Chicago parking meters will be USA’s most expensive

    12/27/2012 2:20:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2012 9:49 PM EST
    Chicago soon will have the nation’s most expensive downtown parking meters. On New Year’s Day, meters in the city’s downtown Loop area will begin charging $6.50 an hour—up from $5.75. …
  • China tightening controls on Internet

    12/27/2012 2:11:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 27, 2012 2:30 AM EST | Joe McDonald
    China’s new communist leaders are increasing already tight controls on Internet use and electronic publishing following a spate of embarrassing online reports about official abuses. The measures suggest China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, and others who took power in November share their predecessors’ anxiety about the Internet’s potential to spread opposition to one-party rule and their insistence on controlling information despite promises of more economic reforms. … This week, China’s legislature took up a measure to require Internet users to register their real names, a move that would curtail the Web’s status as a freewheeling forum to complain, often anonymously,...
  • China tightens controls to deter self-immolations

    12/27/2012 1:57:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 27, 2012 3:54 AM EST
    Chinese authorities are tightening controls in an ethnic Tibetan region where at least 10 people have set themselves on fire last month to protest Chinese rule. … China has blamed the Dalai Lama for the spate of self-immolations. …
  • New laws address gays, children, immigration

    12/27/2012 1:45:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 26, 2012 6:20 PM EST | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration. … Voter-approved laws allowing same-sex couples to marry take effect in Maryland in January and in Maine on Saturday. California also approved a law exempting clergy members opposed to gay marriage from performing same-sex marriage ceremonies. In California, a first-of-its-kind law bans a form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight but is on hold during a court challenge. The law would ban...
  • “Monsieur” John Kerry and the French connection

    12/27/2012 1:33:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 25/12/2012 | Jon Frosch
    Reacting to President Barack Obama’s recent nomination of John Kerry as the next US secretary of state, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius praised his future counterpart’s “personal commitment to Franco-American friendship”. The comment was a reference to a poorly-kept “secret” that dogged the former Democratic presidential candidate during his bid to unseat then-incumbent George W. Bush in 2004: Kerry has a French connection. … But the politician’s “Frenchness” has not always been an advantage. While running for president in 2004, Kerry was ridiculed by Republicans for his closeness to the country seen as having spurned the US by refusing to...
  • Hungary bars foreigners from buying farmland

    12/27/2012 1:26:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 22 December 2012 | 20H05 | (AFP)
    Hungary has amended its constitution to bar foreigners from buying farmland, a move the government called “historic,” but one that could cause friction with the European Union. Foreigners are already blocked from buying farmland under a temporary measure that formed part of Hungary’s EU accession agreement in 2003. But that measure, aimed at helping Hungary avoid seeing its land prices soar to catch up with other EU states including neighboring Austria, was originally set to expire in 2011, though was extended until the end of April 2014. …
  • The French death rattle

    12/27/2012 1:17:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    European Voice ^ | 21.12.2012 / 09:00 CET | Brigitte Granville
    Moody’s announcement in November that it had downgraded France’s sovereign-credit rating by one notch from its AAA rating prompted one blogger to poke fun at rating agencies’ tendency either to get things completely wrong or to suddenly recognize a crisis that had long been staring them in the face. The blogger joked: “If this recognition by a rating agency that France has problems is an example of the first failing, a recovery must have begun; if it is an example of the second failing, the country faces a dire reckoning.” … The underlying explanation lies in the culture and prejudices...
  • Dem. Senator Traces Partisanship To “1994 and Newt Gingrich”

    12/26/2012 11:30:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Eric Scheiner
    When asked about the roots of political partisanship in Washington, retiring Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) traces the issue to Newt Gingrich. “I can see it very directly going back to 1994 and Newt Gingrich,” Conrad told C-Span in an interview. “He had a view, to take over the House of Representatives one had to bring down the institution and things have never been the same since.” …
  • U.N. approves new debate on arms treaty opposed by U.S. gun lobby

    12/26/2012 10:44:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    reuters.com ^ | December 24, 2012
    The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Monday to restart negotiations on a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global trade in conventional arms, a pact the powerful U.S. National Rifle Association has been lobbying hard against. U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because U.S. President Barack Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney before the November 6 election if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge U.S. officials have denied. The NRA, which has come under intense criticism for its reaction to the December 15...
  • New petition urges US to keep Piers Morgan 'because UK doesn't want him'

    12/26/2012 10:32:22 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 7 replies
    GUARDIAN ^ | December 27, 2012 | Amanda Holpuch
    Following a groundswell of support in America for demands to expel Piers Morgan from the country and deport him back to the UK over his views on US gun controls, it seems that any return home for the chatshow host would not be greeted warmly by everyone. The White House has yet to respond to an online petition calling for the TV presenter to be marched to the nearest American exit, but it has not stopped UK citizens from launching a pre-emptive strike against any such move. The petition to "Keep Piers Morgan in the USA" had nearly 600 signatures...
  • Geithner: Debt Limit of $16.39 Trillion Will Be Met New Year's Eve

    12/26/2012 10:28:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the U.S. debt limit of $16.394 trillion will be met on New Year’s Eve, in a letter to Congress on Wednesday. “I am writing to inform you that the statutory debt limit will be reached on December 31, 2012, and to notify you that the Treasury Department will shortly begin taking certain extraordinary measures authorized by law to temporarily postpone the date that the United States would otherwise default on its legal obligations,” Geithner said in the letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Geithner said “extraordinary measures” taken by the Treasury Department...
  • Nelson Mandela is discharged from the hospital

    12/26/2012 10:11:28 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed December 26, 2012 | Kim Norgaard
    Mandela released from hospital Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) -- Former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from a hospital and will continue receiving treatment at his home in Houghton, a spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma told CNN on Wednesday. Mandela, 94, was treated for an acute respiratory infection in 2011. He was hospitalized for a lung infection on December 8; and on December 15, he underwent surgery for removal of gallstones. Mandela has not appeared in public since the 2010 World Cup hosted in his country. During the time of apartheid in South Africa, Mandela was convicted of...
  • Sandy Victims Still Stranded As “Red Tape” Hinders Help From FEMA

    12/26/2012 10:07:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Joe Schoffstall
    Nearly two months after homes in Staten Island, NY were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, residents say they’re still struggling with red tape as they try to get the government to help. … Victims are shuffled from one desk to another for registration, an identification check, and one-on-one interviews—then referred to something called a “Mitigation Desk,” a FEMA official at a local Disaster Recovery Center explained to MRCTV. …
  • The Great Train of China: Longest high-speed rail line in the world is launched

    12/26/2012 10:06:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 December 2012
    The line, which runs roughly the equivalent distance of a journey between London and Gibraltar, will halve the travelling time from the country's capital Beijing to Guangzhou The first trains have taken to the track on the world's longest high-speed rail line which stretches a staggering 1,400 miles across China. The line, which runs roughly the equivalent distance of a journey between London and Gibraltar, will halve the travelling time from the country's capital Beijing to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the south. The first train along the 2,298km track set off from Beijing at 9am with a train heading...
  • Revealed: How TSA agents 'laugh at travelers' naked scanner images in backrooms

    12/26/2012 10:04:25 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 25 December 2012 | Snejana Farberov
    Immature: A former TSA officer has revealed that he had witnessed his co-workers laughing at the nude X-ray images of passengers going through full-body scanners A former Transpiration Security Administration (TSA) agent-turned-anonymous blogger recently revealed that his co-workers routinely make fun of passengers' nude body images while reviewing them in backrooms. The unnamed ex-TSA officer, who writes for the blog Taking Sense Away, received a note from a reader which said: 'Tell us, please, what really happens in that private room and why the TSA does not want it seen in public or recorded.' In response, the blogger wrote that...
  • Poll: 51 percent don’t want assault weapons ban

    12/26/2012 9:30:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    politico.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | BOBBY CERVANTES
    A slight majority of Americans do not want assault weapons banned in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, though a clear majority said they support stricter gun laws in general, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll out Wednesday. Specifically on an assault weapons ban, 51 percent of respondents were against the measure, while 44 percent said they support it, the poll said. That remains largely unchanged from an October 2011 poll that had 43 percent for and 51 percent against a ban. Support for stricter gun control measures in general has jumped from 43 percent in October...
  • Identify address/households without guns. (Vanity)

    12/26/2012 8:57:28 PM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 27 replies
    Since it appears that gun owners are now being ID'd why don't we ID people, along with their addresses, who do not have guns? We could issue them stickers for their home and car windows and doors stating that the occupants do not have any firearms on the premises or on their persons. Perhaps a button displaying a gun with a line across it should be worn by these individuals as well. And...all Liberal politicians & celebrities and all registered Democrats who support new gun control laws will immediately be required to forego their armed security details and remove their...
  • NY Newspaper Draws Flak for Putting Gun Owners Addresses on Map

    12/26/2012 7:18:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/26/2012 | Michael Mullins
    A suburban New York City newspaper published an interactive map showing the addresses of thousands of local residents with handgun permits and has drawn flak from gun owners, some of whom expressed their anger via the newspaper's Facebook page. The Monday article in The Journal News was headlined "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," and was in response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. "Do you fools realize that you also made a map for criminals to use to find homes to rob that have no guns in...
  • Blogger Creates Interactive Map of Employees of Paper Which Published Names and Addresses

    12/26/2012 8:47:23 PM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    In response to Gannett's Jounal News headquartered in White Plains, New York publishing an interactive map containing the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties (previous related posts are here and here), blogger Robert Cox at NewRochelleTalk.com (HT Instapundit) has produced an interactive map at a post entitled "Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?" It contains names, addresses, and various forms of Internet presence. Some of his narrative follows the jump:
  • Gannett's Journal-News in New York Defends Publishing Gun Permit Holders' Names and Addresses

    12/26/2012 8:42:24 PM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fool is reporting, with supporting links, that Editor CynDee Royle at the Journal News headquartered in White Plains, New York, which on Saturday, as noted on Monday at NewsBusters, published an interactive map showing the names and address of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties, has taken down her Facebook page and made her Twitter account private (the latter may have been the case before the article was published). The paper has also recognized the outrage the published map cause, is offering a truly lame defense, and claims it didn't get everything it wanted. Paper-“People...
  • Ann Coulter: Kwanzaa: Holiday Brought to You By The FBI

    12/26/2012 7:33:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/26/2012 | Ann Coulter
    Is it just me, or does Kwanzaa seem to come earlier and earlier each year? And let's face it, Kwanzaa's gotten way too commercialized. A few years ago, I suspended my annual Kwanzaa column because my triumph over this fake holiday seemed complete. The only people still celebrating Kwanzaa were presidential-statement writers and white female public school teachers. But it seems to be creeping back. A few weeks ago, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., complained about having to stick around Washington for fiscal cliff negotiations by accusing Republicans of not caring about "families" coming together to bond during...
  • Not Insanity; Strategy! Innocent Treated As Terrorist Financiers

    12/26/2012 7:28:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | December 26, 2012 | Mark Horne
    One of the problems with horrible tragedies is that evil men get to do evil things while we are in shock and distracted. Thus, evil compounds evil.On December 21 Techdirt posted a story that very few people seem to have picked up on, but which deserves attention. The Office of Foreign Assets Control seized most of the advance money paid to a couple of Americans for producing a comic book. They did so on the grounds that money sent to write the comic book was supporting a terrorist organization!The script for the graphic novel was written by David Axe, an...
  • The Obama family’s Hawaiian vacation home

    12/26/2012 7:24:11 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies
    www.sfgate.com ^ | Dec 26, 2012 | Jenny Pisillo
    --SNIP-- The property is 6,000 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths and an contemporary Asian theme. Supposedly it was to be listed after the Obamas vacationed there last year for $7.9 million. It’s unknown if plans changed to sell the house or if the property just never sold. Either way, the Obamas are sure to have had a good time in this luxury beachfront home.
  • An idea for tax reform: Abolish the payroll tax

    12/26/2012 7:22:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/26/2012 | Editorial
    If Republicans and Democrats are serious about tax reform in 2013, they should throw away the tired old playbook and consider bolder ideas to fundamentally change the flawed tax code. One such idea would be to eliminate the payroll tax. The payroll tax -- 12.4 percent, split between workers and their employers to help finance Social Security -- is one of the worst taxes on the books for several reasons. A basic economic principle is that when the government taxes something, the nation gets less of it. Because the payroll tax makes it more expensive and administratively burdensome for businesses...
  • Race to Fill Jackson’s Seat Highlights New Challenges for the Black Caucus

    12/26/2012 7:18:07 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    The race to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is throwing a spotlight on new electoral challenges facing the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The Illinois race is the first real test of whether open-seat elections in expanded, more diverse districts are still likely to elect African-Americans to Congress. Because of dwindling urban populations, less segregated neighborhoods and a fast-growing Hispanic population...
  • Blogger Creates Interactive Map of Employees of Paper Which Published Names and Addresses

    12/26/2012 7:06:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 12/26/12 | Tom Blumer
    In response to Gannett´s Jounal News headquartered in White Plains, New York publishing an interactive map containing the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties (previous related posts are here and here), blogger Robert Cox at NewRochelleTalk.com (HT Instapundit) has produced an interactive map at a post entitled "Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?" It contains names, addresses, and various forms of Internet presence. Some of his narrative follows the jump:The map indicates the addresses of all Journal News Employees in the New York Tri-State area.
  • Supreme Court won´t block Obama health law´s contraception mandate

    12/26/2012 6:59:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/26/12 | Sam Baker
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block the Obama administration´s contraception mandate from taking effect. Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request for an emergency injunction that would have shielded employers from the mandate. The request was filed by Hobby Lobby, an arts-and-crafts chain. The company´s Catholic owners say the contraception mandate violates their religious freedom. Hobby Lobby might eventually win on that point, Sotomayor said, but the company didn´t meet the standard for an injunction blocking the mandate from taking effect.
  • Update 2 - Police Investigate NBC News Anchor For Showing Gun Clip

    12/26/2012 6:58:47 PM PST · by Grand · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/26/2012 | Chris Francescani
    Even after request was denied by Police, NBC News anchor David Gregory displayed what he said was a high-capacity gun clip on Sunday's broadcast of "Meet the Press," and is now being investigated by police according to Washington's Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday.
  • Cummings seeks dismissal of Fast and Furious suit against Holder

    12/26/2012 6:30:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/26/12 | David Codrea
    A little-noticed brief filed last Thursday by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings and fellow Democrats John Conyers, Jr., Henry A. Waxman, Edolphus Towns and Louise M. Slaughter, asks the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss without prejudice the civil complaint by the Oversight Committee against Eric Holder following the Attorney General being found in contempt of Congress for refusing to produce subpoenaed documents related to the Fast and Furious gunwalking investigation. Characterizing the committee’s actions as a “rush toward unnecessary conflict” and referring to such litigation as “unnecessary and...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-26-12

    12/26/2012 6:14:28 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-26-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Opposed to same-sex marriage, company ends wedding business

    12/26/2012 5:30:12 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 36 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | December 25, 2012 | Eric Cox
    An Annapolis company whose old-fashioned trolleys are iconic in the city's wedding scene has abandoned the nuptial industry rather than serve same-sex couples. The owner of Discover Annapolis Tours said he decided to walk away from $50,000 in annual revenue instead of compromising his Christian convictions when same-sex marriages become legal in Maryland in less than a week. And he has urged prospective clients to lobby state lawmakers for a religious exemption for wedding vendors. While most wedding businesses across the country embraced the chance to serve same-sex couples, a small minority has struggled to balance religious beliefs against business...
  • LES MISERABLES... AND THE POWER OF CHRISTIAN LOVE

    12/26/2012 5:29:03 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    The Perfect Depiction of Christian Love in Victor Hugo's Jean Valjean "Religions pass away but God remains..." Victor Hugo. It should be no surprise that the great French novelist Victor Hugo was a passionate believer in God and in the power of prayer for this powerfully comes across in his wonderful and inspiring novel Les Miserables, now, of course, also a successful Broadway and West End musical, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg (original French lyrics by Alain Boubil)... Unfortunately, Victor Hugo has rarely been credited as being a Christian writer - partly because of his...
  • President Obama's Legacy: $20 Trillion in Debt for 2016

    12/26/2012 5:28:37 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/25/12 | 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.
  • Sen. Feinstein no longer has concealed weapon permit

    12/26/2012 5:23:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/20/12 | Daniel Strauss
    <p>Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) no longer has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.</p> <p>Feinstein, who has taken the lead on efforts to renew a federal assault weapons ban, acknowledged during a hearing in 1995 of previously having a concealed weapon permit.</p>
  • Les Misérables Primer: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Joining the French Revolution

    12/26/2012 5:21:20 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    E! ^ | 12/25/12 | Matt Stevens
    Les Misérables is the big-screen version of the world's longest-running stage musical (take that, Cats!). Since its 1985 debut, the show has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages. Mon Dieu! For this eagerly anticipated adaptation, the Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech, Tom Hooper, shifts his focus from stuttering British royalty to singing French paupers in the 19th century. Victor Hugo's epic tale follows fugitive Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) as he's hunted for decades by relentless Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), through the Paris Uprising of 1832. Whether you're a Les Mis...
  • Les Misérables Primer: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Joining the French Revolution

    12/26/2012 5:20:56 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    E! ^ | 12/25/12 | Matt Stevens
    Les Misérables is the big-screen version of the world's longest-running stage musical (take that, Cats!). Since its 1985 debut, the show has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages. Mon Dieu! For this eagerly anticipated adaptation, the Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech, Tom Hooper, shifts his focus from stuttering British royalty to singing French paupers in the 19th century. Victor Hugo's epic tale follows fugitive Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) as he's hunted for decades by relentless Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), through the Paris Uprising of 1832. Whether you're a Les Mis...
  • David Gregory Mocks NRA Leader for Proposing Armed Guards in Schools But Sends His Kids to...

    12/26/2012 5:10:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    Full title: David Gregory Mocks NRA Leader for Proposing Armed Guards in Schools But Sends His Kids to a School with 11 Armed Guards In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Rep. Louie Gohmert told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he wished the principal had a gun to prevent the carnage from taking place. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre agreed with the idea of having armed guards in our schools, saying that, “It’s the one thing we can do immediately that can make our children more safe.” NBC’s David Gregory mocked LaPierre’s proposal, however, which brings to light (yet again)...
  • Two Men Arrested in Beating and Robbery of 90-Year-Old Man

    12/26/2012 5:03:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    WSAZ ^ | Mon 8:23 PM, Dec 24, 2012 | Andrew Colegrove, Bill Murray
    WELLSTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Two men have been arrested in connection with the brutal beating and robbery of a 90-year-old man inside his coin shop business early this month. Larry Hart Jr. of Athens County was charged with aggravated robbery, and Dale Canter of Hamden, Ohio, is awaiting formal charges. John Queen, the business owner, suffered serious head injuries in the incident after he was struck with a crowbar. About $12,000 was taken from his business. Queen was transferred to a Columbus hospital before being released days later. “We have all kinds of crimes in Wellston; we don't normally have...
  • Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz Picked to Replace Late Sen. Daniel Inouye

    12/26/2012 4:56:50 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 26, 2012 | SARAH PARNASS
    Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced tonight Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will replace the late Sen. Daniel Inouye as the U.S. senator from Hawaii -- not Sen. Inouye's first choice. On the day he died, the late senator wrote a letter to Abercrombie asking that he pick Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, to replace him. Hanabusa made it to the final round of consideration, but she did not win the nomination. "The charge of the central committee was to take all points of view into account, from Sen. Inouye and from the rank and file -- the Democratic grass roots," Abercrombie said...
  • Ex-Nazi Guard, Facing Deportation, Dies

    12/26/2012 4:55:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 26, 2012
    Anton Geiser, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who fought deportation after settling in Pennsylvania, has died, his lawyer said. He was 88. Geiser, a retired mill worker with three American-born children, was an armed guard for the Nazis at the Buchenwald concentration camp, federal prosecutors said. Geiser, who was originally born in Croatia but settled in Sharon, Pa., after the war, said he was forced into service by the Nazis as a teenager and never participated in the systematic slaughter of Jews and other prisoners inside the camp. Federal prosecutors disagreed and were seeking his deportation to face a...
  • Blogger's Interactive Map of Employees of Paper Which Published Names etc of Pistol Permit Holders

    12/26/2012 4:34:25 PM PST · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    In response to Gannett's Jounal News headquartered in White Plains, New York publishing an interactive map containing the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties (previous related posts are here and here), blogger Robert Cox at NewRochelleTalk.com (HT Instapundit) has produced an interactive map at a post entitled "Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?" It contains names, addresses, and various forms of Internet presence. Some of his narrative follows the jump: Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2012/12/26/blogger-creates-interactive-map-employees-paper-which-published-names-an#ixzz2GCvSyQf8
  • Iran, Hizballah Setting Up 'Terror Squads' To Perpetuate Syrian War Post Assad

    12/26/2012 4:22:30 PM PST · by drewh · 4 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 25, 2012, 10:55 PM
    Tehran is developing its own plans for continuing the Syrian war and maintaining its grip on the country – even as Washington and Russia press on with secret discussions on the fate of Syrian president Bashar Assad, backed by UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s mediation efforts in Damascus. Tuesday, Dec. 25, the envoy said after meeting Assad that he would stay on for another six days in the hope of persuading the parties to end their bloody hostilities. At the same time, Iran is putting its military and intelligence assets in place ready for the day after Assad’s departure. In...
  • Spokesman: George H.W. Bush in intensive care

    12/26/2012 4:08:51 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 90 replies
    <p>HOUSTON (AP) — A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital.</p> <p>Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said late Wednesday that the former president was admitted to the ICU on Sunday at Methodist Hospital, "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever."</p>
  • UK: Equal Marriage is "fundamentally flawed" says new in-depth study

    12/26/2012 4:07:21 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 12-12-12 | Chris Sugden
    The concept of 'equal marriage' is fundamentally flawed as it presupposes a questionable notion of 'equality' and ignores the essential and defining components of conventional marriage. Gay marriage falsely judges parenting roles as interchangeable. Same sex marriage wrongly assumes that the benefits of marriage are automatically transferable to same-sex couples who 'enter' the same institution. There is no evidence that same-sex couples will benefit from the 'commitment device' invoked by marriage. Gay marriage introduces a disturbing, unproven and socially risky new norm into society, that children do not need both a mother and father for optimal development, when all the...
  • Obamacare Could Double Health Care Premiums: Aetna CEO

    12/26/2012 3:15:06 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/26/12 | Justin Menza
    To provide all Americans with health insurance, premiums will have to rise to pay for it, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Wednesday. "If we're going to insure all Americans, which is a worthy and appropriate cause, then somebody has to pay for it," Bertolini said of the expected premium increases under Obamacare. Bertolini said that insurance premiums could double in some places just on the basis of what types of policies people buy today. He also said that when Obamacare is fully implemented, it won't start the way people had hoped and it won't be cheaper.
  • Source: Reid looking for votes on fiscal cliff package

    12/26/2012 3:01:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/26/12 | Dana Bash
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in conjunction with the White House, is working to see if the scaled back fiscal cliff package President Barack Obama laid out last week can get through Congress before December 31st. Reid has made clear in private conversations he does not want to bring any bill to the Senate floor unless he is sure it will pass both the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-held House. -snip- It is still an open question, however, whether the vote threshold in the Senate would be a majority, or whether it would be 60 votes. That will depend on...
  • The Shariah Threat to America

    12/26/2012 2:51:22 PM PST · by LSUfan · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 26 Dec 12 | Fred Grandy
    There is a great deal of misinformation circulating with regard to shariah and the threat it poses to America and western civilization. Some misinformed observers and members of the Muslim Brotherhood liken concerns over shariah to prejudice and bigotry, but the facts say otherwise. Terrorism experts in the law enforcement, military and intelligence communities have cited shariah as the jihadists’ enemy threat doctrine in an intensive study called “Shariah: The Threat to America,” a scholarly, 352-page book based on authoritative sources of shariah, or Islamic law. While shariah does include “prayer and fasting” and “worship” as Thomas cites, it is...
  • U.S. to Hit Debt Limit Monday [Merry Cliffmas]

    12/26/2012 2:35:48 PM PST · by mykroar · 23 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 12/26/2012 | Reuters
    The U.S. Treasury on Wednesday announced the first in a possible series of emergency steps to push back the day when the government will exceed its legal borrowing authority as imposed by the U.S. Congress. The Treasury said on Dec. 28 it would suspend issuance of State and Local Government Series securities, known as "slugs", which are special low-interest Treasury securities offered to state and local governments to temporarily invest proceeds from municipal bond sales. Slugs, which count against the debt limit, have been suspended several times over the last 20 years to avoid hitting the debt ceiling. The Treasury...